Nagara class, LIGHT CRUISERS, 軽巡洋艦
 
IJN Light Cruiser CL-9 "Nagara"
Displacement: 6,539 t (5,708 t Std)Machinery: 12 boilers, 4 shafts  Main Guns: 7×1×5.5 in (140 mm)/50 Main Belt: 2.5 in 65 mm
Max Length: 534 ft 9 in 163 mMax Power: 90,000 hp 66 195 kW AA Guns: 2×2× 0.98 in (25 mm) Decks: 1.25 in 32 mm
Beam: 48 ft 5 in 14.8 mMax Speed: 36 kts 66.67 km/h AA MG's: 1×4×.52 in (13.2 mm) Barbettes:    —     —
Draght: 16 ft 0 in 4.9 mRange: 5,000 nm 9 260 km Torpedoes: 4×2×24 in (610 mm) tubes Turrets:    —     —
Complement: 450 officers and enlisted Bunkerage: 1,247 t fuel oil Air Group: E8N2 Type 95 CTower:    —     —

* Armament as during the Battle of Midway (June 1942).

Commissioned in early 1920s, six Nagara class ships were the second class of 5,500-ton light cruisers. These warships were designed to be flagships for destroyer and submarine squadrons. As destroyer squadron leaders, the Nagara class light cruisers were fast as 36 kts top speed and were armed during World War II with the lethal Type 93 “Long Lance” torpedoes. As submarine squadron leaders they were originally built with a hangar for small seaplane beneath the bridge and a flying-off platform extending in front of the hangar. However this arrangement caused aircraft handling problems, and during the 1930s the flying-off platforms were removed and conventional centerline catapults were above the after turrets to accommodate larger and more powerfull reconnaissance seaplane.

One Nagara class light cruiser (CL-9 Nagara) took part in the Battle of Midway as a flagship of Destroyer Squadron 10, the destroyer screen of First Mobile Force.

 

Ship Builder Laid Down    Launched    Commisioned    Fate
 CL-8    名取 Natori  Mitsubishi Shipyards, Nagasaki 14 Jan 1920   16 Feb 1922   15 Sep 1922   Sunk in action 18 Aug 1944
 CL-9    長良  Nagara Sasebo Naval Arsenal   9 Sep 1920     25 Apr 1922     21 Apr 1922     Sunk in action   7 Aug 1944
 CL-10  鬼怒 Kinu Kawasaki Shipyards, Kōbe 17 Jan 1921   29 May 1922   10 Dec 1922   Sunk in action 26 Oct 1944
 CL-11  由良 Yura  Sasebo Naval Arsenal 21 May 1920   15 Feb 1922   20 Mar 1923   Sunk in action 25 Oct 1942
 CL-12  五十鈴 Isuzu Uraga Dock Company 10 Aug 1920   29 Oct 1921   15 Aug 1923   Sunk in action   7 Apr 1945
 CL-13  阿武隈  Abukuma  Uraga Dock Company   8 Dec 1921   16 Mar 1923   26 May 1925   Sunk in action 25 Oct 1944