|127 mm/50 3rd Year Type on a Type D mount3 х 2 pcs.|
|Rate of Fire10.45 shots/min.|
|Reload Time5.74 sec.|
|Rotation Speed7.9 deg./sec.|
|180 Degree Turn Time22.78 sec.|
|Firing Range11.37 km.|
|Maximum Dispersion100 m.|
|HE Shell127 mm HE Type1|
|Maximum HE Shell Damage2,150|
|Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell9 %|
|Initial HE Shell Velocity915 m./s.|
|HE Shell Weight23 kg.|
|AP Shell127 mm AP Type0|
|Maximum AP Shell Damage2,200|
|Initial AP Shell Velocity915 m./s.|
|AP Shell Weight23 kg.|
|610 mm Quintuple3 х 5 pcs.|
|Rate of Fire0.4 shots/min.|
|Reload Time150 sec.|
|Rotation Speed25 deg./sec.|
|180 Degree Turn Time7.2 sec.|
|Torpedo Speed62 knot|
|Torpedo Range20.01 km.|
|127 mm/50 3rd Year Type on a Type D mount3 х 2 pcs.|
|. . . Average Damage per Second30.3|
|. . . Firing Range5.01 km.|
|25 mm/60 Type 96 on a single mount14 х 1 pcs.|
|. . . Average Damage per Second25.2|
|. . . Firing Range2.49 km.|
|25 mm/60 Type 96 on a triple mount2 х 3 pcs.|
|. . . Average Damage per Second6.6|
|. . . Firing Range2.49 km.|
|25 mm/60 Type 96 on a twin mount1 х 2 pcs.|
|. . . Average Damage per Second2.7|
|. . . Firing Range2.49 km.|
|Maximum Speed39 knot|
|Turning Circle Radius690 m.|
|Rudder Shift Time3 sec.|
|Surface Detectability Range7.11 km.|
|Air Detectability Range3.38 km.|
Shimakaze — Japanese Tier X destroyer.
Shimakaze, hull number 125, was an experimental destroyer, envisioned as the new generation of destroyer design for the Imperial Japanese Navy, born from the 1939 4th Naval Armaments Supplement Programme. Bigger and greater in tonnage than previous types, she carried a larger, higher pressure power plant than her predecessors, which resulted in the highest speed of any Imperial Japanese destroyer, along with the largest torpedo broadside of any previous destroyer, while still carrying a typical complement of main guns.
|Rate of Fire|
|180° Turn Time|
|Maximum HE Shell Damage|
|Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell|
|Maximum AP Shell Damage
|127 mm/50 3rd Year Type on a Type D mount||10.5||22.78||100||2,150||9||2,200||0||1,700,000|
|Secondary Gun Turrets|
|Slot 3||Main Battery Modification 2|
As the pinnacle of the Japanese torpedo destroyer tech-tree branch, Shimakaze epitomizes the play-style of the main line of ships: a long-range torpedo boat with solid – albeit rather underwhelming – artillery. Shimakaze also boasts the absolute lowest detection range of any Tier X destroyer.
The fundamental flavor of this ship is the unmatched volume of torpedoes that can be launched at once; therefore players must consider which torpedoes they wish to use, as it will affect the manner in which the ship will be utilized. It must be understood that the torpedoes individually are not as good as other nations'. The high range Type 93 torpedoes have an impressive range, but the torpedo detectability range of them is exceptionally poor at 2.5 km and this coupled with the lower than typical speed means landing hits is extremely challenging. The other two options are far more viable; the Type 93 mod 3 of 12km range has an on-par high speed, significantly lower detection and the strongest punch of any torpedo; The Type F3 of 8km range has outstanding, unrivaled speed, and a quicker reload, but at the cost of slightly worse detection and lower damage. The latter choice leads itself to very risky game play, but they are much more likely to land on a target, whereas the former 12km option leads itself to metered, conservative game play. With any option great care must be taken on positioning the ship safely to launch, and in considering and predicting the enemy's expected movements.
Yugumo and Shimakaze are the two 127mm gunnned Japanese destroyers that enjoy relatively good reload compared to their predecessors and acceptable turret traverse speeds, and thus can be utilized as a reasonably acceptable gunnery platforms in some circumstances. This is not in line with some popular conceptions about Japanese destroyers. It is worth noting that while the reload is acceptable and the gun's range is excellent, the damage-dealing capability will always lag behind other lines of destroyers by a large margin, so more than ever direct gun trades are inadvisable. Japanese torpedoes have the highest flooding chance, so using the guns to light fires and damage modules before and after torpedo attacks can be an effective tactical technique.Great care must be paid to enemy formations, especially in the case of hydro-acoustic search, radar, and enemy aircraft, as well as other ships. In the hands of a cunning but cautious hunter, Shimakaze can shine.
