Yuzuki file photo [12983]

Yuzuki

CountryJapan
Ship ClassMutsuki-class Destroyer
BuilderFujinagata Shipyards, Japan
Laid Down27 Nov 1926
Launched4 Mar 1927
Commissioned25 Jul 1927
Sunk23 Dec 1944
Displacement1336 tons standard; 1468 tons full
Length337 feet
Beam30 feet
Draft10 feet
MachineryFour Ro-Go Kampon water-tube boilers, two Kampon geared turbines, two shafts
BunkerageOil 450t
Power Output38500 SHP
Speed37 knots
Range3,600nm at 14 knots
Crew154
Armament4x120mm 45cal Type 3 guns, 2x7.7mm Type 92 machine guns, 2x3x610mm Type 12 torpedo tubes, 12x610mm Type 8 torpedoes, 18 depth charges, 16 mines

Contributor:

ww2dbaseYuzuki was commissioned into service in 1927 as the last of the modern 12-ship Mutsuki-class destroyers. Her WW2 career began as she covered invasion landings on the Chinese coast, and then escorted Japanese troop transports to French Indochina. In the opening phases of the Pacific War, she escorted the attack forces for Guam, Mariana Islands and for Kavieng, New Ireland, Bismarck Islands, and went on to serve in similar roles further south in the Solomon Islands and New Guinea. During the invasion of Tulagi, Solomon Islands in May 1942, Yuzuki was strafed by American aircraft which led to the loss of 10 men including her commanding officer Lieutenant Commander Hirota Tachibana. Upon repair, she returned to escort duties for convoys and performed patrols in the Central Pacific. In Feb 1944, she led the final convoy in the evacuation Rabaul, New Britain. On 12 Dec, while escorting a troop convoy from Manila, Luzon to Ormoc, Leyte in the Philippine Islands, she was attacked and sunk by United States Marine Corps aircraft 105 kilometers north-northeast of Cebu, Philippine Islands; she sank after a bomb hit between the No. 2 stack and the radio shack aft. 20 crewmen were killed while 217 survived and rescued by destroyer Kiri.

