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

Built by Vickers in England. Laid down January 17, 1911 as 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 in Japan as the Japanese Navy's first super-dreadnought type battlecruiser, and the name ship of the Kongō-class Battlecruiser class. Upgraded to a battleship during the 1930s.


Sinking History
On November 21, 1944 sunk by USS Sealion (SS-315) in the Formosa Strait.

Combined Fleet IJN Battleship KONGO: Tabular Record of Movement

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Last Updated
July 11, 2017



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