Minegumo ( 峯 雲 ) is a Japanese destroyer of the Second World War , the seventh type of Asashio . The name translated from Japanese into Russian means "white clouds at the peak of a mountain peak . "
Minegumo before launching, 1937
|Class and type of vessel||destroyer|
|Organization||Imperial Navy of Japan|
|Manufacturer||Fujinagata Shipyard, Osaka|
|Construction started||March 22, 1936|
|Launched||November 4, 1937|
|Commissioned||April 30, 1938|
|Status||sunk on March 6, 1943|
|Displacement||2000 t standard|
2370 t full
|Engines||3 Kampon boilers|
2 TPA "Kampon"
|Power||50 000 liters with. (37 285 kW)|
|Sailing range||5700 nautical miles at 15 knots|
|Artillery||6 (3 × 2) 127 mm / 50 AU Type 3|
|Flak||2 × 2 25 mm anti-aircraft machine Type 96|
|Anti-submarine weapons||16 depth charges|
|Mine torpedo armament||2 × 4 610 mm SLT|
16 torpedoes Type 93
Laid on March 22, 1936 at the Fujinagata shipyard, Osaka . Launched on November 4, 1937 , entered service on April 30, 1938  .
The production of the destroyers of this project, the so-called "cruising" type, was ordered in 1934. They were designed and built after Japan withdrew from the arms limitation treaties. The basis was taken on the project of destroyers of the “Shiratsuyu” type, which gave stability and strength to the hull. Two turbo-gear units, similar to those of the Fubuki type, with a total capacity of 50 thousand hp, were supposed to provide speed and economy of navigation.  . The increased fuel tanks allowed to reach a range of 10500 kilometers.
Fire power was provided by:
- Three twin 127 mm / 50 Type C artillery launchers arranged in a linearly elevated pattern (the second AU was located above the aft superstructure).
- Two twin Type 96 anti-aircraft guns located on the sides of the second pipe.
- Two quadruple 610 mm torpedo tubes Type 92, ammunition: sixteen torpedoes Type 93 .
“Minegumo” was first part of the 8th destroyer division, then was transferred to the 4th division of the 2nd Imperial Navy of Japan. By August 1942 he was transferred to the 9th division.
In late 1941 - early 1942, Minegumo escorted caravans to the Philippines.
January 11 - 12 participated in the battle for the island of Tarakan  .
January 23 - 24 was involved in the battle for Balikpapan  .
On February 9, the Minegumo covered the landing of the Japanese army in Sulawesi in the Makasara region  .
March 1, along with the Natsugumo unsuccessfully attacked the US submarine USS Perch (SS-176)  .
During the battle near Christmas Island, he received minor injuries, and during the transition to Tokyo for repairs he accompanied the damaged Naka (那 珂) cruiser to Singapore for repairs  .
Repair lasted until May, and at the end of the month , Minegumo joined the squadron to attack Midway under the command of Admiral Nobutake Kondo .
In July 1942 - patrolling waters from the Ominato naval base along the Kuril Islands  .
He participated in the battle of the eastern Solomon Islands in August 1942  . After the battle, the injured aircraft carrier Chitose escorted to the Truk islands for repair.
In October, it became part of the Tokyo Express delivering reinforcements, weapons, and ammunition to the military, concentrated on the islands around New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. During the next cargo delivery, on October 5, as a result of the US Air Force’s air attack, Minegumo was damaged and got into repairs in Yokosuka , which lasted until the beginning of 1943  .
In February, the protection of the Japanese naval base in Rabaul .
During the flight from Rabaul to Kolombangar , on the night of March 5 to 6, the destroyers Menegumo (3rd-rank captain Yoshio Uesugi) and Murasame passed through the Blackett Strait passing the American submarine Grayback (SS-208) and, presumably sinking another - USS Grampus (SS-207) entered Kula Bay . After unloading, Japanese destroyers were detected by the radars of an American group of ships. At 01:01 on March 6, fire was opened on Japanese destroyers from a distance of 9 kilometers. Murasame was already covered in the first salvo. At 01:06, the Minegumo was fired upon. Opening return fire and trying to escape from the shelling was sunk at 01:30 at  . 46 people, including commander Uesugi, died in battle, two were captured by the Americans. 122 sailors were saved. Excluded from the list of the Japanese Navy on April 1, 1943.
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