Japanese cruiser Yahagi (1942)
The Yahagi was a light cruiser of the Imperial Japanese Navy in World War two. The ship was named after the river "Yahagi" and was a ship of the Agano-class. The commissioning was on the 29th of December 1943 and had a length of 174m, a width of 15m and a draught of 5m. With her 4 shaft Gihon geared turbines, she had a maximum speed of 35 knots (65 km/h) and a displacement of 6,652 tons. The Yahagi had a armament of 6×152mm Type 41 guns (3 × 2), of 4×80mm/60 Type 98 naval guns (2x2), of 2×triple Type 96 25mm AA guns, of 2×twin 13mm machine guns and of 8×610mm torpedo tubes (4x2).
After her commissioning, the ship was the flagship of Destroyer Squadron 10 of the IJN 3rd Fleet. Then in February 1944, she was dispatched to Singapore for training and for patrols of the Lingga Islands. In May 1944, the Yahagi left Singapore with the aircraft carriers Taihō, Zuikaku and Shōkaku and other warships as a part of Admiral Jisaburo Ozawa's "First Carrier Striking Force", to attack the American Fifth Fleet in a "decisive battle" off Saipan. But in the Battle of the Philippine Sea, thr "First Carrier Striking Force" suffered a overwhelming aircraft losses and the Yahagi escaped the battle unharmed. The ship rescued together with the Urakaze the 570 survivors from the carrier Shōkaku after she was torpedoed by USS Cavalla (SS-244). After dry dock with many upgrades, she was a part of the "Battle of Leyte Gulf", of the "Battle of the Sibuyan Sea" and of the "Battle off Samar". After the battles, the Yahagi was the flagship of Rear Admiral Keizō Komura's new DesRon 2 and was then a part of the Operation Ten-Go. On the 7th of April 1945, the ship was sunk by USN aircrafts, south of Kyūshū. From the 1,000 crew members died 445 people. #History #history #Geschichte #geschichte #WorldWar2History #WorldWarTwoHistory #WorldWar2 #worldwar2history #worldwartwohistory #worldwar2 #WW2 #ww2 #2.Weltkrieg #2.weltkrieg #ImperialJapaneseNavy #LightCruiser #lightcruiser #History_of_warships #warship #Warship #LeichterKreuzer #leichterkreuzer #sinking #untergang #Worldoflightcruiser #worldoflightcruiser