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Yūgumo Class Destroyer
6 × 127mm DP guns
28 × 25mm AA guns
4 × 13mm AA guns
8 x 24" torpedo tubes
36 depth charges
Built by Fujinagata Shipyards in Osaka. Laid down December 23, 1940. Launched November 5, 1941 as Makigumo 巻雲 meaning "Cirrus Clouds" (Rolling Clouds). Completed March 14, 1942 at Maizuru with Captain Fujita Isamu in command and assigned to Desdiv 10 assigned to Desron 10, First Air Fleet on April 10.
On June 4-5 participated in the Battle of Midway, escorting Admiral Nagumo's Striking Force; assisted Hiryū, helped Kazagumo rescue survivors, then attempted to scuttle with torpedo. Her mast was damaged while alongside Hiryū.
During June 24 - July 7, escorted out of Ominato southwest of the Aleutian Islands. Afterwards, assigned to Desron 10 reassigned to Third Fleet. On August 16, 1942 departed Kure escorting the fleet to Truk.
During the Battle of the Eastern Solomons, escorted Admiral Nagumo's Striking Force. Afterwards during September escorted fleet patrolling out of Truk.
"Tokyo Express" Guadalcanal
On September 29, departed Truk for Shortland arriving October 1. On October 3, participated in a troop transport "Tokyo Express" run to Guadalcanal and returned. On October 6 made another troop transport run to Guadalcanal, and another on October 9. After returning to Shortland, departs for Truk.
Battle of Santa Cruz
On October 26, 1942 participated in the Battle of Santa Cruz Islands (Battle of the South Pacific) as an escort for Admiral Abe's vanguard force. After the battle, assisted Akigumo scuttling of USS Hornet (CV-8) with torpedoes.
Afterwards on November 3-5 escorted Suzuya and Maya from Truk to Shortland. On November 10, 1942 participated in "Tokyo Express" troop transport run to Guadalcanal.
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