Shimakaze file photo [1849]


Ship ClassShimakaze-class Destroyer
BuilderMaizuru Naval Arsenal
Laid Down8 Aug 1941
Launched18 Jul 1942
Commissioned10 May 1943
Sunk11 Nov 1944
Displacement2,567 tons standard; 3,048 tons full
Length413 feet
Beam37 feet
Draft13 feet
MachineryTwo geared turbines, two shafts
Power Output76,000 SHP
Speed39 knots
Range1,400nm at 30 knots
Armament2x2x5in/50 DP guns, 28x25mm AA guns, 4x13mm guns, 3x5x25in torpedo tubes with 30 torpedos, 2 depth charge rails with 18 depth charges


ww2dbaseShimakaze, a 3048-ton destroyer, was built at Maizuru, Japan. Completed in May 1943, she was extraordinarily large and fast, with a very heavy torpedo armament. She was commanded by Commander Hirose Hiromu between 10 May 1943 and 5 Oct 1943, and Commander Uwai Hiroshi until her sinking by US Navy carrier-based aircraft in the Philippines area on 11 November 1944.

ww2dbaseSource: Naval Historical Center

Last Major Revision: Jan 2005

Shimakaze Operational Timeline

10 May 1943 Shimakaze was commissioned into service.


Shimakaze during her trials, circa mid-May 1943; this is the only known photo of this ship

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Shimakaze during her trials, circa mid-May 1943; this is the only known photo of this ship

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