IJN Heavy Cruiser Takao
|Preceded by:||Myōkō-class cruiser|
|Succeeded by:||Mogami-class cruiser|
|Speed:||35½ knots - 34.2 knots (63 km/h)|
|Range:||8,500 nautical miles (15,740 km) @ 14 knots (26 km/h)|
|Aviation facilities:||2 catapults|
They were an evolution from the preceding Myoko class, with heavier torpedo armamanent and had an almost battleship-like, large bridge structure. Their main gun armament was ten 8-inch (203 mm) guns in twin mounts and they were also armed with sixteen 24 inch torpedoes (carrying more than the Myokos or Mogamis), making the Takaos the most heavily armed cruisers of the IJN. The only flaw was that they were considered top-heavy and thus prone to capsizing, while Turret #3 had a poor firing arc. These two problems were rectified in the follow-up Mogamis; nonetheless the Takaos were considered the best cruisers that the IJN ever built.
|Takao (高雄)||Yokosuka Navy Yard||28 Apr 1927||12 May 1930||31 May 1932||Scuttled 27 October 1946 by British Forces|
|Atago (愛宕)||Kure Navy Yard||28 Apr 1927||16 June 1930||30 Mar 1932||Sunk 23 October 1944 by the submarine USS Darter.|
|Maya (摩耶)||Kōbe-Kawasaki Shipbuilding Yard||4 Dec 1928||8 Nov 1930||30 June 1932||Sunk 23 October 1944 by the submarine USS Dace.|
|Chōkai (鳥海)||Mitsubishi Nagasaki Shipyard||26 Mar 1928||5 Apr 1931||30 June 1932||Disabled 25 October 1944 at the Battle off Samar and scuttled by Fujinami|
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