IJN Suzuya

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IJN Suzuya
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IJN Suzuya
AB RB SB
6.0 6.0 6.0
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Description

The Mogami-class, IJN Suzuya, 1937 (鈴谷, namesake: Suzuya River) is a rank V Japanese light cruiser with a battle rating of 6.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.95 "Northern Wind".

General info

Survivability and armour

Armourfront / side / back
Citadel105 / 100 / 35 mm
Main fire tower25 / 25 / 25 mm
Hull25 mm (steel)
Superstructure13 mm (steel)
Number of section9
Displacement15 091 t
Crew918 people

Talk about the vehicle's armour. Note the most well-defended and most vulnerable zones, e.g. the ammo magazine. Evaluate the composition of components and assemblies responsible for movement and manoeuvrability. Evaluate the survivability of the primary and secondary armaments separately. Don't forget to mention the size of the crew, which plays an important role in fleet mechanics. Save tips on preserving survivability for the "Usage in battles" section. If necessary, use a graphical template to show the most well-protected or most vulnerable points in the armour.

Mobility

Speedforward / back
AB78 / 25 km/h
RB67 / 22 km/h

Write about the ship's mobility. Evaluate its power and manoeuvrability, rudder rerouting speed, stopping speed at full tilt, with its maximum forward and reverse speed.

Mobility Characteristics
Game Mode Upgrade Status Maximum Speed (km/h) Turn Time (s) Turn Radius (m)
Forward Reverse
AB Stock ___ ___
Upgraded 78 25
RB/SB Stock ___ ___
Upgraded 67 22

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB12 168 → 16 426 Sl icon.png
RB11 946 → 16 127 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications131 900 Rp icon.png
216 000 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost1 900 Ge icon.png
Crew training105 000 Sl icon.png
Experts360 000 Sl icon.png
Aces1 400 Ge icon.png
Research Aces620 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
450 / 600 / 100 % Sl icon.png
184 / 184 / 184 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Seakeeping Unsinkability Firepower
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Dry-Docking
Research:
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Cost:
11 000 Sl icon.png
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Rudder Replacement
Research:
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Cost:
9 400 Sl icon.png
250 Ge icon.png
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Propeller Replacement
Research:
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Cost:
11 000 Sl icon.png
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Engine Maintenance
Research:
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Cost:
14 000 Sl icon.png
360 Ge icon.png
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Damage Control Division
Research:
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Cost:
11 000 Sl icon.png
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Fire Division
Research:
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Cost:
9 400 Sl icon.png
250 Ge icon.png
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Smokescreen
Research:
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Cost:
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Shrapnel Protection
Research:
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Cost:
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Ventilation
Research:
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Cost:
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New Pumps
Research:
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Cost:
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Ammo Wetting
Research:
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Cost:
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Anti-Air Armament Targeting
Research:
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Cost:
11 000 Sl icon.png
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Auxiliary Armament Targeting
Research:
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Cost:
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Research:
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Cost:
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Primary Armament Targeting
Research:
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Cost:
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Improved Rangefinder
Research:
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Cost:
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Hydroplane
Research:
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Cost:
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Armament

Primary armament

5 х Turret3 x 155 mm/60 3rd Year Type cannon
Ammunition450 rounds
Vertical guidance-7° / 55°

Suzuya's main armament consists of 15 x 155 mm/60 3rd Year Type cannons mounted in five triple turrets in A-B-Cs-X-Y setup. Due to the guns' setup, Suzuya is able to deliver a full salvo at a steep 60 degrees angle, thus increasing the ship's protection effectiveness.

The 155 mm guns have three shell choices: a rudimentary HE shell with 3.39 kg of TNT equivalent, an APHEBC shell with high penetration (131 mm at 10 km) and a sizeable filler of 1.21 kg of TNT equivalent, and an HE-TF shell with the same filler as the HE shell, though is not useful due to the gun's slow reload and traverse. As with other similar guns, both shells have high shell velocity at 920 m/s and thus are reasonably accurate at all ranges.

The guns have a rather mediocre rate of fire for its calibre at 6 RPM (10 second reload with ace crew) compared to other 150-155 mm guns with 7-8 RPM as baseline. This is made up with the sheer volume of rounds it can deliver for each salvo, with a well-aimed barrage capable of causing severe damage to the enemy ship.

Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
1,000 m 2,500 m 5,000 m 7,500 m 10,000 m 15,000 m
Type 0 HE HE 36 36 36 36 36 36
Type 91 APHE APHEBC 313 269 210 165 131 93
Type 0 HE HE-TF 36 36 36 36 36 36
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Velocity
(m/s)
Projectile
mass (kg)
Fuse delay
(s)
Fuse sensitivity
(mm)
Explosive mass
(TNT equivalent) (kg)
Ricochet
0% 50% 100%
Type 0 HE HE 920 55.79 0 0.1 3.39 79° 80° 81°
Type 91 APHE APHEBC 920 55.79 0.035 7 1.21 48° 63° 71°
Type 0 HE HE-TF 920 55.79 0 0.1 3.39 79° 80° 81°

Secondary armament

4 х Turret2 x 5 inch/40 Type 89 cannon
Ammunition400 rounds

Suzuya features 8 x 127 mm/40 Type 89 dual-purpose guns in four twin turrets placed around the funnel, which are reasonably effective against coastal boats and destroyers due to fast reload time. As with the main guns, it has two shell choices of a basic HE shell and a HE-TF shell with slightly higher filler but much better shell velocity (910 m/s).

Since Suzuya's dedicated anti-air weapons are quite weak, it is possible to use the 127 mm as a supplementary flak battery. Due to the HE-TF shell's high velocity, it can be surprisingly effective at longer ranges, though its performance gradually decreases as the enemy gets closer than 2 km.

Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
1,000 m 2,500 m 5,000 m 7,500 m 10,000 m 15,000 m
127 mm HE HE 25 25 25 25 25 25
127 mm HE-TF HE-TF 25 25 25 25 25 25
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Velocity
(m/s)
Projectile
mass (kg)
Fuse delay
(m)
Fuse sensitivity
(mm)
Explosive mass
(TNT equivalent) (kg)
Ricochet
0% 50% 100%
127 mm HE HE 720 23 0 0.1 1.96 79° 80° 81°
127 mm HE-TF HE-TF 720 23 0 0.1 1.96 79° 80° 81°

Anti-aircraft armament

4 х Turret2 x 25 mm/60 Type 96 automatic cannon
Ammunition3000 rounds
Belt capacity15 rounds
Fire rate261 shots/min
2 х Turret2 x 13.2 mm Type 93 machine gun
Ammunition3600 rounds
Belt capacity30 rounds
Fire rate476 shots/min

An important part of the ship's armament responsible for air defence. Anti-aircraft armament is defined by the weapon chosen with the control Select anti-aircraft weapons. Talk about the ship's anti-air cannons and machine guns, the number of guns and their positions, their effective range, and about their overall effectiveness – including against surface targets. If there are no anti-aircraft armaments, remove this section.

Additional armament

Setup 124 x 610 mm Type 93 Model 1, Mod 2 torpedo

Describe the available additional armaments of the ship: depth charges, mines, torpedoes. Talk about their positions, available ammunition and launch features such as dead zones of torpedoes. If there is no additional armament, remove this section.

Scout plane

Main article: 2 x E8N2

Located amidships are two catapults each carrying one E8N2 scout plane (the third E8N2 and single E7K2 stored on trolleys are not available) which provide unique offensive and defensive abilities, expanding tactical options. Ship-launched scout planes fly just like regular tree units but lack munition choices and cockpit views. The E8N2 is equipped with both an offensive machine gun and a defensive machine gun turret, and carries 2 x 60 kg bombs. It also has the scout plane ability to cap zones and lay down smoke cover (up to 3 times). Captains will be wise to remember to utilize the aircraft and consider when best to use it, for example to cap a point early or late in the match, to create a smoke screen to stymie enemy bombardment and repair, to attack enemy units directly, or perhaps something completely new!

Usage in battles

Describe the technique of using this ship, the characteristics of her use in a team and tips on strategy. Abstain from writing an entire guide – don't try to provide a single point of view, but give the reader food for thought. Talk about the most dangerous opponents for this vehicle and provide recommendations on fighting them. If necessary, note the specifics of playing with this vehicle in various modes (AB, RB, SB).

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Features the same hull as the Mogami heavy cruiser; able to withstand a fair amount of enemy fire before sinking
  • Lots of guns (5 turrets with 3 guns in each turret)
  • 24 Long Lance torpedoes
  • Anti-torpedo bulges along the hull are filled with water and can absorb explosions of up to 250 kg TNT equivalent
  • Very fast for a cruiser of this size
  • Two scout planes

Cons:

  • Like most Japanese cruisers, very weak anti-aircraft armament
  • Wide hull makes evading enemy torpedoes difficult as it takes some time to manoeuvre the ship
  • Torpedo arcs are limited, have to show almost full broadside to launch torpedoes. Better rear angles than forward
  • Slow rate of fire for the calibre of guns: guns have longer reload than equivalent guns in other nations
  • Large, lightly armoured turrets can be easily knocked out

