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IJN Kashima Class Battleships

The Kashima class battleships have the distinction of being the last battleships of the Japanese Navy built by a foreign company. The class was modeled after the British built HMS King Edward VII, but were outfitted with more powerful ten inch guns. The class was also the last built with bows designed for ramming. Kashima class had somewhat less armor than her British counterpart, but in exchange, had an extra pair of six inch guns instead. Both ships rated at eighteen and a half knots, but the Katori was able to sustain just over twenty knots for eight hours.

At the onset of World War One, both ships received light anti-aircraft weaponry. The Washington Naval Treaty of 1922 was the doom of the two capital ships. They were disarmed in April 1922 at Maizuru Naval Yard, then scrapped several years later.

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