These were pretty old, tired ships by the time WWII started (they had been laid down in the mid-1920s). They were the first Japanese vessels armed with 24" torpedo tubes. Most of them were spared the rigors of front-line combat and consigned to rear-echelon escort duties. Six of them were rebuilt in 1941-42 as fast transports; a role which exposed them to more danger in trying to resupply beleagured island garrisions. Not a single one of this class of twelve sister ships survived the war.
Not Pictured: Fumizuki, Kikuzuki, Kisaragi, Mikazuki, Minazuki, Mochizuki, Nagatsuki, Satsuki, Uzuki, Yayoi, Yuzuki.
|Year(s) Class Members Completed||1926-1927|
|Dimensions||338'9" x 30'0" x 9'8"|
4 x 4.7"/45 DP,
up to 20 x 25mm AA,
up to 5 x 13mm AA,
6 x 24" TT,
Kikuzuki Tabular Record of Movement (TROM)
Mutsuki Tabular Record of Movement (TROM)
Nagatsuki Tabular Record of Movement (TROM)
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|Kikuzuki under salvage, focus on her forecastle||Kikuzuki under salvage, with USS Menominee (ATF-73) and a crane barge near her||Kikuzuki's bridge||Mutsuki off Shanghai, China, 1926, photo taken by USS Barker (DD-123)||Japanese destroyer Nagatsuki underway, Apr 1927|
|Mutsuki, circa late 1920s or early 1930s||Japanese destroyer Yuzuki, 5 Jul 1928||Mutsuki off Shanghai, China, Feb 1932, photo taken by G. Freret, USN||Mutsuki underway, circa late 1930s||Japanese destroyer Yuzuki departing Tulagi harbor, Solomon Islands during an American air attack, 4 May 1942|
See all 19 photos of Mutsuki-class Destroyer on WW2DB