Kuma-class Light Cruiser

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

ww2dbaseThe Kuma-class light cruisers were initially designed as fast-sailing torpedo-attack cruisers. To this effect, Kitakami and Oi were equipped with 32 and 40 torpedo tubes, respectively. However, the evolution of naval aviation and simply the lack of such an opportunity meant that they never served in that role in the Pacific War. Nevertheless, their versatility led them to serve in a number of different roles through the war despite of their age.

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Last Major Revision: Apr 2009

Photographs

Light cruiser Oi off Kure, Japan, 1923Light cruiser Kuma on patrol off Tsingtao, China, 1930Kitakami off Sasebo, Japan, 1935Light cruiser Kiso at a pier at Shibaura, Tokyo, Japan, 1937
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Kuma-class Light Cruiser Photo Gallery
Light cruiser Oi off Kure, Japan, 1923
See all 7 photographs of Kuma-class Light Cruiser




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