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IJN Urakaze Class Destroyers

The Urakaze class destroyers were built in Britain by Yarrows Shipbuilders and were the last Japanese destroyers ordered abroad. Due to the outbreak of the First World War, the completed ships of the Urakaze class were not delivered until 1919, seven years after their initial order. The Urakaze and her sister ship, the Kawakaze, were the first ships in the Japanese navy to run entirely on oil, as well adopt twenty-one inch torpedo tubes. Kawakaze never made it to Japan, as she was sold to Italy during the war.

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