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Urakaze
Urakaze on December 15, 1940
Career Japanese Navy Ensign
Name: Urakaze
Ordered: 1937
Laid down: 11 April 1939
Launched: 19 April 1940
Commissioned: 15 December 1940
Struck: 10 January 1945
Fate: Sunk in action, 21 November 1944
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

Urakaze (浦風?, "Wind on the Sea") was a Kagero-class destroyer of the Imperial Japanese Navy. On 9 June 1944, she rescued 126 survivors from Tanikaze (including her commander Lieutenant Commander Ikeda) which was sunk by USS Harder (SS-257), near Tawitawi. During the Battle of Philippine Sea, she assisted survivors of the aircraft carrier Shōkaku, which was sunk by USS Cavalla (SS-244), and slightly damaged the attacking submarine with depth charges.

On 21 November 1944, Urakaze was torpedoed and sunk with all hands by USS Sealion (SS-315),[1] 65 miles (120 km) north-northwest of Keelung, Formosa (26°09′N 121°23′E / 26.15°N 121.383°E / 26.15; 121.383). The torpedo that sank her was one out of three that sank her and the battleship Kongō. All survivors from Tanikaze also went down with the ship.

See also

References

  1. Whitley, M. J. (1998). Battleships of World War Two: An International Encyclopedia. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press. p. 184. ISBN 1-55750-184-X. OCLC 40834665. 

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