|Japanese Naval Vessels at Balanacan Harbor
Fast Transport Ships
Displacement 1500 tons
Armament 2 × 127mm & 15 - 26 × 25mm
Speed 22 knots
T-6 Built Kure Navy Yard, Commissioned August 19, 1944 Sunk
T-9 Built Kure Navy Yard, Commissioned September 20, 1944 Damaged
T-10 Built Kure navy Yard, Commissioned September 25, 1944 Sunk
The Take was of the MATSU class,in a most robust and successful, if Spartan,
design. Usually referred to as "escort destroyers" and named (after trees) as
2nd-Class Destroyers, their displacement of over 1,000 tons nonetheless
earned them the Empire's rating of 1st-Class Destroyer.
While similar to Allied destroyer-escorts in form and function, the MATSUs were
both 50-70' longer and more heavily-armed, especially in the AA role, with 5"
guns that could be elevated to 90 degrees and scores of 25 mm. machine-guns.
A quadruple bank of the deadly Long-Lance torpedo tubes and Types 13 and 22
radar outfits were also shipped.
Very important in these times of deteriorating fortunes for the Empire were
their sturdiness and survivability: a unique boiler-engine, boiler-engine power
plant arrangement helped insure that no single hit would be crippling. Their top
speed of just under 28 knots was less than desired, but adequate for most tasks
Displacement: 1,262 - 1,289 tons
Dimensions: 328 (length) by 30.5 (beam) by 11 (draught) feet
Machinery: 2-shaft geared turbines: 19,000 SHP; 28 knots
Radius: 4,680 at 16 knots
Armament: 3 x 5"/40 cal. DP guns (1 x 2, 1 x 1); 24 x 25 mm. AA guns (4
3, 12 x 1); 4 x 24" torpedo tubes (1 x 4); 36 - 60 depth charges.
Japanese Naval DestroyerTake - Commissioned: 1942/43? Damaged
Captain: LtCdr Tanaka Kirokuni
TAKE was the star of the class, operating as far afield as Palau and the
Philippines, sinking an enemy destroyer and possibly a submarine, and
surviving the war to tell about it.
|T-6 IN CENTER AND T-9 RIGHT HAND SIDE
As depicted by Takeshi Yuki, "Color Paintings of Japanese Warships")