WAKATAKE-Class Destroyers in World War II

(WAKATAKE by Ueda Kihachiro)

2008 Bob Hackett, Sander Kingsepp and Peter Cundall

During 1941 and 1942, the WAKATAKE second-class destroyers underwent a refit. The center 4.7 gun, between the funnels, was removed. The remaining two 4.7/45 cal, low angle guns were replaced with improved dual purpose 4.7/50 cal. mounts. Two triple 25mm mounts replaced the center 4.7 mount. Mine sweeping gear was removed and the number of depth charges was increased by 36 with 4 throwers fitted.

Vessels Dimensions Displacement Machinery Speed Armament Complement
WAKATAKE, KURETAKE, SANAE, FUYO, KARAKAYA, ASAGAO 275' x 26.5' x 8' 820-tons 2 shafts, geared turbines, 21,500 SHP 35.5 knots 3 x 4.7mm-mm, 4 21-in. TT (2x2), 2 -7.7mm MG