Aoba Class


Information on this class has been compiled by Jeff Donahoo

Standard Displacement: 10,822 tons
Complement: 773

Length: 607’6”
Beam: 57’9”
Draught: 18’7”

Armament:
6-8”/50cal
4-4.7”/45cal
8-25mm
8-24” torpedo tubes

Armor:
3” side
2” deck

Machinery: 4 shaft Kanpon turbines
Boilers: 12 Kanpon
S.H.P.: 108,456= 33 knots
Oil: 2,000 tons
Radius: 8,000 miles @ 14 knots

Ships In Class:

Aoba
Meaning: Mountain in Miyagi Prefecture
Builder: Mitsubishi Zosenho, Nagasaki
Ordered: #3 ko-kyu junyokan 1923
Laid Down: 2/4/24
Launched: 9/25/26
Completed: 9/20/27
Fate: sunk, 7/28/45
Fleet Assignments:
CruDiv 6 9/41-4/43
Under Repair 4/43-11/43
First Southern Expeditionary Fleet 11/43-2/44
CruDiv 16 2/44-6/45
Wartime Commanders:
Capt Hisamue Yonejiro 12/41-11/42
Capt Araki Tsutau 11/42-12/42
Capt Tawara Yoshioki 12/42-2/43
Capt Yamamori Kamesosuke 2/43-6/44
Capt Yamazumi Chusaboru 6/44-1/45
Capt Murayama Seiroka 1/45-7/45
Service Notes:
11/38 7.9" replaced with twin 8" returned
1940 3.1" replaced with 4.7"/45cal
8/8/42 Assist in sinking 4 Allied cruisers
10/12/42 Major Damage 24 shell hits (6" and 8") turret #3 destroyed 81 dead. Returned
2/43 without #3 turret
4/3/43 Hit by bomb. Two of own torpedoes exploded and ship had to be beached. Towed to
Kure, #3 turret is replaced and repairs are completed 11/43
10/23/44 Hit by 1 torpedo from USS Bream (SS-243) towed to Kure, not repaired
7/24/45 hit by bomb and a very close miss by another results in her settling to the bottom in
shallow water
7/28/45 hit by four more bombs, causing her stern to break off
9/15/45 wreck damaged in a typhoon
11/46 scrapped where she lay by Harima Shipbuilding Co


Kinugasa
Meaning: Mountain in Kyoto Prefecture
Builder: Kawasaki Kawasaki Jyuko Co., Kobe
Ordered: #4 ko-kyu junyokan 1923
Laid Down: 1/23/34
Launched: 10/24/26
Completed: 9/30/27
Fate: sunk, 11/14/42
Fleet Assignments:
CruDiv 6 9/41-11/42
Wartime Commanders:
*Capt Sawa Masao 11/41-11/42
Service Notes:
10/15/38 7.9" replaced with twin 8" returned 10/30/40
1940 3.1" replaced with 4.7"/45cal
8/8/42 Assist in sinking 4 Allied cruisers received 2 shell hits 1 dead
11/14/42 hit by one bomb from USS Enterprise (CV-6) that caused heavy flooding. Several near
misses near the stern caused more flooding and she capsized and sank at 0922hrs
(09.06S 157.14E) 51 dead