List of destroyers of Japan

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The following is a list of destroyers of Japan grouped by battle in which they were used. In naval terminology, a destroyer is a fast and maneuverable yet long-endurance warship intended to escort larger vessels in a fleet, convoy or battle group and defend them against smaller, powerful, short-range attackers. The Japanese torpedo boat[1] Kotaka of 1885 was "the forerunner of torpedo boat destroyers that appeared a decade later".[2] They were designed to Japanese specifications and ordered from the London Yarrow shipyards in 1885. The Yarrow shipyards, builder of the parts for the Kotaka, "considered Japan to have effectively invented the destroyer".[3]

Imperial Japanese Navy[edit]

Russo-Japanese War[edit]

World War I[edit]

The Second Sino-Japanese War[edit]

World War II[edit]

Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force[edit]


  1. ^ Jentschura p. 132 (Akatsuki built by Yarrow & Co. in 1902; 224' long, displaced 415 tons, two 18" Torpedoes, two 3" guns, four 57mm Quick Firing Guns, complement 60 officers/men. Sunk by mine at Port Arthur on 17 May 1904)
  2. ^ Evans and Peattie, David C. and Mark R. (1997). Kaigun: Strategy, Tactics, and Technology in the Imperial Japanese Navy, 1887–1941. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 0-87021-192-7. 
  3. ^ Howe, Christopher (1996). The Origins of Japanese Trade Supremacy: Development and Technology in Asia from 1540 to the Pacific War. Chicago, Illinois: University of Chicago Press. ISBN 0-226-35485-7.