World of Warships Japanese pre dreadnaught Mikasa

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World of Warships Japanese pre dreadnaught Mikasa

The pre dreadnaught Mikasa was part of the new post-war programme of 1896-97 for the Imperial Japanese Navy. The ship was launched in 8 November 1900 and completed 1 March 1902. It was a modified version of Formidable class battleships of Royal Navy. It was made in harvey-nickel steel and was heavily armored (Krupp cemented armor): belt from 4in to 9in, barbettes from 6in to 14in, turrets from 8in to 10in, casemattes 6in. Mikasa was powered by two vertical triple-expansion steam engines, using steam generated by 25 Belleville boilers (15000hp with a top speed of 18.45 knots. The main armament consisted in four Elswick Ordnance Company 40 calibre 12in guns mounted in twin gun turrets / barbettes (placed fore and aft of the superstructure). The secondary armament consisted in 14 45-calibre 6-inch (152mm) quick firing guns in casemates. Mikasa was also armed with 4 submerged 18 inch torpedo tubes. The effective range was 7.300 metres by four Bass & Stroud FA£ coincidence rangefinders and 24 power magnification telescopic gunsights.

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Mikasa sank during the Russo-Japanese war near Sasebo. However she was raised in 7 August 1906 and repaired. In 1906/7, Mikasa was to have been rebuilt to the “Iwani”, armed with 12in 45-cal and 14x6in 45-cal guns. The project was erased. In 1921 the ship re-entered in service as 1st Class coast-defence ship. On 17 September 1921 Mikasa ran aground near Vladivostok. It was refloated only on 20 September 1923 and on 12 November 1926 it became a memorial by Hirohito and Admiral Togo at Yokosuka. Mikasa survived until our days.

In World of Warships pre dreadnaught Mikasa will be a tier 2 premium battleship.

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Source – Jentschura, Hansgeorg; Jung, Dieter; Mickel, Peter (1977). Warships of the Imperial Japanese Navy, 1869–1945. Annapolis, Maryland: United States Naval Institute, page 19.

La pre Dreadnaught Mikasa faceva parte del nuovo programma iniziato nel dopoguerra 1896-1897 per la Marina Imperiale Giapponese. La nave venne varata l’8 Novembre 1900 e ultimata il 1 marzo 1902. Fu una versione modificata delle corazzate classe Formidable della Royal Navy e venne costruita in acciaio harvey-nichel e fu pesantemente corazzata  (corazza cementata Krupp): la cintura da 4 a 9 pollici di corazza, la barbette da 6 a 14, le torrette da 8 a 10, le casematte 6 pollici. Mikasa era alimentata da due motori a vapore verticali a tripla espansione, utilizzando il vapore generato da 25 caldaie Belleville (15000hp con una velocità massima di 18,45 nodi). L’armamento principale consisteva in quattro cannoni Elswick Works 40 da 12 pollici montati in doppie torrette / barbette ( posizionate una a prua e una a poppa della sovrastruttura). L’armamento secondario consisteva in 14 cannoni da 45 calibri e 6 pollici (152 millimetri) a tiro rapido in casematte. La Mikasa era anche armato con 4 tubi lanciasiluri sommersi da 18 pollici. La portata effettiva era di 7.300 metri grazie a quattro telemetri Bass & Stroud e 24 telescopi.

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La Mikasa affondò durante la guerra russo-giapponese nei pressi di Sasebo. Tuttavia venne recuperata il 7 agosto 1906 e ripristinata. Nel 1906/7,  laa Mikasa doveva essere ricostruita come “Iwani”, armata di cannoni da 12 pollici 45-cal e 14 cannoni da 6 pollici 45 cal. Il progetto venne cancellato. Nel 1921 la nave rientrò in servizio come nave da difesa costiera di prima classe. Il 17 settembre 1921 si è arenò vicino a Vladivostok. Fu recuperata solo il 20 settembre 1923 ed il 12 novembre 1926 divenne un memoriale / monumento a Yokosuka per volontà dell’imperatore Hirohito e dell’Ammiraglio Togo. La Mikasa è sopravvissuta fino ai nostri giorni.

In WoWs la Mikasa sarà una corazzata tier 2 premium.

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