|120 mm/45 3rd Year Type2 х 1 pcs.|
|Rate of Fire5 shots/min.|
|Reload Time12 sec.|
|Rotation Speed7 deg./sec.|
|180 Degree Turn Time25.71 sec.|
|Firing Range8.11 km.|
|Maximum Dispersion81 m.|
|HE Shell120 mm HE Type1|
|Maximum HE Shell Damage1,700|
|Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell7 %|
|Initial HE Shell Velocity825 m./s.|
|HE Shell Weight20.3 kg.|
|AP Shell120 mm AP Type0|
|Maximum AP Shell Damage2,000|
|Initial AP Shell Velocity825 m./s.|
|AP Shell Weight20.3 kg.|
|610 mm Triple2 х 3 pcs.|
|Rate of Fire0.82 shots/min.|
|Reload Time73 sec.|
|Rotation Speed25 deg./sec.|
|180 Degree Turn Time7.2 sec.|
|TorpedoType8 mod. 3|
|Torpedo Speed63 knot|
|Torpedo Range8.01 km.|
|25 mm/60 Type96 Twin mod. 16 х 2 pcs.|
|. . . Average Damage per Second16.2|
|. . . Firing Range2.49 km.|
|Maximum Speed37.5 knot|
|Turning Circle Radius550 m.|
|Rudder Shift Time3.2 sec.|
|Surface Detectability Range6.2 km.|
|Air Detectability Range2.5 km.|
Mutsuki — Japanese Tier V destroyer.
Developed from the Minekaze class, equipped with a reinforced torpedo armament. This class inherited high speed and sufficiently powerful artillery from its predecessors. Greater dimensions made it possible to equip these destroyers with 610 mm torpedoes.
|Secondary Gun Turrets|
|Rate of Fire|
|Torpedo Tubes Reload Time|
|180° Turn Time|
|Type8 mod. 3||0.8||73||7.2||14,600||63||8||0||210,000|
|Firing Range Increase|
|Maximum Firing Range
|Type5 mod. 1||0||8.1||0||70,000|
|Type5 mod. 2||10||8.9||1,600||150,000|
- Low detection range.
- 8 km Torpedo range.
- Decent speed.
- Decent reload time with the gun upgrade.
- Arguably a more dangerous DD at Tier V than Minekaze's new form.
- Usable torpedoes which can compete in Tier VII matches.
- Reload time of stock guns is abysmal, but this can be fixed with the gun module.
- Terrible gun traverse speed, even with the upgrade.
- Small gun range, equal to Minekaze.
- No armor, incapacitations are likely to happen when the ship takes hits.
- Slow torpedo speed makes them easier to dodge.
- Low hitpoint pool.
Mutsuki fires a salvo of torpedoes at an enemy Imperator Nikolai I.
Mutsuki seeks its' next victim after sinking an enemy Langley.
Mutsuki stalks its prey, a Hosho class aircraft carrier.
- Sasebo Dockyard; Nagasaki, Japan
- Laid down: 21 May 1924
- Launched: 23 July 1925
- Commissioned: 25 March 1926
- 1,315tons displacement, standard
- 100.2m length
- 9.16m beam
- 2.96m draft
- 4 boilers, 2 turbines
- 37.25knts at 38,500shp
- 4,000nm at 15knts
- Four (4x1) 120mm guns, two (2x1) 7.7mm guns, and six (2x3) 610mm torpedo tubes
The Mutsuki class (睦月) destroyers were based on the same hull design as the previous Kamikaze class, except with a double curvature configuration of the bow, a feature which became a standard in all later Japanese destroyers.
The Mutsuki class was the first to be fitted with the newly developed 24 inch torpedoes, with greater range and larger warhead than previous torpedoes in the Japanese inventory. Originally Type 8 torpedoes were carried, arranged in two triple mountings. These were later replaced with the famous Type 93 "Long Lance" oxygen-propelled torpedoes during World War II.
In September 1935, many ships in the navy were severely damaged by a typhoon while on training exercises, in what was later termed the "Fourth Fleet Incident", including a number of the Mutsuki class destroyers, which had several plates buckled and bridges wrecked. During 1936-37 the Mutsuki class ships were retrofitted with a strengthened, more compact, bridge, with redesigned watertight shields on the torpedo mounts. With the new shields the torpedoes could be worked in all weather conditions thus extending the useful life of the class.
From 1941-1942 the Mutsuki class destroyers were refitted with the 120 mm/45 main guns reduced to two single mounts and ten Type 96 25 mm AT/AA Guns added. The minesweeping and minelaying equipment was removed and replaced with four depth charge launchers, with 36 depth charges.
In June 1944, the surviving vessels were again refit, with the number of Type 96 25 mm antiaircraft guns increased to twenty, and an additional five Type 93 13 mm AA Guns also installed.
Like the Minekaze class, the Mutsuki class destroyers were mostly outdated and obsolete by the beginning of World War II. However, the Mutsuki class destroyers engaged in far more active combat service than their predecessors, participating in operations from the invasion of Wake Island, the conquest of the Netherlands East Indies, to the South Pacific, and operations in the Philippines.
