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IJN Shimakaze Class Destroyer

Shimakaze, a 3048-ton destroyer, was built at Maizuru Naval Yard, Japan. Completed in May 1943, she was extraordinarily large and fast, with a very heavy torpedo armament. She was ordered in the 1939 Program as the prototype of a new heavy destroyer. She was the fastest destroyer built by Japan throughout the war with an advanced power plant producing fifty percent more power than her contemparies like the Yugumo and Asashio. However, despite the planned production of sixteen ships of her class, none were built. Shimakaze was sunk by U.S. Navy carrier-based aircraft in the Philippines area on 11 November 1944.

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