Agano-class Light Cruiser


Agano class

Yahagi

(Model kits manufactured by Tamiya)

In my humble opinion, the Japanese would have done well to have emulated the Americans conversion of some of our Independence-class light cruisers into aircraft carriers, because this class (though striking looking) were pretty wimpy as cruisers: 6 x 6" guns does not exactly equate to overwhelming firepower. Yahagi was skippered by Captain Tameichi Hara during Yamato's final suicidal foray, and was sunk escorting her. Hara was one of the few survivors.

Light cruiser Yahagi in the process of being sunk by US warplanes, April 7, 1945. (Sorry for the quality of the image; it was the best I could do with the original in such poor condition.)

Not Pictured: Agano, Noshiro, Sakawa.

Year CompletedAgano: 1942
Noshiro: 1943
Yahagi: 1943
Sakawa: 1944
Displacement8,534 tons
Dimensions571'0" x 49'10" x 18'5"
Speed35 knots
Armament 6 x 6"/50
4 x 3.1"/65 AA
up to 61 x 25mm AA
8 x 24" TT
16 DCs
Crew?

Additional Info
Agano Tabular Record of Movement (TROM)
Noshiro Tabular Record of Movement (TROM)
Yahagi Tabular Record of Movement (TROM)
Sakawa Tabular Record of Movement (TROM)

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Agano-class Light Cruiser
  * Agano
  * Noshiro
  * Yahagi
  * Sakawa


Agano underway off Sasebo, Japan, Oct 1942Agano off Truk, Jan 1943Cruiser Noshiro in Tokyo Bay, Japan, Jul 1943Cruiser Yahagi off Sasebo, Japan, Dec 1943Cruiser Sakawa prior to commissioning, Sasebo, Japan, Nov 1944
Agano underway off Sasebo, Japan, Oct 1942Agano off Truk, Jan 1943Cruiser Noshiro in Tokyo Bay, Japan, Jul 1943Cruiser Yahagi off Sasebo, Japan, Dec 1943Cruiser Sakawa prior to commissioning, Sasebo, Japan, Nov 1944
Cruiser Yahagi under attack, 7 Apr 1945Yahagi, moments before she was sunk, 7 April 1945Track chart of Yamato group, Apr 1945, part of Commander Miyamoto
Cruiser Yahagi under attack, 7 Apr 1945Yahagi, moments before she was sunk, 7 April 1945Track chart of Yamato group, Apr 1945, part of Commander Miyamoto's interrogation, 25 Oct 1945

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