Imperial Japanese Navy Destroyer Mutsuki-class


Imperial Japanese Navy Destroyer Mutsuki-class

 

IJN Mutsuki-class destroyer in 1930

IJN Mutsuki-class destroyer in 1930. To be precise, DD-30 is the Nagatsuki vessel.

The IJN Destroyer Mutsuki-class was an improved version or extension of the earlier Kamikaze-class (1921-1922) and Minekaze-class(1917-1920). There were twelve units constructed between 1924 and 1927. They saw combat during World War 2 and any of them survived to the war. They received traditional Japanese names corresponding to the months of the year by the Lunar calendar.

 

The names of the twelve units are as follows: Mutsuki DD-19, Kisaragi DD-21, Yayoi DD-23, Uzuki DD-25, Satsuki DD-27,
Minazuki DD-28, Fumizuki DD-29, Nagatsuki DD-30, Kikuzuki DD-31, Mikazuki, DD-32, Mochizuki DD-33, Yūzuki DD-34. Note that the initial setup of strategy game Hearts of Iron 4, with BlackIce mod includes these units.

The Minekaze and Kamikaze classes were withdrawn from front line service and reassigned to secondary duties towards the end of the 1930s, but the Mutsuki-class were retained as first line destroyers due to their range and their more powerful torpedo armament.

They suffered several modifications during their operative life. For example, from 1941-1942 the Mutsuki-class destroyers were refitted with the 120 mm/45 main guns reduced to two single mounts and ten Type 96 25 mm AT/AA Guns added. The minesweeping and minelaying equipment was removed and replaced with four depth charge launchers, with 36 depth charges.

In June 1944, the surviving vessels were again refit, with the number of Type 96 25 mm antiaircraft guns increased to twenty, and an additional five Type 93 13 mm AA Guns also installed.

 

Technical specifications:

 

Type: Destroyer
Displacement:
  • 1,315 long tons (1,336 t) normal,
  • 1,445 long tons (1,468 t) full load
Length:
  • 97.54 m (320.0 ft) pp,
  • 102.72 m (337.0 ft) overall
Beam: 9.16 m (30.1 ft)
Draught: 2.96 m (9.7 ft)
Propulsion:
  • 4 × Ro-Gō Kampon water-tube boilers
  • 2 × Kampon geared turbines[1]
  • 38,500 ihp (28,700 kW)
  • 2 shafts
Speed: 37.25 knots (68.99 km/h)
Range: 3,600 nautical miles (6,700 km) at 14 knots (26 km/h)
Complement: 154
Armament:
  • (As originally built)
  • 4 ×Type 3 120 mm 45 caliber naval gun,
  • 2 × Type 92 7.7 mm machine gun,
  • 2 × triple Type 12 torpedo tubes
  • (12 × 610 mm Type 8 torpedoes),
  • 18 × depth charges
  • 16 × Ichi-Gō naval mines[2]
  • (Mutsuki, December 1941)
  • 4 ×Type 3 120 mm 45 caliber naval gun
  • 2 × Type 93 13 mm AA guns,
  • 2 × Type 92 7.7 mm machine gun,
  • 2 × triple Type 12 torpedo tubes
  • (12 × 610 mm 8th Year Type torpedoes),
  • 18 × depth charges
  • (Uzuki, December 1942)
  • 4 ×Type 3 120 mm 45 caliber naval gun,
  • 2 × Type 93 13 mm AA guns,
  • 2 × Type 92 7.7 mm machine guns,
  • 2 × triple Type 12 torpedo tubes
  • (12 × 610 mm 8th Year Type torpedoes),
  • 18 × depth charges
  • 1 × landing craft
  • (Uzuki, September 1944)
  • 2 ×Type 3 120 mm 45 caliber naval gun,
  • 16 × Type 96 25 mm AT/AA Guns,
  • 1 × triple Type 12 torpedo tubes
  • (6 × 610 mm 8th Year Type torpedoes),
  • 36 × depth charges

 

The IJN Destroyer fleet in Hearts of Iron 4:

IJN Destroyer fleet in Hearts of Iron 4

IJN Destroyer fleet in Hearts of Iron 4

1/700 IJN Destroyer Mutsuki Class Minazuki Model Kit

1/700 IJN Destroyer Mutsuki Class Mutsuki Model Kit

 


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