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IJN Isokaze Class Destroyers

The Isokaze class destroyers were in effect a slightly larger and updated design of the Umikaze class. Like the Momo class laid down at the same time, the Isokaze class sported the curved bow, as opposed to the traditional straight bow. Other differences from the Umikaze included three funnels instead of four, more speed, more power, and a single caliber main battery. In addition, the class was outfitted with a triple torpedo tube setup.

The Isokaze were the first Japanese destroyers rated as 'first class,' as part of a program to build first class and second class destroyers. This program allowed for a greater number of ships for less cost. The Tokitsukaze split in two only two years after completion and sunk by Kyushu. She was eventually raised and was later used as a training vessel at the Japanese Naval Academy at Eta Jima.

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