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Akashi

CountryJapan
Ship ClassAkashi-class Repair Ship
BuilderSasebo Naval Arsenal
Laid Down18 Jan 1937
Launched29 Jun 1938
Commissioned10 Mar 1940
Sunk30 Mar 1944
Displacement9144 tons standard; 10668 tons full
Length520 feet
Beam67 feet
Draft21 feet
MachineryTwo Mitsubishi/MAN Model 60 diesel engines (10,000bhp), 2 shafts
Speed19 knots
Range8,000nm at 14 knots
Crew769
Armament4x127mm L/40 Type 89 AA guns, 12x25mm Type 96 AA guns

Contributor:

ww2dbaseAkashi was Japanese Navy's only purpose-designed repair ship in WW2; the 433 ship repair engineers accounted for more than half of the ship's occupants, and they enjoyed some of the latest machine tools imported from Germany. During the Pacific War, she spent much of her time at Truk in the Caroline Islands, taking part in nearly all repair work that took place at this forward naval base, which included carrier Shokaku, battleship Yamato, cruiser Kumano, and a great many of others. Akashi was sunk in shallow water by American aircraft north of Urukthapel in the Palau Islands in Mar 1944. In 1954, the local government of Palau allowed the Fujita Salvage Company to salvage, among others, the wreck of Akashi.

