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  Naka 那珂
Sendai Class Cruiser

5,195 Tons (standard)
520' / 48' / 16'
7 x 140mm guns
2 x 80mm guns
4 x torpedo tubes
48 mines
1 x floatplane & catapult

Ship History
Built by Yokohama Dock Company. Laid down June 10, 1922. Launched March 24, 1925. Commissioned November 30, 1925. Named Naka 那珂 after the Naka River in the Tochigi Prefecture and Ibaraki Prefecture.


As of February 1942, the Type95 E7K Alf seaplane, carried the tail code "DⅣ-" painted in red.

Naka assisted light cruiser Agano during February 17-18, 1944, which had been torpedoed the by USS Skate. Immediately after Naka departed

Sinking History
On February 16, 1944 during "Operation Hailstone", Naka was spotted 35 miles west of Truk Lagoon and attacked by three waves of SB2C Helldivers and TBF Avengers from USS Bunker Hill and TBF Avengers from VT-25 off USS Cowpens. The first two waves did not score any hits. During the third wave, after being hit by a torpedo and bomb, Naka broke into two and sank at roughly 07°15′N 151°15′E. During the sinking, roughly 240 crew died. Officially striken March 31, 1944.

Japanese patrol boats rescued 210 men including Captain Sutezawa.

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Last Updated
October 23, 2019


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