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Fubuki-class Destroyer

Length388 feet
Beam34 feet
Draft11 feet
MachineryFour Kampon type boilers, two Kampon type Ro geared turbines, two shafts
Power Output50,000 SHP
Speed38 knots
Range5,000nm at 14 knots
Armament6x127mm 50 caliber Type 3 naval guns, up to 22x25mm Type 96 AA guns, up to 10x13mm AA guns, 9x610mm torpedo tubes, 36 depth charges


This article refers to the entire Fubuki-class; it is not about an individual vessel.

ww2dbaseThe Fubuki-class of destroyers revolutionized the way navies viewed the destroyer. When Fubuki appeared in 1928, she was the first destroyer in the world to feature power-worked, weatherproof dual 5" mounts, and torpedo reloads. At that time, she was hands-down the most powerful warship of her size anywhere in the world. Unfortunately, the design was also structurally suspect (a common flaw in Japanese warships of this era) as a result of trying to cram too much weaponry into too small a displacement. Subsequent rebuilds remedied this problem, but at the cost of slightly reduced speed and torpedo reload capability. Ayanami is interesting because she carried the modified Model B 5" gun turret, which had superior elevation: 75 degrees, compared to 50 degrees for the Model A turret, allowing the main guns to also be used as anti-aircraft batteries.

ww2dbaseSource: CombinedFleet.com

Last Major Revision: Oct 2009


Fubuki-class destroyer Amagiri in port, Nov 1930Destroyer Amagiri underway in the 1930s
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Fubuki-class destroyer Amagiri in port, Nov 1930Destroyer Amagiri underway in the 1930s
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