IJN Uranami                

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IJN Uranami

Scale 1:200
Author: Jaroslaw Dzierzawski
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IJN Uranami
Fubuki class destroyer
as she appeared in 1931
Model # 077

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Technical data:
  Launched November 29, 1928
1,780 tons standard
  Length 118.41m  
  Beam 10.4m  
  Machinery Geared turbines, 2 shafts; 50,000 hp = 38 knots
  Armament Main - 6 x 127mm (3 x 2)
    Secondary - 10 x 127mm (4 x 2)
    AAA - up to 22 x 25mm, up to 10 x 13mm
    9 x 610mm (3 x 3) torpedo tubes, 36 depth charges
  Complement 219 officers and enlisted

     IJN Uranami,  was the tenth of twenty-four Fubuki-class destroyers built for the Imperial Japanese Navy following World War I. When introduced into service, these ships were the most powerful destroyers in the world. They served as first-line destroyers through the 1930s, and remained formidable weapons systems well into the Pacific War.  Construction of the advanced Fubuki-class destroyers was authorized as part of the Imperial Japanese Navy's expansion program from fiscal 1923, intended to give Japan a qualitative edge with the world's most modern ships. The Fubuki-class had performance that was a quantum leap over previous destroyer designs, so much so that they were designated Special Type destroyers, . The large size, powerful engines, high speed, large radius of action and unprecedented armament gave these destroyers the firepower similar to many light cruisers in other navies.        During the Second Sino-Japanese War, Uranami helped cover landings of Japanese forces during the Battle of Shanghai in 1937, and subsequent landings of Japanese forces at Hangzhou in Northern China.  From December 7, 1941 to the end of the year, Uranami covered the landings of Japanese troops during invasion of Malaya and British.  On December 19, Uranami with assistnace from Ayanami and Yugiri, sank the Dutch submarine O- and rescued 32 survivors. Throughout September and October of 1942, Uranami participated in a very large number of “Tokyo Express” high speed transport missions to Guadalcanal.   On November 14–15, Uranami participated in Second Battle of Guadalcanal. Her fire (together with Ayanami and Nagara) sank USS Preston and USS Walke, mortally wounded USS Benham and severely damaged USS Gwin. She evacuated Ayanami crippled by fire from USS Washington. Uranami's final mission began on October 25, 1944 as an escort for convoy to Ormoc. On the morning of October 26, while crossing the Jintolo Channel, approximately 80 aircraft from four of the Taffy 2 escort carriers began bombing, strafing, and rocketing the convoy. Uranami was hit with two bombs and several rockets killing 103 crewmen, (including its captain, Lieutenant Commander Sako) before sinking.

Uranami was stricken from theNavy list on December 10, 1944.        .



Model built and photographed by the author, used with permission.

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