- Good HE alpha damage with an okay rate of fire.
- Three quintuple torpedo launchers spit out a devastating salvo of fifteen (15) torpedoes — the infamous Wall of Skill.
- Type93 mod. 3 torpedoes have amazing damage and flood chances.
- Fast rudder shift time.
- Tied with Tier V Minekaze for the highest base speed of all IJN destroyers at 39 knots.
- Best concealment of all Tier X destroyers, can out-spot most Tier IX destroyers, too
- Smallest health pool of all Tier X destroyers.
- Gun turret traverse is mediocre at best.
- Somewhat poor torpedo launch arcs.
- Torpedoes have poor stealth and are easily detected.
- Long torpedo reload time with no booster consumable.
- Weak AA suite.
As a Tier X ship, Shimakaze has access to all six upgrade slots, with some flexibility in choice to allow preference to a particular play-style. The recommended upgrades for Shimakaze are as follows:
- Slot 1: Main Armaments Modification 1 ()
- Slot 2: Engine Room Protection ()
- Slot 3: Torpedo Tubes Modification 1 ()
- Slot 4: Propulsion Modification 1 () or Steering Gears Modification 1 ()
- Slot 5: Concealment System Modification 1 () for even better sneak.
- Slot 6: Torpedo Tubes Modification 2 () or Torpedo Quick Reload System () for faster reload.
Shimakaze has two priorities: survival, and her torpedoes.
|Recommended Commander Skills|
Grease the Gears
Incoming Fire Alert
Extra-Heavy AP Shells
Fill the Tubes
Swift in Silence
|Key: ★★★ - Extremely Useful ★★ - Frequently Useful ★ - Occasionally Useful No stars - Not Useful|
Shimakaze equips three consumables:
Shimakaze has access to Type 1, 2, 5, or 6 Camouflage; the first three acquired via credits. Types 1 or 5 are recommended at a minimum as they reduce detectability range by sea. Players who wish to spend doubloons can equip Shimakaze with Type 20 Camouflage, which lowers her detection radius, reduces accuracy of incoming shells, increases credits & experience earned in battle, and decreases post-battle costs.
SignalsThe choice of which Signal Flags to mount will confer to the individual preference of each captain, and are subject to great variation, although there are certain flags which are worth the further emphasis. Captains should mount India Yankee to decrease time to extinguish fires, mount November Foxtrot to decrease reload time of consumables, and mount Sierra Mike to increase the ship's maximum speed. To make their torpedoes more potent, captains should mount Juliet Whisky Unaone to increase chance of causing flooding and Juliet Charlie to mitigate risk to magazine detonation from mounting the former flag. If captains wish to buff their primary artillery, they are encouraged to mount Victor Lima + India X-ray to increase fire chance to HE shells.
- Maizuru Naval Yard; Maizuru, Japan
- Laid down: 8 August 1941
- Launched: 18 July 1942
- Commissioned: 10 May 1943
- 2,567 tons displacement, standard
- 129.5m length overall
- 126-126.5m length waterline
- 11.2m beam
- 4.14m draft
- 3 water tube boilers, 2 geared steam turbines
- 39 knots at 75,000 shaft horsepower
- 1,400nm at 30 knots
- Six (3x2) 127mm guns
- Two (1x2) 13mm AA guns
- Four (2x2) 25mm AA guns
Likely final configuration:
- Twenty-eight (14x1, 1x2, 4x3) 25mm AA guns
- Fifteen (3x5) 610mm torpedo tubes
Anti Submarine Warfare
- One twin depth charge launcher
- Two depth charge rails
- One Type 22 surface and air search radar set
Refited later in service:
- One Type 13 air search radar set
Originally known as the “Type C” design, the experimental Shimakaze (島風, lit. “Island Wind”) drew many of her design inspirations from the Kagero and Yūgumo-class destroyers; and could be seen as an improvement of the types. Shimakaze was named for the previous speed record holder, a Minekaze class of the same name.
