IJN Yuudachi

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Shiratsuyu-class, Yuudachi type (1942)
General characteristics
226 peopleCrew
Standard armament
2 x 127 mm Type 3 gun2 x Primary
300 roundsAmmunition
127 mm Type 3 gunPrimary
150 roundsAmmunition
40 mm/62 "HI" Type 91 aa cannon2 x Secondary
2 500 roundsAmmunition
50 roundsBelt capacity
200 shots/minFire rate
Additional armament
16 x 610 mm Type 93 Model 1, Mod 2 torpedoSetup 1
16 x Type 95 depth chargeSetup 2
16 x 610 mm Type 93 Model 1, Mod 2 torpedo
16 x Type 95 depth charge
Setup 3
Sl icon.png0/1 080/1 080Repair
10 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
160 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
500 Ge icon.pngAces
x 2.42 Rp icon.pngReward for battle


GarageImage IJN Yuudachi.jpg

The Shiratsuyu-class, Yuudachi type (1942) is a gift rank III Japanese destroyer with a battle rating of 4.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced during Update 1.89 "Imperial Navy" as a reward for the Operation H.E.A.T event.

General info

Survivability and armour

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Primary armament

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Main article: Type 3 (127 mm)

Secondary armament

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Torpedo armament

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Special armament

Depth charges, mines, rocket launchers and missiles are also effective in skilled hands and can take an off-guard opponent by surprise. Evaluate the ammunition of this type of armament and rate its performance in combat.

Main article: Type 95 depth charge

Usage in battles

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Pros and cons

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The Yūdachi is one of the Shiratsuyu-class destroyers designed with consideration in the restrictions of the London Naval Treaty in place during the period of 1933-1937. All ten destroyers of this class had histories replete with adventure and combat. They were active in Japan’s naval war in the Pacific ocean, the conquests in the Philippines and Indonesia, and the battles of Midway and Guadalcanal.

Especially noteworthy is the Yūdachi’s final battle in November of 1942, when, after a nocturnal assault, the small ship found herself at the head of a large squadron that had literally collided head first with American ships defending the Solomon Islands. The American formation was thrown into chaos by this unexpected encounter between fleets. Ships from the opposing sides began to manoeuvre, changed course, and eventually became inextricably intermingled. This led to a horrific 40-minute close combat, in which the Yūdachi found herself behind the enemy front line. Seeing that the squadron’s flagship, the battleship Hiei, was taking heavy fire, the commander of the Yūdachi steered his ship into the thickest part of the battle. The destroyer wound up between two ships, both of which attacked her at once: the USS Juneau, a light cruiser, and the USS Aaron Ward, a destroyer. Taking hit after hit, the Yūdachi tried to torpedo the Juneau. The next torpedo volley hit the USS Portland, the hull of which was massively breached as a result. Parts of the damaged aft section caused a “bump steer,” and the ship could only move in circles until the end of the battle. Unceasingly firing her artillery at the enemy ships, the Yūdachi mistook the destroyer USS Sterett for a friendly vessel, where she paid for her mistake – the Sterett disabled the Japanese ship’s powertrain with a torpedo volley, immobilising the Yūdachi where surviving crew members were evacuated. It wasn’t until the following morning that the heavy cruiser the USS Portland, which had been hit by the little destroyer, sank the brave ship with six volleys.

- From Devblog


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See also

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External links

Japan destroyers
IJN Mutsuki · IJN Ayanami · IJN Yugumo · IJN Akizuki · IJN Kiyoshimo · IJN Yuudachi

Japan premium ships
MTBs  Type T-14 (Mod. 01) · Type 4 Model 4 · PG 02
Destroyers  IJN Kiyoshimo · IJN Yuudachi