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Welcome Fans of Big Guns

This is Panzerdan Naval Weekly. I'll be The Naval Chieftain til  They find some one  Better  or They start paying me. Wink wink. This will be a weekly posting  about  different things naval related. Battles, tactics and Ships  may  and will be talked about. Enjoy

 

  Naval Doctrine was the governing idea behind a Nation's Navy strenght in the world. The  United States  and  the Empire of  Japan had long eyed  each other as rivals in the pacific. Even more After the  shocking outcome of the Russo-Japanese War. Japan had flex it's growing power in the Pacific.This  would lay the  groundwork for the  Japan  defeat. But that is a tale for another time.

 

After the Crushing of Tzar Nicholas  Grand fleet  at the Battle of Tsushima in 1905 Japan was a 1st rate Naval power.Stepping on the world stage in grand fashion. Seeing  the power of one  crushing Victory. The japanese  formulated "Kantai Kessen". This  would bring Japan to power and Victory and the Jaws of Defeat

 

So what is Kantai Kessen?

 

"The Decisive Battle Doctrine (Kantai Kessen) was a Naval Docrine adopted by the IJN following the Russo Shino war. It called on the use of a strong Battleship force, which would destroy an invading fleet as it approached Japan after suffering losses through attrition as it penetrated Japanese perimeter defenses.

The decisive victory of the Japanese fleet over the Czar Fleet at the Battle of Tsushima in the Russo-Japanese War had validated the doctrine in the eyes of the Naval general Staff, and future naval procurement and deployment was centered around refinements of the “decisive victory”, or kantai kessen doctrine.

Opposition to this doctrine grew in the 1930s,  foreseeing that the concept of the Line of battle  between opposing battleships fleets had been rendered obsolete However, conservative supporters of kantai kessen, such as Admiral Nagano, dominated within the senior staff of the Japanese Navy and the kantai kessen concept remained the primary Japanese naval strategy into the 1940's"

 

This would lead to Japan  "Eight Eight Fleet". Started in 1910.

 

"The first serious attempt to build an "Eight-Eight Fleet" came in 1910, when the Naval Staff proposed a building program of eight battleships and eight armored cruisers (by that time, they would inevitably become BattleCruisers). The Minster of the Navy cut back this request for political reasons, to seven battleships and three armored cruisers. The Cabinet eventually recommended one battleship and four battlecruisers, and the Diet authorized these ships in 1911. The battlecruisers became the Kongo class and the battleship was Fuso: all technologically advanced ships of admirable design.

The 1913 program saw a further three battleships authorized, making a total of "four-four". These ships,Yamashrino, Ise and Hyuga, were Sister's or cousins of Fusō.

In 1915, the Navy proposed another four battleships, to reach an "Eight-Four Fleet". This was rejected by the Diet. However, in 1916 the Diet agreed to an additional battleship and two battlecruisers. In 1917, in response to the U.S. Navy's plan to build an additional ten battleships and six battlecruisers, the Diet authorized a further three battleships; and in 1918 the Cabinet authorized another two battlecruisers. In total, the authorization existed for an "Eight-Eight Fleet".

The new ships started were the two Nagatobattleships, the two Kaga battleships, and a total of four Amigri battlecruisers: all modern, capable ships carrying 16-inch guns. Only the two Nagato class ships were eventually completed in their intended role."

 

Tune In week   For  Part 2

 

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Great read. However you might want to consider putting it in the WW2 section might fit better.

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The fun part was, until 1938 or so the US plan for war with Japan was to steam past all the outlying distractions and head directly for the heart to force a battle.  Of course, doing this would allow all the "distractions" to take their toll on the American warships, slowly whittling down their numbers through attrition.  When the Americans got ahold of the Japanese war plan, their own war plan changed mighty quickly.

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View PostMini_Bolo, on 16 August 2012 - 01:49 AM, said:

The fun part was, until 1938 or so the US plan for war with Japan was to steam past all the outlying distractions and head directly for the heart to force a battle.  Of course, doing this would allow all the "distractions" to take their toll on the American warships, slowly whittling down their numbers through attrition.  When the Americans got ahold of the Japanese war plan, their own war plan changed mighty quickly.

SHHHH  You'll Spoil Part 2 hehe

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Is part 2 going to be on the same thread or a different one?

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I'm  doing different ones  Depending on the topic  There a second One with The Tag of Jutland  which  will have  most of JUtland related  weekly

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