With the goal of producing a new generation of high speed destroyer, Shimakaze's design featured increased length and displacement, allowing new high pressure boilers and turbines to be installed, which later allowed Shimakaze to reach a speed of nearly 41 knots at overload power during trials. The new turbines she received gave her 50% more power than contemporary Japanese destroyer turbines; the high pressure boilers had previously been tested in the Kagero-class destroyer Amatsukaze. Because of the larger size, it was possible to install three quintuple 610mm torpedo launchers which gave the heaviest torpedo broadside of any destroyer before her. The individual superiority of the overall armament and the high speed of Shimakaze was fitting to the Japanese Navy’s Decisive Battle Doctrine or "Kantai Kessen", as well as reflected a response to a new generation of foreign warship designs.
Shimakaze was laid down on 8 August 1941 in the Maizuru Naval Arsenal, a Japanese Navy-run shipyard which specialized in vessels destroyer class and smaller. The IJN originally intended to develop 16 additional destroyers of this experimental class, but — hampered with the ill-fated Battle of Midway (1942) and Japan’s limited resources and small industrial capacity — the project was deemed too expensive, cancelled, and the funding passed on to an upgraded Akizuki design. However, that too was cancelled due to a string of Japanese defeats that followed shortly after Midway.
Nevertheless, the original Shimakaze prototype was continued to completion (though with many delays) and was commissioned into service on 10 May 1943. Because Shimakaze was an experimental type, she was not given the highest priority in construction, however the delays did mean that she was completed with a Type 22 (surface and air search) radar set, one of the first in for destroyers in the Japanese navy. Unfortunately, it was a very difficult decision for the IJN on where to place her into their formations, thus she became more or less independent of destroyer squadrons.
In service, Shimakaze saw her first sortie in July 1943 as the radar guide (radar picket) and screen flagship for the Kiska evacuation under the cover of fog. Two days later, American forces shelled rocky island with thousands of rounds and landed over 34,000 men, only to discover that the Japanese had disappeared. Shimakaze received some upgrades during her short career, such as modification to the characteristic bridge wind deflector and wheelhouse windows, receiving a Type 13 (air search) radar set, and eventually having a total fit of twenty-eight (28) 25mm autocannons.
Unlike what is commonly stated, Shimakaze (Like Yūgumo, was given Type D mountings for her 12.7cm/50 guns, which where capable of high elevation and thus (technically) anti-aircraft capable; thus, the no. 2 turret was never removed for additional AA guns - the same is true for all Yūgumo class ships. Though capable of high elevation, the 12.7cm/50 Type 3 gun on Shimakaze was most unsuitable for anti-aircraft work with such limitations as a slow rate of fire and only manual turret traverse drive.
Refitted, Shimakaze rendezvoused with the Combined Fleet, operating as an attachment destroyer and was deployed with Yamato and Musashi during the Battle of the Philippine Sea in the attempt to reinforce Biak in June 1944. However, in the Battle of Leyte Gulf several months later, Shimakaze never participated due to rescuing survivors from the sunken Musashi.
Days later, even though Shimakaze was part of the fleet which that surprised the American escort carriers off Samar on 25 October 1944, she was placed away from the fight again: this time to pick up survivors from the heavy cruiser Maya which had been sunk a day earlier by torpedoes from the American submarine USS Dace. Her crowded decks and now heavily loaded state made it impractical for her to be utilized as a combatant.
Though an impressive destroyer design, Shimakaze was lost on 11 November 1944 after a short time in service, while helping escort a troop convoy to Ormoc to reinforce the remaining Japanese forces in the Philippines. Fighting against hundreds of carrier planes from American Task Force 38, Shimakaze and three other destroyers were sunk with their convoy.
Post WWII Namesake
The Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) re-used the name in the Hatakaze' class of guided missile destroyers; DDG-172 Shimakaze' was launched 30 January 1987, and Maizuru — where the Shimakaze (1942) was constructed — is her home port.
Historical Accuracy Errata
- Light and dark green camouflage was only applied to aircraft carriers beginning in mid-1944; Shimakaze was painted in overall IJN gray.
- Ingame, Shimakaze's bow is entirely the incorrect shape; instead of a straight rake, it is infact a clipper bow, per Photograph NH 73053 Shimakaze (U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command)
- It's likely that with 14 single 25mm autocannons fitted, the additional platforms for two triple 25mm autocannons would have already been fitted
- The smaller (lower level) bridge rangefinder is of the incorrect model and appears to be a torpedo director; a 66cm was fitted in reality.
- Various deck fittings are wrongly placed, such as the anchor handling gear on the forecastle, per photograph(s) of her under aerial attack.