IJN Hatsuzuki
IJN Hatsuzuki
General information
Place of origin Japan
Category Destroyer
Debut in FHSW Debut Appearance
Class Akizuki class
Sister ships Fuyuzuki
Used by Japan
Speed 33 knots (38 mph; 61 km/h)
Crew in‑game 4
Special abilities Radar
Seat 1
Primary weapon 4x 10 cm/65 Type 98
↑ HE
↓ AA
Secondary weapon10x Depth charges
Seat 2
Primary weapon 4x 10 cm/65 Type 98
↑ HE
↓ AA
Seat 3
Primary weapon 2x 25 mm triple Type 96
(HE + APT Rounds)
Seat 4
Primary weapon 2x 25 mm triple Type 96
(HE + APT Rounds)
Seat 5
Primary weapon 4x 61 cm Type 93 Torpedo Tubes

The Akizuki class destroyers were the largest, most modern and successful destroyers of the Japanese Navy in the World War II. They were 134 feet long and had a combat uniform displacement of 3,700 tons. They were built in 1940 and were intended primarily as an escort for the Japanese aircraft carriers to protect them from enemy planes. Their armanent consisted of eight fast-firing long-range multi-purpose guns and a vast number of smaller AA weapons.

As they had a radar, they could also fight at night. These large destroyers were often confused with cruisers by their opponents. This is due to the curved smooth deck, four distinctively shaped twin towers and the arrangement of the structures. In fact, they were used in some cases as flagships of Japanese Navy Battle Groups. The Akizukis were involved to every major Japanese naval operation from mid-1942, including the battles of Guadalcanal, where they secured supplies to the Japanese troops, in the Solomon Islands as a carrier escort and finally at Leyte Gulf.

They proved to be an excellent and versatile destroyers, whose anti-aircraft armament was constantly reinforced. Six of the twelve completed until the war ended Akizuki class destroyers were lost in the course of hostilities. The surviving six ships were further used by other countries for many years after the war.

IJN Hatsuzuki (初月?) was an Akizuki-class destroyer of the Imperial Japanese Navy. Her name means "New Moon (in Autumn)" or "(another name of) August". In October 1944 Hatsuzuki was part of the Northern Force commanded by Admiral Ozawa Jisaburo, in the Japanese attack on the Allied forces supporting the invasion of Leyte. On 25 October, in the Battle off Cape Engaño, she was sunk ENE of Cape Engaño (20°24′N 126°20′ECoordinates: 20°24′N 126°20′E) by US cruiser-destroyer group, while covering the rescue of survivors of the aircraft carriers Zuikaku and Zuihō by Wakatsuki and Kuwa.

The tasks of Hatsuzuki in Forgotten Hope Secret Weapon are identical to those in the main game. By the generally improved air defense you can also fight effectively against medium and as well heavy bombers. The torpedoes ensure that you can even damage larger vessels , which is particularly important for individual operations against enemy aircraft carriers.

You have no chance in direct competition with a battleship, even with the torpedoes, as one salvo from the main artillery sank the Hatsuzuki.

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