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Akashi Operational Timeline

18 Jan 1937 The keel of repair ship Akashi was laid down at the Sasebo Naval Arsenal, Japan.
29 Jun 1938 Repair ship Akashi was launched.
31 Jul 1939 Repair ship Akashi was completed and placed on the reserve list.
1 Nov 1939 Captain Shutoku Miyazato was named the chief equipping officer of repair ship Akashi. Miyazato would supervise the installation of five cranes and various tools and equipment aboard the ship.
15 Nov 1939 Repair ship Akashi was assigned to the Combined Fleet.
10 Mar 1940 Repair ship Akashi was commissioned into service with Captain Shutoku Miyazato in command.
15 Jul 1940 Captain Shutoku Miyazato was relieved as the commanding officer of repair ship Akashi.
11 Oct 1940 Repair ship Akashi participated in the annual naval review in Tokyo Bay, Japan.
23 Jul 1941 Repair ship Akashi operated off Indochina.
25 Sep 1941 Captain Tsunekichi Fukuzawa was named the commanding officer of repair ship Akashi.
1 Dec 1941 Repair ship Akashi departed Kure, Japan.
6 Dec 1941 Repair ship Akashi arrived at Palau Islands.
2 Jan 1942 Repair ship Akashi departed from Palau Islands.
4 Jan 1942 Repair ship Akashi arrived at Davao, Mindanao, Philippine Islands.
20 Jan 1942 Repair ship Akashi provided repair work for destroyer Inazuma at Davao, Mindanao, Philippine Islands.
29 Jan 1942 Repair ship Akashi provided repair work for destroyer Hatsuharu at Davao, Mindanao, Philippine Islands.
15 Feb 1942 Repair ship Akashi departed Davao, Mindanao, Philippine Islands.
18 Feb 1942 Repair ship Akashi arrived at Staring Bay, Celebes, Dutch East Indies.
27 Mar 1942 Repair ship Akashi departed Staring Bay, Celebes, Dutch East Indies.
28 Mar 1942 Repair ship Akashi arrived at Ambon, Dutch East Indies.
23 Apr 1942 Repair ship Akashi departed Ambon, Dutch East Indies.
30 Apr 1942 Repair ship Akashi arrived at Kure, Japan.
20 May 1942 Repair ship Akashi was drydocked at Kure, Japan.
24 May 1942 Repair ship Akashi exited the drydock at Kure, Japan.
28 May 1942 Repair ship Akashi departed Kure, Japan in support of the Midway invasion as a member of the Supply Group.
4 Jun 1942 Repair ship Akashi arrived at Truk, Caroline Islands.
14 Jun 1942 Repair ship Akashi provided repair work for cruiser Mogami at Truk, Caroline Islands.
29 Jun 1942 Repair ship Akashi provided repair work for destroyer Asashio at Truk, Caroline Islands.
15 Jul 1942 Repair ship Akashi provided repair work for destroyer Arashio at Truk, Caroline Islands.
5 Aug 1942 Repair ship Akashi departed Truk, Caroline Islands.
11 Aug 1942 Repair ship Akashi arrived at Kure, Japan.
17 Aug 1942 Repair ship Akashi departed Truk, Caroline Islands.
23 Aug 1942 Repair ship Akashi arrived at Truk, Caroline Islands.
24 Aug 1942 Repair ship Akashi began repairing destroyer Hagikaze at Truk, Caroline Islands.
28 Aug 1942 Repair ship Akashi began repairing seaplane tender Chitose and light cruiser Jintsu at Truk, Caroline Islands.
1 Sep 1942 Repair ship Akashi began repairing destroyer Yugiri at Truk, Caroline Islands.
4 Sep 1942 Repair ship Akashi completed the repair work for seaplane tender Chitose at Truk, Caroline Islands.
8 Sep 1942 Repair ship Akashi completed the repair work for destroyer Hagikaze at Truk, Caroline Islands.
9 Sep 1942 Repair ship Akashi began repairing destroyer Shirakumo at Truk, Caroline Islands.
12 Sep 1942 Captain Matsuro Eguchi was named the commanding officer of repair ship Akashi.
22 Sep 1942 Repair ship Akashi performed repair work for destroyer Kagero at Truk, Caroline Islands.
26 Sep 1942 Repair ship Akashi performed repair work for destroyer Urakaze at Truk, Caroline Islands.
29 Sep 1942 Repair ship Akashi began repairing escort carrier Taiyo at Truk, Caroline Islands.
30 Sep 1942 Repair ship Akashi completed the repair work for destroyer Shirakumo at Truk, Caroline Islands.
2 Oct 1942 Repair ship Akashi completed the repair work for light cruiser Jintsu and destroyer Yugiri at Truk, Caroline Islands.
4 Oct 1942 Repair ship Akashi completed the repair work for escort carrier Taiyo at Truk, Caroline Islands.
10 Oct 1942 Repair ship Akashi began repairing destroyer Minegumo at Truk, Caroline Islands.
16 Oct 1942 Repair ship Akashi completed the repair work for destroyer Minegumo at Truk, Caroline Islands.
28 Oct 1942 Repair ship Akashi began repairing carrier Shokaku at Truk, Caroline Islands.
29 Oct 1942 Repair ship Akashi performed repair work for destroyer Teruzuki at Truk, Caroline Islands. She also began the repair work for cruiser Chikuma.
