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Yukikaze

CountryJapan
Ship ClassKagero-class Destroyer
BuilderSasebo Naval Arsenal
Launched24 Mar 1939
Commissioned20 Jan 1940
Decommissioned5 Oct 1945
Displacement2033 tons standard; 2530 tons full
Length389 feet
Beam35 feet
Draft12 feet
Speed35 knots
Crew240
Armament6x130mm 50cal DP guns, up to 28x25mm AA guns, up to 4x13mm AA guns, 8x610mm torpedo tubes, 36 depth charges
Transferred to Republic of China6 Jul 1947
Recommissioned as Tang Yan1 May 1948
Final Decommission16 Nov 1966

Contributor:

ww2dbaseAt the start of the Pacific War, Yukikaze supported the landings at Legaspi, Luzon, Philippine Islands during the Japanese invasion. She went on to support further conquests southwards, taking part in the Battle of the Java Sea in Feb 1942. During the Battle of Midway, she screened the troop transports and did not see combat. During the Guadalcanal and Solomon Islands campaigns, she escorted carriers during the battles at the Eastern Solomons, Santa Cruz, among other actions. In Jun 1944, she participated in the Battle of the Philippine Sea, serving as escort to oilers. During the Leyte Gulf actions later that year, she saw action during the Battle of the Sibuyan Sea and attacked the American destroyer escorts and escort carriers at the Battle off Samar. During the Okinawa Campaign, she accompanied the battleship Yamato on Operation Ten-Go, surprisingly escaping destruction despite overwhelming American airpower. Near the end of the war, she patrolled the harbors of the Japanese home islands. She was damaged by a mine in late Jul 1945 but did not suffer serious damage. At the time of the Japanese surrender, she was the only ship of her class to survive the war. She was used to transport Japanese troops back home from abroad.

ww2dbaseIn 1947, Yukikaze was transferred to the Republic of China as war reparation. She remained operational with the Navy of the Republic of China under the name of Tan Yang until 1966 after sustaining heavy damage when she ran aground during a typhoon. She was scrapped in 1970. Her rudder and one of her anchors were returned to Japan.

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Yukikaze Operational Timeline

