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Post subject: Japan - IJN ShimakazePosted: September 7th, 2021, 12:27 pm
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An experimental destroyer of the Imperial Japanese Navy Shimakaze was ordered in 1939 under the 4th Naval Armaments Supplement Programme. Laid down at Maizuru Naval Arsenal in August 1941 and completed on 10 May 1943. She served as a testbed for an enormously powerful, high-temperature, high-pressure steam turbine that was able to develop 79,240 shp (59,090 kW). This made her one of the fastest destroyers in the world: her design speed was 39 knots (72 km/h; 45 mph), however, during her trials on 7 April 1943, she clocked at 40.90 knots (75.75 km/h; 47.07 mph), faster than initially planned.
Shimakaze was based on a lengthened version of the Yugumo design, with an additional 25 feet of length to mount an additional torpedo launcher amidships. With a broadside of three quintuple mounts which could be trained to either port or starboard, Shimakaze had one of the largest torpedo capacities of any World War II destroyer. The main battery used on the Yugumo-class of six Type3 127mm 50caliber naval guns in three twin-gun turrets was retained, as well as the anti-aircraft battery of two twin-mount Type96 25mm AA guns, plus a twin Type93 13mm mount ona platform forward of the bridge.

Shimakaze as of 1943:
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Shimakaze as of 1944:
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Post subject: Re: Japan - IJN ShimakazePosted: September 7th, 2021, 1:01 pm
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Wonderful work - it blows my original of 2008 out of the water :)

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Post subject: Re: Japan - IJN ShimakazePosted: September 7th, 2021, 1:07 pm
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Glad to see her finally redrawn and finished!

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Post subject: Re: Japan - IJN ShimakazePosted: September 7th, 2021, 1:25 pm
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YES! She's reborn! Absolutely awesome work, my friend! Can't wait to see more IJN DDs!

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Post subject: Re: Japan - IJN ShimakazePosted: September 7th, 2021, 1:34 pm
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Lovely work! Good to see the Shimakaze given the BB1987 treatment.

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Post subject: Re: Japan - IJN ShimakazePosted: September 7th, 2021, 3:36 pm
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Hi BB

Top-notch drawing of a handsome ship!

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Post subject: Re: Japan - IJN ShimakazePosted: September 7th, 2021, 6:43 pm
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BB1987 wrote: *
Shimakaze as of 1944:
-TBA-
30 June 1944:
When surveyed this date at Kure, armament additional to main guns and torpedoes included :
- one single 13mm
- four triple, two dual, and seven single 25mm machine gun mounts
- and Types 13 and 22 radars
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Shimakaze was discovered by a Paul Allen-led expedition aboard RV Petrel in Ormoc Bay on 1 December 2017, 715 ft (218 m) below the surface. She was a mangled wreck but the three quintuple torpedo tube launchers confirmed her identity. Photographs from the wreck also debunked the assertion that she had had one of her turrets removed in an early 1944 refit


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Post subject: Re: Japan - IJN ShimakazePosted: September 7th, 2021, 7:13 pm
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Colombamike wrote: *
- and Types 13 and 22 radars.
The Type 22 radar was there since comissioning, as pictures taken during her sea trail show, only the Type 13 was added during the 1944 refit.
Colombamike wrote: *
Shimakaze was discovered by a Paul Allen-led expedition aboard RV Petrel in Ormoc Bay on 1 December 2017, 715 ft (218 m) below the surface. She was a mangled wreck but the three quintuple torpedo tube launchers confirmed her identity. Photographs from the wreck also debunked the assertion that she had had one of her turrets removed in an early 1944 refit
Honestly I don't know why this needed the wreck discovery to be debunked, Photos taken by US aircrafts at Ormoc Bay the day Shimakaze was sunk clearly show all three 127mm turrets still on board.
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Post subject: Re: Japan - IJN ShimakazePosted: September 7th, 2021, 7:48 pm
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Looking forward to the 1944 version, my friend, as well as future IJN DDs! :D

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Post subject: Re: Japan - IJN ShimakazePosted: September 8th, 2021, 5:47 pm
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Truly excellent work. :)


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