Mutsuki-class Destroyer


Mutsuki class

Mutsuki

(Model kits manufactured by Hasegawa)

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 Completed1926-1927
Displacement1,772 tons
Dimensions338'9" x 30'0" x 9'8"
Speed37 knots
Armament 4 x 4.7"/45 DP,
up to 20 x 25mm AA,
up to 5 x 13mm AA,
6 x 24" TT,
18 DCs
Crew150

Additional Info
Kikuzuki Tabular Record of Movement (TROM)
Mutsuki Tabular Record of Movement (TROM)
Nagatsuki Tabular Record of Movement (TROM)
Jack Heyn Photo Journal: Nadzab

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Kikuzuki under salvage, focus on her forecastleKikuzuki under salvage, with USS Menominee (ATF-73) and a crane barge near herKikuzukiMutsuki off Shanghai, China, 1926, photo taken by USS Barker (DD-123)Japanese destroyer Nagatsuki underway, Apr 1927
Kikuzuki under salvage, focus on her forecastleKikuzuki under salvage, with USS Menominee (ATF-73) and a crane barge near herKikuzuki's bridgeMutsuki off Shanghai, China, 1926, photo taken by USS Barker (DD-123)Japanese destroyer Nagatsuki underway, Apr 1927
Mutsuki, circa late 1920s or early 1930sJapanese destroyer Yuzuki, 5 Jul 1928Mutsuki off Shanghai, China, Feb 1932, photo taken by G. Freret, USNMutsuki underway, circa late 1930sJapanese destroyer Yuzuki departing Tulagi harbor, Solomon Islands during an American air attack, 4 May 1942
Mutsuki, circa late 1920s or early 1930sJapanese destroyer Yuzuki, 5 Jul 1928Mutsuki off Shanghai, China, Feb 1932, photo taken by G. Freret, USNMutsuki underway, circa late 1930sJapanese destroyer Yuzuki departing Tulagi harbor, Solomon Islands during an American air attack, 4 May 1942

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