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Kagero-class destroyer

2,490 Tons
118.5m x 10.8m x 3.8m
6 x 5" guns
28 x 25mm AA
4 x 13mm MG
8 x torpedo tubes
36 x depth charges

Ship History
Kuroshio (黒潮) was named for the Kuroshio Current, known as the "Black Stream". Assigned to Desdiv 15, Desron 2, Second Fleet to Commander Ugaki Tamaki.

Wartime History
During November 26 - December 1, 1941 steamed with Desron 2 from the Terashima Strait to Palau.

Philippines Invasion
During December 6-8, 1941 departed Palau with the Southern Philippine attack force, escorting Ryūjō. On December 10-11, escorted Itsukushima laying mines in the San Bernardino Strait. On December 12 joined the invasion force bound for Legaspi. On December 20 assigned to the Davao invasion force. On December 23 suffered minor damage and four casualties from a strafing attack by a B-17. On December 25, part of Jolo invasion force.

Dutch East Indies Occupation
Next, participated in the occupation of Dutch East Indies. On January 11, 1942 was part of the Menado invasion force. On January 14 with Kendari invasion force. January 31 with Ambon invasion force. On February 8, with Makassar invasion force. Assisted torpedoed NATSUSHIO and removed survivors. On February 20, with Timor invasion force. Next on February 26, departed Koepang (Timor) escorting supply group supporting operations south of Java.

On March 5, assisted Oyashio in sinking a vessel identified as a British minelayer; then to Staring Bay (Celebes) on March 11. Then March 15-22, escorted Kaga from Staring Bay to Sasebo. Next on April 17-28, departed Kure in pursuit of Doolittle task force, then steamed via Formosa to Panay. On May 1-9, assisted in occupation of Cagayan Islands, then to Manila. On May 10-17, departed Manila, then escorted damaged Shōkaku to Kure.

Battle of Midway
During May 21-25, steamed with Desron 2 from Kure to Saipan. Then on June 3-6, escorted the Midway troop convoy during the Battle of Midway.

16-30 July:
Escorted KUMANO and SUZUYA from Kure via Singapore to Mergui (Burma) for Indian Ocean raiding operations, aborted due to Guadalcanal.

8-21 August:
Escorted KUMANO and SUZUYA from Mergui via Balikpapan to join fleet north of the Solomons.

24 August: Battle of the Eastern Solomons
Escorted Admiral Kondo's Advance Force.

Escorted fleet patrolling out of Truk north of the Solomons.

29 September-1 October:
Departed Truk, then escorted Nisshin from Kavieng to Shortlands.

3 October:
Troop transport run to Guadalcanal.

6 October:
Troop transport run to Guadalcanal.

9 October:
Troop transport run to Guadalcanal.

10-14 October:
Departed Shortlands, escorted Kongō and Haruna in bombardment of Henderson Field.

26 October: Battle of Santa Cruz
Escorted Junyō.

30 October-15 November:
Repairs at Truk, then steamed to the Shortlands.

10 November:
Commander Ugaki relieved by Commander Takeuchi Hajime.

20 November:
Escorted transport KAMO MARU to Munda.

27 November:
Escorted convoy to Munda.

30 November: Battle of Tassafaronga
Supply-drum transport run to Guadalcanal. Engaged U.S. cruiser-destroyer group. Possibly torpedoed USS PENSACOLA (CA-24).

3 December:
Supply-drum transport run to Guadalcanal.

7 December:
Supply-drum transport run to Guadalcanal, aborted due to PT-boat attack.

11 December:
Supply-drum transport run to Guadalcanal.

16 December:
Troop transport run from Rabaul to Munda.

24 December:
Troop transport run to Munda.

1 January 1943:
Arrived Shortlands from Rabaul.

2 January:
Supply-drum transport run to Guadalcanal.

10 January:
Led supply-drum transport run to Guadalcanal (cover) as flagship of Comdesron 2 (Rear Admiral Koyanagi Tomiji).

14 January:
Troop transport run to Guadalcanal (cover).

22 January:
Escorted TSUGARU and HIYODORI on troop transport run to Rekata.

24 January:
Troop transport run to Rekata.

On January 28, made a troop transport run to Russell Islands as cover.

Evacuation from Guadalcanal
On February 1, served as an escort during in the evacuation of troops from Cape Espernece area of Guadalcanal. Again on February 4 served as cover for a second troop evacuation run to Guadalcanal. Suffered minor damage from a near miss after air attack that day. Finally on February 7, provided cover for troop evacuation run to Guadalcanal and returned to Shortland. From February 10-15, departed Shortlands via Rabaul to Truk.

During February 16-21, escorted Junyō from Truk to Kure, then docked for repairs herself. On February 23, captain Takeuchi was relieved by Commander Sugitani Nagahide. Afterwards, during April 4-10, escorted Chuyo and Taiyo from Japan to Truk.

Troop Transport Runs to Kolombangara
On April 24-29, steamed from Truk via Rabaul to Shortlands, then troop transport run to Kolombangara. Again on May 3 made another troop transport run to Kolombangara.

Sinking History
During the night of May 7-8, 1943 participated in a troop transport run to Kolombangara. After departing Vila, struck a US Navy mine and exploded and sank with 83 dead, southwest of Rendova at approximately 08-08 S, 156-55 E. Rescued survivors included Commander Sugitani. Officially, removed from Navy List on June 20, 1943.

The wreck of a shattered Japanese destroyer was located on May 19, 2002 in Blackett Strait by the team of Robert Ballard during their successful search for PT 109. On the basis of unknown criteria, it was identified as the Kuroshio.

Dale R. Ridder adds:
"When we looked at it while I was out there [with PT-109 search during] May of 2002, it appeared from the wreckage on the bottom that both the bow and the stern magazines had exploded from the mine hits, which is somewhat unusual. The ship evidently capsized prior to sinking as it appeared, based on the sonar images, that at least one of the torpedo mounts was located about 75 yards from the main wreck. However, prior to arriving at the bottom, some 1300 feet down, she righted herself, and the main undamaged midships section was sitting upright on the bottom. We nearly wrapped the tether of Little Hercules around the after mast because of reduced bottom visibility from a storm the night before. I am hoping to use the Kuroshio as a training target if I can get out there in the summer of 2011."

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Last Updated
October 23, 2019


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