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Ship ClassNinghai-class Light Cruiser
BuilderHarima Dock Company, Japan
Laid Down20 Feb 1931
Launched10 Oct 1931
Commissioned1 Sep 1932
Sunk19 Sep 1944
Displacement2,526 tons standard
Length360 feet
Beam39 feet
Draft13 feet
MachineryFour oil-coal boilers, three shafts
Power Output10,579 shaft horsepower
Speed23 knots
Range5,000nm at 12 knots
Armament3x2x140mm guns, 6x76.2mm anti-aircraft guns, 10x machine guns, 2x2x535mm torpedo tubes, 8 torpedoes, depth charge throwers, 9 naval mines


ww2dbasePrior to the Sino-Japanese tension of 1931, the Chinese Secretary of the Navy Chen Shaokuan issued an order to the Kure Naval District in Japan for a light cruiser to be named Ninghai. Li Shijia was appointed to supervise the construction. The agreed-upon price for the ship was 4,320,000 French Francs. The contract was given to Harima Shipbuilders, which laid the keel in Feb 1931 and launched the ship in Oct 1931. Ninghai was delivered to China in Aug 1932, and she was commissioned into service on 1 Sep 1932. In Jun 1934, she served as the flagship of Rear Admiral Wang Shouting, bringing him to Yokohama, Japan to attend the funeral of Japanese Admiral Heihachiro Togo. After the outbreak of the Second Sino-Japanese War, at the Battle of Jiangyin in Jiangsu Province, China, she was sunk in shallow water by Japanese aircraft while guarding the mouth of the Yangtze River. The Japanese Navy ordered her to be raised in the following year. In 1943, as necessitated by war demands, she was towed to Japan for modernization and was recommissioned as light cruiser Ioshima in Jun 1944. She was sunk by American submarine USS Shad off the main island of Honshu, Japan in Sep 1944.

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Ninghai Operational Timeline

20 Feb 1931 The keel of light cruiser Ninghai was laid down by Harima Dock Company, Limited of Japan.
10 Oct 1931 Light cruiser Ninghai was launched in Japan.
26 Aug 1932 Ninghai arrived at Shanghai, China.
1 Sep 1932 Ninghai was commissioned into service, Captain Gao Xianshen (former commanding officer of Hairong) in command.
5 Jun 1934 As the flagship of Rear Admiral Wang Shouting, with a training crew, Ninghai arrived at Yokohama, Japan to attend the funeral of Admiral Heihachiro Togo. Upon the completion of the funeral, she set sail for Harima, Japan for an overhaul.
11 Jul 1938 The Japanese Navy issued Order No. 261 to raise sunken Chinese light cruisers Ninghai and Pinghai at Jiangyin, Jiangsu Province, China.
8 Jun 1944 Former Chinese light cruiser Ninghai, now in Japanese service, was renamed Ioshima.
28 Jun 1944 Ioshima received orders to move to the front.
19 Sep 1944 Ioshima was sunk off Japan by USS Shad.

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