Mutsuki-class destroyer

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Description

The Mutsuki-class were 12 destroyers of the Imperial Japanese Navy. All were given names after each month of the lunar calendar in their traditional poetic form. They were ordered under the 1923 fiscal budget to expand the light fleet after the Washington Naval Treaty limiting the number and size of capital warships.

Initially only designated by hull number considering the Japanese Navy wanted to rapidly expand largely, this decision was unpopular among crew and confusing in communications with higher command, in August of 1928, names were assigned.

Vehicles

Rank I

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

History

Name Number Builder Laid

Down

Launched Completed Fate
Mutsuki

(睦月)

Dai-19 Sasebo Naval Arsenal 21 May

1924

23 Jul

1925

25 Mar

1926

Sunk in air attack in Solomon Islands, 25 Aug 1942;

Struck 1 Oct 1942

Kisaragi

(如月)

Dai-21 Maizuru Naval Arsenal 3 Jun

1924

5 Jun

1925

21 Dec

1925

Combat loss off Wake Island, 11 Dec 1941;

Struck 15 Jan 1942

Yayoi

(弥生)

Dai-23 Uraga Dock Company 11 Jan

1924

11 Jul

1925

28 Aug

1926

Sunk in air attack in Solomon Islands, 11 Sep 1942;

Struck 20 Oct 1942

Uzuki

(卯月)

Dai-25 Ishikawajima Shipyards 11 Jan

1924

15 Oct

1925

14 Sep

1926

Sunk Ormoc Bay, 12 Dec 1944;

Struck 10 Jan 1945

Satsuki

(皐月)

Dai-27 Fujinagata Shipyards 1 Dec

1923

25 Mar

1925

15 Nov

1925

Sunk in air attack at Manila Bay, 21 Sep 1944;

Struck 10 Nov 1944

Minazuki

(水無月)

Dai-28 Uraga Dock Company 24 Mar

1925

25 May

1926

22 Mar

1927

Torpedoed in Celebes Sea, 6 Jun 1944;

Struck 10 Aug 1944

Fumizuki

(文月)

Dai-29 Fujinagata Shipyards 20 Oct

1924

16 Feb

1926

3 Jul

1926

Sunk in air attack at Truk, 18 Feb 1944;

Struck 31 Mar 1944

Nagatsuki

(長月)

Dai-30 Ishikawajima Shipyards 16 Apr

1925

6 Oct

1926

30 Apr

1927

Combat loss in central Solomons, 6 Jul 1943;

Struck 1 Nov 1943

Kikuzuki

(菊月)

Dai-31 Maizuru Naval Arsenal 15 Jun

1925

15 May

1926

20 Nov

1926

Sunk in air attack at Tulagi, 4 May 1942;

Struck 25 May 1942; Later salvaged by USS Menominee (AT-73), 6 Oct 1943

Mikazuki

(三日月)

Dai-32 Sasebo Naval Arsenal 21 Aug

1925

12 Jul

1926

5 May

1927

Sunk in air attack at Cape Gloucester, 29 Jul 1943;

Struck 15 Oct 1943

Mochizuki

(望月)

Dai-33 Uraga Dock Company 23 Mar

1926

28 Apr

1927

31 Oct

1927

Sunk in air attack in central Solomons, 24 Oct 1943;

Struck 5 Jan 1944

Yūzuki

(夕月)

Dai-34 Fujinagata Shipyards 27 Nov

1926

4 Mar

1927

25 Jul

1927

Sunk in air attack at Cebu, 12 Dec 1944;

Struck 10 Jan 1945


Japan destroyers
  IJN
Mutsuki-class  IJN Mutsuki · IJN Satsuki
Fubuki-class  IJN Ayanami
Hatsuharu-class  IJN Hatsuharu
Shiratsuyu-class  IJN Yuudachi
Yugumo-class  IJN Yugumo · IJN Hayanami · IJN Kiyoshimo
Shimakaze-class  IJN Shimakaze*
Akizuki-class  IJN Akizuki
  JMSDF
Ariake-class**  JDS Yūgure (DD-184)
Harukaze-class  JDS Harukaze (DD-101)
  * = Single ship of class
  ** = Modified Fletcher-class destroyers