Hirashima Class Minelayer
(Colorized photo of HIRASHIMA )

Hirashima Class minelayers were a modified Sokuten-Class. They were dual- pupose coastal light minelayers/netlayers. In 1943, the class was fitted with depth charge racks and their minelaying rails were removed. In 1944, they were fitted with radar and six Type 96 25mm AA guns replaced their two 13.2mm MGs.

Builders and Year Completed: Sakurajima Iron Works, Osaka, Nihon Kokan, Tsurumi, others.
Displacement: 720-tons standard.
Dimensions: 239' by 25'8" by 8'6"
Propulsion and Speed: 2 shafts, geared diesel engines, 3,500 ihp; 20 knots.
Armament: 1 x 80-mm (3-inch) 40 cal AA gun, 21 x 13.2mm MGs, 120 mines.