24 Mar 1939 Destroyer Yukikaze was launched.
20 Jan 1940 Yukikaze was commissioned into service with Commander Kenjiro Tobita in command.
26 Nov 1941 Destroyer Yukikaze departed Kyushu, Japan.
1 Dec 1941 Destroyer Yukikaze arrived at Palau Islands.
6 Dec 1941 Destroyer Yukikaze departed the Palau Islands.
12 Dec 1941 Destroyer Yukikaze escorted the Japanese invasion force for Legaspi, Luzon, Philippine Islands.
24 Dec 1941 Destroyer Yukikaze escorted the Japanese invasion force for Lamon Bay, Luzon, Philippine Islands.
11 Jan 1942 Destroyer Yukikaze escorted the Japanese invasion force for Menado, Celebes, Dutch East Indies.
24 Jan 1942 Destroyer Yukikaze escorted the Japanese invasion force for Kendari, Celebes, Dutch East Indies.
31 Jan 1942 Destroyer Yukikaze escorted the Japanese invasion force for Ambon, Dutch East Indies.
20 Feb 1942 Destroyer Yukikaze escorted the Japanese invasion force for eastern Java, Dutch East Indies and was engaged in the Battle of the Java Sea, firing torpedoes on Allied warships.
29 Mar 1942 Destroyer Yukikaze departed Ambon, Dutch East Indies escorted the Japanese invasion force for western New Guinea, Dutch East Indies.
25 Apr 1942 Destroyer Yukikaze arrived at Davao, Mindanao, Philippine Islands.
26 Apr 1942 Destroyer Yukikaze departed Davao, Mindanao, Philippine Islands.
2 May 1942 Destroyer Yukikaze arrived at Kure, Japan.
21 May 1942 Destroyer Yukikaze departed Kure, Japan.
25 May 1942 Destroyer Yukikaze arrived at Saipan, Mariana Islands.
23 Jun 1942 Commander Ryokichi Sugama was named the commanding officer of destroyer Yukikaze.
11 Jul 1942 Destroyer Yukikaze departed Yokosuka, Japan to escort transport Nankai Maru to Rabaul, New Britain, Bismarck Islands.
14 Jul 1942 Destroyer Yukikaze was assigned to Destroyer Squadron 10 of the 3rd Fleet.
5 Aug 1942 Destroyer Yukikaze departed Truk Caroline Islands to escort cruiser Mogami and repair ship Akashi to Japan.
12 Aug 1942 Destroyer Yukikaze arrived at Kure, Japan.
13 Aug 1942 Destroyer Yukikaze began a period of training in the Inland Sea in Japan.
20 Aug 1942 Destroyer Yukikaze completed a period of training in the Inland Sea in Japan.
2 Sep 1942 Destroyer Yukikaze departed Saipan, Mariana Islands to escort carrier Unyo to Truk, Caroline Islands.
10 Sep 1942 Destroyer Yukikaze arrived at Truk, Caroline Islands.
12 Oct 1942 Destroyer Yukikaze conducted a reconnaissance mission to Ndeni, Santa Cruz, Solomon Islands.
12 Nov 1942 Destroyer Yukikaze engaged with USS Cushing and USS Laffey during the First Naval Battle of Guadalcanal, and then escorted the crippled battleship Hiei.
18 Nov 1942 Destroyer Yukikaze arrived at Truk, Caroline Islands.
5 Dec 1942 Destroyer Yukikaze departed Truk, Caroline Islands to escort carrier Hiyo to Japan.
10 Dec 1942 Destroyer Yukikaze arrived at Kure, Japan.
18 Jan 1943 Destroyer Yukikaze departed Kure, Japan to escort carriers Zuikaku and Zuiho to Truk, Caroline Islands.
23 Jan 1943 Destroyer Yukikaze arrived at Truk, Caroline Islands.
1 Feb 1943 Destroyer Yukikaze evacuated troops from Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands.
4 Feb 1943 Destroyer Yukikaze evacuated troops from Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands.
7 Feb 1943 Destroyer Yukikaze evacuated troops from Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands.
10 Feb 1943 Destroyer Yukikaze departed Shortland Islands, Solomon Islands to escort damaged destroyer Maikaze to Truk, Caroline Islands.
14 Feb 1943 Destroyer Yukikaze arrived at Truk, Caroline Islands.
18 Feb 1943 Destroyer Yukikaze departed Rabaul, New Britain, Bismarck Islands to escort transport Gokoku Maru to Gasmata, New Britain, Bismarck Islands.
