FUSO class

The Fuso class entered service in 1915 and was the “battleship version” of the previous Kongo class battlecruisers but with twelve 356mm guns instead of 8 and more protection. They were rebuilt in the 30s increasing the armour from 8,588 to 12,199 tons and improving the elevation of the main artillery, reaching 25 km instead of 20. They were also equipped with a “Pagoda” type command tower and catapults to operate with 3 seaplanes. Fuso and Yamashiro formed the Second Battleships Division along with Ise and Hyuga battleships and participated in small operations until they were deployed as “decoy force” in the Leyte Gulf Battle. On October 25 1944, the two ships of the class were sunk in the night fighting within the Surigao Strait Battle by American naval forces in what was the last battleship to battleship combat in Naval History.

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Country of origin



Kure Naval Arsenal



Entered service



Originally: 1,193 – Rebuilt: 1,396

Displacement, (full load)

Originally: 35,900 tonnes – Rebuilt: 38,535 tonnes

Dimensions (length x beam x draught)

Originally: 202.70 x 28.70 x 8.70 meters
Rebuilt: 212.80 x 30.60 x 9.70 meters

Armour, (maximum)

Steel: Barbettes: 203mm – Casemates: 152mm – Main turrets: 305mm – Command tower: 305mm
Steel: Belt: 305mm – Bulkhead: 305mm – Armoured Deck: 75mm


Originally; 24 x Miyabara boilers – 4 x Brown Curtis shaft geared turbines
Rebuilt: 6 oil fired boilers – 4 shaft geared turbines

Power, (total)

Originally: 40,000 shp – Rebuilt: 75,000 shp

Shafts - Screws

4 shafts – 4 screws


Originally: 22.5 Knots (42 km/h) – Rebuilt: 24.7 Knots (46 km/h)


5,022 tonnes of coal + 1,026 tonnes of fuel oil


Originally: 8,000 n. miles (14,800 km) at 14 knots
Rebuilt: 9,100 n. miles (16,835 km) at 14 knots


3 biplanes

Main guns

12 x 356/45mm guns in twin turrets

Secondary guns

Originally; 16 x 152/50mm guns in single turrets
Rebuilt; 14 x 152/50mm guns in single turrets + 8 x 127/40mm guns in twin turrets

AA guns

Originally; 4 x 76/40mm in single turrets – Rebuilt; 16 to 37 x 25mm single mounts


6 x 533mm torpedo tubes


2 ships: Fuso – Yamashiro