IJN Tachibana Class Escort Destroyers
The Tachibana class escort destroyers were further simplified Matsu class destroyers, designed to cut construction time down from six months to three. They benefited from the same new layout of engines and turbines, which increased durability by seperating the two from the affects of a direct hit. As a result, the curve of the bow was altered into an angled position and the stern was built to a rectangular shape. The Tachibana class were approved in the 1942 Program and again in the 1943-44 Program, as well. In total, thirty-three destroyers were planned, but only twenty-three were laid down, only eighteen of those launched, and fourteen of those fully completed.
Despite their simplified construction, the Tachibana class proved durable and the majority of those completed survived the war and were divided amongst the Allied Powers. Their primary mission during the war had been landing and supply support.
Hatsuzakura, a 1580-ton destroyer, was built at Yokosuka, Japan. Completed in May 1945, she was briefly in service during the final months of World War II. Following the war, the disarmed Hatsuzakura was employed repatriating overseas Japanese back to their homeland. Turned over to the USSR in July 1947, she was later used by the Soviet Navy as a special service auxiliary under the name TSL-24. The ship was discarded in the mid-1960s.
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