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3,948 Tons (Standard)
4,350 Tons (Full)
468' 10" x 40' 4" x 13' 1"
4 × 14 cm guns
1 × 8cm gun
2 × 13.2 mm MG
6 x torpedo tubes
On December 1, 1919 assigned as the flagship for DesRon 2, Second Fleet. On August 29, 1920 departed Yokosuka on a patrol off the coast off Siberian coast with DesRon 2 and Tatsuta, escorting eight battleships and returns to Otaru on September 7, 1920.
Tenryu served as a destroyer flotilla leader until 1925, visiting the coasts of Siberia and China as well as operating off Japan. In 1927, Tenryu returned to China then flotilla leader in 1928. Afterwards, a guard and training ship at Kure until October 1931, when she rejoined the active fleet off China. The cruiser generally operated in Chinese waters for the rest of the 1930s, with brief intervals of duty as a training ship and in reserve. Plans to convert her to an anti-aircraft ship were canceled in 1939, and she spent the next two years as a training ship at Maizuru Naval Base at Maizuru and for a cruise through the central Pacific during the middle of 1941.
World War II History
Following an overhaul in Japan, during July and August 1942, she served as an escort for transports in the New Britain and New Guinea areas, and also took part in the Battle of Savo Island on August 9, 1942. Over the next four months, she was actively engaged in the unsuccessful campaigns to capture Milne Bay, in eastern New Guinea, and retake Guadalcanal.
On October 2, 1942 damaged by a bomb and made two "Tokyo Express" transport runs to Guadalcanal during early November and covered the November 14 bombardment of Henderson Field.
Departed Rabaul on December 16, 1942, with four destroyers and four troopships, for the initial landing at Wewak where it landed unopposed, and disembarked half of their troops and supplies. Then, proceeded to Madang on December 18th. On the way, the convoy was spotted by 43rd BG, 63rd BS B-17 piloted by Ken McCullar after dusk, and attacked at low level, after another B-17 had dropped flares. The attack scored a bomb hit on the bow one ship, the Gokoku Maru and racked them with machine gun fire.
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