Japanese destroyer Minekaze at Yokosuka, 1918
|Ordered:||1917 Fiscal Year|
|Builder:||Maizuru Naval Arsenal|
|Laid down:||April 20, 1918|
|Launched:||February 8, 1919|
|Commissioned:||May 29, 1920|
|Struck:||March 31, 1944|
|Fate:||Sunk in action, February 10, 1944|
|Class & type:||Minekaze-class destroyer|
|Displacement:||1,345 long tons (1,367 t) normal,
1,650 long tons (1,680 t) full load
|Length:||97.5 m (320 ft) pp,
102.6 m (337 ft) overall
|Beam:||9 m (30 ft)|
|Draught:||2.8 m (9.2 ft)|
|Propulsion:||2-shaft Mitsubishi-Parsons geared turbines, 4 boilers 38,500 ihp (28,700 kW)|
|Speed:||39 knots (72 km/h)|
|Range:||3600 nm @ 14 knots
(6,700 km at 26 km/h)
|Armament:||4 × Type 3 120 mm 45 caliber naval gun
6 × 21 in (533 mm) torpedo tubes
2 × 7.7 mm machine guns
|Operations:||Second Sino-Japanese War
Minekaze (峯風 Summit Wind ) was the lead ship of the Minekaze-class destroyers, built for the Imperial Japanese Navy immediately following World War I. Advanced for their time, these ships served as first-line destroyers through the 1930s, but were considered obsolescent by the start of the Pacific War.
Construction of the large-sized Minekaze-class destroyers was authorized as part of the Imperial Japanese Navy's 8-4 Fleet Program from fiscal 1917-1920, as an accompaniment to the medium-sized Momi-class with which they shared many common design characteristics. Equipped with powerful engines, these vessels were capable of high speeds and were intended as escorts for the projected Amagi-class battlecruisers, which were ultimately never built.
At the time of the First Shanghai Incident of 1932, Minekaze was engaged in river patrol duties along the Yangzi River in China. In 1937-1938, Minekaze was assigned to patrols of the northern and central China coastlines in support of Japanese efforts in the Second Sino-Japanese War
From April 1942, Minekaze was reassigned to the Sasebo Naval District for patrol/convoy escort duties. At the end of September, it escorted convoys to Saipan, Truk and Rabaul, and from the end of November 1942 to February 1944 was assigned to patrol/escort duties in the East China Sea. On February 1, 1944, Minekaze was reassigned to the 1st Surface Escort Division, of the General Escort. Four days later, it departed Moji escorting a convoy bound for Takao. The convoy was spotted by the submarine USS Pogy (SS-266) off the east coast of Taiwan and Minekaze was torpedoed and sunk on February 10, 1944 approximately seven miles SE of Wu-shih Pi, Taiwan ( ).
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