Type C (Class I)(odd-numbered) Escort Vessels

(Type C (Class I)(odd-numbered) Escort)

By 1943, the heavy losses of merchant shipping to American submarines caused the IJN to move escorts up in their warship building priorities. In the spring of 1943,
the Type C was designed as a simplified version of the Type B (Mikura and Ukuru) Class. The first unit was laid down in September 1943. 132 units were ordered and
construction of Type C escorts continued until the end of the war. The hull design was further simplified and electric welding was used extensively during
manufacturing. Although almost 200 tons lighter than the Type B design, the Type Cs were fitted with inferior engines and could make no more that 16.5 knots.
They also had one less 4.7-inch gun in their main armament.

Builders and
Years Completed:
Displacement: 745-tons standard.
Dimensions: 206.75' x 27.5' x 9.5'
Propulsion: 2-shaft geared diesel engines, 1900 b.h.p, speed 16.5 knots
Armament: 2 x 4.7-inch 120-mm)/45 cal HA, 6 Type 96 25-mm AA (2x2), an 3-inch (80-mm) trench mortar and 120 depth charges. During the war, the class was fitted with additional Type 96 25-mm guns bringing their total to 12.