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CRUISERS

KATORI training cruisers (1940-1941)

Katori 1941

Kashii 1942

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
香取 <Katori>   Mitsubishi, Yokohama 24/8/1938 17/6/1939 20/4/1940 sunk 17/2/1944
鹿島 <Kashima>   Mitsubishi, Yokohama 6/10/1938 25/9/1939 31/5/1940 surrendered 8/1945, stricken 10/1945
香椎 <Kashii>   Mitsubishi, Yokohama 30/5/1940 14/2/1941 5/12/1941 sunk 12/1/1945
橿原 <Kashiwara>   Mitsubishi, Yokohama 23/8/1941 --- --- cancelled 11/1941

  

Displacement standard, t

5890

Displacement full, t

6300

Length, m

123.5 pp 129.8 wl 133.5 oa

Breadth, m

16.6

Draught, m

5.75

No of shafts

2

Machinery

Kampon geared steam turbines, 3 Kampon boilers + 2 Kampon 22-go 10-gata diesels

Power, h. p.

8000 (4400 + 3600)

Max speed, kts

18

Fuel, t

oil 380, diesel oil 160

Endurance, nm(kts)

9900(18)

Armour, mm

turrets: 10

Armament

Katori, Kashima: 2 x 2 - 140/50 3-shiki, 1 x 2 - 127/40 89-shiki, 2 x 2 - 25/60 96-shiki, 2 x 2 - 533 TT, 1 seaplane (F1M2), 1 catapult 

Kashii: 2 x 2 - 140/50 3-shiki, 1 x 2 - 127/40 89-shiki, 4 x 2 - 25/60 96-shiki, 2 x 2 - 533 TT, 1 seaplane (F1M2), 1 catapult 

Complement

315 + 275 cadets

Ship project history: Ships of this class have been created specially as training. They were built under Supplementary programs of 1937 (Katori and Kashima) and 1939 (Kashii). The order for fourth ship, Kashiwara, laid down 23/8/1941, was cancelled in November of the same year, and hull was broken up on slipway. The 1942 program provided building of four more ships under a little advanced project, however these plans remained not realised.

Interesting feature of these cruisers was combined diesel-turbine machinery.

Ship protection: Only 6-10mm local protection was intended for armament, CT and magazines.

Modernizations: 8/1942, Katori, Kashima: + 2 x 2 - 25/60 96-shiki

4/1944, Kashii: - 2 x 2 - 533 TT, catapult and seaplane; + 2 x 2 - 127/40 89-shiki, 4 x 3 - 25/60 96-shiki, 4 DCT, 2 DCR (300), 21-go radar

1/1945, Kashima: - 2 x 2 - 533 TT, catapult and seaplane; + 2 x 2 - 127/40 89-shiki, 4 x 3 - 25/60 96-shiki, 10 x 1 - 25/60 96-shiki, 4 DCT, 2 DCR (100), 22-go radar

Naval service: In days of war they were used basically in a role of command ships.

Katori 1/2/1942 was damaged at Kwajalein by American carrier aircraft. 17/2/1944 she was damaged by American carrier aircraft of TF.38 and later sunk by American cruisers Indianapolis, New Orleans and destroyers Bradford and Burns NW off Truk.

Kashii 12/1/1945 was sunk by American aircraft (Essex, Ticonderoga, Langley and San Jacinto air groups) at coast of Vietnam.

Kashima after end of war was used some time for repatriation and scrapped in 1946-1947.

 

Kashii 7/1941

 

Ivan Gogin, 2008-14