Weaponology Wednesday - Tomozura Class
I have a moment to post a weaponology Wednesday! Today, we have the Tomozuru Class torpedo boats. Ordered in 1931, these borderline second class destroyers were meant to avoid treaty limitations, while giving the IJN a shallow draft vessel with destroyer qualities, especially in the firepower department. They were equipped with three 5" guns, 2 dual torpedo launchers, but a hull of only 535 tons. The ships were inherently too top heavy, and on March 12, 1934, Tomozura capsized in rough seas. She was towed back, keel up, to the shipyard and an investigation was launched into the cause. The result of the investigation brought about multiple changes to the class design. 1 of the torpedo launchers was removed, the 5" guns were replaced with the common 4.7" guns, and 100 tons of ballast was added. This helped significantly. At the cost of 2 knots of cruising speed. AA protection? One 12.7mm MG... There was also a single Type 94 depth charge launcher. Come 1944 the war had changed for Japan, escorts for the dwindling merchant fleet were in high demand. As a result the class went through another redesign. One of the 4.7" guns was removed, AA armament was increased to two duel 25mm, and 6 single 25mm guns. ASW capabilities was the centerpiece of the redesign. They had 8 depth charge launchers, and two racks with 48 charges total. With their shallow draft they spent most of the war near the China coast and some Philippine waters. Come 1943 they were relegated to convoy escort duty. They were fast, maneuverable, and well equipped to handle submarine threats. Making them a significant threat to any periscope. There were only 4 ships in the class, Tomozura, Chidori, Manazura, and Hatsukari. Of the four, only Hatsukari would survive the war, being given to Russia and scrapped in 1946. The photo above is incorrectly labeled as Tomozura. It is actually the Chidori. Chidori was sunk by the submarine USS Tilefish on Christmas Eve 1944. Tomozuru and Manazura were both sunk in March 1945 by USN aircraft. #subpac#subpacww2#ww2#worldwartwo#pacificwar#underseawarfare#ijn#tomozuraclass#torpedoboat#asw#usstilefish#torpedos
Making this post in honor of ASW! Today, one year ago, I met my girl Melody and all these amazing pals! Today a little over 100 kids will arrive in Shanghai and meet their future classmates/friends! I can’t wait to see NYUSH Class of 2022! #nyushanghai#nyu#china#shanghai#college#asw
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