19 Jul 1897

Japan
  • Prince Hiroyasu was assigned to the mine force in Kure, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
14 Sep 1897

Japan
  • Prince Hiroyasu was made an officer in the mine force in Kure, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
10 Nov 1903

Japan
  • The Kure Naval Arsenal was established at Kure, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
18 Jan 1909

Japan
  • The keel of Settsu was laid down at Kure Naval Arsenal, Kure, Hiroshima, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
1 Feb 1909

Japan
  • Settsu, still under construction, was attached to the Kure Naval District in Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
30 Mar 1911

Japan
  • Settsu was launched at Kure Naval Arsenal, Kure, Hiroshima, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
10 Feb 1913

Japan
  • Settsu departed Kure, Japan for her training cruise. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
28 Mar 1914

Photo(s) dated 28 Mar 1914
Launching of battleship Fuso, Kure, Japan, 28 Mar 1914
1 Dec 1916

Japan
  • Captain Chikatami Honda was named the commanding officer of Settsu, and Settsu was placed in reserve at Kure, Japan for a scheduled period of refitting. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
1 Apr 1920

Japan
  • Settsu entered Kure Naval Arsenal, Japan for reboilering and hull repairing. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
20 Apr 1920

Japan
3 Jun 1920

Japan
  • Captain Hisashi Yoko was named the commanding officer of Settsu while the ship was undergoing overhaul at Kure, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
20 Nov 1920

Japan
  • Captain Kazu Takemitsu was named the commanding officer of Settsu while the ship was undergoing overhaul at Kure, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
20 Apr 1921

Japan
21 Aug 1921

Japan
29 Aug 1922

Japan
23 Aug 1923

Japan
  • Settsu was made an accommodations ship by the Kure Sailor Corps at Kure, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
1 Oct 1923

Japan
  • Settsu was removed from the Japanese Navy List and was reclassified as a special service vessel attached to the Kure Naval District. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
26 Nov 1924

Japan
6 Apr 1925

Photo(s) dated 6 Apr 1925
Aircraft carrier Akagi at Kure Naval Arsenal, Japan, 6 Apr 1925
1 Dec 1925

Japan
15 Jun 1927

Japan
1 Apr 1928

Japan
  • The towns of Kegoya, Yoshiura, and Aga were merged into Kure, Japan. ww2dbase [CPC]
1 Dec 1928

Japan
28 Apr 1933

Photo(s) dated 28 Apr 1933
Battleship Fuso in drydock, Kure, Japan, 28 Apr 1933
4 Nov 1937

Japan
29 Aug 1938

Photo(s) dated 29 Aug 1938
Launching of the experimental Submarine No. 71, Kure Naval Arsenal, Japan, 29 Aug 1938
7 Apr 1940

Photo(s) dated 7 Apr 1940
Settsu at anchor, Kure, Japan, 7 Apr 1940
8 Aug 1940

Japan
18 Sep 1940

Japan
21 Apr 1941

Japan
  • The town of Nigata and the village of Hiro were merged into Kure, Japan. ww2dbase [CPC]
12 Aug 1941

Japan
17 Sep 1941

Japan
8 Oct 1941

Japan
  • Shokaku arrived at Kure, Japan and joined new sister ship Zuikaku for the first time. She moved around in Kure, Oita, Saeki area in the remainder of the month. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
9 Nov 1941

Japan
1 Dec 1941

Japan
12 Dec 1941

Japan
  • Light carrier Hosho detected a hostile submarine near Okinoshma Lighthouse in Japan. Later in the day, she arrived at Kure, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
20 Dec 1941

Japan
  • Submarine tender Taigei was assigned to the Japanese Navy Kure Naval District as Reserve Ship No. 3, and was taken out of service for conversion under the supervision of Captain Tatsuo Kiyama. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
21 Dec 1941

Japan
  • Yamato departed Kure, Japan for Hiroshima Bay, Inland Sea and anchored west of battleship Nagato at Hashirajima island in Hiroshima Bay. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
25 Dec 1941

