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Shiratsuyu class destroyer
103.5m x 9.9m x 3.5m
5 × 127mm guns
2 × 13 mm AA guns
8 × 24" torpedo tubes
16 × Depth charges
USS Wahoo Jan 24, 1943
IJN November 30, 1943
Justin Taylan, 2006
Built by Maizuru Naval Arsenal at Maizuru. Laid down February 3, 1935. Launched September 21, 1935. Commissioned August 26, 1937 as Harusame 春雨 ("Spring Rain" or "Spring Showers" in Japanese) under the command of Lieutenant Commander Tomita Sutezo. Assigned to Desdiv 2, Desron 4, Second Fleet
On November 26, 1941 departed with Desron 4 from Terashima Strait to Mako (Pescadores). On December 7, 1941 at the start of the Pacific War, departed with the Philippines invasion force bound for Vigan and supported the landings until December 11, 1941. Then joined the Lingayen invasion force on December 22, 1942 and supported the landings at Lingayen Gulf.
On January 12, 1942, joined the invasion force bound for Tarakan, then January 23 with the Balikpapan invasion force.
Afterwards, arrived a Tarakan on March 16, 1942 then to Subic Bay. Assisted in operations to secure the Philippines, including the blockade of Manila and occupation of Cebu. On April 25, Lieutenant Commander Kamiyama Masao takes command. Departed the Philippines via Mako on May 3-6 to Yokosuka and docked for repairs.
During the Battle of Midway between June 4-6, 1942 escorted Admiral Kondo's Occupation Force Main Body. Between July 16-30, 1942 with Desron 3 departed Kure via Singapore to Mergui (Burma) to the Indian Ocean and participated in raiding operations that were aborted due to the American landings at Guadalcanal. On August 8, 1942 departed Mergui via Balikpapan arriving Truk on August 21, 1942.
On August 24, 1942 participated in the Battle of the Eastern Solomons escorting Battleship Mutsu. During September 8-24, 1942 escorted Kunikawa Maru from Truk Lagoon an searched the Solomon Islands for potential seaplane base locations and on September 24-27 departed Truk to Shortland.
On October 2, 1942 served as a troop transport run from Shortland to Guadalcanal. Again on October 5 and October 8. On October 9-10 departed from Shortland to Rabaul to escort a troop convoy to Guadalcanal on October 12-16, then returned to Shortland. Made another supply run to Guadalcanal on October 17.
On October 24, 1942 departed Shortland on a mission to bombard Guadalcanal to support the Hyakutake offensive as part of No. 2 Attack Unit with Rear Admiral Tamotsu Takama's flagship Akizuki, Harusame, Murasame and Yudachi. On October 25, 1942 Yura was damaged by SBD Dauntless dive bombers. Afterwards, assisted Yudachi to rescue the survivors then scuttled her. Afterwards, the mission was cancelled the force withdrew to the northwest back to Shortland.
Briefly joined Admiral Kurita's Support Force during the Battle of Santa Cruz on October 26, then to the Shortland the same day. On November 1, Lieutenant Commander Kamiyama promoted to Commander. On November 2 and November 5 made transport runs from Shortland to Guadalcanal.
On November 11, departed Shortland and on November 12-13 participated in the First Naval Battle of Guadalcanal, escorting Admiral Abe's Bombardment Force. Claimed to heavily damaged a enemy cruiser with gunfire, then escorted heavily damaged Battleship Kirishima.
Afterwards, joined Admiral Kurita's Support Force, then to Truk on November 18. Departed from Truk to Rabaul November 20-22. Then on November 23-24 led a transport run to Lae and Salamaua, but aborted due to Allied air attacks. On November 30 departed Rabaul and assisted damaged Shiratsuyu.
Returning to combat, on January 5-10, 1943 escorted Asamamaru from Yokosuka to Truk. Then January 14-16 from Truk to Wewak and January 16-21 from Wewak to Kavieng and back to Wewak.
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