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JDS Harukaze (DD-101)
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JDS Harukaze (DD-101)
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Description

The Harukaze-class, JDS Harukaze (DD 101), 1956 (はるかぜ, namesake: Spring Wind) was the first destroyer class made in Japan after WW2, and resembles American destroyers more than its IJN predecessors. Inspired by ships from the war, the Harukaze-class mainly took advantage of designs from the American Gearing-class in overall construction and equipment, with traverse taken from Imperial Japanese designs.

The Harukaze was introduced in Update "Winged Lions". She is armed with 3 fast-firing single 127 mm guns with a variety of shells, including HE-VT to take down aircraft, which is also added to with a good AA battery of 2 quad-mount 40 mm Bofors cannons. However, Harukaze lacks torpedoes of any kind, which prevents it from reliably taking down large ships. Compared to other destroyers, Harukaze is relatively slow, having a maximum speed of only 56 km/h. In many ways, Harukaze is like a larger version of the JDS frigates Akebono and Ikazuchi, having fast-firing dual-purpose guns, a somewhat slow speed, and a secondary armament of only depth charges.

General info

Survivability and armour

Armourfront / side / back
Main fire tower3 / 3 / 3 mm
Hull16 mm (steel)
Superstructure4 mm (steel)
Number of section8
Displacement2 340 t
Crew240 people

The Harukaze is more akin to a frigate in terms of survivability, it's a rather small package of a ship with a total crew of 240 men on board. But due to the little amount of fighting compartments, damage above the waterline will only whittle down gun crews which aren't much to begin with. All critical components are beneath the waterline and will be safe from HE.

Mobility

Speedforward / back
AB68 / 31 km/h
RB56 / 25 km/h

Lacking speed in comparison to other destroyers due to the difference of role, while most destroyers are general purpose destroyers for open sea, the Harukaze was built for ASW and coastal defense and this reflects in her top speed of 30 kn.

Mobility Characteristics
Game Mode Upgrade Status Maximum Speed (km/h) Turn Time (s) Turn Radius (m)
Forward Reverse
AB Stock 50 23 ~132.67 ~205.28
Upgraded 68 31 ___ ___
RB/SB Stock ___ ___ ___ ___
Upgraded 56 25 ___ ___

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB856 → 1 091 Sl icon.png
RB1 355 → 1 727 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications6 950 Rp icon.png
6 740 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost530 Ge icon.png
Crew training3 000 Sl icon.png
Experts10 000 Sl icon.png
Aces125 Ge icon.png
Research Aces160 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
90 / 170 / 100 % Sl icon.png
112 / 112 / 112 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Seakeeping Unsinkability Firepower
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Dry-Docking
Research:
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Cost:
340 Sl icon.png
100 Ge icon.png
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Rudder Replacement
Research:
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Cost:
250 Sl icon.png
75 Ge icon.png
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Propeller Replacement
Research:
250 Rp icon.png
Cost:
240 Sl icon.png
70 Ge icon.png
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Engine Maintenance
Research:
560 Rp icon.png
Cost:
550 Sl icon.png
155 Ge icon.png
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Damage Control Division
Research:
350 Rp icon.png
Cost:
340 Sl icon.png
100 Ge icon.png
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Fire Division
Research:
260 Rp icon.png
Cost:
250 Sl icon.png
75 Ge icon.png
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Smokescreen
Research:
260 Rp icon.png
Cost:
250 Sl icon.png
75 Ge icon.png
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Shrapnel Protection
Research:
250 Rp icon.png
Cost:
240 Sl icon.png
70 Ge icon.png
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Ventilation
Research:
250 Rp icon.png
Cost:
240 Sl icon.png
70 Ge icon.png
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New Pumps
Research:
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Cost:
550 Sl icon.png
155 Ge icon.png
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Ammo Wetting
Research:
560 Rp icon.png
Cost:
550 Sl icon.png
155 Ge icon.png
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127mm_usa_mk32_common_sap_ammo_pack
Research:
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Cost:
340 Sl icon.png
100 Ge icon.png
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40 mm HE clips
Research:
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Cost:
340 Sl icon.png
100 Ge icon.png
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127mm_usa_mk46_special_common_sap_ammo_pack
Research:
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Cost:
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40 mm AP clips
Research:
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Cost:
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75 Ge icon.png
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Auxiliary Armament Targeting
Research:
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Cost:
250 Sl icon.png
75 Ge icon.png
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127mm_usa_mk31_aavt_radio_fuse_ammo_pack
Research:
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Cost:
240 Sl icon.png
70 Ge icon.png
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Depth Charges
Research:
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Cost:
240 Sl icon.png
70 Ge icon.png
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Primary Armament Targeting
Research:
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Cost:
240 Sl icon.png
70 Ge icon.png
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Improved Rangefinder
Research:
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Cost:
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Bomb mortar
Research:
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Cost:
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As all ships, to keep the ship afloat tools to repair and extinguish fires are crucial, then consider what shells are needed for the task as the next research, considering the soft targets the Harukaze usually meets, high penetration isn't required and more HE filler would suffice. Afterwards, it's up to the captain if HE-VT is wished for if the 2 quad Bofors don't fall into taste. Everything else can be ground out in leisure.

Armament

Primary armament

3 х Turret5 inch/38 Mk.12 cannon, mount Mk.30
Ammunition360 rounds
Vertical guidance-15° / 85°

The Harukaze will move away from the Japanese playstyle of torpedo-centric doctrine, even more so since the Harukaze doesn't even have a single torpedo launch tube. Equipped with American 5-inchers, she will have a much stronger gunplay compared to IJN ships due to lightweight shells, quick-loading breaches and AP shells. This does mean she lays closer to playstyle to US Navy ships, but only comes with 3 single-cannon turrets.

Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
1,000 m 2,500 m 5,000 m 7,500 m 10,000 m 15,000 m
AAC Mk.34 HE 36 36 36 36 36 36
Common Mk.32 Common 124 103 77 58 46 37
SP Common Mk.46 SP Common 150 125 93 71 56 45
AAVT Mk.31 HE-VT 36 36 36 36 36 36
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Velocity
(m/s)
Projectile
mass (kg)
Fuse delay
(s)
Fuse sensitivity
(mm)
Explosive mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
Ricochet
0% 50% 100%
AAC Mk.34 HE 792 25 0 0.1 3,220 79° 80° 81°
Common Mk.32 Common 792 24.49 0.01 6 1,150 47° 60° 65°
SP Common Mk.46 SP Common 792 25 0.01 6 906.5 48° 63° 71°
Proximity-fused shell details
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Velocity
(m/s)
Projectile
mass (kg)
Fuse delay
(s)
Fuse sensitivity
(mm)
Arming
distance (m)
Trigger
radius (m)
Explosive mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
Ricochet
0% 50% 100%
AAVT Mk.31 HE-VT 792 25 0 0.1 457 23 3,220 79° 80° 81°

Secondary armament

2 х Turret4 x 40 mm Bofors L/60 Mark 2 gun
Ammunition8000 rounds
Belt capacity4 rounds
Fire rate156 shots/min

Equipped with 2 quad turrets in the front and back of the ship, both Bofors mounts have excellent angles to engage targets and pour out enough lead to deal considerable damage to heavier coastal vessels and destroyers alike within close range. The quad mounts also will be effective at taking out pilots who aren't careful enough at medium range.

  • Universal: AP-T · HEFI-T
  • 40 mm HE clips: HEFI-T · HEFI-T · HEFI-T · AP-T
  • 40 mm AP clips: AP-T · AP-T · AP-T · HEFI-T

Penetration statistics
Ammunition Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
10 m 100 m 500 m 1,000 m 1,500 m 2,000 m
HEFI-T 3 3 3 3 3 3
AP-T 81 78 68 58 49 41
Shell details
Ammunition Velocity
(m/s)
Projectile
mass (kg)
Fuse delay
(m)
Fuse sensitivity
(mm)
Explosive mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
Ricochet
0% 50% 100%
HEFI-T 874 0.9 0 0.1 67.13 79° 80° 81°
AP-T 874 0.89 - - - 47° 60° 65°

Additional armament

Setup 148 x Mk.10 Hedgehog mortar
Setup 28 x Mk.6 mortar depth charge
Setup 348 x Mk.10 Hedgehog mortar
8 x Mk.6 mortar depth charge

The Hedgehog mortars are fixed on the ship, pointing forward and thus makes it hard to utilize it to its fullest potential. The best way to use them would require you to go straight at an enemy ship, before launching the mortars. However, the range on the mortars is not very good either, making it hard to land hits on your enemies without receiving damage.

Usage in battles

The Harukaze will feel very alien to the average Japanese sailor as it is a post-war vessel and doesn't rely on torpedoes unlike all Imperial Japanese Destroyers, Harukaze will offer a very close experience to US Navy Destroyers with survivability and fast-firing main guns which some Japanese sailors might have experienced from reaching end tier coastal.

While the cannon count on the Harukaze is inferior to her IJN counterparts which come with an equal amount of turrets but double the cannons, the Harukaze compensates for it by offering SAP and Common shells on top of her excellent fire rate which surpasses the damage you can deal with the Japanese 127 mm/50 3rd Year Type within the same time frame, especially target switching will shine compared to IJN destroyers with the lighter turrets having a much faster traverse speed due to superior electronics.

Additionally, the Harukaze comes with radar and an advanced fire director which allows easy tracking and engagement of aerial targets and quicker rangefinding of naval targets all squeezed into a single tight package which new captains may need to be wary off when their ship is stock, leaving little additional armament if any gun would be knocked out.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Main guns reload very quickly to deal considerable DPS against targets
  • Good anti-air capabilities
    • Main gun with HE-VT shells
    • Quad mount Bofors
  • Has a search and track radar

Cons:

  • ASW Focus
    • Poor destroyer speed
    • Lacks torpedo launchers
    • Only has 3 cannons to engage surface vessels with

History

The JDS Harukaze during a ceremony.

JDS Harukaze (はるかぜ, namesake: Spring Wind) was the lead ship of the Harukaze-class and the first domestically built ship after the war. The main design purpose of the Harukaze, like all Japanese post-war vessels, is coastal defence and ASW focus in defence of Japanese waters.

Inspired by ships from the war, the Harukaze-class mainly took design advantage from the USS Gearing-class in overall construction and equipment, with traverse taken from Imperial Japanese designs; Shirayatsuyu- and Asashio-class.

While laid down at the Mitsubishi shipyard in Nagasaki on 15 December 1954 with hull pennant DD-101, outfitted equipment was mostly if not all supplied by the United States according to the US and Japan Mutual Defense Assistance Agreement. Harukaze (DD-101) and her sister ship Yukikaze (DD-102) both were built with the main role of anti-submarine warfare (ASW).

Harukaze mainly served and moved around under the 1st, 2nd, and 12th escort groups as flagship. She also took part in the first two pelagic training voyages to Hawaii. She would see multiple refits ranging from upgraded sonar, alternative fire director, and other electronic warfare updates.

From 1981, Harukaze would be reclassified into a training auxiliary ship and her hull pennant switched to ASU-7002. After her last service in 1985, she was moored and stored at the Maritime Self-Defense Force 1st Service School at a special pier up until November 2001, when she was sold due to significant damage caused by salt and dismantled on the 19th of the same month.

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