Ex-Chinese Light Cruisers in IJN Service as Coast Defense
Ex-Chinese Light Cruisers in IJN Service as Coast Defense Vessels
Salvaged by the Japanese, they were taken to Japan where they languished until late 1943. By that time, losses of merchant shipping to American submarines caused the IJN to reorder its priorities. The Naval General Staff decided to reconstruct the ex-Chinese vessels for use as coast defense vessels. The two reclassified kaibokan escorted a few small convoys, but in the Fall of 1944, both were quickly dispatched by American submarines and aircraft.
|Harima SB, Aioi||360' x 39' x 13'||2526-tons standard||3-shafts, geared turbines, 10,500 s.h.p||23 knots||6 x 140mm (5.5-inch), 6 x 76.2mm (3-inch), 10 MGs,
(21-inch) TT, DCs
2 x floatplanes, no catapult
|Kiangnan Dock & Engineering Works, Shanghai||350' x 39' x 13'||2448-tons standard||2-shafts, geared turbines, 7,000 s.h.p||22 knots||6 x 140mm (5.5-inch), 6 x 40mm Bofors AA, 10 MGs,
4×533mm (21-inch) TT, DCs