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390' 11" x 35' 5" x 12' 4"
6 x 127mm DP guns
28 x 25mm guns
8 x torpedo tubes
36 x depth charges
On July 18, 1943 at 9:50pm departs Rabaul as part of the "Night Battle Force" consisting of four cruisers and four destroyers in hopes of luring American forces into a Naval engagement, with the secondary goal of escorting the No. 6 transport operation.
On July 19, 1943 at 5:30pm rendezvous with three destroyers as transports off Buin on a "Tokyo Express" transport run to Kolombangara Island. At 7:05pm attacked by enemy aircraft that are repulsed. At 9:00pm, as no enemy vessels are spotted, the destroyer transports proceed to unload at Vila on Kolombangara Island. Although flares are spotted over them, there is no enemy surface force detected and the "Night Battle Force" departs northward.
Fates of the Crew
In fact, roughly 60 crew survived the sinking but perished at sea. Five days later, a single crew member from Yugure was rescued.
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