IJN Oyodo (CL-1943)


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The Oyodo class was a group of four cruisers to be built under the War builds supplements. Only the lead ship of the class was built as a cruiser, the other three were repurposed as light carriers (CVL) of the Nisshin class. The only reason this ship was completed as a cruiser was the ship was considered to far in its building cycle to be altered.

For the first time in a Japanese cruiser, no torpedoes were fitted. The aircraft facilities took precedence with this ship as it would act as a destroyer leader to the Akizuki class destroyers. The 3.9" weapons were in open backed twin mountings. They did not fire as fast as the twin turrets but were still a very handy weapon. The armoured belt was only outside the machinery spaces, the magazines had 2" of box armour around them.

Note the 3.9" at high elevation.

Displacement 11,000 tons std, 14,000 tons full load
Length 630 ft
Breadth 62 ft
Draught 19 ft
Machinery 4 shaft Steam turbines, 120,000shp
Speed 33 knots
Range 8,500 miles at 18 knots
Armour 3" side, 2" deck, 3" turrets.
Armament 12 x 6.1" (4x3)

10 x 3.9" (5x2)

21 x 25mm (7x3)

Aircraft 3
Complement 590
Notes IJN Oyodo

Original, real life Oyodo, in a colourised photo, showing the huge hangar and catapult, aft, for aircraft operations.


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