Takao Class


Line Drawing from Atago MiniCraft kit instructions.


Line Drawing from Maya Skywave kit instructions. (Maya after her third twin 8" gun turrent was removed)


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Information on this class has been compiled by Jeff Donahoo

Standard Displacement: 13,400 tons
Full Load Displacement: 15,875 tons
Complement:

Length: 668’6”
Beam: 68’
Draught: 29’6” (mean)

Guns:
10-8”/50cal
8-5”/45cal
60-25mm
16-24” torpedo tubes


Armor:
5” side (127mm)
1 ½” deck (35mm)
1” turrets (25mm)

Machinery: 4 shaft Kanpon turbines
Boilers: 12 Kanpon RO-GO
S.H.P.: 130,000=34 knots
Oil: 2,645 tons
Radius: 7,000 miles @ 14 knots

Ships in Class:

Atago
Call Sign: JJIA
Meaning: Mountain near Kyoto
Builder: Kure Kaigun Kosho
Ordered: #10 ko-kyu junyokan 1927
Laid Down: 4/28/27
Launched: 6/16/30
Completed: 3/30/32
Fate: sunk, 10/23/44
Fleet Assignments:
CruDiv 4 12/41-10/44
Wartime Commanders:
Capt Ijuin Matsuji 12/41-12/42
*Capt Nakaoka Nobuki 12/42-11/43
*Capt Araki Tsutau 11/43-10/44
Service Notes:
4/38 Modernization completed 10/30/39
3/2/42 Help sink USS Pillsbury
Captured S/S Duymaer Van Twist
11/14/42 Scored several hits on USS South Dakota
11/5/43 Three near misses repairs completed 12/16
10/23/44 0653hrs sunk by USS Darter (SS-227) in Palawan Passage
(09.24N 117.11E) 360 dead 711 saved
Atago Fleet Assignments:
Reserve: 3/30/32-12/1/32
Sentai: 4/2nd Feet 12/1/32-11/15/35
Yokosuka Naval District: 11/15/35-12/16/35
Sentai 5/2nd Fleet: 12/16/35-3/10/36
?: 3/10/36-11/15/39
Sentai 4/2nd Fleet: 11/15/39-11/15/44
Combined Fleet: 11/15/44-12/20/44
Atago Commanding Officers:
Capt Sada Kenichi (35) 6/20/30-12/1/32
Capt Takahashi Ibo (36) 12/1/32-11/15/33
Capt Miyata Giichi (36) 11/15/33-11/1/34
Capt Sonoda Shigeru (37) 11/1/34-11/15/35
Capt Suzukida Kozo (37) 11/15/35-4/15/36
Capt Ito Seiichi (39) 4/15/36-12/1/36
Capt Goto Aritomo (38) 12/1/36-7/12/37
Capt Okumoto Takeo (38) 7/12/37-12/1/37
Capt Sakano Minbu (38) 12/1/37-8/10/38
Capt Minowa Nakai (38) 8/10/38-11/15/38
Capt Takatsuka Seigo (38) 11/15/38-11/15/39
Capt Kawano Chimaki (42) 11/15/39-10/15/40
Capt Koyanagi Tomiji (42) 10/15/40-8/11/41
Capt Ijuin Matsuji (43) 8/11/41-12/1/42
*Capt Nakaoka Nobuki (45) 12/1/42-11/5/43
Capt Araki Tsutau (45) 11/15/43-10/23/44


