Kongo Class


Line Drawing from Kongo Hasegawa kit instructions.

Information on this class has been compiled by Jeff Donahoo


Standard Displacement: 32,156 tons
Complement: 1,377

Length: 728’6”
Beam: 95’3”
Draught: 31’9 ‘

Armament:
8-14”/45cal
8-6”/50cal
8-5”/40cal
20-25mm

Armor:
8” side
5” deck

Machinery: 4 shaft Kanpon turbines
Boilers: 8 Kanpon
S.H.P.: 136,000= 30 knots
Oil: 6,253 tons
Radius: 10,000 miles @ 16 knots

Ships of Class:

Haruna
Meaning: Mountain in Gunma Prefecture
Builder: Kawasaki Jyuko Co., Kobe
Ordered: 1910
Laid Down: 3/16/12
Launched: 12/14/13
Completed: 4/19/15
Fate: sunk, 7/28/45
Fleet Assignments:
BatDiv 3 First Fleet 12/41-3/44
BatDiv 3 Second Fleet 3/44-1/45
BatDiv 1 Second Fleet 1/45-2/45
Kure Naval District 2/45-6/45
Special Guard Fleet 6/45-7/45
Wartime Commanders:
Capt Takama Tomotsu 8/41-6/42
Capt Ishii Takayuki 6/42-6/43
Capt Morishita Nobuei 6/43-1/44
Capt Shigenaga Kazutake 1/44-12/44
Capt Yoshimura Matake 12/44-7/45
Service Notes:
11/27/44 Grounded at Lingga. Repairs completed 1/45
3/19/45 Bomb hit on bridge
6/12/45 Bomb hit on quarterdeck
7/24/45 hit by bomb
7/28/45 sunk 8 miles NW Kure (34.15N 132.29E) 65 dead
1946 wreck scrapped

Hiei
Meaning: Mountain near Kyoto
Builder: Yokosuka Kaigun Kosho
Ordered: 1910
Laid Down: 11/4/11
Launched: 11/21/12
Completed: 8/4/14
Fate: sunk, 11/13/42
Fleet Assignments:
BatDiv 3 First Fleet 12/41-7/42
BatDiv 11 Third Fleet 7/42-11/42
Wartime Commanders:
Capt Nishida Masao 9/41-11/42
Service Notes:
12/7/41 Escorted Pearl Harbor Strike Force
3/1/42 Helped sink USS Edsall (DD-219)
11/13/42 Crippled by US cruisers and US aircraft off Savo Is, Guadalcanal
(09.08S 159.42E) finally being scuttled at 1900hrs with 188 dead.
In all she was hit by 40 8" and 5" shells, 4 bombs and 5 torpedoes


Kirishima
Meaning: Mountain (1,239m) in Kagoshima
Builder: Mitsubishi Zosenho, Nagasaki
Ordered: 1910
Laid Down: 3/17/11
Launched: 12/1/13
Completed: 4/19/15
Fate: sunk, 11/15/42
Fleet Assignments:
BatDiv 3 First Fleet 12/41-7/42
BatDiv 11 Third Fleet 7/42-11/42
Wartime Commanders:
Capt Yamaguchi Jihei 11/41-4/42
Capt Iwabuchi Sanji 4/42-11/42
Service Notes:
11/15/42 sunk by USS Washington (BB-56) at 0323hrs northwest of
Savo Is, Guadalcanal (09.06S 159.42E) 250 dead 1,127 saved

Kongo
Meaning: Mountain (1,125m) in Nara Prefecture
Builder: Vickers Barrow, England
Ordered: 1910
Laid Down: 1/17/11
Launched: 5/18/12
Completed: 8/16/13
Fate: sunk, 11/21/44
Fleet Assignments:
BatDiv 3 First Fleet 12/41-3/44
BatDiv 3 Second Fleet 3/44-11/44
Wartime Commanders:
Capt Koyanagi Tomiji 8/41-12/42
Capt Ijuin Matsuji 12/42-7/43
*Capt Shimazaki Toshio 7/43-11/44
Service Notes:
10/25/44 helped sink USS Gambier Bay, USS Hoel and USS Samual B Roberts
11/21/44 sunk at 0510hrs by USS Sealion (SS-311) 65 miles NW Keelung,
Formosa (26.09N 121.23E) 1,250 dead 237 saved