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  Hiei 比叡
Kongō-class battlecruiser

36,600 Tons
728' 4" x 101' 8" x 31' 10"
Armament (as built)
16 x 152mm guns
8 x 72mm guns
4 x mg
4x2 torpedotubes (submerged)

Armament (after 1935)
16 x 152mm guns
8 x 127mm guns
20 x 25mm AA guns

Ship History
Hiei was the second Kongō-class battlecruiser designed by Vickers naval architect Sir George Thurston. The Kongō-class battlecruises included Kongō, Hiei, Kirishima, and Haruna.

Built by at Yokosuka Naval Arsenal at Yokosuka. Laid down November 4, 1911. Launched November 21, 1912. Fitted out during December 1913 with Captain Shichitaro Takagi assigned as equipping officer. Completed August 4, 1914.


On November 12, 1942 Hiei was Vice Admiral Hiroaki Abe's flagship and part of the bombardment force with Kirishima on a mission to bombard Henderson Field on Guadalcanal escorted by Akatsuki.

On November 13, 1943 during the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal damaged and during the daylight hours, assisted by Teruzuki.

Sinking History
On November 14, 1942 during the Second Naval Battle of Guadalcanal sunk north of Savo Island in Iron Bottom Sound.

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Last Updated
August 18, 2018


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