Chokai
Call Sign: JJKA
Meaning: Mountain in Yamagata Prefecture
Builder: Mitsubishi Zosenho, Nagasaki
Ordered: #12 ko-kyu junyokan 1928
Laid Down: 3/26/28
Launched: 4/5/31
Completed: 6/30/32
Fate: sunk, 10/25/44
Fleet Assignments:
CruDiv4 9/41-10/44
CruDiv 5 10/44
Wartime Commanders:
Capt Watanabe Seishichi 11/41-4/42
Capt Hayakawa Mikio 4/42-3/43
Capt Ariaga Kosaku 3/43-6/44
*Capt Tanaka Jo 6/44-10/44
Service Notes:
4/6/42 Sinks S/S Selma City, S/S Ganges and S/S Bienville
8/9/42 helped sink 4 Allied cruisers
10/25/44 0930hrs is hit by one bomb and stopped. Unable to move, she is scuttled
by Fujinami east of Samar (11.26N 126.13E) who removes her crew.
However, Fujinami is lost with all hands the next morning
~1,100 dead 0 survivors
Chokai Fleet Assignments:
Reserve: 6/30/32-12/1/32
Sentai 4/2nd Fleet: 12/1/32-11/15/35
Yokosuka Naval District: 11/15/35- 8/7/37
Sentai 4/2nd Fleet: 8/7/37-11/15/39
Sentai 15/2nd China Exp Fleet: 11/15/39-11/15/40
Sentai 4/2nd Fleet: 11/15/40-7/14/42
8th Fleet: 7/14/42-12/24/42
8th Fleet/SE Area Fleet: 12/24/42-8/20/43
Sentai 4/2nd Fleet: 8/20/43-3/1/44
Sentai 4/3rd Fleet: 3/1/44-10/23/44
Sentai 5/2nd Fleet: 10/23/44-11/15/44
Combined Fleet: 11/15/44-12/20/44
Chokai Commanding Officers:
Capt Miki Taichi (35) 4/5/31-12/1/31
Capt Hosogaya Boshiro (36) 12/1/31-12/1/32
Capt Tanimoto Umataro (35) 12/1/32-11/15/33
Capt Koike Shiro (37) 11/15/33-11/15/34
Capt Mikawa Gunichi (38) 11/15/34-11/15/35
Capt Kasuga Atsushi (37) 11/15/35-12/1/36
Capt Okumoto Takeo (38) 12/1/36-7/12/37
Capt Goto Aritomo (38) 7/12/37-11/15/38
Capt Hoshina Zenshiro (41) 11/15/38-11/1/39
Capt Koda Takero (41) 11/1/39-10/19/40
Capt Watanabe Seishichi (42) 10/19/40-4/25/42
Capt Hayakawa Mikio (44) 4/25/42-3/1/43
Capt Aruga Kosaku (45) 3/1/43-6/6/44
*Capt Tanaka Jo (47) 6/6/44-10/25/4

Maya
Call Sign: JJLA
Meaning: Mountain in Hyogo Prefecture
Builder: Kawasaki Jyuko Co., Kobe
Ordered: #11 ko-kyu junyokan 1928
Laid Down: 12/4/28
Launched: 11/8/30
Completed: 6/30/32
Fate: sunk, 10/23/44
Fleet Assignments:
CruDiv 4 12/41-10/44
Wartime Commanders:
Capt Nabeshima Shunsaki 11/41-9/42
Capt Matsumoto Takeji 9/42-10/43
Capt Kato Yoshiro 10/43-12/43
*Capt Ooe Ranji 12/43-10/44
Service Notes:
3/2/42 Help sink HMS Stronghold
11/15/42 SBD crashes into funnel 37 dead
11/5/43 Hit by one bomb 70 dead. Decided to convert her to a AA cruiser.
#3 turret removed and 4-5" and 39-25mm added repairs completed 4/44
10/23/44 0705hrs sunk by USS Dace (SS-247) in Palawan Passage
(09.29N 124.50E) 231 dead 769 saved. Survivors were put aboard
Musashi
Maya Fleet Assignments:
Reserve: 6/30/32-12/1/32
Sentai 4/2nd Fleet: 12/1/32-11/15/35
Yokosuka Naval District: 11/15/35-12/1/36
Sentai 4/2nd Fleet: 12/1/36-11/15/39
Reserve: 11/15/39-5/1/40
Sentai 4/2nd Fleet: 5/1/40-11/15/44
Combined Fleet: 11/15/44-12/20/44
Maya Commanding Officers:
Capt Morimoto Jo (35) 11/8/33-12/1/32
Capt Yamamoto Koki (36) 12/1/32-11/15/33
Capt Niimi Masaichi (36) 11/15/33-11/15/34
Capt Ozawa Jisaburo (37) 11/15/34-10/28/35
Capt Moizumi Shinichi (37) 10/28/35-12/1/36
Capt Oshima Kenshiro (39) 12/1/36-11/15/37
Capt Suzuki Yoshio (40) 11/15/37-11/15/38
Capt Nakahara Yoshimasa (41) 11/15/38-11/15/39
Capt Osugi Morikazu (41) 11/15/39-4/15/41
Capt Isaki Shunji (42) 4/15/41-8/11/41
Capt Nabeshima Shunsaku (42) 8/11/41-9/30/42
Capt Matsumoto Takeji (45) 9/30/42-10/16/43
Capt Kato Yoshiro (43) 10/16/43-12/26/43
*Capt Ooe Ranji (47) 12/26/43-10/23/44