Japan
3 Jan 1942

Japan
5 Jan 1942

Japan
9 Jan 1942

Japan
10 Feb 1942

Japan
  • Yamato's 1.5-month fitting out period completed. Deficiencies found were corrected at Kure, Japan. Her initial AA suite was twelve 127-mm guns (6x2), twenty-four 25-mm guns (8x3 enclosed mounts), and four 13.2-mm machine guns (2x2). ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
25 Mar 1942

Japan
27 Mar 1942

Japan
30 Apr 1942

Japan
2 May 1942

Japan
  • Destroyer Yukikaze arrived at Kure, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
17 May 1942

Japan
  • Shokaku, having evaded no less than eight submarines, returned to Kure, Japan for repairs. She was immediately placed in the Reserve Unit of the Mobile Force. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
19 May 1942

Japan
  • Yamato departed Kure, Japan for battle training. The new light carrier Junyo, under Captain Shizue Ishii, almost sidewiped Yamato. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
20 May 1942

Japan
21 May 1942

Japan
  • Destroyer Yukikaze departed Kure, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Raizo Tanaka led the 2nd Destroyer Squadron, consisted of light cruiser Jintsu and 10 destroyers, out of Kure, Japan to escort the invasion fleet of the Midway operation. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
23 May 1942

Japan
24 May 1942

Japan
28 May 1942

Japan
26 Jun 1942

Japan
14 Jul 1942

Japan
11 Aug 1942

Japan
12 Aug 1942

Japan
16 Aug 1942

Japan
  • Shokaku was assigned to Main Body, Striking Force, 3rd Fleet, Carrier Division 1. She departed Kure, Japan for Phase 2 of the Eastern Solomons battle. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
17 Aug 1942

Japan
  • Yamato departed Kure, Japan for Truk, Caroline Islands escorted by escort carrier Kasuga Maru (later renamed Taiyo), Akebono, Ushio, and Sazanami. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
28 Aug 1942

Japan
18 Nov 1942

Japan
10 Dec 1942

Japan
  • Destroyer Yukikaze arrived at Kure, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
15 Dec 1942

Japan
14 Jan 1943

Japan
18 Jan 1943

Japan
  • Destroyer Yukikaze departed Kure, Japan to escort carriers Zuikaku and Zuiho to Truk, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
22 Feb 1943

Japan
28 Feb 1943

Photo(s) dated 28 Feb 1943
Light cruiser Oyodo at Kure Naval Arsenal, Japan, circa 28 Feb 1943; note the 45m large catapult at stern which was later removed during conversion
27 Mar 1943

Japan
5 Apr 1943

Japan
13 Apr 1943

Japan
  • Mutsu arrived at Kure, Japan and took on a full load of ammunition and supplies destined for the Aleutian Islands, but that mission would soon to be canceled. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
26 Apr 1943

Japan
5 May 1943

Japan
  • I-174 departed Kure, Japan. ww2dbase [CPC]
8 May 1943

Japan
  • Destroyer Yukikaze arrived at Kure, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
14 May 1943

Japan
24 May 1943

Japan
27 May 1943

Japan
1 Jun 1943

Japan
2 Jun 1943

Japan
9 Jul 1943

Japan
12 Jul 1943

Japan
  • Yamato was drydocked at Kure, Japan for upgrades. A Type 21, Mod 3, air and surface search radar was to be installed. Twelve (4x3) new 25-mm AA guns were to be fitted on the weather deck. Yamato's total 25-mm AA suite would be 36 guns. Her 155-mm wing mount guns were to be provided with coaming armor and their barbettes with 28-mm of additional armor. Yamato's fuel storage would be reduced and her main and auxiliary rudder controls were to be improved. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • I-168 departed Kure, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
17 Jul 1943

Japan
24 Jul 1943

Japan
  • Light carrier Ryuho arrived at Kure, Japan and was assigned to the Maintenance Force of the Mobile Force of Carrier Division 2 of the Third Fleet. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
1 Aug 1943

