IJN Sendai

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Rank 4 Japan
IJN Mikuma Pack
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IJN Sendai
AB RB SB
5.0 5.0 5.0
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Purchase:250 000 Specs-Card-Lion.png
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Description

The Sendai-class, IJN Sendai, 1942 is a rank IV Japanese light cruiser with a battle rating of 5.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.95 "Northern Wind".

General info

Survivability and armour

Armourfront / side / back
Citadel0 / 63 / 29 mm
Main fire tower20 / 20 / 0 mm
Hull25 mm (steel)
Superstructure13 mm (steel)
Number of section0
Displacement7 180 t
Crew450 people

Talk about the vehicle's armour. Note the most well-defended and most vulnerable zones, e.g. the ammo magazine. Evaluate the composition of components and assemblies responsible for movement and manoeuvrability. Evaluate the survivability of the primary and secondary armaments separately. Don't forget to mention the size of the crew, which plays an important role in fleet mechanics. Save tips on preserving survivability for the "Usage in battles" section. If necessary, use a graphical template to show the most well-protected or most vulnerable points in the armour.

Mobility

Speedforward / back
AB0 / 0 km/h
RB0 / 0 km/h

Write about the ship's mobility. Evaluate its power and manoeuvrability, rudder rerouting speed, stopping speed at full tilt, with its maximum forward and reverse speed.

Mobility Characteristics
Game Mode Upgrade Status Maximum Speed (km/h) Turn Time (s) Turn Radius (m)
Forward Reverse
AB Stock ___ ___
Upgraded 0 0
RB/SB Stock ___ ___
Upgraded 0 0

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB8 300 → 10 798 Sl icon.png
RB9 180 → 11 943 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications66 800 Rp icon.png
129 300 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost1 500 Ge icon.png
Crew training72 000 Sl icon.png
Experts250 000 Sl icon.png
Aces940 Ge icon.png
Research Aces480 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
450 / 600 / 100 % Sl icon.png
166 / 166 / 166 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Seakeeping Unsinkability Firepower
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Dry-Docking
Research:
2 700 Rp icon.png
Cost:
5 200 Sl icon.png
210 Ge icon.png
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Rudder Replacement
Research:
2 500 Rp icon.png
Cost:
4 900 Sl icon.png
190 Ge icon.png
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Propeller Replacement
Research:
2 800 Rp icon.png
Cost:
5 400 Sl icon.png
220 Ge icon.png
Mods new ship engine.png
Engine Maintenance
Research:
4 300 Rp icon.png
Cost:
8 300 Sl icon.png
330 Ge icon.png
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Tool Set
Research:
2 700 Rp icon.png
Cost:
5 200 Sl icon.png
210 Ge icon.png
Mods manual ship extinguisher.png
Fire Protection System
Research:
2 500 Rp icon.png
Cost:
4 900 Sl icon.png
190 Ge icon.png
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Smokescreen
Research:
2 500 Rp icon.png
Cost:
4 900 Sl icon.png
190 Ge icon.png
Mods ship anti fragmentation protection.png
Shrapnel Protection
Research:
2 800 Rp icon.png
Cost:
5 400 Sl icon.png
220 Ge icon.png
Mods ship venting.png
Ventilation
Research:
2 800 Rp icon.png
Cost:
5 400 Sl icon.png
220 Ge icon.png
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New Pumps
Research:
4 300 Rp icon.png
Cost:
8 300 Sl icon.png
330 Ge icon.png
Mods ship ammo wetting.png
Ammo Wetting
Research:
4 300 Rp icon.png
Cost:
8 300 Sl icon.png
330 Ge icon.png
Mods tank ammo.png
140mm_jp_1940_type1_naval_sap_ammo_pack
Research:
2 700 Rp icon.png
Cost:
5 200 Sl icon.png
210 Ge icon.png
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Anti-Air Armament Targeting
Research:
2 700 Rp icon.png
Cost:
5 200 Sl icon.png
210 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods tank ammo.png
25mm_type96_naval_ap_ammo_pack
Research:
2 700 Rp icon.png
Cost:
5 200 Sl icon.png
210 Ge icon.png
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140mm_jp_1940_type0_aa_distant_fuse_naval_he_ammo_pack
Research:
2 500 Rp icon.png
Cost:
4 900 Sl icon.png
190 Ge icon.png
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Auxiliary Armament Targeting
Research:
2 500 Rp icon.png
Cost:
4 900 Sl icon.png
190 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods tank ammo.png
25mm_type96_naval_incendiary_ammo_pack
Research:
2 500 Rp icon.png
Cost:
4 900 Sl icon.png
190 Ge icon.png
Mods tank ammo.png
140mm_jp_1940_mod1_naval_sap_ammo_pack
Research:
2 800 Rp icon.png
Cost:
5 400 Sl icon.png
220 Ge icon.png
Mods new main caliber turrets.png
Primary Armament Targeting
Research:
2 800 Rp icon.png
Cost:
5 400 Sl icon.png
220 Ge icon.png
Mods ship rangefinder.png
Improved Rangefinder
Research:
2 800 Rp icon.png
Cost:
5 400 Sl icon.png
220 Ge icon.png
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Bomb mortar
Research:
4 300 Rp icon.png
Cost:
8 300 Sl icon.png
330 Ge icon.png
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Torpedo Mode
Research:
4 300 Rp icon.png
Cost:
8 300 Sl icon.png
330 Ge icon.png

Armament

Primary armament

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Secondary armament

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Anti-aircraft armament

An important part of the ship's armament responsible for air defence. Anti-aircraft armament is defined by the weapon chosen with the control Select anti-aircraft weapons. Talk about the ship's anti-air cannons and machine guns, the number of guns and their positions, their effective range, and about their overall effectiveness – including against surface targets. If there are no anti-aircraft armaments, remove this section.