30 Oct 1942 Repair ship Akashi began repairing destroyer Kuroshio at Truk, Caroline Islands.
31 Oct 1942 Repair ship Akashi began repairing destroyer Samidare at Truk, Caroline Islands.
1 Nov 1942 Repair ship Akashi completed the repair work for cruiser Chikuma at Truk, Caroline Islands.
2 Nov 1942 Repair ship Akashi completed the repair work for carrier Shokaku at Truk, Caroline Islands.
9 Nov 1942 Repair ship Akashi began repairing destroyer Ariake at Truk, Caroline Islands.
16 Nov 1942 Repair ship Akashi completed the repair work for destroyer Kuroshio at Truk, Caroline Islands.
17 Nov 1942 Repair ship Akashi began repairing destroyer Ikazuchi at Truk, Caroline Islands.
18 Nov 1942 Repair ship Akashi began repairing destroyers Murasame, Amatsukaze, and Asagumo at Truk, Caroline Islands.
20 Nov 1942 Repair ship Akashi began repairing light cruiser Isuzu at Truk, Caroline Islands.
22 Nov 1942 Repair ship Akashi completed the repair work for destroyer Ikazuchi at Truk, Caroline Islands.
26 Nov 1942 Repair ship Akashi completed the repair work for destroyer Asagumo at Truk, Caroline Islands.
28 Nov 1942 Repair ship Akashi completed the repair work for destroyer Ariake at Truk, Caroline Islands.
29 Nov 1942 Repair ship Akashi completed the repair work for destroyer Murasame at Truk, Caroline Islands.
8 Dec 1942 Repair ship Akashi completed the repair work for light cruiser Isuzu at Truk, Caroline Islands.
15 Dec 1942 Repair ship Akashi completed the repair work for destroyer Amatsukaze at Truk, Caroline Islands.
18 Dec 1942 Repair ship Akashi began repairing destroyer Nowaki at Truk, Caroline Islands.
22 Dec 1942 Repair ship Akashi began repairing destroyer Shiratsuyu at Truk, Caroline Islands.
28 Dec 1942 Repair ship Akashi began refitting light cruiser Sendai at Truk, Caroline Islands.
3 Jan 1943 Repair ship Akashi completed refitting light cruiser Sendai at Truk, Caroline Islands.
14 Jan 1943 Repair ship Akashi began repairing destroyer Naganami at Truk, Caroline Islands.
17 Jan 1943 Repair ship Akashi began repairing seaplane tender Sanyo Maru and destroyers Kagero and Oyashio at Truk, Caroline Islands.
18 Jan 1943 Repair ship Akashi completed refitting light cruiser Agano at Truk, Caroline Islands.
19 Jan 1943 Repair ship Akashi began repairing destroyer Arashi at Truk, Caroline Islands.
21 Jan 1943 Repair ship Akashi began repairing destroyers Uzuki and Suzukaze at Truk, Caroline Islands.
25 Jan 1943 Repair ship Akashi began repairing light cruiser Nagara at Truk, Caroline Islands.
26 Jan 1943 Repair ship Akashi completed refitting light cruiser Agano at Truk, Caroline Islands.
31 Jan 1943 Repair ship Akashi completed the repair work for seaplane tender Sanyo, destroyers Arashi and Suzukaze, and light cruiser Nagara at Truk, Caroline Islands.
1 Feb 1943 Repair ship Akashi completed the repair work for destroyer Oyashio and began repair transport Nankai Maru at Truk, Caroline Islands.
2 Feb 1943 Repair ship Akashi completed the repair work for transport Sanyo Maru and began repairing destroyers Akizuki and Hatsukaze at Truk, Caroline Islands.
12 Feb 1943 Repair ship Akashi began repairing destroyer Maikaze at Truk, Caroline Islands.
15 Feb 1943 Repair ship Akashi began repairing transport Nankai Maru at Truk, Caroline Islands.
16 Feb 1943 Repair ship Akashi completed the repair work for destroyers Nowaki and Shiratsuyu at Truk, Caroline Islands.
19 Feb 1943 Repair ship Akashi began repairing destroyer Hamakaze at Truk, Caroline Islands.
23 Feb 1943 Repair ship Akashi began repairing destroyer Harusame at Truk, Caroline Islands.
2 Mar 1943 Repair ship Akashi began repairing destroyer Isokaze at Truk, Caroline Islands.
3 Mar 1943 Repair ship Akashi completed the repair work for transport Nankai Maru at Truk, Caroline Islands.
6 Mar 1943 Repair ship Akashi completed the repair work for destroyers Maikaze and Hamakaze and began repairing destroyer Kawakaze at Truk, Caroline Islands.
11 Mar 1943 Repair ship Akashi completed the repair work for destroyer Akizuki and began repairing auxiliary aircraft transport Keiyo Maru at Truk, Caroline Islands.
16 Mar 1943 Repair ship Akashi began repairing transport Noshiro Maru at Truk, Caroline Islands.
21 Mar 1943 Repair ship Akashi completed the repair work for destroyers Isokaze and Kawakaze at Truk, Caroline Islands.
29 Mar 1943 Repair ship Akashi performed repair work for seaplane tender Kamikawa Maru at Truk, Caroline Islands.