Japan
16 Aug 1943

Japan
  • Yamato, loaded with troops and supplies, departed Kure, Japan with Fuso, Nagato, and Destroyer Division 16's Amatsukaze and Hatsukaze. Stopped at Yashima anchorage that night. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
2 Sep 1943

Japan
  • Destroyer Yukikaze arrived at Kure, Japan where she would be drydocked for repairs and refitting. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
22 Sep 1943

Japan
27 Sep 1943

Japan
6 Oct 1943

Japan
8 Oct 1943

Japan
  • Destroyer Yukikaze departed Kure, Japan to escort carrier Ryuho to Singapore. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
5 Nov 1943

Japan
14 Nov 1943

Japan
  • Destroyer Yukikaze departed Kure, Japan to escort transport Irako to Truk, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
2 Jan 1944

Japan
16 Jan 1944

Japan
  • Yamato arrived at Kure, Japan and docked in No. 4 drydock for repairs. Yamato would also receive a sloping plate fitted at a 45-degree angle across the lower corner of the upper void compartment between the two longitudinal inboard bulkheads. This modification, proposed to run the full length of the citadel, was installed only in Yamato in the area affected by the torpedo damage received in the previous month. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
28 Jan 1944

Japan
3 Feb 1944

Japan
11 Feb 1944

Japan
12 Feb 1944

Japan
25 Feb 1944

Japan
  • Assigned to the Second Fleet, Yamato was drydocked at Kure, Japan to receive upgrades. Two beam triple 6.1 inch (155-mm) turrets were to be removed and replaced by six (3x2) 5-inch (127-mm) HA AA mounts. Twenty-four (8x3) and 26 single 25mm AA mounts were to be added. Shelters were also added on the upper deck for the increased AA crews. Type 13 air search and Type 22 Mod 4 surface search/gunnery control radars were to be installed. The main mast was to be altered. Two 150-mm searchlights were to be removed (later installed ashore at Kure, Japan). Yamato was to be fitted with Type 2 infrared (IR) Identification Friend-or-Foe (IFF)/signaling devices mounted midway up on each side of the bridge; the system might had been based on the German Seehund IR device, built around a telescopic sensor that received light-waves in the IR range and registered a readout in the radio shack. The IFF system also included a pair of 20-mm binoculars coaxially mounted with the transmitting IR lamp on the bridge so that another ship could use the IR detector for elementary signaling or as a formation light for station keeping. About this time, Yamato was also fitted with multiple E27 radar detectors copied from the German FuMB 1 Metox R.600. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
27 Feb 1944

Photo(s) dated 27 Feb 1944
Japanese landing ship No. 149 loading a Type 95 Ha-Go light tank, Nasake Island, Kure, Japan, 27 Feb 1944
29 Feb 1944

Photo(s) dated 29 Feb 1944
Japanese landing ship No. 149 unloading a Type 3 Ka-Chi amphibious tank, Nasake Island, Kure, Japan, 29 Feb 1944
2 Mar 1944

Photo(s) dated 2 Mar 1944
Landing ship No. 149, Osako beach of Kurahashi Island, Kure, Hiroshima, Japan, 2 Mar 1944
13 Mar 1944

Photo(s) dated 13 Mar 1944
Japanese Navy landing ships No. 150, No. 101, No. 127, and No. 149 at Kure Naval Arsenal, Japan, 13 Mar 1944
18 Mar 1944

Japan
7 Apr 1944

Japan
  • Destroyer Yukikaze arrived at Kure, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
8 Apr 1944

Japan
17 Apr 1944

Japan
20 Apr 1944

Japan
  • Destroyer Yukikaze departed Kure, Japan to escort battleship Yamato and cruiser Maya to Lingga, Borneo. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
21 Apr 1944

Japan
22 Apr 1944

Japan
27 Apr 1944

Japan
29 Apr 1944

Japan
2 Jul 1944

Japan
  • Destroyer Yukikaze arrived at Kure, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
3 Jul 1944