Additional armament

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Usage in battles

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Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Fast
  • Turrets are placed along whole ship which makes them hard to disable
  • SAPBC ammo have very good penetration values
  • 16 long range torpedoes (with torpedo modification)

Cons:

  • Low crew amount for its size
  • Mediocre AA armament
  • Can't release all torpedoes to one side

History

IJN Sendai, date unknown. Note the seaplane and catapult mounted above her rear guns.

IJN Sendai was the lead ship of the Sendai class, a class of three light cruisers built for the Imperial Japanese Navy following the end of World War 1. Designed to serve as leaders of destroyer flotillas, the ships were built in the early 1920s. Sendai saw service during the second Sino-Japanese war, and later served as the flagship of Destroyer Squadron 3 during the Second World War. She participated in numerous conflicts including the Battles of Guadalcanal, and was sunk during the Battle of Empress Augusta bay, having been critically damaged by American light cruisers.

Design and development

The Sendai-class cruisers were a class of three light cruisers, built as a follow-up to the previous Nagara class. As destroyer flotilla flagships, they were essentially enlarged destroyers, and displaced just 5500 tons full. Sendai was armed with seven 140 mm (5.5 inch) guns, mounted in single mounts. The turrets were mounted in an unusual arrangement, with two guns fore, two guns on either side of the bridge, and three guns aft. Sendai's secondary and anti-aircraft suite was extremely sparse, with several 25 mm and 13.2 mm guns. Sendai, similar to the previous Nagara class, carried sixteen 610-mm "Long Lance" torpedoes, with four dual launchers and eight reloads. Her top speed was 35.6 knots, extremely fast for a cruiser - this allowed Sendai to maintain speed with the destroyers that she would command. She was also able to carry a reconnaissance seaplane, being fitted with a catapult and seaplane recovery facilities.

Sendai was ordered in the early 1920s, and completed by April 1924. Before the outbreak of war, she served extensively in the East China Sea, and participated in the second Sino-Japanese war.

World War II Service

Following the outbreak of the Second World War, Sendai served as the flagship of Destroyer Squadron 3. At the time of the Pearl Harbour attack, she was escorting troops to the invasion of Malaya. Sendai covered troop landings for most of early 1942, and later served as part of the main fleet cover during the attack on Midway.

In July of 1942, Sendai attacked American troops landing at Guadalcanal; she participated in both of the battles of Guadalcanal. During the second battle, she was shelled by the battleship USS Washington, but survived without damage. In March of 1943, Sendai was reassigned to the eight fleet as an escort; during her time there, the fleet was repeatedly attacked by American aircraft. She survived these attacks unscathed. However, Sendai ultimately met her demise at the Battle of Empress Augusta bay, where the Japanese force (composed of cruisers Myoko, Haguro, Agano and herself, as well as several destroyers) were attacked by the American cruisers Cleveland, Columbia, Montpellier and Denver, along with several destroyers of their own. Hit by concentrated fire from all four American cruisers, she sank with the loss of 184 crew members; the remaining 230 were rescued by her escorts.

Devblog

The Sendai-class of light cruisers were a further development of the preceding Nagara-class, which itself was the successor to the Kuma-class. All ships of these classes were part of the Japanese 5,500 ton light cruiser design conceived in the years following WWI, with the Sendai-class being planned as the final ships to be based on this design.

To this extent, initial plans foresaw the construction of 8 vessels of the Sendai-class, however, with the signing of the Washington Naval Treaty in 1922, Japan was forced to cut back on these plans. This resulted in 4 ships being cancelled and one being broken up on the slipway, while the remaining ships did in fact see completion.

Sendai, as the lead ship of her class, was laid down in February 1922 and saw completion in April 1924. With the outbreak of hostilities in Asia in the late 1930s, Sendai took part in the Second Sino-Japanese War, participating in the Battle of Shanghai and providing support for Japanese land units.

During WWII, Sendai’s early war service mostly consisted of escorting convoys around Malaya and Indochina while the ship also formally took part in the Battle of Midway, though not actively engaging Allied forces. 

Sendai saw the height of her service career during the Solomon Islands campaign, taking part in both naval battles for Guadalcanal. Roughly a year later, in November 1943, Sendai was involved in the major naval battle of Empress Augusta Bay. There, Sendai would meet her fate, being heavily damaged by concentrated gunfire from four US cruisers, sinking on the following day on 3rd November, 1943.

Media

See also

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External links

References

  • Hackett, B. (1997). IJN Sendai: Tabular table of movement. Retrieved January 02, 2021, from http://www.combinedfleet.com/sendai_t.htm
  • Budge, K. G. (2007). Sendai Class, Japanese Light Cruisers. Retrieved January 02, 2021, from http://pwencycl.kgbudge.com/S/e/Sendai_class.htm


Japan light cruisers
Kuma-class  IJN Kuma
Nagara-class  IJN Isuzu
Sendai-class  IJN Sendai
Agano-class  IJN Agano
Mogami-class  IJN Mikuma · IJN Suzuya