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Kongō-class Battlecruiser

22,400 Tons
222m x 31m x 9.7m
8 × 356mm guns (4x2)
16 × 152 mm guns (8x2)
8 × 76mm guns
4 × 6.5mm machine guns
8 × 21 in torpedo tubes
3 × floatplanes

Ship History
Built by Vickers in England. Laid down January 17, 1911 created by Vickers' chief designer, Sir George Thurston, the last major Japanese warship to be built overseas. Launched May 18, 1912. Commissioned August 16, 1913. Named "Kongō" after Mount Kongō in Osaka Prefecture (金剛, "vajra" or "indestructible"), the Japanese Navy's first super-dreadnought type battlecruiser, and the name-ship of her class, which also included the Hiei, Kirishima, and Haruna. Upgraded to a battleship rating in the 1930s.

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October 25, 2012


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