Sendai-class Light Cruiser

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This article refers to the entire Sendai-class; it is not about an individual vessel.

ww2dbaseThe Sendai-class light cruisers were built in the early to mid 1920s, thus were rather old by the time of WW2, but they performed effectively during the war nevertheless. Often used as destroyer flotilla command ships, they saw numerous actions throughout the Pacific Ocean. Of the three ships in this class, Jintsu possibly enjoyed the most fame for being Rear Admiral Raizo Tanaka's flagship, running the successful "Tokyo Express" transport missions to Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands.

ww2dbaseSources: Nihon Kaigun, Wikipedia.

Last Major Revision: Jan 2008

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Sendai-class Light Cruiser Operational Timeline

10 Jun 1922 The keel of Naka was laid down by Mitsubishi-owned Yokohama Dock Company in Yokohama, Japan.
29 Apr 1924 Sendai was commissioned into service.
24 Mar 1925 Naka was launched at Yokohama, Japan.
15 Apr 1925 Commander Choji Inoue was named the chief equipping officer of Naka.
30 Nov 1925 Naka was commissioned into service; chief equipping officer Commander Choji Inoue was named her commanding officer.
1 Dec 1925 Commander Choji Inoue, commanding officer of Naka, was promoted to the rank of captain.
1 Dec 1926 Captain Kamezaburo Nakamura was named the commanding officer of Naka.
5 Apr 1927 Naka received a new commanding officer.
30 Nov 1929 Captain Chuichi Nagumo was named the commanding officer of Naka.
1 Dec 1930 Naka received a new commanding officer.
1 Dec 1931 Captain Koki Yamamoto was named the commanding officer of Naka.
1 Dec 1932 Captain Shigeru Sonoda was named the commanding officer of Naka.
15 Nov 1933 Naka received a new commanding officer.
15 Nov 1934 Captain Kasuke Abe was named the commanding officer of Naka.
25 May 1935 Captain Tadashige Daigo was named the commanding officer of Naka.
15 Nov 1935 Captain Aritomo Goto was named the commanding officer of Naka.
1 Dec 1936 Captain Koso Abe was named the commanding officer of Naka.
2 Aug 1937 Naka received a new commanding officer.
1 Dec 1937 Captain Chimaki Kono was named the commanding officer of Naka.
15 Nov 1938 Captain Shutoku Miyazato was named the commanding officer of Naka.
15 Dec 1938 Captain Tamotsu Takama was named the commanding officer of Naka.
15 Nov 1939 Captain Teruo Akiyama was named the commanding officer of Naka.
15 Oct 1940 Captain Matsuji Ijuin was named the commanding officer of Naka.
11 Aug 1941 Captain Yoshioki Tawara was named the commanding officer of Naka.
26 Nov 1941 Naka became the flagship of Rear Admiral Shoji Nishimura of Japanese 4th Destroyer Squadron; she departed the Terashima Strait near Sasebo, Japan.
28 Nov 1941 Naka arrived at Mako, Pescadores islands.
7 Dec 1941 Naka departed Mako, Pescadores islands to escort the Philippine Islands invasion force.
10 Dec 1941 While guarding transports which disembarked troops on Luzon, Philippine Islands, Naka was attacked by US B-17 bombers, P-35A fighters, and P-40B fighters, receiving slight damage from strafing.
12 Dec 1941 Naka departed Vigan, Luzon, Philippine Islands.
14 Dec 1941 Naka arrived at Mako, Pescadores islands.
18 Dec 1941 Naka departed Mako, Pescadores islands.
22 Dec 1941 Naka guarded transports as they disembarked 7th Tank Regiment and an infantry regiment of the Japanese 48th Infantry Division at Caba, Luzon, Philippine Islands; she departed for Mako, Pescadores islands later on the same day.
24 Dec 1941 Naka arrived at Mako, Pescadores islands.
29 Dec 1941 Naka departed Takao, Taiwan.
2 Jan 1942 Naka arrived at Davao, Mindanao, Philippine Islands.
7 Jan 1942 Naka departed Davao, Mindanao, Philippine Islands.
10 Jan 1942 Naka arrived at Tarakan, Dutch Borneo.
11 Jan 1942 Naka disembarked troops at Tarakan, Dutch Borneo.
21 Jan 1942 Naka departed Tarakan, Dutch Borneo.
23 Jan 1942 Naka protected transports during the invasion of Balikpapan, Dutch Borneo.
