Takao-class Heavy Cruiser


TakaoAtago
MayaChokai
(Model kits manufactured by Aoshima)

What makes these ships cool? Well, as one of my reference books puts it, their "massive bridge structure, complete with "greenhouses" at the three upper levels, would not have disgraced a battleship. Not surprisingly, this class proved to be somewhat top-heavy..." Overall, this was a very successful design: fast, and heavily armed. Their main gun armament of 10 x 8" guns was a barrel heavier than most U.S. CAs, and two barrels more so than the Brits (though admittedly the firing arcs for Turret #3 were pretty poor). And their torpedo battery of 16 x 24" tubes gave them an additional punch that no Allied cruiser could come close to matching. Having torpedo-armed cruisers turned out to be a major advantage in night fighting. Chokai was flagship at the first major battle near Savo Island, when Vice Admiral Mikawa delivered the most brutal butt-kicking to the U.S. Navy it has ever had the misfortune to receive in a straight-up fight.

Again, for the serious Japanese naval buff, a must-have book is Janusz Skulski's "The Heavy Cruiser Takao," which was published in 1994 and is sold in the U.S. by the Naval Institute Press. Even more preposterously comprehensive than his earlier work on Yamato, this book should quench the thirst of even the most obsessive detail freaks.

Year CompletedTakao: 1932
Atago: 1932
Maya: 1932
Chokai: 1932
Displacement15,781 tons
Dimensions661'9" x 68'0" x 20'9"
Speed34 knots
Armament 10 x 8"/50
8 x 5"/40 DP
up to 66 x 25mm AA
16 x 24" TT
Crew773

Additional Info
Atago Tabular Record of Movement (TROM)
Takao Tabular Record of Movement (TROM)
Chokai Tabular Record of Movement (TROM)
Maya Tabular Record of Movement (TROM)

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Atago, date unknownChokai underway at seaJapanese heavy cruiser Atago, early 1930sJapanese heavy cruiser Chokai, early 1930sJapanese heavy cruiser Maya as seen on a 1930s postcard
Atago, date unknownChokai underway at seaJapanese heavy cruiser Atago, early 1930sJapanese heavy cruiser Chokai, early 1930sJapanese heavy cruiser Maya as seen on a 1930s postcard
Japanese heavy cruiser Maya, early 1930sJapanese heavy cruiser Takao, early 1930sKaga (misidentified as Akagi) and Hiei (misidentified as Kongo) in harbor, circa 1932-34; the ship at far right is a Takao-class heavy cruiserView of forward turrets and bridge of heavy cruiser Takao, Mar 1932Japanese heavy cruiser Takao on a trial run at full speed off Tateyama, Tokyo Bay, 1 Jul 1932
Japanese heavy cruiser Maya, early 1930sJapanese heavy cruiser Takao, early 1930sKaga (misidentified as Akagi) and Hiei (misidentified as Kongo) in harbor, circa 1932-34; the ship at far right is a Takao-class heavy cruiserView of forward turrets and bridge of heavy cruiser Takao, Mar 1932Japanese heavy cruiser Takao on a trial run at full speed off Tateyama, Tokyo Bay, 1 Jul 1932

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