Japanese Destroyer Akizuki History and Kancolle Kantai Collection Figure


Japanese destroyer Akizuki History and Kancolle Kantai Collection Figure

 

Imperial Japanese Navy Destroyer Akizuki (Akizuki-class) on trial run off Miyazu Bay.

Imperial Japanese Navy Destroyer Akizuki (Akizuki-class) on trial run off Miyazu Bay.

 

The Japanese Destroyer Akizuki, which means Autumn Moon in Japanese, was the first ship of her class and served in the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II. She was built in Maizuru Naval Arsenal and laid down in July 1940. One year later, she was launched and commissioned on 11 June 1942, half year later the attack on Pearl Harbor.

This class of destroyers were oriented to provide anti-aircraft escort for carrier task forces. However, during war they were also modified to carry torpedo tubes and operated as standard destroyers in anti-submarine warfare.

 

Name: Akizuki
Builder: Maizuru Naval Arsenal
Laid down: 30 July 1940
Launched: 2 July 1941
Completed: 11 June 1942
Commissioned: 11 June 1942, Yokosuka Chinjufu
Struck: 10 December 1944
Fate: Sunk in action 25 October 1944

Technical specifications:

Class and type: Akizuki-class destroyer
Displacement:
  • 2,700 long tons (2,743 t) standard
  • 3,700 long tons (3,759 t) full load
Length: 134.2 m (440 ft 3 in)
Beam: 11.6 m (38 ft 1 in)
Draft: 4.15 m (13 ft 7 in)
Propulsion:
  • 4 × Kampon type boilers
  • 2 × Parsons geared turbines
  • 2 × shafts, 50,000 shp (37 MW)
Speed: 33 knots (38 mph; 61 km/h)
Range: 8,300 nmi (15,400 km) at 18 kn (21 mph; 33 km/h)
Complement: 263
Armament:
  • June 1942 :
  • 8 × 100 mm (4 in)/65 cal Type 98 DP guns
  • 4 × 25 mm AA guns
  • 4 × 610 mm (24 in) torpedo tubes
  • 8 × Type 93 torpedoes
  • 56 × Type 95 depth charges
  • October 1944 :
  • 8 × 100 mm (4 in)/65 cal DP guns
  • 35 × 25 mm AA guns
  • 4 × 13 mm AA guns
  • 4 × 610 mm (24 in) torpedo tubes
  • 8 × Type 93 torpedoes
  • 56 × Type 95 depth charges

 

The DD Akizuki participated in multiple missions during the Pacific War. She was part of the Vice Admiral Ozawa Jisaburo in a desperate plan to avoid the invasion of Leyte by the Allied forces. On 25 October, during the Battle off Cape Engaño, she was hit a sunk by a torpedo. The source of the torpedo sometimes is attributed to an aircraft from the TF 38, but there are also evidences that suggests that the torpedo was launched by the US Navy submarine Halibut.

Akizuki explodes during the Battle of Cape Engaño

A big explosion was observed aboard the DD Akizuki during the Battle of Cape Engaño

 

From the popular game Kantai Collection ~KanColle~ comes an figure of the Akizuki-class destroyer, Akizuki.

Sega Kantai Collection: Kancolle: Akizuki SPM Super Premium Figure

The Kancolle Figure is available with the following features:

  • Officially Licensed by Sega
  • High Quality/Highly Collectible Figure
  • Perfect for Akizuki Fans
  • Limited availability
  • Approx. Size: 3.5″ L x 2.5″ W x 7.4″ H

 

Aoshima 1/7 Kancole Akizuki “Kantai Collection”

Taito 7″ Kantai Collection: Kancolle: Akizuki Otsukimi Figure

  • Officially licensed by Taito
  • Very limited Quantity
  • Minor assembly required
  • Perfect for an Akizuki Fan!
  • Approx. Size: 2.5″L x 2″W x 7″H

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