Named 長波 (Long Waves). Built at Osaka, completed June 30, 1942. Assigned to captain Kumabe Tsutae.
During the night of November 30, 1942 Naganami led a supply-drum transport run to Guadalcanal as cover.
On November 30, 1942 during the Battle of Tassafaronga she engaged Task Force 67 (TF-67) a U.S. cruiser-destroyer group and possibly torpedoed USS Pensacola (CA-24) and/or USS Northampton (CA-26).
On May 8, 1943, CruDiv 5 departs Truk for Yokosuka with destroyers Samidare, Naganami and Yugure as escorts.
On May 15, 1943, Haguro and Myoko with destroyers Samidare and Naganami depart Yokosuka as part of the Northern Force, bound for Paramushiro in response to the invasion of Attu.
On October 11, 1943, CruDiv 5 departs Truk with destroyers Naganami and Suzukaze escorts a convoy to Rabaul.
On October 13, 1943 DesRon 2's Naganami with destroyer-transports Amagiri, Yunagi, Uzuki and Yuzuki is part of escort of troops bound for Bougainville.
On June 1, 1944 assigned to Lieutenant Commander Kiyoshi Tobita.
On July 8, 1944 departed Kure escorting troop transports to Okinawa then proceeds to Lingga. On July 18, 1944 arrives Lingga and departs the same day escorting transports to Brunei Bay.
On October 23, 1944 during the Battle of Leyte Gulf, Naganami escorted the 1st Diversion Attack Force under the command of Admiral Kurita. During the battle assisted in the rescue of survivors from the sinking of cruiser Maya and later transfered them to Musashi. Afterwards, escorted damaged Takao back to Brunei Bay.
On October 26, 1944 departed
Brunei Bay to Coron Bay then returned escorting damaged Myoko back to Brunei Bay. On October 24, 1944 with Hiyodori a boarding party inspects the abandoned shipwreck of USS Darter (SS-227) that ran aground on Bombay Shoal and removes various items including a .50 caliber machine gun. On October 29, 1944 returned to Brunei Bay arriving two days later at Manila Bay. On November 10, 1944 departed Manila Bay escorting troop convoy TA No. 3 bound for Ormoc Bay on Leyte.
On November 11, 1944 during the Battle of Ormoc Bay attacked by U. S. Navy (USN) carrier aircraft from Task Force 38 (TF-38). During their attacks, Naganami was hit triggering an explosion amidships broke the destroyer into two and quickly sank into Ormoc Bay at approximately 10°50′N 124°35′E. A total of 156 were killed or missing in the explosion and sinking. Also sunk were Hamanami, Wakatsuki and Shimakaze plus three transports.
Afterwards, 72 of her crew were rescued including Lieutenant Commander Kiyoshi Tobita.
A memorial to this destroyer is located at Koyoto Gokoku Jinja.
During November 20017 the shipwreck was found by RV Petrel at a depth of 827'/ 252m. In early January 2018, RV Petrel returned and confirmed the shipwreck based on the 5" guns and also located Shimakaze and Wakatsuki.
Combined Fleet - Naganami
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August 4, 2020