Fumizuki participated in the initial invasions of the Netherlands East Indies as a convoy escort for the invasion forces, remaining until she sustained heavy damage in a collision with a transport in September of 1942. Repaired, she was then assigned to the South Pacific and evacuated troops from Guadalcanal in February of 1943. Fumizuki would spend much of the remaining six months transporting troops in the Solomons until she was recalled to Japan for refit in August, 1943. Returning again to the Solomons, she would continue to perform troop transport duties until she was sunk in Rabaul harbor by air attack in February, 1944.
Kikuzuki performed convoy escort and patrol duties in the South Pacific until May, 1942. She was torpedoed during an air attack on May 4, 1942 and sank the next day.
Kisaragi was assigned to the Wake Island invasion force, departing Truk on the 8th of December, 1941. On the 11th of December, she was hit by a bomb during an air attack and was sunk with all her crew.
Mikazuki was initially assigned to the Hosho training group, but would serve on ASW patrols and as a convoy escort on the Formosa-Japan routes from June, 1942 until an extended refit in December, 1942. In June, 1943, she transferred to Rabaul and began troop transport runs in the Solomons. Mikazuki grounded on a reef off Cape Gloucester and was destroyed by air attack on the 28th of July, 1943.
Mochizuki participated in the invasion of Wake Island in December of 1941, then began ASW and convoy escort duties until January, 1942, when she was moved to the South Pacific. Present for the Battle of the Coral Sea in May, Mochizuki continued to operate in the Solomons, participating in the bombardment of Henderson Field on Guadalcanal on the night of 14-15th October, 1942. She would then transport troops to islands throughout the Solomon Islands until she was lightly damaged in the Battle of Kula Gulf on the night of 5-6th July, 1943. Mochizuki was sunk by air attack on the 24th of October, 1944, while transporting troops and supplies to New Britain.
Minazuki would participate in the invasions of the Philippines and Java, remaining in the Southwest Area for all of 1942, after which she returned to Japan for refit. Joining the Thrid Fleet at Rabaul in February of 1943, Minazuki engaged in a remarkably busy series of troop transport missions until May, 1944, when she was reassigned to the Central Pacific. She was torpedoed and sunk by submarine on the 6th of June, 1944.
Mutsuki was assigned to the invasion fleet tasked with taking Wake Island in December, 1941. She would then operate in the Solomon and Bismarck Islands, escorting convoys as Japan established airfields on various islands in the South Pacific. Assigned to escort a troop convoy to Guadalcanal during the Battle of the Eastern Solomons, Mutsuki was sunk by air attack on the 25th of August, 1942.
Nagatsuki was present for both the Philippine and Java invasions from December 1941 to February of 1942, after which she remained in the Southwest Area performing ASW patrols and convoy escort until December, 1942. Transferred to the South Pacific in January, 1943, Nagatsuki participated in the evacuation of Guadalcanal and transported troops to islands in the Solomons chain until the night of 5-6th July, 1943 and the Battle of Kula Gulf. Hit by a single 152mm shell, Nagatsuki was sunk the following day by air attack.
Satsuki was assigned as part of the escort force for the Philippine and Java invasion convoys from December, 1941 to February, 1942, after which she remained in the Southwest Area conducting ASW patrols and convoy escort missions until December, 1942. Assigned to the South Pacific in January 1943, Satsuki participated in the evacuation of Guadalcanal and transported troops throughout the Solomon Islands until May, 1944 when she was transferred to the Central Pacific. On the 21st of September, 1944, Satsuki was bombed and sunk outside Manila during the raid by Task Force 38 on the Philippine Islands.
Uzuki was assigned to the Guam invasion force in December 1941, and then transferred to the South Pacific in January of 1942. There she served as an escort for troop convoys to the various islands in the Solomons until March, 1944, when she began to escort convoys in the Central Pacific. Uzuki was present for the Battle of the Philippine Sea, but not engaged. By August, she was operating as a convoy escort in the Southwest Area and the Philippines. Uzuki was torpedoed by a PT boat and sunk on the 12th of December, 1944, while escorting a troop convoy attempting to reinforce Leyte Island.
Yayoi also participated in the invasion of Wake Island, then proceeded to the Solomons for the invasion of Rabaul in January, 1942. She then assisted in the transport of garrisons to the various islands in the Solomons chain. In August and September of 1942, Yayoi transported and subsequently evacuated troops from Milne Bay in New Guinea. On the 11th of September, 1942, Yayoi was attacked by air and sunk while transporting troops to Goodenough Island off New Guinea.Yuzuki began the war by participating in the invasion of Guam in December, 1941, then moved to the South Pacific. During 1942, she escorted numerous invasion convoys throughout the Bismarck and Solomon Islands as well as New Guinea, continuing in support of operations in the South Pacific into 1944. Assigned to the Central Pacific in May, 1944, Yuzuki was sunk by aircraft on the 12th of December, 1944, while escorting a troop convoy to Leyte.