Heavy Cruiser Chikuma


Imperial Japanese Navy Heavy Cruiser Chikuma

 

Impressive view of the Japanese Heavy Cruiser Chikuma

Impressive view of the Japanese Heavy Cruiser Chikuma

 

The IJN did not have any plane assigned to scouting missions therefore, it needed some support ships to perform this critical missions. Then, the Chikuma was designed for covering this weakness. The Chikuma had capability for long-range scouting missions and had a large seaplane capacity. The heavy cruiser Chikuma was extensively employed during World War II in conjunction with an aircraft carrier task force, or as part of a cruiser squadron with her sister ship, Tone.

Illustration of the Chikuma heavy cruiser made by Fujimi.

Illustration of the Chikuma heavy cruiser made by Fujimi.

 

The entire timeline of the Heavy Cruiser Chikuma

 

 

Name: Chikuma
Namesake: Chikuma River
Ordered: 1932 Fiscal Year
Laid down: 1-Oct-35
Launched: 19-Mar-38
Commissioned: 20-May-39
Struck: 20-Apr-45
Fate: Scuttled 25 October 1944 after Battle off Samar 11‹25ŒN 126‹36ŒE
General characteristics
Class and type: Tone-class cruiser
Displacement: 11,213 tons (standard); 15,443 (final)
Length: 189.1 m (620 ft 5 in)
Beam: 19.4 m (63 ft 8 in)
Draught: 6.2 m (20 ft 4 in)
Propulsion: 4-shaft Gihon oil geared turbines
8 boilers
152,000 shp
Speed: 35 knots (65 km/h)
Range: 8,000 nmi (15,000 km) @ 18 knots (33 km/h)
Complement: 874
Armament:
8 ~ 20 cm/50 3rd Year Type naval guns (4x2)
8 ~ 127 mm (5-inch) guns
6 x 25 mm (1-inch) AA guns
12 ~ 610 mm (24-inch) torpedo tubes
Armor:
100 mm (3.9 in) (belt)
65-30 mm (2.6?1.2 in) (deck)
Aircraft carried: 6 x floatplanes


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