Kongō-class battlecruiser / battleship

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Description

The Kongō-class were four battlecruisers designed by the British naval engineer George Thurston for the Imperial Japanese Navy right before world war one, with the lead ship Kongō being the last capital ship to be constructed outside Japan. All her sister ships were completed in Japan. They were initially built and classified as battlecruisers.

During the late 1920s, all but Hiei were reconstructed and reclassified as battleships. After Japan signed the London Naval Treaty in 1930, Hiei was reconfigured as a training ship to avoid being scrapped in compliance with the treaty.

Following Japan's withdrawal from the treaty, all ships underwent another massive remodel in the late 1930s. After the modernization it increased the top speeds for the battleships to over 30 knots and all four were reclassified as fast battleships.

Vehicles

Rank V

Vehicles are listed in order of refit year, not build year

History

Name Builder Laid Down Launched Completed Fate
Kongo

(金剛)

Vickers-Armstrongs,

Barrow-in-Furness

17 January

1911

18 May

1912

26 August

1913

Torpedoed and sunk by the submarine USS Sealion, 21 November 1944
Hiei

(比叡)

Yokosuka

Naval Arsenal

4 November

1911

21 November

1912

4 August

1914

Sunk during the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal, 13 November 1942
Kirishima

(霧島)

Mitsubishi Shipbuilding,

Nagasaki

17 March

1912

1 December

1913

19 April

1915

Sunk during the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal, 15 November 1942
Haruna

(榛名)

Mitsubishi Shipbuilding,

Kobe

16 March

1912

14 December

1913

Sunk by US aircraft, 28 July 1945;

broken up from 1946


Japan battleships
Kawachi-class  IJN Settsu
Ise-class  IJN Hyuga
Kongō-class  IJN Kongo · IJN Haruna
Fusō-class  IJN Fuso