IJN Yubari

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IJN Yubari
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IJN Yubari
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Description

The Yubari-class, IJN Yubari, 1944 (夕張, namesake: Yūbari River) is a premium rank III Japanese light cruiser with a battle rating of 4.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update "Direct Hit".

The IJN Yubari was built between 1922 and 1923 as an experimental test bed for various new innovations made by the Imperial Japanese Navy, such as weight-saving design and the then state-of-the-art Kampon boilers. As a result, the Yubari ended up being something between a very heavy destroyer and a very light cruiser.

General info

Survivability and armour

Armourfront / side / back
Citadel25 / 38 / 25 mm
Main fire tower20 / 20 / 20 mm
Hull25 mm (steel)
Superstructure13 mm (steel)
Number of section8
Displacement4 450 t
Crew368 people

The Yubari is a very small cruiser, being only slightly longer and heavier than the Akizuki at 138.9 metres in length and 4,450 tons of displacement. When combined with her decent mobility, she can be somewhat harder to hit at range.

Being such a small and very light cruiser also means that the Yubari doesn't have much protection. Her armour profile is roughly the same as the Kuma with smaller shell rooms, which means it's very poorly protected against any other cruisers and even destroyers at closer range. Yubari's fatal weak spot is her rear ammunition storage that sits above the waterline and is very easy to hit and detonate.

Mobility

Speedforward / back
AB69 / 32 km/h
RB59 / 27 km/h

Yūbari offers speeds closer to destroyers over light cruisers at the cost of still getting a rather far large fleet spawn. Her speed and small figure allow her to dodge shells with more ease compared to a regular-sized cruiser.

Mobility Characteristics
Game Mode Upgrade Status Maximum Speed (km/h) Turn Time (s) Turn Radius (m)
Forward Reverse
AB Stock ___ ___
Upgraded 69 32
RB/SB Stock ___ ___
Upgraded 59 27

Modifications and economy

Repair cost
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RB900 Sl icon.png
Crew training10 000 Sl icon.png
Experts310 000 Sl icon.png
Aces700 Ge icon.png
Research Aces790 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
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Talisman.png 2 × 154 / 154 / 154 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Seakeeping Unsinkability Firepower
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Dry-Docking
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Rudder Replacement
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Propeller Replacement
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Engine Maintenance
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Tool Set
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Fire Protection System
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Smokescreen
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Shrapnel Protection
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Ventilation
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New Pumps
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Ammo Wetting
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Anti-Air Armament Targeting
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Auxiliary Armament Targeting
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Primary Armament Targeting
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Improved Rangefinder
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Torpedo Mode

Armament

Primary armament

2 х Turret2 x 140 mm/50 3rd Year Type cannon
Ammunition410 rounds
Vertical guidance-5° / 30°

The armament of the Yūbari is rather lacklustre for a cruiser, but it should be kept in mind that she's built as a testbed and plays closer to a destroyer rather than a cruiser with her size, speed and fewer (but larger) guns compared to regular destroyers. Her 4 x 140 mm cannons come in 2 dual-mount turrets in the front and back of the ship, coordinating the 120 mm/45 in main and auxiliary calibre shooting with one button allows the captain to output quite the forward firepower, leaving your target size minimal, while still dishing out considerable damage against destroyers and light cruisers.

Broadsiding to use the back turret offers more damage output but makes the ship a larger target so keep that in mind. The armour should suffice against weaker destroyers, but facing heavy-end destroyers and other cruisers, it's ill-advised.

Secondary armament

Turret120 mm/45 10th year type cannon
Ammunition250 rounds

As mentioned with the primary, the auxiliary calibre should be fired in unison with the primary guns as it doesn't offer too much on its own. The 120 mm is mounted in a single mount turret as the most forward turret 1 level below the forward primary.

Anti-aircraft armament

8 х Turret25 mm/60 Type 96 automatic cannon
Ammunition1500 rounds
Belt capacity15 rounds
Fire rate261 shots/min
4 х Turret2 x 25 mm/60 Type 96 automatic cannon
Ammunition3000 rounds
Belt capacity15 rounds
Fire rate261 shots/min
3 х Turret3 x 25 mm/60 Type 96 automatic cannon
Ammunition4500 rounds
Belt capacity15 rounds
Fire rate261 shots/min

Having 25 x 25 mm Type 96s, Yūbari offers a decent amount of close anti-air cover for herself and nearby vessels, causing havoc among small patrol boats and shredding them within ~2 km.

Additional armament

Setup 18 x 610 mm Type 8 No.2 wet-heater torpedo
Main article: Type 8 No.2 (610 mm)

Carrying 2 torpedo launchers with 2 tubes each, Yūbari offers 4 torpedoes on the ready with 4 more on reserve ready for reloading. The turrets are a rather old model and are slow to traverse.

The Type 8s aren't the top-of-the-line Type 93 Long Lance torpedoes but still offer the same bang and range without the speed.

Usage in battles

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Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Small size (comparable to some destroyers) makes her harder to target
  • Sufficient armaments and armour to take on any destroyers at range
  • Good AA armament

Cons:

  • Terrible survivability against other cruisers
  • Only 4 main guns, very poor damage output against cruisers
  • Carries only 8 torpedoes, only 4 can be launched before reloading
  • Average top speed and mobility
  • Rear ammo racks sit above the waterline and are thus prone to detonation
  • Outclassed by almost every cruiser she will face

History

The Imperial Japanese Navy authorized the construction of the Yubari class during the First World War as part of the 8-4 Fleet Construction Program. Due to budgetary constraints, the ship did not start construction until 1922. Like many pre-war Japanese vessels, it sought to put as much weaponry as possible on a limited size hull. It was designed to have the hitting power of a 5,500-ton class cruiser in a 4,500-ton package. While in many cases, this resulted in overweight, top-heavy and unseaworthy boats, the Yubari class accomplished this using an intelligent application of structural armour. [1]

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See also

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External links

References

  1. Stille, M., 2012, Imperial Japanese Navy Light Cruisers 1941-45, Osprey Publishing


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Destroyers 
Mutsuki-class  IJN Mutsuki
Hatsuharu-class  IJN Hatsuharu
Shiratsuyu-class  IJN Yuudachi
Light Cruisers 
Kuma-class  IJN Kuma
Agano-class  IJN Agano
Unique Ships  IJN Yubari

Japan light cruisers
Kuma-class  IJN Kuma
Yubari*  IJN Yubari
Nagara-class  IJN Isuzu
Sendai-class  IJN Sendai
Agano-class  IJN Agano
Mogami-class  IJN Mikuma · IJN Suzuya
  * = Unique ship

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Light cruisers  IJN Yubari · IJN Mikuma