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Japanese destroyers (Fubuki class-II) before the start of military action…


軽巡洋艦 大淀 Light Cruiser Oyodo. Click this image to show the full-size version.

Ayanami Stern View. Imperial Japanese Navy destroyer Ayanami, the second Japanese warship to bear that name, in April 1930. Date 30 April 1930 Ayanami , "Twilled Waves") was the eleventh of twenty-four Fubuki-class destroyers, built for the Imperial Japanese Navy following World War I. When introduced into services, these ships were the most powerful destroyers in the world.[They served as first-line destroyers through the 1930s, and remained formidable weapons systems well into the Pacific

IJNS Maya 1944 Maya was one of four Takao-class heavy cruisers, designed to be an improvement over the previous Myōkō-class design. These ships were fast, powerful and heavily armed, with enough firepower to hold their own against any cruiser in any other navy in the world. The Takao-class ships were approved under the 1927 fiscal year budget as part of the Imperial Japanese Navy's strategy of the Decisive Battle, and forming the backbone of a multipurpose long range strike force.

IjNS Myoko 31st March 1941 Myoko was the name-ship of the four-member Myōkō class of heavy cruisers of the Imperial Japanese Navy — the other ships of the class being the Nachi, Ashigara, and Haguro. The ships of this class displaced 13,300 tons, were 204 metres long, and were capable of 36 knots (67 km/h). They carried two floatplanes and their main armament was ten 8-inch (203 mm) guns, the heaviest armament of any heavy cruiser in the world at the time.

Battleship Nagato in the early 1920s Nagato named after Nagato province) was a battleship of the Imperial Japanese Navy; the lead ship of her class. She was the first battleship in the world to mount 16 inch (actually 16.1 inch, or 410 mm) guns, her armor protection and speed made her one of the most powerful capital ships at the time of her commissioning.