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This category contains all ships classified as Destroyers.

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A Destroyer (駆逐艦 kuchikukan) is a fast and maneuverable yet long-endurance warship intended to escort larger vessels in a fleet, convoy, or battle group and defend them against smaller, powerful, short-range attackers. The first ship named and classified as a destroyer was the Spanish warship Destructor (1886), designed by Fernando Villaamil.

The Imperial Japanese Navy possessed some of the most formidable destroyers of their day. This came as a nasty surprise to the Allies, who had generally underestimated Japanese technical capabilities.

Originally the IJN issued numerical designations to every ship. However, the bland numerical designations were unpopular with the officers and crews. Thus the IJN abolished destroyers' numerical designations in August 1928, reverting to names. The reverence held by the Japanese for the arts of war, promoted by the pre-war military governments, led to poetic-sounding names for warships. Destroyers were allocated names associated with natural phenomena of weather, sky and sea, e.g., wind (kaze), snow (yuki), rain (ame), clouds (kumo), waves (nami), mist (kiri), frost (shimo), tides (shio), and the moon (tsuki).

The IJN further classified its destroyers by types, classes, and eventually sub-classes. The "type special" is named as such because of how much a leap forward it was, redefining the general ship design of all future IJN destroyers. Later in WWII, the IJN ordered many specialized destroyers, now divided into type A, for the main combat ones, type B, for the AA-focused ones, type C for the most formidable ones (only experimental), and type D for the cheaper ASW-focused ones.

Type Main Class Sub Class
"Pre Type Special" Kamikaze-class -
Mutsuki-class -
Type Special Fubuki-class Fubuki-class
"Post Type Special" Hatsuharu-class[1] -
Shiratsuyu-class -
Asashio-class -
Type A Kagerou-class -
Yuugumo-class -
Type B Akizuki-class Akizuki-class
Super Akizuki-class[3] -
Type C Shimakaze-class -
Super Shimakaze-class[4] -
Type D Matsu-class Matsu-class
  1. Sometime, the 2 later ships of the class are considered as Ariake-class instead.
  2. Fuyutsuki in the game is considered an Akizuki-class and not a Fuyutsuki-class for no apparent reason.
  3. The Super Akizuki-class was planned but never build, and may serve as a template for future in-game remodels.
  4. The Super Shimakaze-class was planned but never build, and may serve as a template for a future in-game remodel.
  5. The Tachibana-class has been teased in an interview.


This category has the following 19 subcategories, out of 19 total.