This ship revolutionized the way navies viewed the destroyer. When Fubuki appeared in 1928, she was the first destroyer in the world to feature power-worked, weatherproof dual 5" mounts, and torpedo reloads. At that time, she was hands-down the most powerful warship ofher size anywhere in the world. Unfortunately, the design was also structurally suspect (a common flaw in Japanese warships of this era) as a result of trying to cram too much weaponry into too small a displacement. Subsequent rebuilds remedied this problem, but at the cost of slightly reduced speed and torpedo reload capability. Ayanami is interesting because she carried the modified Model 'B' 5" gun turret, which had superior elevation: 75 degrees, compared to 50 degrees for the Model A turret.
Not Pictured: Shirayuki, Hatsuyuki, Miyuki, Murakumo, Shinonome, Usugumo, Shirakumo, Isonami, Uranami, Shikinami, Asagiri, Yugiri, Amagiri, Sagiri, Oboro, Akebono, Sazanami, Ushio.
|Year(s) Class Members Completed||1928-1931|
|Dimensions||378'3" x 34'0" x 10'6"|
6 x 5"/50 DP,
up to 22 x 25mm AA,
up to 10 x 13mm AA,
9 x 24" TT,
Amagiri Tabular Record of Movement (TROM)
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|Fubuki-class destroyer Amagiri in port, Nov 1930||Destroyer Amagiri underway in the 1930s||Destroyer Amagiri underway in the 1930s; note Nachi-class heavy cruiser at left|
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