IJN Mutsuki

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Mutsuki class (1941)
General characteristics
271 peopleCrew
Standard armament
120 mm/45 Type 3 cannon4 x Primary
240 roundsAmmunition
7,7 mm Type 92 machinegun2 x Secondary
1 940 roundsAmmunition
97 roundsBelt capacity
600 shots/minFire rate
610 mm Type 90 torpedo2 x Torpedo
6 roundsAmmunition
Additional armament
8 x Type 95 depth chargeSetup 1
18 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
77 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png870 / 1 114/1 100 / 1 409/1 150 / 1 473Repair
22 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
77 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
400 Ge icon.pngAces
x 1.36 Rp icon.pngReward for battle


GarageImage IJN Mutsuki.jpg

The Mutsuki class (1941) is a rank III Japanese destroyer with a battle rating of 3.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.89 "Imperial Navy".

General info

Survivability and armour

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Primary armament

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Secondary armament

Main article: Type 92 (7.7 mm)

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Torpedo armament

Main article: Type 90 torpedo

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Special armament

Main article: Type 95 depth charge

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Usage in battles

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Pros and cons


  • Perfect fire angles of the main caliber guns
  • Good max speed


  • Very vulnerable from air


As the Washington Naval Treaty entered effect, where it substantially limited the quantity of naval weaponry available to the signatory nations, Japan began developing more advanced naval designs to better parry the might of the U.S. Navy.

One such design was the Mutsuki-class destroyers, developed in the early 1920s. Although intended as an improvement over the preceding Kamikaze-class, the Mutsuki-class would become outdated the moment it entered service due to the fact that the even more advanced Fubuki-class was developed in parallel. Nonetheless, Mutsuki-class destroyers still had a prolific service life during WW2, even in the later stages when most were converted into transport vessels.

Mutsuki, the lead ship of her class, was laid down in May 1924 at the Sasebo Naval Arsenal shipyard and was completed in March 1926. The ship was initially commissioned under the name Destroyer No.19, only receiving the name ‘Mutsuki’ in August 1928.

Mutsuki’s combat record began with the outbreak of the Second Sino-Japanese War between China and Japan in the early 1930s. The first battle involving the destroyer during WWII was the invasion of Wake Island. Following the invasion, Mutsuki took part in many more major operations in the Pacific, such as the invasions in the Solomon Islands, New Guinea and Rabaul, while also participating in the Battle of the Coral Sea in 1942.

After undergoing repairs in July 1942, Mutsuki was reassigned to the 8th Fleet and participated in the bombardment of Henderson Field on 24 August 1942. However, Mutsuki met her fate the following day, after an American B-17 Flying Fortress bomber managed a direct hit on the ship’s mid section during the Battle of the Eastern Solomons. Mutsuki sunk on that fateful August day and was subsequently struck from Naval records in October 1942.

- From Devblog


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See also

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External links

Japan destroyers
IJN Mutsuki · IJN Fubuki · IJN Yugumo · IJN Akizuki · IJN Kiyoshimo