IJN Akizuki

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Akizuki class (1944)
General characteristics
263 peopleCrew
3 700.0 tDisplacement
Primary armament
2 x 100/65 mm Type 98 mod A cannon4 x Turret
400 roundsAmmunition
Secondary armament
3 x 25 mm Type 96 cannon5 x Turret
5 850 roundsAmmunition
15 roundsBelt capacity
261 shots/minFire rate
25 mm Type 96 cannon20 x Turret
1 950 roundsAmmunition
15 roundsBelt capacity
261 shots/minFire rate
Additional armament
8 x 610 mm Type 93 Model 3 torpedoSetup 1
16 x Type 95 depth chargeSetup 2
8 x 610 mm Type 93 Model 3 torpedo
16 x Type 95 depth charge
Setup 3
75 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
250 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png/5 100 / 6 502/3 900 / 4 972Repair
72 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
250 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
940 Ge icon.pngAces
× (166) % Rp icon.pngReward for battle


GarageImage IJN Akizuki.jpg

The Akizuki class (1944) is a rank III Japanese destroyer with a battle rating of 4.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.89 "Imperial Navy".

General info

Survivability and armour

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Primary armament

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Secondary armament

Main article: Type 96 (25 mm)

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Torpedo armament

Main article: Type 93

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Special armament

Main article: Type 95 depth charge

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Usage in battles

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Pros and cons


  • 8х100-mm utility guns
  • 35 AA cannons calibre 25 mm
  • Heavy torpedoes


  • No AP shells for the main caliber guns


In the late 1920s, the first Japanese aircraft carrier task force was created, consisting of two carriers and two destroyers. The two destroyers proved unsuitable as carrier escorts due to lack of capabilities and range, resulting in the need for more specialized vessels becoming apparent.

Initially, cruiser-class ships were chosen to escort carriers, considered, among other benefits, to have decent anti-air capabilities. However, the proposal was dismissed soon afterwards as a number of projected issues arose. Instead, the decision was made to construct specially designed anti-aircraft destroyers, which would fill the role of carrier escorts.

By July of 1938, a design was awaiting approval by the IJN high command. However, the initial design promised unrealistic performance figures and lacked distinct destroyer features, such as torpedo launchers. As a result, the design was ordered for revision, with a new draft being proposed by September. The final draft was then subsequently approved in April 1939 and the first construction orders for the new Akizuki-class destroyers followed shortly afterwards.

Akizuki, the lead ship of the class, was laid down in the Maizuru Naval Arsenal in July 1940 and saw completion in June 1942. Immediately after her commissioning, Akizuki took part in the Battle of the Eastern Solomons in August, followed up by participating in the Guadalcanal campaign. After her first engagements, Akizuki returned to Japan for repairs in late 1942.

In January 1943, Akizuki was engaged by the American submarine USS Nautilus, receiving severe damage as a result. The subsequent repair efforts lasted until October, before the ship was deemed combat ready again. After participating in the Battle of the Philippine Sea in June 1944, Akizuki departed for what would become her last operation in October 1944. During the Battle of Cape Engaño, Akizuki suffered a catastrophic explosion, which ultimately led to her sinking.

- From Devblog


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See also

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  • reference to the series of the ship;
  • links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.

External links

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