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Japan's Kii class Battleships

Design

The Kii class battleships were ordered in 1921 as part of the 1920 - 1928 Program which was to complete the 8-8 Project (8 battleships / 8 battlecruisers).

The Kii class were originally designed in 1920 by Y. Hiraga.

Washington Treaty

The Kii class ships were cancelled as a result of the Washington Treaty.

Ships

IJN Kii

  • Manufacturer: Kure Navy Yard
  • 1922, February 5, 1922: Cancelled.

IJN Owari

  • Manufacturer: Yokosuka Navy Yard
  • 1922, February 5, 1922: Cancelled.

No. 11

  • Manufacturer: Kawasaki at Kobe
  • 1922, February 5, 1922: Cancelled.

No. 12

  • Manufacturer: Mitsubishi at Nagasaki
  • 1922, February 5, 1922: Cancelled.

Specifications

  Kii class
Crew  
Displacement 41,400 tons
Displacement - Loaded  
Physical Characteristics  
Length 826', 826' 9"
251.8 m
Length - Water Line 820'
250 m
Length - Between Perpendiculars 770'
Beam 101'
30.8 m
Draft / Height 31' 9"
11.7 m
Performance  
Speed 29.75 knots
Range at 16 knots  
Armament 16" twin turrets: 5
16" L/50, 40.6 cm twin turrets: 5
5.5": 16
5.5" L/50, 14 cm: 16
Anti-Aircraft 4.7": 4
4.7" L/45, 12 cm: 4
Torpedo Tubes 24": 8
Aircraft  
Armor  
Barbettes 9" - 11"
Belt - Main - Aft  
Belt - Main - Amidships 11.5"
Belt - Main - Bow  
Control Tower 10" - 14"
Deck 4", 4" - 6"
Turrets  
Turrets - Front  
Engines  
Boilers Kanpon Type RO coal fired: 8
Kanpon Type RO mixed firing: 11
Shafts 4
Turbines Geared
Gijutsu Honbu
HP 131,200
Coal  
Oil  

Sources:

  1. Japanese Warships of World War II, A. J. Watts, 1966
  2. The Imperial Japanese Navy, A. J. Watts and B. G. Gordon, 1971
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