24 Jan 1942 Dutch submarine K XVIII fired four torpedoes at Japanese cruiser Naka off Borneo, Dutch East Indies, all of which missed; Naka gave pursue to the submarine unsuccessfully.
30 Jan 1942 Naka departed Balikpapan, Dutch Borneo.
19 Feb 1942 Naka departed Jolo, Philippine Islands.
25 Feb 1942 Naka departed Makassar, Celebes, Dutch East Indies.
2 Mar 1942 Naka patrolled off Kragan, Java, Dutch East Indies.
8 Mar 1942 Naka departed Kragan, Java, Dutch East Indies.
12 Mar 1942 Naka arrived at Makassar, Celebes, Dutch East Indies.
14 Mar 1942 Naka was named the flagship for the Christmas Island invasion force.
18 Mar 1942 Naka was assigned to the Seizure Force for the invasion of Christmas Island.
26 Mar 1942 Naka departed Makassar, Celebes, Dutch East Indies.
29 Mar 1942 Naka departed Bantam Bay, Java, Dutch East Indies.
31 Mar 1942 Naka supported the landing on Christmas Island as the invasion force's flagship; submarine USS Seawolf attempted a torpedo attack on Naka at 0949 hours but failed to score hits.
1 Apr 1942 Japanese cruiser Naka was hit by a torpedo from US submarine USS Seawolf (of three fired) off Christmas Island, causing serious damage. She would be towed to Bantam Bay, Java, Dutch East Indies for repairs.
2 Apr 1942 Natori towed Naka toward Bantam Bay, Java, Dutch East Indies.
3 Apr 1942 Naka arrived at Bantam Bay, Java, Dutch East Indies under tow by Natori.
6 Apr 1942 Naka completed her temporary repairs at Bantam Bay, Java, Dutch East Indies and departed for Singapore.
10 Apr 1942 Naka arrived at Seletar Naval Base, Singapore.
28 Apr 1942 Naka departed Seletar Naval Base, Singapore and arrived at Keppel Harbour, Singapore.
29 Apr 1942 Naka entered the drydock at Keppel Harbour, Singapore.
2 Jun 1942 Naka exited the drydock at Keppel Harbour, Singapore.
3 Jun 1942 Naka departed Singapore.
8 Jun 1942 Naka arrived at Mako, Pescaore islands.
9 Jun 1942 Naka departed Mako, Pescaore islands.
12 Jun 1942 Naka arrived at Yokosuka, Japan.
15 Jun 1942 Naka was named a special reserve vessel; she departed Yokosuka, Japan.
21 Jun 1942 Naka arrived at Maizuru, Japan.
26 Jun 1942 Naka entered drydock at Maizuru, Japan.
6 Jul 1942 Naka exited drydock at Maizuru, Japan.
7 Jul 1942 Captain Ryuji Nakazato was named the commanding officer of Naka while the ship was at Maizuru, Japan.
8 Sep 1942 Sendai, Yugure, and seven other destroyers sortied from Shortland Islands, Solomon Islands against US landings at Taivu, Guadalcanal. The force sank patrol craft USS YP-346 at 2240 hours off Tulagi.
1 Oct 1942 Captain Banjiro Takagi was named the commanding officer of Naka while the ship was at Maizuru, Japan.
25 Feb 1943 Captain Yoshijiro Imaizumi was named the commanding officer of Naka while the ship was at Maizuru, Japan.
1 Apr 1943 Naka was assigned to Japanese 14th Cruiser Division while the ship was at Maizuru, Japan.
5 Apr 1943 Naka completed her repairs at Maizuru, Japan and departed the port.
6 Apr 1943 Naka arrived at Hashirajima, Japan.
20 Apr 1943 Naka departed Hashirajima, Japan.
22 Apr 1943 Naka arrived at Yokosuka, Japan.
25 Apr 1943 Naka departed Yokosuka, Japan.
30 Apr 1943 Naka arrived at Truk, Caroline Islands.
15 May 1943 Naka departed Truk, Caroline Islands.
18 May 1943 Naka arrived at Jaluit Atoll, Marshall Islands.
15 Jun 1943 Naka departed Jaluit Atoll, Marshall Islands.
18 Jun 1943 Naka arrived at Truk, Caroline Islands.
21 Jun 1943 Ryuho, Yukikaze, Naka, and Yugure arrived at Truk, Caroline Islands. Yugure would begin a period of maintenance and refitting at Truk.
22 Jun 1943 Naka departed Truk, Caroline Islands.
25 Jun 1943 Naka arrived at Nauru and disembarked 412 troops of No. 2 Yokosuka Special Naval Landing Force; she departed later in the day.
28 Jun 1943 Naka arrived at Truk, Caroline Islands.
6 Jul 1943 Sendai and Yugure departed Truk, Caroline Islands.
9 Jul 1943 Sendai and Yugure arrived at Shortland Islands, Solomon Islands. Yugure, Yukikaze, Tanikaze, and Hamakaze departed later on the same day, escorting a troop transport mission to Kolombangara in the Solomon Islands.
