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  Takao 高雄
Takao-class cruiser

9,850 Tons (Standard)
15,490 Tons (Full Load)
632' x 62-67' x 20-20.7"
Initial Armament
4 x 12cm guns
2 x 40mm AA guns
4x2 torpedoes with 8 reloads

Final Armament
10 x 20cm naval guns
8 x 127mm AA guns
66 x Type 93 MG
4x4 torpedoes plus 8 reloads
Depth Charges

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IJN June 3, 1942

Ship History
Built by Yokosuka Naval Arsenal at Yokosuka. Laid down on April 28, 1927. Launched on May 12, 1930. Commissioned on May 20, 1932.


Wartime History

On June 2, 1942 arrives at Paramushiro in the Kurlie Islands.

On June 3, 1942 departs Paramushiro as part of "Operation AL" the invasion of the Aleutians as part of the Second Mobile Force to attacks U.S. installations at Dutch Harbor and Unalaska Island. During the day, both Takao and Maya launch their catapult reconnaissance floatplanes, that are intercepted by P-40s, two shot down and two damaged. At 3:00pm, Takao rescued three survivors from PBY Catalina piloted by Cusick that was shot down by A6M2 Zeros from Junyō at 10:00am. The thee prisoners: Ensign Wylie M. Hunt, AOM3c Carl E. Creamer and Sea2c Joseph R. Brown became Prisoners Of War (POW) and were transported to Japan where they were detained for the remainder of the Pacific War. After being rescued, one of the Americans was photographed on deck after being rescued, likely AOM3c Carl E. Creamer.

On June 4, 1942 anti-aircraft gunners aboard Takao shoot down B-17E Flying Fortress 41-9084 attempting a bombing run from 800'.


On September 21, 1945 surrendered to British forces at Seletar Naval Base at Singapore.

Sinking History
On October 27, 1946 at 7:30am departed Seletar Naval Base Singapore at 7:30am with the Japanese crew aboard under tow by MH Fleet tug Griper and Assiduous. Towed from Singapore Harbor into the Strait of Malacca escorted by HMS Newfoundland plus former Japanese vessels Nitto Maru and CH-17. The Japanese crew were transfered aboard CH-17 and returned to Singapore. At noon, scuttled by gunfire from HMS Newfoundland at roughly Lat 3-05-05N, Long 100°  41-00 E off Port Swettenham (Port Klang) in Malaysia.

Combined Fleet - IJN Takao: Tabular Record of Movement

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Last Updated
August 4, 2020


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