Japan
5 Jul 1944

Japan
  • Destroyer Yukikaze was docked at Kure, Japan for repairs. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
8 Jul 1944

Japan
11 Jul 1944

Japan
20 Jul 1944

Japan
2 Aug 1944

Japan
15 Aug 1944

Japan
20 Aug 1944

Japan
3 Sep 1944

Japan
5 Sep 1944

Japan
15 Sep 1944

Japan
22 Sep 1944

Japan
  • Destroyer Yukikaze departed Kure, Japan to escort battleships Fuso and Yamashiro to Lingga, Borneo. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
27 Sep 1944

Japan
30 Sep 1944

Japan
14 Oct 1944

Japan
16 Oct 1944

Japan
28 Oct 1944

Japan
30 Oct 1944

Japan
2 Nov 1944

Japan
6 Nov 1944

Japan
7 Nov 1944

Japan
  • Light carrier Ryuho departed Otake, Japan and arrived at Kure, Japan later on the same day. Upon arrival at Kure, she was made the flagship of Admiral Jisaburo Ozawa. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
11 Nov 1944

Japan
12 Nov 1944

Japan
16 Nov 1944

Japan
  • Destroyer Yukikaze departed Brunei, Borneo to escort a task force to Kure, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
17 Nov 1944

Japan
  • Destroyer Yuzuki arrived at Kure, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
21 Nov 1944

Japan
23 Nov 1944

Japan
  • Destroyer Yuzuki departed Kure, Japan, escorting carrier Junyo. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
24 Nov 1944

Japan
  • Destroyer Yukikaze arrived at Kure, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
25 Nov 1944

Japan
  • Destroyer Yukikaze departed Kure, Japan to escort battleship Nagato to Yokosuka, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
27 Nov 1944

Japan
10 Dec 1944

Japan
13 Dec 1944

Japan
17 Dec 1944

Japan
28 Dec 1944

Japan
3 Jan 1945

Japan
18 Jan 1945

Japan
20 Jan 1945

Japan
  • Warrant Flying Officer Suzuki and Warrant Flying Officer Sasaki conducted a navigation training flight aboard a E16A Zuiun seaplane at Kure, Japan; the aircraft crashed behind a hangar during landing, killing both, making them the first casualties of Japanese Navy 631 Naval Air Group. Sasaki was supposed to be married that evening. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
19 Mar 1945

Japan
  • Light carrier Hosho was attacked by 7 US aircraft off Kure, Japan at 0532 hours, receiving three hits, which caused minor damage and killed six. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • Light carrier Ryuho was damaged by three bombs and two rockets delivered by US aircraft at Kure, Japan between 0720 and 0905 hours. 20 were killed and 30 were wounded. Her flight deck and boiler room were damaged, and a gash on the port side caused her to settle in six feet of water on the aft side. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
31 Mar 1945

Japan
1 Apr 1945

Japan
11 Apr 1945

Japan
  • I-401 departed Kure, Japan for Dalian, China; she was tasked to bring fuel back to Kure, whose stores were becoming depleted. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
14 Apr 1945

Japan
  • I-400 departed Kure, Japan for Dalian, China, disguised as a frigate complete with dummy naval guns and machine guns. She was tasked with bringing back fuel from the Dalian storage tanks. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
20 Apr 1945

Japan
  • Light carrier Ryuho was transferred from Carrier Division 1 of the 2nd Fleet to the Japanese Navy Kure Naval District Force as Reserve Ship No. 4. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
2 May 1945

Japan
5 May 1945

Japan
  • The Hiro Naval Arsenal in Kure, Japan was destroyed by US B-29 Superfortress bombers. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
12 May 1945

Japan
17 May 1945

Japan
  • Destroyer Yukikaze departed Kure, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
1 Jun 1945

Japan
  • Light carrier Hosho was assigned to the habor defense force at Kure, Japan as a reserve ship, which meant her crew was reduced to half the standard complement size. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • I-401 departed Kure, Japan ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
19 Jul 1945

