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IJN Minekaze Class Destroyers

The design of the Minekaze class destroyers was based off of German destroyer practices, as opposed to the British designs which had previously been the norm. Ranked as first class destroyers, the Minekaze class had an extended forecastle which was seperated by a well from the bridge to allow space for torpedo tubes in between, as well as decrease the affects of heavy seas. The elevation of the guns differentiated the Minekaze type from the other destroyers in the fleet at the time, as they were placed higher than the main deck along her entire length.

Thirty-six ships were eventually laid down and completed of the Minekaze class F-41 design from 1919 to 1922. The Momi class destroyers were considered second class versions of the Minekaze design.




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