Hi guys! So this is it, the last of my colorized pictures series. It's been fun, but they run out eventually. But don't worry, I'm not leaving or done, oh no. You think these are all the pics I got? I got plenty more, and I'll be bringing plenty more to you guys. Due to the number of pics, this post will take a comment as well, so don't leave. As per usual, the pics come from: http://blog.livedoor.jp/irootoko_jr/
Let's get this show on the seas!
We begin with the Murakumo-class destroyer, Shiranui, at Yokosuka. Shiranui herself served from 1899-1925 and had several roles in the IJN from destroyer, to minesweeper, to dispatch vessel. She was broken up February 25, 1925.
The Kaba-class destroyer, Katsura on July 4, 1917 at the Brindisi Adriatic Sea; the large ship above her bow is the Italian armored cruiser San Marco (Credit to Admiral Franz von Hipper for the ID). She saw service in WWI on the side of the Allied Powers, serving under the command of the Royal Navy as escorts and anti submarine countermeasures. She survived the war and was retired on April 4, 1932.
Two Kaba-class destroyers, Ume, and Kusunoki, in port at the Old Port of Montreal. Deployed under the same circumstances as their sister in WWI and were retired on the same day.
The Momo-class destroyer, Hinoki, on sea trials at Miyazu Bay, February, 1917. She had an unremarkable career and was broken up May 1, 1940.
The destroyer Kawakaze, first of her class, on sea trials at Tateyama, October, 1918. She and her sister, Tanikaze were the only two of her class, and were the first to use the Type 3 12cm/45 naval guns, and new 21 inch torpedoes in triple launchers. The two served inter war and were retired in 1934-35.
The much beloved Minekaze, at Yokosuka, August 30, 1932. She was a radical departure from the previous IJN DD designs which up to this point followed closely to British designs. The class were mostly second rate destroyers by the time of WWII as they were vastly inferior to the Fubuki-class and the subsequent destroyers. Nevertheless, they had a decent war career; 11 were lost, 4 were retired, with two being war prizes. Minekaze herself was torpedoed by USS Pogy (SS-266) off E Taiwan and sunk.
Okikaze, at Yokosuka, November 18, 1932. She mostly was an anti submarine patrol craft outside Tokyo, until she was torpedoed within sight of Yokosuka by USS Trigger (SS-237).
Yūkaze at Yokosuka, September 12, 1928. Yūkaze served as Hōshō's escort throughout the war, and never left her side. She was given to the RN after the war as a war prize in Singapore, and was subsequently scrapped.
Shimakaze (I) at Tateyama Bay, August, 1923. Not to be confused with the super destroyer of the same name, Shimakaze the first, had a small career as a patrol boat in WWII. She was escorting the fleet oiler Akebono in the Bismarck archipelago when she was torpedoed by USS Guardfish (SS-217) and sunk.
The Kamikaze-class destroyer, Hayate on sea trials at Tateyama in November, 1925. Hayate had the unfortunate distinction of being the first IJN destroyer lost in the war being sunk at the Battle of Wake Island on December 11, 1941. She was hit by the shore battery in the aft section of the ship causing a large explosion indicating a detonation of the aft torpedo mount or, less likely, the depth charge racks.
Asanagi, at Osaka Bay, December 29, 1924. Asanagi mostly provided cover for the landings of Rabaul, New Britain, Lae, and Salamaua. Throughout the war, she was an escort and covering ship, until she was sunk returning from Saipan to Japan by USS Pollack (SS-180), on May 20, 1944.
An utterly stunning photo of Yūnagi on September 5, 1936. Much like her sisters, she was a second rate destroyer and assigned to convoy escort duties. On July 4, 1943 she assisted in sinking USS Strong (DD-467), and she escorted Admiral Jisaburō Ozawa’s 1st Supply Force at the Battle of the Philippine Sea. She was torpedoed and sunk by USS Picuda (SS-382).
The Mutsuki-class coming up after the break, don't go anywhere. No seriously, don't just leave a comment on the first half and don't stay for the rest.
Edited by Doomlock, 06 May 2017 - 12:18 AM.