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  Kiyokawa Maru
Seaplane Tender

Ship History
Built by Kawasaki Shipbuilding. Laid down on October 21, 1936. Launched on February 16, 1937.


On March 5, 1942 departed Rabaul along with Tenryu, Tatsuta, Yabari with six destroyers as part of Operation “SR” for the invasions of Lae and Salamaua.

On March 8, 1942, Kiyokawa Maru floatplanes provided air cover for the Japanese landings at Lae and Salamaua.

On March 10, 1942 while the Kiyokawa Maru was operating 25 miles east of Lae, damaged by one or more bombs dropped by TBD Devastators from USS Yorktown CV-5. The next day she reaches Rabaul and transferred her floatplanes to the Kamikawa Maru and undergoes temporary repairs then departs on March 18, 1942 bound for Japan.

On April 8, 1942 arrives at Yokosuka and placed into dry dock five days later for further repairs. Afterwards, received a new complement of seaplanes including six F1M2 Pete, two E8N2 Dave and four E13A Jakes.


On December 9, 1948 refloated and later repaired. During April 1950 resumed passenger service departing Kobe to Bangkok. Next, Kobe to New York, then South American routes. In 1969, decommissioned and scrapped.

Combined - IJN Seaplane Tender Kiyokawa Maru Tabular Record of Movement

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Last Updated
August 4, 2020


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