Shimakaze

Type:
Destroyer
Class:
Shimakaze
Builder:
Maizuru Navy Yard
Maizuru, Japan
Hull Number:
N/A
Ordered:
N/A
Commissioned:
May 10, 1943
Keel Laid:
August 8, 1941
Decommissioned:
N/A
Launched:
July 18, 1942
Stricken:
January 10,1945
Fate:
Sunk Nov. 11, 1944 by US Aircraft from TF-38 (damaged and set on fire, later exploded)

Location: Ormoc Bay, Leyte, Philippines. (10.50N - 124.35E)

Unknown number of casualties or survivors.


Dimensions, Machinery and Performance

Length:
415'
Engines:
2 x Geared turbines
Beam:
36' 9"
Boilers:
N/A
Draft:
13' 6"
Shafts:
2
Displacement:
2,567 std. / 3,048 full
SHP:
76,000
Speed:
39
Crew:
250 (aprox.)
Range:
1,400 NM @ 30 knots


Armament As Built
Number Carried
Type
Arrangement
Maximum Range / Ceiling
6
5"/50
3 twin turrets
4,700 yards (2.6 miles) @ 40°
4
25mm/60 (1") AA
twin mounts
8,200 yards @ 50 °
18,040' ceiling (max effictive 9,843')

15
24" torpedo tubes
1 reload per tube
3 x
quintuple launchers
Max. depending on type
43,700 yards (24 miles)
Speed 50 knots 1,080 lb. warhead
18
Depth charges
2 launchers
Armament changes:
Early 1944 second turret removed and replaced with 10 x 25mm.
June 1944: 25mm increased to 28 guns and 4 x 13mm added.


Commanders
From
To
Name
May 10, 1943
Oct. 5, 1943
Commander Hirose Hiromu
Oct. 5, 1943
Nov. 11, 1944
Commander Uwai Hiroshi


Combat Victories
Date
Name
Type
Tons
Nationality
Notes
None


History:
Used in an escort roll her entire career.
Oct. 24, 1944:
During the Battle of Leyte Gulf took the survivors from the Maya off the Musashi which
was sinking.


Class Notes:
17 ships planned for class but only Shimakaze was ever built.
The other 16 were cancelled.

Shimakaze was the first Japanese destroyer equipped with quintuple torpedo tubes.

Max. speed achieved was 40.9 knots.


Shimakaze in May 1943.