The Sendai-class cruisers (川内型軽巡洋艦 Sendai-gata keijun'yōkan) were a group of warships operated by the Imperial Japanese Navy. The vessels in the class were named after rivers according to the navy's light cruiser naming rule. They participated in numerous actions during the Pacific War and were mainly used as destroyer flotilla leaders.
Sendai, note the wider third funnel
|Preceded by:||Nagara class|
|Succeeded by:||Agano class|
|Beam:||14.17 m (46 ft 6 in)|
|Draft:||4.8 m (15 ft 9 in)|
|Depth:||8.85 m (29 ft 0 in)|
|Installed power:||90,000 shp (67,000 kW)|
|Speed:||35.25 kn (65.28 km/h; 40.56 mph)|
|Range:||5,000 nmi (9,300 km; 5,800 mi) at 14 kn (26 km/h; 16 mph)|
The Sendai-class light cruisers were a development of the preceding Nagara class. Their boilers were better located, and they had four funnels instead of three. Each ship was designed with a flying-off platform and hangar, but did not actually carry aircraft until a catapult system was installed in 1929.
Ships in class
Three Sendai-class light cruisers were constructed in Japan during the 1920s; four were laid down, but the last — Kako — was scrapped on the slipway in accordance with the regulations of the 1922 Washington Naval Treaty. The other three were sunk during World War II.
|Sendai (川内)||Mitsubishi Nagasaki Shipyard||16 February 1922||30 October 1923||29 April 1924||Sunk during the Battle of Empress Augusta Bay on 2 November 1943.|
|Jintsū (神通)||Kōbe-Kawasaki Shipbuilding Yard||4 August 1922||8 December 1923||31 July 1925||Sunk during the Battle of Kolombangara on 13 July 1943.|
|Naka (那珂)||Yokohama Dock Company||10 June 1922||24 March 1925||30 November 1925||Hull was burned by earthquake, later scrapped. Laid down once again on 24 May 1924. Sunk during the Operation Hailstone on 17 February 1944.|
|Kako (加古)||Sasebo Naval Arsenal||15 February 1922||Discontinued by Washington Naval Treaty on 17 March 1922 and scrapped. Naval budget was used for the Furutaka-class cruiser.|
|Ayase (綾瀬)||Cancelled and re-planned as Furutaka-class cruiser in March 1922.|
and one cruiser
|Cancelled following the Washington Naval Treaty.|
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