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  Hayate 疾風 (Destroyer No. 13)
IJN
Kamikaze-class destroyer

1,422 Tons (Normal Load)
1,747 Tons (Deep Load)
319' 11" x 29' 10" x 9' 6"
4 x 12cm Type 3 guns
3 x twin 21" torpedo tubes

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IJN 1925
Ship History
Built at Ishikawajima Shipbuilding Company in Tokyo. Laid down November 11, 1922 as Kamikaze-class destroyer. Launched March 24, 1925 as Destroyer No. 13. Completed December 21, 1925 in the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) with Lieutenant Commander Minoru Takatsuka in command and assigned to Destroyer Division 29 (Desdiv 29) with Oite, Asanagi and Yunagi), Desron 6, Fourth Fleet. On August 1, 1928 renamed Hayate 疾風 meaning gale in Japanese.

Wartime History
During November 1941 based at Truk when assigned to "U" Operation against Wake and began preparations. On November 29, 1941 departs Truk with Desron 6 bound for Kwajalein. On December 7, 1941 departs Roi on a patrol.

On December 8, 1941 departs Kwajalein as part of "U" Operation for the invasion of Wake with flagship Yubari and Oite plus DesDiv 30 destroyers Mutsuki, Kisaragi, Yayoi and Mochizuki, light cruisers Tatsuta and Tenryu plus Jingei and transports Kongo Maru and Kinryu Maru with Special Naval Landing Force (SNLF) with Patrol Boat No. 32 and Patrol Boat No. 33..

Sinking History
On December 11, 1941 in the early morning destroyers Yayoi, Hayate, Mutsuki and Kisaragi conduct pre-landing bombardment of Wake Atoll. At 4:52am at roughly Lat 19° 16' N Long 166°  37' E two miles southwest of Wake Island Hayate came under fire from shore batteries and was hit by one or two 5" shells causing an explosion aft and broke in two pieces and within two minutes rapidly sank as the first Japanese destroyer sunk during World War II. A total of 167 crew including Lt. Cdr. Minoru Takatsuka Takatsuka were lost in the sinking. Officially removed from the Navy list on January 15, 1942.

Fates of the Crew
A sole survivor was rescued by either Oite or Mochizuki.

References
Combined Fleet IJN Yayoi: Tabular Record of Movement

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Last Updated
August 4, 2020

 

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