8 Apr 1943 Repair ship Akashi completed the repair work for destroyer Hatsukaze at Truk, Caroline Islands.
12 Apr 1943 Repair ship Akashi began repairing destroyer Amagiri at Truk, Caroline Islands.
21 Apr 1943 Repair ship Akashi completed the repair work for destroyer Amagiri at Truk, Caroline Islands.
25 Apr 1943 Repair ship Akashi began repairing cruiser Aoba at Truk, Caroline Islands.
26 Apr 1943 Repair ship Akashi completed the repair work for transport Noshiro Maru at Truk, Caroline Islands.
20 May 1943 Repair ship Akashi completed the repair work for destroyer Harusame at Truk, Caroline Islands.
20 Jun 1943 Repair ship Akashi completed the repair work for destroyer Uzuki at Truk, Caroline Islands.
30 Jun 1943 Repair ship Akashi began repairing destroyer Kawakaze at Truk, Caroline Islands.
11 Jul 1943 Repair ship Akashi performed repair work for armed merchant cruiser Aikoku at Truk, Caroline Islands.
25 Jul 1943 Repair ship Akashi completed the repair work for cruiser Aoba at Truk, Caroline Islands.
31 Jul 1943 Repair ship Akashi began repairing cruiser Kumano at Truk, Caroline Islands.
28 Aug 1943 Repair ship Akashi completed the repair work for cruiser Kumano at Truk, Caroline Islands.
2 Sep 1943 Repair ship Akashi performed repair work for cable layer Osei Maru at Truk, Caroline Islands.
16 Sep 1943 Repair ship Akashi performed repair work for cable layer Osei Maru at Truk, Caroline Islands.
20 Sep 1943 Repair ship Akashi began repairing tanker Notoro at Truk, Caroline Islands.
21 Oct 1943 Captain Minegoro Kameyama was named the commanding officer of repair ship Akashi.
26 Oct 1943 Repair ship Akashi performed repair work for submarine I-180 at Truk, Caroline Islands.
14 Nov 1943 Repair ship Akashi began repairing cruiser Maya and destroyers Samidare and Fumizuki at Truk, Caroline Islands.
15 Nov 1943 Repair ship Akashi began repairing light cruiser Agano at Truk, Caroline Islands.
20 Nov 1943 Repair ship Akashi completed the repair work for destroyer Fumizuki at Truk, Caroline Islands.
28 Nov 1943 Repair ship Akashi completed the repair work for cruiser Maya at Truk, Caroline Islands.
12 Dec 1943 Repair ship Akashi began repairing light cruiser Nagara at Truk, Caroline Islands.
13 Dec 1943 Repair ship Akashi completed the repair work for destroyer Samidare at Truk, Caroline Islands.
15 Dec 1943 Repair ship Akashi began repairing destroyer Amagiri at Truk, Caroline Islands.
20 Dec 1943 Repair ship Akashi completed the repair work for destroyer Amagiri at Truk, Caroline Islands.
25 Dec 1943 Repair ship Akashi completed the repair work for light cruiser Agano and began repairing battleship Yamato at Truk, Caroline Islands.
8 Jan 1944 Repair ship Akashi performed repair work for armed merchant cruiser Kiyosumi Maru at Truk, Caroline Islands.
10 Jan 1944 Repair ship Akashi completed the repair work for battleship Yamato and began repairing light cruiser Agano and tanker Hoyo Maru at Truk, Caroline Islands.
15 Jan 1944 Repair ship Akashi completed the repair work for light cruiser Nagara at Truk, Caroline Islands.
15 Feb 1944 Repair ship Akashi completed the repair work for tanker Hoyo Maru at Truk, Caroline Islands.
20 Feb 1944 Repair ship Akashi departed Truk, Caroline Islands.
24 Feb 1944 Repair ship Akashi arrived at Palau Islands and performed repairs on herself.
10 Mar 1944 Repair ship Akashi began repairing transport Bichu Maru at Palau Islands.
11 Mar 1944 Repair ship Akashi received provisions from auxiliary storeship Kitakami Maru at Palau Islands.
14 Mar 1944 Repair ship Akashi dispatched divers to inspect damage below the water line for patrol vessel PB-102 at Palau Islands.
28 Mar 1944 Repair ship Akashi completed the repair work for transport Bichu Maru at Palau Islands.
30 Mar 1944 Repair ship Akashi sustained numerous bomb and rocket hits from US carrier aircraft and sank in shallow water north of Urukthapel Island, Palau Islands.
10 May 1944 Repair ship Akashi was removed from the Japanese Navy List.

Photographs

Repair ship Akashi off Sasebo, Japan during her trial period, Jul 1939Repair ship Akashi running trials off Sasebo, Japan, Jul 1939Destroyer Harusame, a minesweeper, destroyer Akizuki, a destroyer, repair ship Akashi, seaplane tender Sanyo Maru, another destroyer, and a patrol boat at Truk, Caroline Islands, Feb 1943Repair ship Akashi burning as the result of US carrier aircraft attack, Palau Islands, 30 Mar 1944




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