21 Feb 1943 Destroyer Yukikaze departed Gasmata, New Britain, Bismarck Islands to escort transport Gokoku Maru to Rabaul, New Britain, Bismarck Islands.
2 Mar 1943 Destroyer Yukikaze rescued survivors of transport Kyokusei Maru in the Bismarck Sea.
3 Mar 1943 Destroyer Yukikaze was attacked by US aircraft in the Bismarck Sea but sustained no damage.
5 Mar 1943 Destroyer Yukikaze arrived at Rabaul, New Britain, Bismarck Islands.
7 Mar 1943 Destroyer Yukikaze departed Rabaul, New Britain, Bismarck Islands.
8 Mar 1943 Destroyer Yukikaze arrived at Shortland Islands, Solomon Islands.
13 Mar 1943 Destroyer Yukikaze made a troop transport run to Kolombangara, New Georgia, Solomon Islands.
2 Apr 1943 Destroyer Yukikaze made a troop transport run to Rekata, Santa Isabel, Solomon Islands.
10 Apr 1943 Destroyer Yukikaze made a troop transport run to Finschhafen, New Guinea, Dutch East Indies; the mission was aborted due to US air attacks.
13 Apr 1943 Destroyer Yukikaze made a troop transport run to Cape Gloucester (Tuluvu), New Britain, Bismarck Islands, then departed New Britain for Truk, Caroline Islands.
16 Apr 1943 Destroyer Yukikaze arrived at Truk, Caroline Islands.
3 May 1943 Destroyer Yukikaze departed Truk, Caroline Islands to escort carrier Zuikaku and Zuiho to Japan.
8 May 1943 Destroyer Yukikaze arrived at Kure, Japan.
16 Jun 1943 Destroyer Yukikaze departed Yokosuka, Japan to escort a task force to Truk, Caroline Islands.
21 Jun 1943 Destroyer Yukikaze arrived at Truk, Caroline Islands.
23 Jun 1943 Destroyer Yukikaze departed Truk, Caroline Islands to escort cruiser Nagara to Nauru.
28 Jun 1943 Destroyer Yukikaze arrived at Truk, Caroline Islands.
30 Jun 1943 Destroyer Yukikaze departed Truk, Caroline Islands to escort cruiser Chokai to Shortland Islands, Solomon Islands.
5 Jul 1943 Destroyer Yukikaze arrived at Shortland Islands, Solomon Islands.
9 Jul 1943 Destroyer Yukikaze escorted a troop transport run to Kolombangara, New Georgia, Solomon Islands.
12 Jul 1943 Destroyer Yukikaze led an attack on an US cruiser-destroyer group in the Battle of Kolombangara in the Solomon Islands.
19 Jul 1943 Destroyer Yukikaze escorted a troop transport run to Kolombangara, New Georgia, Solomon Islands.
23 Jul 1943 Destroyer Yukikaze led a troop transport run to Kolombangara, New Georgia, Solomon Islands.
24 Jul 1943 Destroyer Yukikaze departed Rabaul, New Britain, Bismarck Islands for Truk, Caroline Islands.
28 Aug 1943 Destroyer Yukikaze departed Truk, Caroline Islands to escort carrier Taiyo to Japan.
2 Sep 1943 Destroyer Yukikaze arrived at Kure, Japan where she would be drydocked for repairs and refitting.
8 Oct 1943 Destroyer Yukikaze departed Kure, Japan to escort carrier Ryuho to Singapore.
5 Nov 1943 Destroyer Yukikaze arrived at Kure, Japan.
14 Nov 1943 Destroyer Yukikaze departed Kure, Japan to escort transport Irako to Truk, Caroline Islands.
23 Nov 1943 Destroyer Yukikaze arrived at Truk, Caroline Islands.
7 Dec 1943 Destroyer Yukikaze departed Truk, Caroline Islands to escort carrier Chitose and transport Irako to Yokosuka, Japan.
10 Dec 1943 Lieutenant Commander Masamichi Terauchi was named the commanding officer of destroyer Yukikaze.
14 Dec 1943 Destroyer Yukikaze arrived at Yokosuka, Japan.
11 Jan 1944 Destroyer Yukikaze departed Moji, Japan to escort carrier Chitose to Singapore.
20 Jan 1944 Destroyer Yukikaze arrived at Singapore.
25 Jan 1944 Destroyer Yukikaze departed Singapore to escort carrier Chitose and convoy HI-32 to Moji, Japan.
4 Feb 1944 Destroyer Yukikaze arrived at Moji, Japan.
20 Feb 1944 Destroyer Yukikaze departed Kagoshima, Japan to escort carrier Chitose to Saipan, Mariana Islands.
4 Mar 1944 Destroyer Yukikaze arrived at Yokosuka, Japan.
