Battle of Java Sea - Imperial Fleet

Although still early in the war the Japanese were well trained and adept at fleet manoeuvres. However their gunnery was un-practiced and they relied too much on the long range of their torpedoes (evident by the initial salvo of 98 torpedoes scoring just one hit). 

Imperial heavy cruisers 

As both fleets closed in on what would be the first major surface action of the pacific the Japanese held the advantage. Takagi had floatplanes aloft and was able to successfully screen the transports by positing himself in between. However he failed to truly capitalise on the opening advantage, perhaps he was happy just to keep the allies at bay, but what could have been a swift victory became a prolonged and messy series of small actions.

IJNS Haguro

The heavy cruisers
The Nachi and Haguro (Navwar) were Myoko Class heavy cruisers and at the time he most heavily armed ships of their class sporting ten 8” main guns in five turrets. Fast, capable of 36 knots, and dangerous these cruisers are by far the most potent ships in the engagement. The Nachi would eventually succumb to American carrier based aircraft in 1944, while the Haguro was sunk by the Royal Navy in 1945.

Imperial Fleet

Destroyer squadrons
Two destroyer squadrons flanked each side of the heavy cruisers. Both were lead by a Sendai Class light cruiser. 4th Destroyer Squadron consisted of Naka (Sendai class) and destroyers Yudachi, Samidare, Murasame, Harusame (Shiratsuyu class), Asagumo and Minegumo (Asashio class). the 2nd Destroyer Squadron was Jintsu (Sendai class) and Yamakaze, Kawakaze (Shiratsuyu class), Ushio, Sazanami (Fubuki class), Amatsukaze, Yukikaze, Tokitsukaze and Hatsukaze (Kagero class).

IJNS Jintsu IJNS Naka

Sendai Class light cruiser
Light armoured with seven 5.5” unprotected single mounted guns the Sendai Class (Davco) were very much a WW1 era design. Laid down in 1922 only three of the planned eight were completed, initially due to treaty obligations but also due to better designs in the pipeline. Both the Naka and the Jintsu were lost later in the war.

Shiratsuyu Class

Shiratsuyu Class destroyer
Designed to accompany larger ships the Shiraysuyu (Davco) Class destroyers was capable of launching eight Type 93 torpedoes at once (the first class capable of doing so) and with the high elevation of the 5” battery served as an early AA destroyer. 

Asashio Class

Asashio Class destroyer
The Asashio Class (Davco) destroyer were improvements on the Shiratsuyu Class and informed the basic design of all future destroyers. Their primary offensive weaponry was three twin 5” batteries and two quadruple TT mounts. All ten were lost during the coerce the war seeing action in all of the major battles. 

Fubuki Class

Fubuki Class destroyer
A ground breaking design when launched in 1928 the Fubuki Class (Navwar) was the first modern destroyer. Twenty-four were built to serve as fast cruiser escorts. With three twin 5” mounts and three triple TT mounts the Fubuki Class was on par with some contemporary light cruisers. Only two survived the war one of which was the Ushio.

Kagero Class

Kagero Class destroyer
Following on from the Asashio Class, the Kagero Class (Navwar) continued the upward trend of size and firepower of imperial destroyers. Excellent destroyers with enhanced operational range. Of the 19 commissioned only the Yukikaze survived the war, entering Chinese service and serving until 1970.

Imperial orders are simple, prevent the Allies from exiting the northern edge of the battle. Due to the 5:4 advantage all Allied losses VP’s are multiplied by 0.8

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