History

The IJN Suzuya was the third of four Mogami-class heavy cruisers built for the Imperial Japanese navy. To comply with the regulations of the Washington Naval Treaty, she was classified as a light cruiser and built with fifteen 6-inch (152 mm) guns. However, the ship was designed from the outset to be armed with dual 8-inch (203 mm) turrets, which were refitted onto the ship in 1937. Suzuya served extensively in the Second World War, participating in major conflicts such as the Battle of Midway, Solomon Islands campaign and the Battle of the Philippine Sea. Suzuya met her end at the Battle of Leyte Gulf, where she was crippled by American torpedo bombers and subsequently abandoned.

Design and construction

Suzuya was the third of four Mogami-class cruisers. To comply with the Washington Naval Treaty, she was initially classified as a light cruiser with an official displacement of 8,500 tons. However, she was designed from the outset to be refitted with 8-inch (203 mm) guns and made into a heavy cruiser in a later refit.[1] Her main armament consisted of fifteen 6-inch (152 mm) guns in five triple turrets, giving her one of the heaviest broadsides of any Treaty cruiser. She was also fitted with moderate anti-aircraft protection and four triple torpedo tube launchers carrying the deadly Type 93 "Long Lance" torpedoes.[1]

Suzuya was launched on November 20th 1934 at a ceremony attended by Emperor Hirohito. She was completed in January of 1936 but was immediately drydocked to allow her hull to be reinforced. She entered service in late 1937, but was immediately drydocked again to be refitted with her intended armament of ten 8-inch (203 mm) guns in five dual mounts.[1] In-game, Suzuya appears in her pre-modification light cruiser configuration.

Operational history

IJN Suzuya during sea trials, 1935

Following her rearmament, which was completed by December 30th 1939, Suzuya was assigned to the 7th Cruiser Division of the Japanese 2nd fleet, along with her sister ships Mogami, Mikuma and Kumano. Before the war, she served primarily in the South China Sea, as well as the occupation of French Indochina.[2] At the time of the Pearl Harbour attack, she was covering the invasion of Malaya; she was subsequently part of a task force hunting for the British Force Z (consisting of the battleship Prince of Wales, battlecruiser Repulse and escorting destroyers), but proved unsuccessful in locating her target; the ships were eventually sunk by Japanese torpedo bombers.[1][2]

From April 1st 1942, Suzuya participated in commerce raiding in the Indian ocean, intercepting and destroying several Allied merchantmen. She went on to serve at the Battle of Midway, where she intended to shell the island in preparation for the Japanese invasion; this order was called off.[2] She saw extensive service escorting the Japanese carrier fleet during the Solomon islands campaign, and participated in the bombing of Henderson Field at Guadalcanal. She was attacked by American torpedo-bombers, but survived unscathed.[2]

In mid-1944, Suzuya was part of the cruiser squadron escorting the Japanese carrier fleet on the Marianas campaign; however, American aircraft decimated the Japanese air group in the 'Great Marianas Turkey Shoot', resulting in the crippling of Japan's remaining carrier air group. She met her own demise just three months later, at the Battle of Leyte Gulf; attacked by American aircraft, a bomb near-miss caused her No. 1 torpedo tube, laden with Long Lance torpedoes, to explode.[2] The resulting fire caused severe damage, and she was abandoned. Suzuya was removed from the navy list in December of 1944. Her wreck has never been found, and is believed to lie at a depth of almost 9 kilometres.[1][2]

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References

Citations
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Chen, C. (2007)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Hackett, B., & Kingsepp, S. (2018)
Bibliography
  • Chen, C. (2007, October). Heavy Cruiser Suzuya. Retrieved November 19, 2020, from https://ww2db.com/ship_spec.php?ship_id=40
  • Hackett, B., & Kingsepp, S. (2018). IJN SUZUYA: Tabular Record of Movement. Retrieved November 19, 2020, from http://www.combinedfleet.com/suzuya_t.htm


Yokosuka Naval Arsenal (横須賀海軍工廠)
Destroyers (DD) 
Momi-class  IJN Momi
Light Cruisers (CL) 
Mogami-class  IJN Suzuya
Heavy Cruisers (CA) 
Myōkō-class  IJN Myoko
Battlecruisers (BC) 
Kurama-class  IJN Kurama
Battleships (BB) 
Fusō-class  IJN Yamashiro
Tanks  Ka-Mi · Ka-Chi · Chi-Ha LG
See also  Yokosuka Naval Air Technical Arsenal

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