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IJNS Takao - Paul Wright RSMA

IJNS Takao - Paul Wright RSMA

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This heavy cruiser represents all the advances that the Japanese made to the heavy cruiser design in the interwar years. With their speed of 35 knots, their powerful armament, and the integration of the armour into the structure of the hull, Takao and her sisters influenced cruiser design throughout the world.

As well as these innovations, she carried three aircraft for scouting and a suite of deadly ‘Long Lance’ oxygen-fuelled torpedoes which could and did blow enemy cruisers in half. Takao had a busy war, especially in the Solomon Islands. At the Battle of Leyte Gulf, she was badly damaged by a torpedo and had to limp back to her base in Singapore where she remained until she was sunk in a daring attack by a British X craft midget submarine.

Original acrylic on paper

Image size 14 x 19 inches (36cm x 48cm)

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