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Japanese destroyer Amatsukaze
Amatsukaze II.jpg
Amatsukaze underway on October 17, 1940
Career (Japan) Japanese Navy Ensign
Name: Amatsukaze
Ordered: 1937
Laid down: 14 February 1939
Launched: 19 October 1939
Commissioned: 26 October 1940
Struck: 10 August 1945
Fate: Sunk in action, 6 April 1945
General characteristics
Class & type: Kagero-class destroyer
Displacement: 2,490 long tons (2,530 t)
Length: 118.5 m (388 ft 9 in)
Beam: 10.8 m (35 ft 5 in)
Draft: 3.8 m (12 ft 6 in)
Speed: 35 knots (40 mph; 65 km/h)
Complement: 240
Armament: • 6 × 5 in (130 mm)/50 caliber DP guns
• up to 28 × 25 mm AA guns
• up to 4 × 13 mm AA guns
• 8 × 24 in (610 mm) torpedo tubes
• 36 depth charges
Service record
Commanders: Cmdr. Tameichi Hara (April 1940–January 1943)
Operations: Battle of the Java Sea (1942)
Battle of the Eastern Solomons (1942)
Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands (1942)
Naval Battle of Guadalcanal (1942)
Victories: USS Barton (DD-599) (1942)

Amatsukaze (天津風?, "Heavenly Wind") was a Kagero-class destroyer of the Imperial Japanese Navy.

Service history

During the first year of the Pacific War, the destroyer was under the command of Tameichi Hara and participated in the Battle of the Java Sea, Battle of the Eastern Solomons and the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands. During the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal, the ship sank the destroyer USS Barton with a torpedo, but suffered damage including silenced guns, a jammed rudder and had 43 crewmen killed.

On 11 January 1944, while escorting a convoy of four ships in the South China Sea, Amatsukaze was torpedoed by the submarine USS Redfin. The resulting magazine explosion severed the bow of the ship and killed 80 crewman. Miraculously, the ship did not sink. Presumed sunk, the ship was not discovered for six days until she was spotted by a patrol plane. Amatsukaze was eventually towed to Singapore where a temporary bow was rigged.

On 6 April 1945, Amatsukaze was attacked by USAAF B-25s, six miles east of Amoy (24°30′N 118°10′E / 24.5°N 118.167°E / 24.5; 118.167). Her crew managed to beach the ship; salvage attempts were abandoned on 8 April. On 10 April, the ship was scuttled by charges placed on the ship.

See also


  • Hara, Capt. Tameichi (1961). Japanese Destroyer Captain. New York: Ballantine Books. SBN 345-02522-9-125. 

External links

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