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7,950 tons (standard)
9,150 tons (modification)
176.8m x 15.8m x 5.6m
6 × (200mm guns
4 × 76mm
12 × 24" torpedo tubes
6 × 20 cm/50 3rd Year Type naval guns (3x2
4 × 120mm
8 × 24"torpedo tubes
In late August, Cruiser Division 6 and the Chokai departed Shortland to provide distant cover for the Guadalcanal reinforcement convoys. That same day, a Consolidated PBY Catalina of VP23's "Black Cats" made a daylight attack against the cruiser unsuccessfully. Furutaka shuttled between Kieta and Rabaul as needed to refuel and resupply through mid-September. Furutaka was unsuccessfully attacked on 12 September south of New Ireland by the USS S-47, but was not damaged.
USS Duncan launched two torpedoes toward Furutaka that either missed or failed to detonate. Duncan continued firing at Furutaka until she was put out of action by numerous shell hits. At 2354, Furutaka was hit by a torpedo that flooded her forward engine room. During the battle, about 90 shells hit Furutaka and some ignited her Type 93 "Long Lance" torpedoes, starting fires. On October 12, 1942 at 2:28am, Furutaka sank stern first at Lat 09°02′S Long 159°33′E. Officially, Furutaka was removed from the Navy list on November 10, 1942.
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