Shimakaze, hull number 125, was an experimental destroyer, envisioned as the new generation of destroyer design for the Imperial Japanese Navy, born from the 1939 4th Naval Armaments Supplement Programme. Bigger and greater in tonnage than previous types, she carried a larger, higher pressure power plant than her predecessors, which resulted in the highest speed of any Imperial Japanese destroyer, along with the largest torpedo broadside of any previous destroyer, while still carrying a typical complement of main guns.
Very good HE alpha damage, and nice rate of fire and turret traverse by IJN DD standards
Type 93 mod. 3 torpedoes have amazing damage and flood chance
Absolutely devastating salvo of fifteen (15) torpedoes
Three quintuple torpedo launchers provide significant flexibility
Fast rudder shift time, like other Japanese destroyers
Best concealment of all Tier X destroyers, can out-spot most Tier IX destroyers, too
Best speed of all IJN destroyers at 39 knots.
Smallest health pool of all Tier X destroyers
Torpedoes have poor stealth and are easily detected
Very long torpedo reload time
Somewhat poor torpedo launch arcs
Weak AA suite, vulnerable to plane attacks
Very large turn radius for a destroyer.