From: Iowan in MD/DC
You should look at the Matsu-class DD. Yes, it isn't as fast as your CVs, but it provides yet another reason for putting your Yamatos in with your CVs (they have good AA and soak bombs; better than losing them in failed SCTFs IMO) as they are the same speed as those. They're basically AA/ASW DDs.
The ASW upgrade from Type 95 Mod-2 to Type 2 goes like so:
Type 95 Mod-2 - Range 295, Acc 7, Effect 324
Type 2 - Range 476, Acc 9, Effect 357
So it's a pretty solid upgrade, however the Mod-2 still goes deep enough to combat Allied subs. The regular Type 95 does not, but those DDs that have Type 95's onboard will upgrade to Type 95 Mod-2 without losing anything at the very least. I avoid building the SCs that only carry only Type 95 as not only are they slow, they're worthless in anything but coastal waters. But back to DDs. In order to get the Type 2 DC, here's what each class gives up (excluding Wakatake and Momi/Momo as they change to E-type):
Mutsuki - loses half of its torp tubes (6 down to 3), which are 61cm to boot, and 1 of its 3 guns. Loses air search radar, gains surface radar. Gains 7x 25mm guns. Ovinomancer's verdict: don't upgrade in 4/44
Minekaze - loses air search radar, gains surface radar. Loses no guns, or torpedoes. Gains some AA. In addition, previous DC model is just Type 95. Ovinomancer's verdict: obvious choice for upgrade in 4/44
Kamikaze - loses 1 of its 3 guns. Retains its torpedoes (53cm). Previous DC model is just Type 95. Gains air search radar (no surface radar available). Ovinomancer's verdict: obvious choice for ugprade in 4/44
Fubuki(all 3 models) - loses nothing, gains some AA and gains surface radar. Ovinomancer's verdict: obvious upgrade in 3/44
Hatsuharu - Gains Type 2 in 8/42, but in 9/43 will give up 1 main gun for more AA and surface radar. Gains air radar in 4/44. Ovinomancer's verdict: upgrade them all
Shiratsuyu - In addition to gaining the Type 2, its 7/42 upgrade splits its torp tubes from a single mount of 8 to 2 mounts of 4. Given how the game works, this makes them less likely to hit, but... Ovinomancer's verdict: upgrade them all the way through
Kagero - here is a tricky one. In 12/42, gains the Type 2 DCs, but loses 2 of its 6 guns. Does not get radar until 12/43. In 9/44, gains air radar as well. Ovinomancer's verdict: judgment call, and mine is to skip the 12/42 upgrade and wait for the 12/43 upgrade.
The following classes lose no armament in their upgrade chains (some even start with the Type 2):
< Message edited by Lokasenna -- 1/13/2017 4:29:11 PM >