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IJN Satsuma Class Battleships

The Satsuma class battleships were the first battleships built in Japan. The two sister ships, Satsuma and Aki, were differentiated by the location of their funnels. Aki's third funnel was further apart from her second. Aki was different from her sistership also in terms of machinery. Due to a delay in the construction yards, Aki received turbine engines, one of the first capital ships to gain such.

Both ships had smaller guns than planned, as the original twelve inch guns were replaced with ten inch guns due to shortaes. The Satsuma class ships both received anti-aircraft guns during the First World War. After the war, both ships were disarmed in 1922 with regard to the Washington Naval Treaty. Two years later, the battleships were sunk after performing one last service as targets for their modern replacements.





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