Agano file photo [1086]


Ship ClassAgano-class Light Cruiser
BuilderSasebo Naval Arsenal
Launched22 Oct 1941
Sunk17 Feb 1944
Displacement6,650 tons standard; 8,534 tons full
Length571 feet
Beam49 feet
Draft18 feet
Bunkerage1,405 tons oil
Power Output100,000 SHP
Speed35 knots
Range6,300nm at 18 knots
Armament6x6-in, 4x3-in, 16x25mm anti-aircraft, 8x24-in torpedo tubes, 16 depth charges


ww2dbaseThe light cruiser Agano's first assignments were escort missions, first as escort to troop transports off Wewak and Medang, then she participated in safeguarding the evacuation of Japanese troops from Guadalcanal. In Jun 1943, she was fitted with Type 21 search radar, making her one of the only handful of ships equipped with this modern equipment. As a part of a larger task force, she patrolled off Truk and Eniwetok of the Caroline Islands in search of American submarines and the suspected oncoming invasion force, but failed to make contact. On 2 Nov 1943, she engaged American forces off Rabaul and then suffered minor damage from a near-miss from aircrafts of USS Saratoga and USS Princeton while Agano was in port. However, she was struck by a torpedo in the subsequent strike at Rabaul. While en route for Truk, she was hit again by a torpedo, this time from the submarine USS Scamp. She was towed the rest of the way and arrived at Truk on 16 Nov.

ww2dbaseAfter three months of hasty makeshift repairs, Agano was partially repaired, and was ordered to return to the Japanese home islands for a complete repair. She was detected by USS Skate only 160 miles out of Truk, and the American submarine promptly sank her. Kamikaze-class destroyer Oite picked up 523 survivors. However, Oite proved to be as vulnerable off Truk as Agano was: she was spotted by Avengers while returning to port. She was sunk by the Avengers, and only twenty crew members survived the sinking. All of the rescued Agano crew members were lost in the sinking of Oite.

ww2dbaseSource: Wikipedia.

Last Major Revision: Dec 2005

Agano Operational Timeline

5 Nov 1943 During the US raid on Rabaul, New Britain, Agano was damaged by a near miss, killing one.


Agano underway off Sasebo, Japan, Oct 1942Agano off Truk, Jan 1943

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