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222m x 31m x 9.7m
8 × 356mm guns (4x2)
16 × 152 mm guns (8x2)
8 × 76mm guns
4 × 6.5mm machine guns
8 × 21 in torpedo tubes
3 × floatplanes
Built by Vickers in England designed by Vickers naval architect Sir George Thurston as the lead ship of the Kongō-class battlecruiser that would also include Hiei, Kirishima, and Haruna. Laid down January 17, 1911 as the last major Japanese warship to be built overseas for Japan. Launched May 18, 1912. Commissioned August 16, 1913 into the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) as Kongō, named after Mount Kongō in Osaka Prefecture in Japan as the first super-dreadnought type battlecruiser. In English sources often spelled Kongo.
On November 21, 1944 sunk by USS Sealion (SS-315) in the Formosa Strait (Taiwan Strait).
Combined Fleet IJN Battleship KONGO: Tabular Record of Movement
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