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Kongo-Class battlecruiser built in Japan to (essentially) plans from Vickers, that built the name ship of the class in Britain before WWI for their ally Japan. IJN got the ship, plans and technical help from Vickers to build the other three ships in the class (Haruna, Kirishima, and Hiei). All were rebuilt between the wars (VERY extensively rebuilt, with lengthened hulls, new boilers and engines and enhanced armor) and reclassified as fast battleships. And they were pretty fast, used for escorts to the CVs of the Kido Butai in the early part of the War. Kirishima and Hiei were lost off Guadalcanal in November, 1942 (Hiei after being shot to pieces by cruisers and Kirishima after taking a number of hits from the 16"/45 main battery of USS Washington at close range - c. 5-7K yards). Haruna was reported (and widely believed in the US) to have been attacked and sunk off the Philippines by Colin Kelly, US Army Air Corps in late 1941 . Not so - active throughout the War until sunk in home waters by USN aircraft. Kongo herself went down in November, 1944 as a result of an attack by USS Sealion. She was present at the Battle Off Samar and helped shoot up Taffy 3.Battleship Haruna under air attack
Battleship Haruna (class Kongo) under air attack. Kure, July 28, 1945.
- Jazzman (Fri 28 Nov 2008 10:54:03 PM EST)
Yeah, and look at the size of the explosions!!
- downwithpeace (Wed 26 Nov 2008 03:27:48 PM EST)
Really good photo, shows what a size those ships were.