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Japanese destroyer Yukikaze (1939)

Summary
Yukikaze was a in service with the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II. She was the only member of her class to survive the war, and did so without suffering any major damage. She is famously known as a very fortunate ship, as she often survived numerous major naval encounters with little to no damage, while many of her allied ships would leave the battle crippled or sunk on multiple occasions. She did not accomplish anything of note in the battles of Java Sea, Midway, and Santa Cruz, but came to her own in various naval engagements in the Guadalcanal campaign, before seeing escorting missions during the Battle of the Philippine Sea, partaking in her last major surface engagement in the Battle of Leyte Gulf, and seeing her last major action of any sort escorting the battleship Yamato during the Battle of Okinawa. Following the war, the ship was transferred to the Republic of China Navy, where she was renamed Dan Yang ( DD-12) and served until 1966, before being scrapped in 1970. The Kagerō class was an enlarged and improved version of the preceding of destroyers. Their crew numbered 240 officers and enlisted men. The ships measured overall, with a beam of and a draft of . They displaced at standard load and at deep load. The ships had two Kampon geared steam turbines, each driving one propeller shaft, using steam provided by three Kampon water-tube boilers. The turbines were rated at a total of for a designed speed of . The ships had a range of at a speed of . The main armament of the Kagerō class consisted of six Type 3 guns in three twin-gun turrets, one superfiring pair aft and one turret forward of the superstructure. They were built with four Type 96 anti-aircraft guns in two twin-gun mounts, but more of these guns were added over the course of the war. The ships were also armed with eight torpedo tubes for the oxygen-fueled Type 93 "Long Lance" torpedo in two quadruple traversing mounts; one reload was carried for each tube. Their anti-submarine weapons consisted of 16 depth charges.
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