Japanese destroyer Akizuki History and Kancolle Kantai Collection Figure
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.
|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|
|Class and type:||Akizuki-class destroyer|
|Length:||134.2 m (440 ft 3 in)|
|Beam:||11.6 m (38 ft 1 in)|
|Draft:||4.15 m (13 ft 7 in)|
|Speed:||33 knots (38 mph; 61 km/h)|
|Range:||8,300 nmi (15,400 km) at 18 kn (21 mph; 33 km/h)|
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.
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”