Takao
Call Sign: JJSA
Meaning: Mountain east of Kyoto
Builder: Yokosuka Kaigun Kosho
Ordered: #9 ko-kyu junyokan 1927
Laid Down: 4/28/27
Launched: 5/12/30
Completed: 5/31/42
Fate: scuttled 10/29/46
Fleet Assignments:
CruDiv 4 12/41-10/44
Wartime Commanders:
Capt Asakura Bunji 11/41-2/43
Capt Inoguchi Toshihira 2/43-10/43
Capt Hayashi Shigechika 10/43-8/44
Capt Onoda Sutejiro 8/44-3/45
Capt Ishisaka Takao 3/45-8/45
Service Notes:
5/38 Modernization completed 8/31/39
3/2/42 Help sink USS Pillsbury
11/14/42 Scored several hits on USS South Dakota
11/5/43 Hit by one bomb by turret 2. 23 dead repairs complete 1/18/44
10/23/44 Hit by 2 torpedoes from USS Darter towed to Singapore and laid up
33 dead
7/31/45 Damaged by limpet mine from HMS XE-3
10/29/46 1200hrs scuttled in Malacca Strait 03.05N 100.41E
Takao Fleet Assignments:
Reserve: 5/31/32-12/1/32
Sentai: 4/2nd Fleet 12/1/32-11/15/35
Yokosuka Naval District: 11/15/35-12/1/36
Sentai: 4/2nd Fleet 12/1/36-12/1/37
Reserve: 12/1/37-11/15/39
Sentai 4/2nd Fleet: 11/15/39-11/15/44
Sentai 5/Combined Fleet: 11/15/44-1/1/45
Sentai 5/SW Area Fleet: 1/1/45-1/20/45
1st Southern Ex Fleet/SW Area Fleet: 1/20/45-2/5/45
1st South Exp/10th Area Fleet: 2/5/45-9/45
Takao Commanding Officers:
Capt Ando Takashi (34) 5/15/30-11/1/32
Capt Sawamoto Yorio (36) 11/1/32-11/15/33
Capt Nagumo Chuichi (36) 11/15/33-11/15/34
Capt Goto Eiji (37) 11/15/34-11/15/35
Capt Hara Kenzaburo (37) 11/15/35-12/1/36
Capt Takagi Takeo (39) 12/1/36-12/1/37
Capt Daigo Tadashige (40) 12/1/37-6/3/38
Capt Matsuyama Mitsuharu (40) 6/3/38-11/15/39
Capt Kobayashi Kengo (42) 11/15/39-11/1/40
Capt Yamaguchi Jihei (41) 11/1/40-8/15/41
Capt Asakura Bunji (44) 8/15/41-2/25/43
Capt Inoguchi Toshihira (46) 2/25/43-10/28/43
Capt Hayashi Shigechika (45) 10/28/43-8/29/44
Capt Onoda Sutejiro (48) 8/29/44-3/22/45
Capt Ishisaka Takeo (50) 3/22/45-9/45