Japan
  • Settsu departed Kure, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • US Navy Task Force 38 carrier aircraft damaged carrier Amagi, carrier Katsuragi, and battleship Haruna at Kure Naval Shipyard, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
23 Jul 1945

Japan
24 Jul 1945

Japan
  • Light carrier Hosho was hit by a bomb or a rocket during an attack by US aircraft at Kure, Japan; the damage was minor. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • USS Yorktown (Essex-class) and TF58 pounded shipping and installations around the Kure naval base. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | DS]
Photo(s) dated 24 Jul 1945
Ise under air attack, Kure, Japan, 24 Jul 1945Carriers Amagi (near bomb splashes) and Katsuragi (center-right, heavily camouflaged) under attack, Kure, Japan, 24 Jul 1945Hyuga under air attack, Kure, Japan, 24 Jul 1945
25 Jul 1945

Japan
  • USS Yorktown (Essex-class) and TF58 pounded shipping and installations around the Kure naval base. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | DS]
26 Jul 1945

Japan
27 Jul 1945

Japan
  • USS Yorktown (Essex-class) and TF58 pounded shipping and installations around the Kure naval base. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | DS]
28 Jul 1945

Japan
  • Aoba, serving as a floating anti-aircraft battery at Kure in Japan, was attacked and sunk in shallow water. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • USS Yorktown (Essex-class) and TF58 pounded shipping and installations around the Kure naval base. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | DS]
Photo(s) dated 28 Jul 1945
Bombs and torpedos from US Third Fleet carrier aircraft exploding around battleship Haruna, Japan, 28 Jul 1945Carrier aircraft of US 3rd Fleet planes attacking battleship Haruna, Kure, Japan 28 Jul 1945; photo taken by aircraft from USS IntrepidAerial photo of Aoba near Kure, Japan, 28 Jul 1945; photograph taken by an aircraft from USS San JacintoHyuga sunken in shallow water, near Kure, Japan, 28 Jul 1945; photo taken by USS Shangri-La aircraft
See all photos dated 28 Jul 1945
11 Aug 1945

Japan
  • I-402 suffered a punctured fuel tank during an American air attack on Kure, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
5 Oct 1945

Japan
  • Light carrier Hosho was removed from the Japanese Navy List. On the same day, she departed Kure, Japan for the Marshall Islands in an effort to repatriot Japanese military servicemen. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
8 Oct 1945

Photo(s) dated 8 Oct 1945
Damaged upper hangar deck of Katsuragi, Kure, Japan, 8 Oct 1945
9 Oct 1945

Photo(s) dated 9 Oct 1945
Sunken Aoba at Kure, Japan, 9 Oct 1945Hyuga sunken in shallow water, Kure, Japan, 9 Oct 1945Hyuga sunken in shallow water, Kure, Japan, 9 Oct 1945
16 Oct 1945

Photo(s) dated 16 Oct 1945
I-53 and I-58 at Kure, Japan, 16 Oct 1945
19 Oct 1945

Photo(s) dated 19 Oct 1945
Koryu-class submarines, along with at least three other classes, at Kure Naval Arsenal, Japan, 19 Oct 1945, photo 1 of 2Koryu-class submarines, along with at least three other classes, at Kure Naval Arsenal, Japan, 19 Oct 1945, photo 2 of 2Post-war American photo of Japanese Koryu Type-D midget submarine mid-bodies in a production facility at Kure, Japan, 19 Oct 1945.
5 Jan 1946

Japan
23 Jun 1946

Japan
28 Nov 1946

Photo(s) dated 28 Nov 1946
Cruiser Aoba sunken in shallow water, Kure, Japan, 28 Nov 1946
14 Mar 1947

Photo(s) dated 14 Mar 1947
Demolished Japanese Koryu-class midget submarines among other debris at the shipyard in Kure, Japan, 14 Mar 1947
23 Apr 2005

Japan
  • The Maritime History and Science Museum opened in Kure, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis




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