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  Amagiri 天霧
IJN
Fubuki class destroyer

1,750 Tons (standard)
2,050 Tons (rebuilt)
378' 3" x 34' 1" x 10' 6"
3x2 127mm 50 cal guns
22 x 25mm AT guns
10 x 13mm AA guns
9 x 24" Torpedo tubes
36 x depth charges

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IJN 1930s
Ship History
Built by Ishikawajima dockyard in Tokyo. Laid down November 28, 1928 as Fubuki-class destroyer. Under construction designated Destroyer No. 49. Launched February 27, 193 as Amagiri 天霧 meaning "Misty Rain". Commissioned November 10, 1930 in the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN).

Amagiri took part in combat training in the early 1930s. In 1934 she was slightly damaged in a storm along with several other Imperial Japanese Navy ships in the Korea Strait. This destroyer took part in the Second Sino-Japanese War in the late 1930s and was assigned to the 20th Destroyer Division.

Wartime History
Participated in the successful Japanese landing at Songkhla, Thailand in December 1941. In January 1942, she engaged two British destroyers off the coast of Malaya and sank HMS Thanet. In February 1942, the Amagiri supported Japanese landings in Java. In April 1942, the Amagiri was assigned to the Southern Group of the Supporting Force in Operation C which was a major raid on allied shipping along the east coast of India.

On April 6, 1942 Amagiri with the cruisers Mikuma and Mogami sank three allied merchant ships along the Indian coast. Later in the spring of 1942, she was assigned to the main body during the Battle of Midway.

The ship was transferred to the Solomon Islands after the American landings on Tulagi and Guadalcanal. Active during the Battle of Guadalcanal, Central Solomons campaign and participated in the Battle of Kula Gulf.

On August 2, 1943 Amagiri was on a night "Tokyo Express" high speed transport run. While returning via the Blackett Strait bound for Vila, she rammed PT-109 at roughly 1:30am.

On October 13, 1943 DesRon 2's destroyer-transports Amagiri, Naganami, Yunagi, Uzuki and Yuzuki transport troops to Bougainville.

PARTIAL HISTORY

Sinking History
On April 20, 1944 departed Singapore Harbor escorting Aoba and Oi bound for Davao. While in the Makassar Strait hit a sea mine roughly 55 miles south of Balikpapan. Although damaged, the destroyer took two hours to sink with casualties and allowing the crew to abandon ship. On June 10, 1944 officially struck from the Navy List.

Rescue
The surviving crew were rescued by Aoba.

Shipwreck
Postwar, the location of the shipwreck was known to Indonesians who fished over the shipwreck and conducted dynamite fishing.

During October 2003, Amagiri was located and confirmed by MV Empress captain Vidar Skoglie. When first SCUBA dived, the shipwreck is at a depth of 98' / 28m laying on her starboard side with heavy damage and split open, likely caused by postwar dynamite fishing by Indonesians that apparently detonated the forward magazine causing contemporary damage to the forward part of the destroyer. The bow is relatively intact and rests vertically on the bottom. Unexploded ordnance is scattered in the shipwreck and debris fields including torpedoes and depth charges.

Sometime afterwards, the entire shipwreck was broken up by Indonesian salvage divers illegally and sold for scrap metal. Afterwards, little remains on the sea floor.

References
Combined Fleet - IJN Amagiri: Tabular Record of Movement
Thanks to Kevin Denlay for additional information

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Last Updated
September 1, 2020

 

Map
2-10 S
116-45 E

SCUBA
Formally
98' / 28m
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