Hatsutaka Class Minelayer

(Tsugaru by Takeshi Yuki scanned from "Color Paintings of Japanese Warships")

Completed between 1939 and 1941, the three Hatsutaka-Class minelayers were dual- pupose coastal light minelayers/netlayers. In 1943, the class was fitted with depth charge racks and their minelaying rails were removed.

Builder and Years Completed: Harima Shipyard, Aioi.
Displacement: 1,608-tons.
Dimensions: 268' x 37 x 13
Propulsion and Speed: 2 geared turbines, 6,000 shp, 2 shafts; 20 knots.
Armament: 2 x 80-mm (3-inch) guns (WAKATAKA only), 4 x 40-mm, 4 x 25 mm AA guns, 360 mines.