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IJN Chikuma Class Light Cruisers

The Chikuma class cruisers were lengthier and improved versions of the Tone class cruisers built as part of the 1907 Naval Expansion Program. In all, three ships were built, the Chikuma, the Yahagi, and the Hirado. Unique for the time were their single caliber main batteries, which was not adopted else where until the HMS Dartmouth class. In addition to these armaments, the Chikuma class had eight six inch guns and eventually, two three inch guns placed were also added.

All three ships were equipped with turbines, though the Yahagi was fitted with a Parsons turbine, and the other two with a Curtis. All three ships served long lives in the navy, particularly the Yahagi and the Hirado, which were not stricken until 1940. Despite being removed from active service, the Yahagi was retained an additional five years as a training vessel at the Japanese Naval Academy at Eta Jima.




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