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Kamikaze-class destroyer

1,422 Tons (normal)
1,747 Tons (deep load)
319' 11" x 29' 10" x 9' 6"
4 x Type 3 12 cm guns
3 x Twin torpedo tubes

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Hokuyo Stack
Peter Ording
Ship History
Built by Uraga Dock Company at Uraga. On March 16, 1923 laid down as Destroyer No. 11. On November 27, 1924 launched. On October 30, 1925 completed. On August 1, 1928 renamed Oite (Favorable Wind).

Wartime History
On December 8, 1941 departs Kwajalein as part of "U" Operation for the invasion of Wake with flagship Yubari and Hayate plus DesDiv 30 destroyers Mutsuki, Yayoi and Mochizuki, light cruisers Tatsuta and Tenryu plus Jingei and transports Kongo Maru and Kinryu Maru with Special Naval Landing Force (SNLF) with Patrol Boat No. 32 and Patrol Boat No. 33.

On November 24, 1942 departs Truk escorting Irako northward.


Sinking History
On February 18, 1944 during "Operation Hailstorm" Oite was entering Truk Lagoon via North Pass at Lat 7° 40' N Long 138°  57' E when hit by an aerial torpedo released by a torpedo plane from USS Bunker Hill. The explosion broke the destroyer into half and sank almost instantly, killing most of the crew.

Roughly twenty of the crew survived the sinking were later rescued.

On March 1, 1986 discovered by Tomoyuki Yoshimura after five days of searching using oral histories from the survivors and assistance from Trukese locals. The shipwreck is sunk at a depth of 200' / 61m and broken into two sections roughly 40' / 12m apart. The bow section is upside down. The bridge is buried in mud. The afterpart is upright.

Little marine growth is present, and the ship is in excellent condition. There is a space to enter the ship through the mess where china and cups are scattered. The stern is separate and upright at 180 feet. Human remains are everywhere inside and around the wreck. There is a 4.7 inch gun on the stern and two double AA guns.

Peter Ording recalls:
"A photo of the bell stored in a small stern cabin which was taken (unconfirmed) from the sinking cruiser Agano."

Combined Fleet - IJN Oite: Tabular Record of Movement

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Last Updated
March 11, 2021


200' / 61m
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