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Nagara-class Light Cruiser

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Contributor: C. Peter Chen

This article refers to the entire Nagara-class; it is not about an individual vessel.

The Nagara-class light cruisers were the first Japanese cruisers to be equipped with the famed 610-millimeter Type 62 "Long Lance" torpedoes that were successful in the Pacific War. These light cruisers were based on the previous Kuma-class design and were similar to British Royal Navy cruisers in terms of layout, but through the 1930s and 1940s they receive numerous upgrades that made them stand out more. Some of the upgrades were fairly extensive, even during war time, such as the post-Midway modernization that removed the entire No. 5 and No. 7 gun turrets on each ship in favor of additional anti-aircraft weapons and air search radars sets. Of the six ships built, none of the Nagara-class light cruisers survived the Pacific War; many of them fell victim to American submarines.

Source: Wikipedia.

Photographs

Natori off Nagasaki, Japan, 1922Light cruiser Nagara, date unknownLight cruiser Kinu, 1931Yura off Shanghai, China, 18 Aug 1937, photo 1 of 2
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Natori off Nagasaki, Japan, 1922
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