12 Jul 1943 Yugure, Yukikaze, Hamakaze, and Kiyonami departed Shortland Islands, Solomon Islands, escorting a troop transport mission involving light cruiser Jintsu to Kolombangara, New Georgia, Solomon Islands. En route, they encountered Allied warships, resulting in the Battle of Kolombangara that lasted into the next morning. Jintsu and USS Gwin were sunk (Gwinn by a Type 93 torpedo launched by a Japanese destroyer), and USS Honolulu and USS St. Louis were damaged. The Japanese were able to land 1,200 men.
19 Jul 1943 Naka arrived at Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands.
20 Jul 1943 Naka arrived at Mili Atoll, Marshall Islands.
21 Jul 1943 Naka arrived at Wotje Atoll, Marshall Islands.
24 Jul 1943 Naka arrived at Truk, Caroline Islands.
3 Sep 1943 Naka departed Truk, Caroline Islands.
8 Sep 1943 Naka arrived at Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands.
9 Sep 1943 Naka arrived at Taroa, Maloelap Atoll, Marshall Islands and disembarked troops.
10 Sep 1943 Naka arrived at Truk, Caroline Islands.
12 Sep 1943 Naka departed Truk, Caroline Islands, escorting oiler Shiretoko and damaged aircraft transport Fujikawa Maru.
15 Sep 1943 Naka arrived at Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands.
19 Sep 1943 Naka departed Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands.
20 Sep 1943 Naka arrived at Mili Atoll, Marshall Islands.
21 Sep 1943 Naka arrived at Wotje Atoll, Marshall Islands.
24 Sep 1943 Naka arrived at Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands.
25 Sep 1943 Naka departed Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands.
26 Sep 1943 Naka arrived at Jaluit Atoll, Marshall Islands.
29 Sep 1943 Naka departed Jaluit Atoll, Marshall Islands.
3 Oct 1943 Naka arrived at Truk, Caroline Islands.
11 Oct 1943 Naka departed Truk, Caroline Islands.
18 Oct 1943 Naka arrived at Shanghai, China.
21 Oct 1943 Naka departed Shanghai, China with 485 troops of Japanese 17th Division.
28 Oct 1943 Naka arrived at Truk, Caroline Islands.
1 Nov 1943 Naka departed Truk, Caroline Islands.
3 Nov 1943 Naka was slightly damaged by near misses by B-24 Liberator bombers 111 kilometers north of Kavieng, New Ireland at 1129 hours; 7 were killed, 20 were wounded.
4 Nov 1943 Naka received 166 troops and anti-tank guns from transport Kiyosumi Maru and then disembarked them at Kavieng, New Ireland at 1700 hours.
5 Nov 1943 Naka arrived at Rabaul, New Britain; later that day, she was slightly damaged by near misses by US carrier aircraft.
6 Nov 1943 Naka departed Rabaul, New Britain.
9 Nov 1943 Naka arrived at Truk, Caroline Islands.
21 Nov 1943 Naka departed Truk, Caroline Islands.
22 Nov 1943 Naka arrived at Ponape, Caroline Islands and embarked about 700 troops intended for Tarawa, Gilbert Islands.
23 Nov 1943 Naka departed Ponape, Caroline Islands.
25 Nov 1943 Naka arrived at Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands.
30 Nov 1943 Naka departed Kwajalein, Marshall Islands.
1 Dec 1943 Naka arrived at Mili Atoll, Marshall Islands, disembaked troops, and departed.
2 Dec 1943 Naka departed Kwajalein, Marshall Islands.
1 Jan 1944 Naka departed Truk, Caroline Islands and took damaged transport Kiyozumi Maru in tow southwest of Truk.
7 Jan 1944 Captain Yoshimasa Sutezawa was named the commanding officer of Naka.
8 Jan 1944 Naka arrived at Truk, Caroline Islands with damaged transport Kiyozumi Maru in tow.
17 Feb 1944 Naka departed Truk, Caroline Islands. She was discovered, attacked, and sunk by the third attack wave of SB2C Helldiver and TBF Avenger carrier aircraft 65 kilometers west of Truk; about 240 were killed, 210 survived including commanding officer Captain Yoshimasa Sutezawa.
31 Mar 1944 Naka was struck from the Japanese Navy list.

Photographs

Sendai-class light cruiser retouched photo, circa 1924-25Light cruiser Jintsu at Kure, Japan, 1925Light cruiser Naka prior to her commissioning, Nov 1925Light cruiser Jintsu damaged after colliding with destroyer Warabi during training exercise in night of 24 Aug 1927, Maizuru, Japan, circa 26 Aug 1927
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