IJN Tsugaru (CLE-1932)


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The Tsugaru's were a class of small cruisers that were to be used to escort the older capital ships that the Japanese still had in commission. They were to be armed with the older 8" twin turrets removed from the Ibuki class ships when those vessels were converted to ancillary duties. The Ibuki's were one of the types the Tsugaru's were built to escort.

Heavily armed for their size, the dimensions that allowed the ships to carry that armament was more akin to the armoured cruiser types of the early 1900's than a modern light cruiser. Side armour was kept to a minimum but a heavier protective deck was fitted. A heavy AA armament was fitted and the number of 25mm kept growing as space was found to add more triple, twin and single mountings.


Displacement 6,500 tons std, 9,250 tons full load
Length 438.5 ft
Breadth 70 ft
Draught 19 ft
Machinery 2 shaft Steam turbines, 20,000shp
Speed 24 knots
Range 6,500 miles at 18 knots
Armour 1.5" side, 3" deck, 6" turrets.
Armament 6 x 8" (3x2)

8 x 5" (4x2)

34 x 25mm (8x3 10x1)

Aircraft nil
Torpedoes nil
Complement 440
Notes IJN Tsugaru


Center section of the Ibuki showing the twin 8" removed and fitted to the Tsugaru class cruisers.


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