|This page is about the premium Japanese destroyer IJN Kiyoshimo. For other Yugumo-class destroyers, see Yugumo (Family).|
- 1 Description
- 2 General info
- 3 Armament
- 4 Usage in battles
- 5 History
- 6 Media
- 7 See also
- 8 External links
The Yugumo-class, IJN Kiyoshimo, 1944 (清霜, namesake: Clear Frost) is a premium gift rank III Japanese destroyer with a battle rating of 4.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced as a premium pack in Update 1.89 "Imperial Navy" and was removed from the store after the 2020 May sale. It has since been made available temporarily for purchase in-game with Golden Eagles () for the 2022 "Day of Japan", 2023 "National Foundation Day in Japan" and 2023 "JSDF Day" mini-events.
Survivability and armour
Kiyoshimo's profile is rather low compared to destroyers of other factions, mainly because of being top-heavy. This in effect gives her a better chance of avoiding enemy fire, especially at long-range engagements, even as an overall longer ship. Additionally, her survivability further is aided by having ammunition stored deep underneath the water line, which ensures survival if faced with AP shells and having torpedo turrets protected against fragmentation damage, though they are still one of the easiest components to damage on the ship.
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|Game Mode||Upgrade Status||Maximum Speed (km/h)|
Modifications and economy
The Kiyoshimo has six 127 mm dual purpose guns that have a high velocity and flat trajectory that enables you to easily hit targets at 10 km. With an Ace crew, you can reduce the reload rate to ~6 seconds, which enables you to win long ranged gunfights. If the Kiyoshimo is caught at close range, it is suggested to take out the enemies turrets and go for crew as these guns lack any type of AP shells.
|Ammunition|| Type of
|Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)|
|1,000 m||2,500 m||5,000 m||7,500 m||10,000 m||15,000 m|
|Type 1 HE||HE||28||28||28||28||28||28|
|Ammunition|| Type of
| Fuse delay
| Fuse sensitivity
| Explosive mass
(TNT equivalent) (kg)
|Type 1 HE||HE||910||23||0||0.1||2.31||79°||80°||81°|
The Kiyoshimo is armed with twenty-eight 25 mm anti-aircraft guns as its secondary armament. These are effective at close range as they can throw a lot of shells into the air, but it is recommended to stay near allied ships for air cover as the range of these guns is short.
On top of her 28 x 25 mm anti-air arsenal, she has 4 x 13.2 mm machine guns across the ship which on their own don't offer too much firepower, and should be used in unison with 25 mm cannons to clear PTs and air targets.
The Kiyoshimo's torpedoes are the special Type 93 Mod 3 torpedoes, the other users being the IJN Akizuki and IJN Shimakaze. It has reduced range of 15 km compared to the standard 20 km Type 93 Model 1s found on other Japanese ships. While not gaining any speed advantage, it does gain an even larger warhead: ~1000 kg of TNT instead of ~600 kg. These torpedoes have a tendency to destroy anything they hit. These are especially useful in Naval EC.
Usage in battles
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Pros and cons
- Good top speed
- Good manoeuvrability
- 2 quad torpedo launchers with one reload each
- Very deadly torpedoes
- 127 mm guns have good ballistics
- 28 x 25 mm AA with a lot of ammunition
- Slow turret traverse
- Turrets tend to be taken out often
- 25 mm AA only effective at close range (max range about 3 km)
- 127 mm guns have no AP (Only HE and HE-DF)
- 127 mm guns are almost useless against air targets (due to slow traverse)
IJN Kiyoshimo (清霜, "Clear Frost") was a ship of the Yugumo class built for the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) during the Second World War. As an incremental improvement over the previous Kagero class, Kiyoshimo had an improved anti-aircraft armament. Completed in May of 1944, Kiyoshimo was present at the Battle of Leyte Gulf, and was ultimately sunk by American land-based bombers in December of that year.
The Yugumo class was essentially a slightly-improved version of the preceding Kagero class of destroyers, armed with a heavier anti-aircraft armament. They displaced 2110 tons at standard load and had a crew complement of 228 officers and crew. Kiyoshimo carried a main armament of six 127 mm Type 3 guns in three dual turrets - one fore and two aft. These guns were designed with a high maximum rate of elevation to be used as dual-purpose guns, but their slow fire rate and lack of high-angle rangefinding devices severely hampered their effectiveness against aircraft.
Kiyoshimo carried a secondary armament of twenty-eight 25 mm anti-aircraft guns in fourteen single, four triple and one dual turrets. These weapons were the standard anti-aircraft guns for all Japanese warships during the Second World War. Kiyoshimo carried a torpedo armament of two quadruple 610 mm torpedo tube mounts firing the dreaded “Long Lance” torpedoes, along with four reloads. Her anti-submarine armament comprised two depth charge throwers with 36 depth charges.
Kiyoshimo was completed in May of 1944, after which she was immediately sent to join the Japanese forces in the Philippines. She was present at the Battle of Leyte gulf and was hit by an American bomb, and received five near-misses. She assisted the battleship Musashi after she was hit by numerous bombs, and later evacuated the survivors when the battleship sank. She was repaired in Singapore in November of that year. On December 26th, Kiyoshimo was at sea when she was crippled by American bombers, and finished off by a torpedo from the torpedo boat PT-223. 82 men were killed, while the destroyer Asashimo rescued 169 survivors and American PT boats rescued five.
Links to articles on the War Thunder Wiki that you think will be useful for the reader, for example:
- reference to the series of the ship;
- links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.
- Budge, K. (2007). Yugumo Class, Japanese Destroyers. Retrieved January 26, 2021, from http://pwencycl.kgbudge.com/Y/u/Yugumo_class.htm
- Newitt, A. D. (1998). IJN Kiyoshimo. Retrieved January 26, 2021, from http://www.combinedfleet.com/kiyosh_t.htm
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|Yugumo-class||IJN Yugumo · IJN Hayanami · IJN Kiyoshimo|
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