Nagara Class



Information on this class has been compiled by Jeff Donahoo

Models of this class:

  • Natori built by Jason Abraham
  • Standard Displacement: 5,610 tons
    Complement: 438

    Length: 535’
    Beam: 46’6”
    Draught: 15’9”

    Armament:
    7-5.5”/50cal
    4-25mm
    8-24” torpedo tubes

    Armor: 2” side

    Machinery: 4 shaft Gihon turbines
    Boilers: 12 Kanpon
    S.H.P.: 90,000=36 knots
    Oil: 1,150 tons
    Radius: 9,000 miles @ 10 knots

    Ships in Class:

    Abukuma
    Meaning: River in Fukushima Prefecture
    Builder: Uraga Dock Co. Ltd, Tokyo
    Ordered: 1918 chu gata junyokan (medium model cruiser)
    1920 8-6 Fleet Completion Program
    Laid Down: 12/8/21
    Launched: 3/16/23
    Completed: 5/26/25
    Fate: sunk, 10/27/44
    Fleet Assignments:
    DesRon 1 9/41-10/44
    Wartime Commanders:
    Capt Murayama Seioku
    Capt Hanada -10/44
    Service Notes:
    9/1/23 Tokyo earthquake. Damage to the Uraga Yard delays her completion
    10/20/30 collision with Kitakami, losing bow
    12/7/41 escorted Pearl Harbor Strike Force
    12/42 Major Refit #5 5.5" removed
    7/26/43 collision with Kunashiri
    10/43 Major refit #7 5.5" removed 2-5" added
    10/27/44 sunk at 1242hrs by US aircraft 10 miles SE Negros, Philippines,
    (09.20N 122.30E) 250 dead 283 saved


    Isuzu
    Meaning: River in Mie Prefecture
    Builder: Uraga Dock Co. Ltd, Tokyo
    Ordered: #7 chu gata junyokan (medium model cruiser)
    1917 8-4 Fleet Completion Program
    Laid Down: 8/10/20
    Launched: 10/29/21
    Completed: 8/15/23
    Fate: sunk, 4/6/45
    Fleet Assignments:
    Sentai 15 9/41-4/42
    Sentai 16 4/42-9/42
    DesRon 2 9/42-1/43
    Sentai 16 1/43-9/43
    Sentai 14 4/43-3/44
    Combined Fleet 3/44-8/44
    Sentai 31 8/44-3/45
    10th Area Fleet 3/45-4/45
    Wartime Commanders:
    Capt Ura Koichi 9/41-1/43
    Capt Shinoda Kiyohiko 1/43-6/44
    Capt Matsuda Gengo 6/44-4/45
    Service Notes
    1/43-5/43 Major refit #5 and #7 5.5" removed and 2 5" added
    11/4/43 light damage by mine off Kavieng
    12/5/43 Hit by 3 bombs at Kwajalein
    1/44-9/44 Converted to AA cruiser all 5.5" removed and 3 twin 5" added
    11/14/44 Hit by 1 torpedo from USS Hake (SS-256) repairs completed 4/1/45
    4/6/45 sunk at 0820hrs by USS Gabilan 30 miles north of Soembawa
    Island (07.38S 118.09E)

    Kinu
    Meaning: River in Tochigi Prefecture
    Builder: Kawasaki Jyuko Co., Kobe
    Ordered: 1918 chu gata junyokan (medium model cruiser)
    1920 8-6 Fleet Completion Program
    Laid Down: 1/17/21
    Launched: 5/29/22
    Completed: 11/10/22
    Fate: sunk, 10/26/44
    Fleet Assignments:
    SubRon 4 9/41-3/42
    Sentai 16 3/42-10/44
    Wartime Commanders:
    Capt Kawasaki -10/44
    Service Notes
    8/43-10/43 Major refit #5 and #7 5.5" removed and 2 5" added
    10/26/44 1730hrs sunk 70 miles NNE Iloilo, Panay (11.50N 123.11E) by
    US aircraft


    Nagara
    Meaning: River in Gifu Prefecture
    Builder: Sasebo Kaigun Kensho
    Ordered: #6 chu gata junyokan (medium model cruiser)
    1918 8-4 Fleet Completion Program
    Laid Down: 9/9/20
    Launched: 4/25/21
    Completed: 2/21/22
    Fate: sunk, 8/7/44
    Fleet Assignments:
    Sentai 16 9/41-4/42
    DesRon 10 4/42-11/42
    DesRon 4 11/42-7/43
    Eighth Fleet 8/43-11/43
    Fourth Fleet 11/43-5/44
    DesRon 11 5/44-8/44
    Wartime Commanders:
    Capt Naoi Toshio 11/41-7/42
    Capt Tarawa Yoshioki 7/42-11/42
    Capt Shinoda Katsukiyo 11/42-8/43
    Capt Kitamura Masayuki 8/43-4/44
    Capt Kondo Shinichi 4/44-5/44
    *Capt Nakahara Giichiro 5/44-8/44
    Service Notes
    11/14/42 sinks USS Cushing
    11/15/42 sinks USS Preston
    12/42 Major refit #5 5.5" removed
    1/44 Major refit #7 5.5" removed and 2 5" added
    8/7/44 sunk at 0242hrs by USS Croaker (SS-246) 35 miles south of
    Nagasaki (32.09N 129.53E) 348 dead 235 saved


    Natori
    Meaning: River in Miyagi Prefecture
    Builder: Mitsubishi Zosenho, Nagasaki
    Ordered: #8 chu gata junyokan (medium model cruiser)
    1918 8-4 Fleet Completion Program
    Laid Down: 12/14/20
    Launched: 2/16/22
    Completed: 9/15/22
    Fate: sunk, 8/18/44
    Fleet Assignments:
    DesRon 5 9/41-3/42
    Sentai 16 3/42-
    DesRon 3 6/44-8/44
    Wartime Commanders:

    Service Notes
    1/9/43 Hit by 2 torpedoes from USS Tautog (SS-199) loosing stern
    1/21/43 Hit by bomb while docked. Not fully repaired until 4/44
    6/43-3/44 Major refit #5 and #7 5.5" removed and 2 5" added
    8/18/44 sunk at 0705hrs by USS Hardhead (SS-365) 250 miles NE of
    Surigao Strait (12.29N 128.49E) 330 dead 198 saved

    Yura
    Meaning: River in Kyoto Prefecture
    Builder: Sasebo Kaigun Kensho
    Ordered: 1918 chu gata junyokan (medium model cruiser)
    1920 8-6 Fleet Completion Program
    Laid Down: 5/21/21
    Launched: 2/15/22
    Completed: 3/20/23
    Fate: sunk, 10/25/42
    Fleet Assignments:
    SubRon 5 11/41-5/42
    DesRon 4 5/42-10/42
    Wartime Commanders:
    Capt Miyoshi Teruhiko 9/41-4/42
    Capt Shiro Sato 4/42-10/42
    Service Notes
    2/13/42 sinks S/S Vyner Brook
    2/15/42 sinks S/S Makassar
    4/16/42 sinks S/S Banjoewangi
    10/18/42 Hit by dud torpedo from USS Growler (SS-207)
    10/25/42 sunk at 1830hrs off Cape Astrolobe, Malaita Island (08.15S 159.57E)
    by US aircraft