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Atago

CountryJapan
Ship ClassTakao-class Heavy Cruiser
BuilderKure Naval Arsenal
Laid Down28 Apr 1927
Launched16 Jun 1930
Commissioned30 Mar 1932
Sunk23 Oct 1944
Displacement9850 tons standard; 14616 tons full
Length669 feet
Beam68 feet
Draft20 feet
Machinery4-shaft geared turbine, 12 Kampon boilers
Power Output133100 SHP
Speed35 knots
Range8,500nm at 14 knots
Crew773
Armament10x8in, 4x5in, 4x24in torpedo tubes, 2x40mm anti-aircraft, 60x25mm anti-aircraft, 4x13.2mm anti-airc
Armor1.5-5in main belt, 1.3in main deck, 0.5-1in upper deck, 3-4in bulkheads, 1in turrets
Aircraft3
Catapults2

Contributor: C. Peter Chen

At the start of the Pacific War, the fast and heavily armed Atago was the flagship of Vice Admiral Nobutake Kondo's Cruiser Division 4. She sailed with the Japanese fleets that supported the invasion of Malaya and the Philippines in Dec 1941, then sailed to the South Pacific and became involved in the Battle of the Java Sea and the attack on Darwin. In Apr 1942, she unsuccessfully gave chase to William Halsey's task force that launched the Doolittle raiders. In Jun 1942, she participated in the Battle of Midway. In late 1942, she operated in the South Pacific, participating in the Battle of the Eastern Solomons, Battle of Santa Cruz Islands, and the Second Naval Battle of Guadalcanal during which she shared the credit of damaging the American battleship South Dakota. She later helped the evacuation of Guadalcanal. On 5 Nov 1943, while refueling in Rabaul, she was attacked by American aircraft from carriers Saratoga and Princeton. Atago sustained three near misses by 500-lb bombs, losing 22 men including commanding officer Captain Nakaoka. On 10 Feb 1944 and 6 Apr 1944, she was unsuccessfully attacked by American submarines Permit and Dace, respectively. On 13 Jun 1944, she participated in the Battle of the Philippines Sea. Like Midway, it was a battle that dramatically damaged Japanese naval aviation strength, but again like Midway Atago emerged unscathed. In Oct 1944, she left Lingga Roads near Singapore as the flagship of Admiral Takeo Kurita's First Mobile Striking Force, sailing to join the Leyte campaign. On 23 Oct 1944, she was attacked by American submarines Darter and Dace in the Palawan Passage. Atago capsized and sank at 0553, killing 360. Kurita was forced to transfer his flag first to a destroyer than again to the battleship Yamato. While the sinking of the fleet's flagship did not dramatically affect, the loss of communications personnel did cause minor consequences later on in the operation.

Source: Wikipedia.

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Atago Operational Timeline

30 Mar 1932 Atago was commissioned into service.
5 Nov 1943 During the US raid on Rabaul, New Britain, Atago was damaged by three near misses, killing 22, including commanding officer Captain Nobuki Nakaoka.
6 Nov 1943 Atago departed Rabaul, New Britain for Truk, Caroline Islands to receive temporary repairs.

Photographs

Atago, date unknownJapanese heavy cruiser Atago, early 1930sRecognition drawing for cruisers Takao and Atago (post-1938 configuration) published by US Navy Office of Naval IntelligenceJapanese heavy cruiser Atago at the Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan, 30 Nov 1939
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  1. Mike Dunne says:
    27 Jan 2007 11:05:26 PM

    One of my favourite ships of WWII

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Personnel:
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» Tomiji Koyanagi
» Takeo Kurita

Event(s) Participated:
» Invasion of the Philippine Islands
» Invasion of Malaya and Singapore
» Dutch East Indies Campaign, Java
» Attack on Darwin
» Battle of Midway and the Aleutian Islands
» Guadalcanal Campaign
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