29 Mar 1944 Destroyer Yukikaze departed Yokosuka, Japan to escort carrier Zuiho to Guam, Mariana Islands.
31 Mar 1944 Destroyer Yukikaze was assigned to Destroyer Division 17, Destroyer Squadron 10, 3rd Fleet.
7 Apr 1944 Destroyer Yukikaze arrived at Kure, Japan.
20 Apr 1944 Destroyer Yukikaze departed Kure, Japan to escort battleship Yamato and cruiser Maya to Lingga, Borneo.
1 May 1944 Destroyer Yukikaze arrived at Lingga, Dutch East Indies.
12 May 1944 Destroyer Yukikaze departed Lingga, Dutch East Indies.
15 May 1944 Destroyer Yukikaze arrived at Tawi-Tawi, Philippine Islands.
22 May 1944 Destroyer Yukikaze suffered minor propeller damage when it accidentally struck a reef near Tawi-Tawi, Philippine Islands.
20 Jun 1944 Destroyer Yukikaze rescued survivors of transport Seiyo Maru during the Battle of the Philippine Sea then scuttled the transport with a torpedo.
23 Jun 1944 Destroyer Yukikaze arrived at Guimarras, Philippine Islands.
2 Jul 1944 Destroyer Yukikaze arrived at Kure, Japan.
5 Jul 1944 Destroyer Yukikaze was docked at Kure, Japan for repairs.
15 Aug 1944 Destroyer Yukikaze completed her repairs at Kure, Japan.
22 Sep 1944 Destroyer Yukikaze departed Kure, Japan to escort battleships Fuso and Yamashiro to Lingga, Borneo.
4 Oct 1944 Destroyer Yukikaze arrived at Lingga, Dutch East Indies.
18 Oct 1944 Destroyer Yukikaze departed Lingga to escort a task force to Brunei, Borneo in the Dutch East Indies.
20 Oct 1944 Destroyer Yukikaze arrived at Brunei.
25 Oct 1944 Destroyer Yukikaze assisted in the sinking of USS Johnston during the Battle off Samar off the Philippine Islands.
28 Oct 1944 Destroyer Yukikaze arrived at Brunei.
9 Nov 1944 Destroyer Yukikaze departed Brunei to escort a task force into the Sulu Sea.
16 Nov 1944 Destroyer Yukikaze departed Brunei, Borneo to escort a task force to Kure, Japan.
24 Nov 1944 Destroyer Yukikaze arrived at Kure, Japan.
25 Nov 1944 Destroyer Yukikaze departed Kure, Japan to escort battleship Nagato to Yokosuka, Japan.
29 Nov 1944 Destroyer Yukikaze rescued survivors of carrier Shinano in the Inland Sea in Japan.
29 Dec 1944 Destroyer Yukikaze departed Moji, Japan to escort a troop convoy to Taiwan.
7 Apr 1945 Destroyer Yukikaze rescued survivors of battleship Yamato and destroyer Isokaze; she suffered minor damage from American air attacks during the action (3 were killed, 15 were wounded).
10 May 1945 Commander Keiji Koeu was named the commanding officer of destroyer Yukikaze.
17 May 1945 Destroyer Yukikaze departed Kure, Japan.
19 May 1945 Destroyer Yukikaze arrived at Maizuru, Japan.
30 Jul 1945 Destroyer Yukikaze suffered minor damage by an US air attack in Miyatsu Bay, Japan; one was killed.
15 Aug 1945 Destroyer Yukikaze was assigned to Destroyer Division 41, Escort Squadron 31, Combined Fleet.
5 Oct 1945 Yukikaze was decommissioned from service.
19 Nov 1945 Commander Keiji Koeu was relieved as the commanding officer of destroyer Yukikaze.
6 Jul 1947 Destroyer Yukikaze was transferred to the Republic of China as war reparation.
1 May 1948 Former Japanese destroyer Yukikaze was commissioned into the Navy of the Republic of China as Tang Yan.
16 Nov 1966 Destroyer Tang Yan was decommissioned from service.

Photographs

Destroyer Yukikaze underway, Dec 1939Yukikaze underway off Sasebo, Japan, Jan 1940View of the YukikazeYukikaze and Shisaka at Tokyo, Japan, 26 May 1947, photo 1 of 2
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Event(s) Participated:
» Invasion of the Philippine Islands
» Dutch East Indies Campaign, Java
» Battle of Midway and the Aleutian Islands
» Guadalcanal Campaign
» Solomon Islands Campaign
» Mariana Islands Campaign and the Great Turkey Shoot
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