By Robin L. Rielly
Because the usa begun its crusade opposed to a number of Japanese-held islands within the Pacific, eastern strategies required them to advance new guns and methods. some of the most the most important to the island attacks used to be a brand new team of amphibious gunboats that may bring heavy fireplace shut in to shore as American forces landed. those gunboats have been additionally to turn out very important within the interdiction of inter-island barge site visitors and, past due within the struggle, the kamikaze probability. a number of adaptations of those gunboats have been built, according to the troop wearing LCI(L). They integrated 3 conversions of the LCI(L), with a variety of combos of weapons, rockets and mortars, and a fourth gunboat, the LCS(L), in response to an analogous hull yet designed as a guns platform from the start. by means of the top of the struggle the amphibious gunboats had confirmed their worthy.
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Though the battle was won by Japanese torpedoes, which sank three Dutch ships, all of the torpedoes fired by Naka (8) and Jintsu (12) missed their targets. However, the aircraft off these cruisers played an important role by tracking the Allied force during the night. On March 31, while covering the occupation of Christmas Island, Naka was attacked by the American submarine Seawolf. One torpedo hit aft, which caused extensive damage. Naka was repaired at Singapore in May before returning to Japan.
Agano Class Construction Ship Built at Laid down Launched Completed Agano Sasebo NY 6/18/40 10/22/41 10/31/42 Noshiro Yokosuka NY 9/4/41 7/19/42 6/30/43 Yahagi Sasebo NY 11/11/41 10/25/42 12/29/43 Sakawa Sasebo NY 11/21/42 4/9/44 11/30/44 Armament The new cruiser’s main battery was six Type 41 6-inch/50 guns. These dated from 1912 and had been in service as secondary guns on Japanese battleships. In the Agano class, they were mounted in three twin turrets. 15-inch high-angle gun designed specifically for the Agano class.
As part of Force A, Noshiro and Yahagi departed Lingga on October 18 as the Imperial Navy committed all its remaining heavy units to meet the American invasion of the Philippines. In the October 25 battle of Samar, Yahagi led six destroyers of Desron 10 and Noshiro led nine destroyers of Desron 2. In the battle, Yahagi launched seven torpedoes at American escort carriers without result. It was hit by a single 5-inch destroyer shell. It underwent numerous air attacks during the battle and after, but suffered only near misses.