Chinkai Guard District

Type   Naval Port
Historical Name of Location   Chinkai, Gyeongsangnam, Korea

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ww2dbaseThe Chinkai Guard District (now Jinhae) was the main Japanese Navy base in Japanese-occupied Korea, responsible for the control of the Straits of Shimonoseki and Korean waters. Already a busy maritime port city, the constructions of military facilities began shortly after the Japanese arrived in 1905. It was upgraded to a Guard District in 1916, but was generally considered a backwater assignment by the Japanese Navy personnel until the start of the Second Sino-Japanese War in 1937. At the start of the Pacific War, Chinkai was home to destroyers Minekaze, Asagao, Fuyo, and Karukaya; Minesweeper Divisions 48 and 49; and the Chinkai Air Group (six E7K seaplanes). The base also operated the smaller and distant base at Rashin in northern Korea (now Rason) to aid the patrol of the western portions of the Sea of Japan. US Navy Destroyer Squadron 64 occupied Chinkai at the end of WW2, and it would remain a US military base through the time of this writing with varying names such as Field Logistics Center Chinhae and Commander Fleet Activities Chinhae.

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Last Major Update: Mar 2014



Chinkai Guard District Timeline

1 Apr 1916 The Chinkai naval base in southern Korea was upgraded to a Guard District by the Japanese Navy with Vice Admiral Kujuro Yamaguchi in command.
4 Apr 1916 Rear Admiral Tsuneha Sano was named the chief of staff of Chinkai Guard District in southern Korea.
1 Dec 1916 Vice Admiral Kichitaro Togo was named the commanding officer of Chinkai Guard District in southern Korea.
1 Dec 1917 Rear Admiral Heigo Teraoka was named the chief of staff of Chinkai Guard District in southern Korea.
1 Dec 1918 Vice Admiral Hiromi Tadokoro was named the commanding officer of Chinkai Guard District in southern Korea.
1 Dec 1919 Vice Admiral Tomojiro Chisaka was named the commanding officer of Chinkai Guard District in southern Korea.
1 Dec 1920 Vice Admiral Kazuyoshi Yamaji was named the commanding officer of Chinkai Guard District in southern Korea.
15 Jun 1921 Rear Admiral Yasuzo Torisaki was named the chief of staff of Chinkai Guard District in southern Korea.
10 Nov 1922 Rear Admiral Chikateru Takasaki was named the chief of staff of Chinkai Guard District in southern Korea.
1 Dec 1922 Admiral Saburo Hyakutake was named the commanding officer of Chinkai Guard District in southern Korea.
1 Jun 1923 Vice Admiral Shozo Kuwashima was named the commanding officer of Chinkai Guard District in southern Korea.
5 Feb 1924 Vice Admiral Kikuo Matsumura was named the commanding officer of Chinkai Guard District in southern Korea.
1 Dec 1924 Rear Admiral Naojiro Honshuku was named the chief of staff of Chinkai Guard District in southern Korea.
15 Apr 1925 Vice Admiral Taro Inutsuka was named the commanding officer of Chinkai Guard District in southern Korea.
1 Dec 1926 Vice Admiral Naotaro Nagasawa was named the commanding officer of Chinkai Guard District in southern Korea; Rear Admiral Sunao Matsuzaki was named the chief of staff.
1 Dec 1927 Vice Admiral Junichi Kiyokawa was named the commanding officer of Chinkai Guard District in southern Korea.
1 Jul 1929 Vice Admiral Kanjiro Hara was named the commanding officer of Chinkai Guard District in southern Korea.
15 Nov 1930 Rear Admiral Kentaro Kojima was named the chief of staff of Chinkai Guard District in southern Korea.
1 Dec 1930 Admiral Mitsumasa Yonai was named the commanding officer of Chinkai Guard District in southern Korea.
15 Nov 1932 Vice Admiral Yoshinobu Shishido was named the chief of staff of Chinkai Guard District in southern Korea.
1 Dec 1932 Admiral Koichi Shiozawa was named the commanding officer of Chinkai Guard District in southern Korea.
17 Jan 1934 Vice Admiral Hisao Ichimura was named the commanding officer of Chinkai Guard District in southern Korea.
1 Nov 1934 Rear Admiral Kohei Ochi was named the chief of staff of Chinkai Guard District in southern Korea.
15 Nov 1934 Vice Admiral Seizaburo Kobayashi was named the commanding officer of Chinkai Guard District in southern Korea.
16 Mar 1936 Vice Admiral Tsugumatsu Inoue was named the commanding officer of Chinkai Guard District in southern Korea.
1 Dec 1936 Vice Admiral Keitaro Hara was named the commanding officer of Chinkai Guard District in southern Korea; Rear Admiral Junichi Mizuno was named the chief of staff.
1 Dec 1937 Vice Admiral Jugoro Arichi was named the commanding officer of Chinkai Guard District in southern Korea; Vice Admiral Sadaichi Matsunaga was named the chief of staff.
15 Nov 1938 Vice Admiral Sonosuke Kobayashi was named the commanding officer of Chinkai Guard District in southern Korea.
15 Nov 1939 Vice Admiral Tamotsu Takama was named the chief of staff of Chinkai Guard District in southern Korea.
15 Apr 1940 Admiral Nishizo Tsukahara was named the commanding officer of Chinkai Guard District in southern Korea.
15 Nov 1940 Rear Admiral Shigeki Ando was named the chief of staff of Chinkai Guard District in southern Korea.
1 Sep 1941 Vice Admiral Ikuta Sakamoto was named the commanding officer of Chinkai Guard District in southern Korea.
25 Feb 1942 Rear Admiral Keiichi Onishi was named the chief of staff of Chinkai Guard District in southern Korea.
15 Sep 1942 Vice Admiral Eiji Goto was named the commanding officer of Chinkai Guard District in southern Korea.
25 Jun 1943 Rear Admiral Katsuya Sato was named the chief of staff of Chinkai Guard District in southern Korea.
15 Aug 1944 Rear Admiral Chitoshi Ishizuka was named the chief of staff of Chinkai Guard District in southern Korea.
9 Sep 1944 Vice Admiral Takazumi Oka was named the commanding officer of Chinkai Guard District in southern Korea.
15 Apr 1945 Rear Admiral Haruo Katsuta was named the chief of staff of Chinkai Guard District in southern Korea.
20 Apr 1945 Vice Admiral Gisaburo Yamaguchi was named the commanding officer of Chinkai Guard District in southern Korea.




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WW2-Era Place Name Chinkai, Gyeongsangnam, Korea
Lat/Long 35.1900, 128.5700


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