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IJN Tone Class Light Cruiser

The Tone class, rated as a second class light cruiser and predecessor to her heavy class namesake, was laid down in 1905 after the passage of the Third Fleet Law by the Japanese Diet. Of interest of the Tone was her clipper bow, the first ship in the Imperial Navy to have such. Not long after she was completed, two of her initial 4.7in guns were replaced with 3.1in guns and supplemented with AA weaponry. She served faithfully until 1 April 1931, when she was stricken from the rolls and used for aircraft target practice at Amani-O-Shima. A requested sister ship was turned down by the Diet.

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