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5,088 Tons (standard)
5,832 Tons (full load)
534' 9" x 48' 5" x 16'
7 x 140mm guns
2 x 25mm AA
6 x 13mm MG
8 x torpedoe tubes
IJN June 1942
Oct 26, 1944
Four days later, departs Kawauchi with reinforcements convoy bound for Kiska, then patrols the area, departing July 7 to assist torpedoed destroyers Kasumi and Shiranuhi, then returns to Kiska June 10 then departs the same day for Yokosuka arriving July 16 for refit.
On August 8, departs Ominato via Paramushiro on August 11 to conduct training, then returns to Ominato five days later. On August 29 departs with Nachi covering southwest of Kiska to cover the transfer of Japanese forces from Attu to Kiska, then departs for Ominato arriving September 18. Two days later, Captain Shibuya Shiro takes command of Abukuma and departs for Muroran then to Ominato on September 24. Six days later, departs with Nachi to intercept U. S. Navy vessels in the Aleutian Islands, but the report proves to be false and returns on October 2.
On November 12, 1942 participates in the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal.
Battle of the Surigao Strait
First, 5th Bomb Group B-24s attacked and scored one hit. Later, at 10:20, B-24s 5th AF, 22nd BG, 33rd BS attacked. B-24 "Gypsy" bombardier 1st Lt. Cappola scored two direct hits aft that start heavy fires. Power was lost, the steering gear breaks down and her speed falls off. The fire spreads to the aft engine and torpedo rooms. At 1037, four Type 93 Long Lance torpedoes explode.
Between 1100-1130, the crew abandons ship. At 1142 hours, she sinks by stern near Negros with the loss of 250 crewmen. Captain Hanada and 283 crewmen are rescued by Ushio. One of the only instances when a Heavy Cruiser was sunk by heavy bombers during the war.
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