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10 Sep 2020 8:23 p.m. PST
by Editor in Chief Bill

  • Changed title from "Japanís Unlucky Ship The Cruiser Mogam" to "Japanís Unlucky Ship The Cruiser Mogami"

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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP10 Sep 2020 8:19 p.m. PST

"In 1930 Japan signed the London Naval Treaty, imposing limits on cruiser, destroyer and submarine tonnage at the same 10:10:7 ratio to which the United States, Britain and Japan had agreed in 1922 for battleships. Cruisers armed with 8-inch guns and those with 6-inch guns fell into separate categories, and so all three navies planned new classes of light cruisers armed with 6-inch guns. Size limits remained the same as for 8-inch cruisers, and so these new "light" cruisers would be as large as their "heavy" counterparts.

The United States built its Brooklyn class with fifteen 6-inch guns in five triple turrets, and Japan planned its own Mogami class with a similar armament. Both navies also intended to replace the turrets with new ones each carrying two 8-inch guns at some future date, but in the United States this remained only a paper exercise. Japan went much further.

Mogami, the lead ship of the class of four, was laid down in late 1931 as an 8,500-ton light cruiser with fifteen 6-inch guns and a designed speed of 37 knots. To meet the nearly insane targets for speed and armament on such a small displacement, Japanese designers employed extensive electric welding techniques, and gave her very little armor protection…"
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skipper John Supporting Member of TMP11 Sep 2020 6:19 a.m. PST

A truly amazing read. You cannot make this stuff up!

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP11 Sep 2020 11:14 a.m. PST

Glad you enjoyed it my friend! (smile)


Mobius11 Sep 2020 6:14 p.m. PST

Holy cow! She did much more damage to her own side than she did to the enemy.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP12 Sep 2020 11:40 a.m. PST



ScottWashburn Sponsoring Member of TMP23 Sep 2020 4:47 a.m. PST

Rammed three different ships. Did they have lookouts from the Titanic?

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