Asashio class, DESTROYERS, 駆逐艦
 
IJN Destroyer DD-76 "Asashio"
Displacement: 2,370 t (1,961 t Std)Machinery: 3 boilers, 2 shafts  DP Guns: 3×2×5 in (127 mm)/50
Max Length: 388 ft 1 in 118.3 mMax Power: 50,000 hp 37 285 kW AA Guns: 2×2×.98 in (25 mm)
Beam: 33 ft 10 in 10.3 mMax Speed: 35 kts 65 km/h Torpedo Battery: 2×4×24 in (610 mm) tubes      
Draght: 12 ft 2 in 3.7 mRange: 5,700 nm 10 556 km Depth Charges: 2 throwers, 16 charges
Complement: 200 officers and enlisted Bunkerage: 500 t fuel oil Sensors: Sonar

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

By mid-1930's the Imperial Japanese Navy was not satisfied with the performance of the 1500-ton Hatsuharu and Shiratsuyu classes destroyers in terms of fire-power, stability, operational range and speed against previous “special type” destroyers of Fubuki and Akatsuki classes. It was possible to fulfil new requirements only at the expense of displacement growth that would exceed the limits established by 1930 London Naval Treaty, but by this time the Japanese government allowed the Treaty to expire without renewal, so the larger new Asashio class ships were approved in 1934, and their design subsequently became the basic plan for all future destroyers in the Japanese navy.

The Asashio class destroyers were designed to take advantage of Japan’s lead in torpedo technology. Eight 24 in (610 mm) torpedo tubes in two quadruple centerline mounts carried the lethal Type 93 “Long Lance” torpedoes. The containers with eight spare torpedoes plased behind the mounts made possible their reloading under way within а few seconds, therefore the practical power of the Asashio's torpedo battery surpassed even U.S. destroyers armed with twice as many torpedo tubes. The artillery armament consisted of six 5 in (127 mm) dual purpose guns mounted in twin splinter-proof turrets. Asashio class ships also became first Japanese destroyers armed with new .98 in (25 mm) anti-aircraft autocannons in two twin mounts, and to be equipped with sonar.

Two Asashio class destroyers (DD-76 Asashio and DD-79 Arashio) took part in the Battle of Midway as destroyer screen of Close Support Force cruisers.

 

Ship Builder Laid Down    Launched    Commisioned    Fate
 DD-76 朝潮 Asashio Naval Arsenal, Sasebo   7 Sep 1935   16 Dec 1936   31 Aug 1937   Sunk in action   4 Mar 1943
 DD-77 大潮 Ōshio Naval Arsenal, Maizuru   5 Aug 1936   19 Apr 1937   31 Oct 1937   Sunk in action 20 Feb 1943
 DD-78  満潮 Michishio Fujinagata Shipbuilding   5 Nov 1935   15 Mar 1937   31 Oct 1937   Sunk in action 25 Oct 1944
 DD-79 荒潮 Arashio Kawasaki, Kobe   1 Oct 1935   26 May 1937   30 Dec 1937   Sunk in action   4 Mar 1943
 DD-80 夏雲 Natsugumo Naval Arsenal, Sasebo   1 Jul 1936   26 May 1937   10 Feb 1938     Sunk in action 15 Oct 1942
 DD-81 山雲 Yamagumo Fujinagata Shipbuilding   4 Nov 1936   24 Jul 1937   15 Jan 1938   Sunk in action 25 Oct 1944
 DD-82 峯雲 Minegumo Fujinagata Shipbuilding 22 Mar 1937     4 Nov 1937   30 Apr 1938   Sunk in action   5 Mar 1943
 DD-83 朝雲 Asagumo Kawasaki, Kobe 23 Dec 1936     5 Nov 1937   31 Mar 1938   Sunk in action 25 Oct 1944
 DD-84 Arare Naval Arsenal, Maizuru   5 Mar 1937   16 Nov 1937   15 Apr 1939   Sunk in action   5 Jul 1942
 DD-85 Kasumi Uraga Dock Company   1 Dec 1936   18 Nov 1937   24 Jun 1939   Sunk in action   7 Apr 1945