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Yuzuki Operational Timeline

27 Nov 1926 Destroyer No. 34 was laid down at the Fujinagata Shipyards, Tokyo, Japan.
15 Feb 1927 Commander Shigeru Osamu was named the chief equipping officer of Destroyer No. 34.
4 Mar 1927 Destroyer No. 34 was launched.
25 Jul 1927 Destroyer No. 34 was commissioned into service with Commander Shigeru Osamu in command.
1 Aug 1928 Destroyer No. 34 was renamed Yuzuki.
10 Dec 1928 Commander Sakai was named the commanding officer of destroyer Yuzuki.
30 Oct 1929 Lieutenant Commander Katsuno was named the commanding officer of destroyer Yuzuki.
1 Dec 1931 Lieutenant Commander Morishita was named the commanding officer of destroyer Yuzuki.
1 Nov 1935 Lieutenant Commander Wakita was named the commanding officer of destroyer Yuzuki.
12 Nov 1936 Lieutenant Commander Haruo Ota was named the commanding officer of destroyer Yuzuki.
1 Jun 1937 Lieutenant Commander Isamu Fujita was named the commanding officer of destroyer Yuzuki.
15 Sep 1941 Lieutenant Commander Hirota Tachibana was named the commanding officer of destroyer Yuzuki.
23 Nov 1941 Destroyer Yuzuki departed Sakaide, Shikoku, Japan, escorting a troop convoy.
27 Nov 1941 Destroyer Yuzuki arrived at Haha Jima, Japan.
4 Dec 1941 Destroyer Yuzuki departed Haha Jima, Japan with Destroyer Division 23, escorting the invasion fleet for Guam, Mariana Islands.
8 Dec 1941 Destroyer Yuzuki conducted anti-submarine operations in the Mariana Islands area.
10 Jan 1942 Destroyer Yuzuki departed Saipan, Mariana Islands.
12 Jan 1942 Destroyer Yuzuki arrived at Truk, Caroline Islands.
23 Jan 1942 Destroyer Yuzuki departed with Destroyer Division 23 to escort the invasion fleet for Kavieng, New Ireland, Bismarck Islands.
9 Feb 1942 Destroyer Yuzuki departed with Destroyer Division 23 to escort the invasion fleet for Gasmata, New Britain, Bismarck Islands.
20 Feb 1942 Destroyer Yuzuki departed Kavieng, New Ireland, Bismarck Islands.
23 Feb 1942 Destroyer Yuzuki arrived at Truk, Caroline Islands.
2 Mar 1942 Destroyer Yuzuki departed Truk, Caroline Islands with Destroyer Division 23, supporting invasion operations at Lae and Salamaua in New Guinea, northern Solomon Islands, and the Admiralty Islands.
10 Apr 1942 Destroyer Yuzuki was assigned to Destroyer Squadron 6 of the Fourth Fleet.
3 May 1942 Destroyer Yuzuki supported the invasion of Tulagi, Solomon Islands.
4 May 1942 Destroyer Yuzuki became the flagship of Destroyer Division 23 upon the loss of destroyer Kikuzuki off Tulagi, Solomon Islands.
10 May 1942 Lieutenant Commander Koukichi Mori was named the commander officer of destroyer Yuzuki.
11 May 1942 Upon the loss of minelayer Okinoshima, destroyer Yuzuki temporarily assumed the role of Rear Admiral Kiyohide Shimazui's flagship.
13 May 1942 Destroyer Yuzuki arrived at Ocean and Nauru Islands area.
16 May 1942 Destroyer Yuzuki departed Ocean and Nauru Islands area for Truk, Caroline Islands.
21 May 1942 Destroyer Yuzuki departed Truk, Caroline Islands for Saipan, Mariana Islands.
25 May 1942 Destroyer Yuzuki arrived at Truk, Caroline Islands. She was assigned to Destroyer Division 29 of Destroyer Squadron 6 of the Fourth Fleet.
28 May 1942 Destroyer Yuzuki arrived at Sasebo, Japan for a scheduled overhaul.
16 Jun 1942 Destroyer Yuzuki completed her overhaul at Sasebo, Japan and departed for Truk, Caroline Islands.
29 Jun 1942 Destroyer Yuzuki departed Truk, Caroline Islands, escorting a convoy transporting airfield construction crews to Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands.
10 Jul 1942 Destroyer Yuzuki was assigned to the 2nd Surface Escort Division of the Fourth Fleet. Lieutenant Shoichi Oyamada relieved Lieutenant Commander Koukichi Mori as the commanding officer of Yuzuki.
21 Jul 1942 Destroyer Yuzuki supported the invasion of Buna, New Guinea.
27 Jul 1942 Destroyer Yuzuki escorted a troop convoy from Rabaul, New Britain, Bismarck Islands to Buna, New Guinea.
30 Jul 1942 Destroyer Yuzuki rescued survivors of sunken transport Kottoku Maru.
31 Jul 1942 Destroyer Yuzuki arrived at Rabaul, New Britain, Bismarck Islands.
6 Aug 1942 Destroyer Yuzuki departed Rabaul, New Britain, Bismarck Islands, escorting a troop convoy to Buna, New Guinea.
7 Aug 1942 Destroyer Yuzuki was recalled back to Rabaul, New Britain, Bismarck Islands as a response to the Allied attack on Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands.
12 Aug 1942 Destroyer Yuzuki bombarded Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands.
17 Aug 1942 Destroyer Yuzuki departed Rabaul, New Britain, Bismarck Islands, escorting a troop convoy to Buna, New Guinea.
21 Aug 1942 Destroyer Yuzuki arrived at Rabaul, New Britain, Bismarck Islands.
26 Aug 1942 Destroyer Yuzuki departed Truk, Caroline Islands for Ocean and Nauru Islands area.
31 Aug 1942 Destroyer Yuzuki departed Ocean and Nauru Islands area.
2 Sep 1942 Destroyer Yuzuki departed Truk, Caroline Islands.
5 Sep 1942 Destroyer Yuzuki arrived at Jaluit Atoll, Marshall Islands.
2 Jan 1943 Destroyer Yuzuki arrived at Sasebo, Japan for a scheduled overhaul.
18 Feb 1943 Destroyer Yuzuki departed Yokosuka, Japan for the Central Pacific.
6 Mar 1943 Destroyer Yuzuki rescued survivors of sunken Kiriha Maru and assisted Mitto Maru, which was damaged in the same attack.
1 Apr 1943 Destroyer Yuzuki was assigned to the 2nd Surface Escort Division.
3 Apr 1943 Destroyer Yuzuki rescued the survivors of sunken tanker Arima Maru.
20 Oct 1943 Lieutenant Commander Shohei Matsumoto relieved Lieutenant Commander Shoichi Oyamada as the commanding officer of destroyer Yuzuki.
25 Nov 1943 Destroyer Yuzuki arrived at Yokosuka, Japan for a scheduled overhaul.
30 Nov 1943 Destroyer Yuzuki was assigned to Destroyer Division 30 of Destroyer Squadron 3 of the Eighth Fleet.
7 Dec 1943 Destroyer Yuzuki was refitted at the Ishikawa Shipyard and the Yokosuka Naval Arsenal, Japan.
22 Jan 1944 Destroyer Yuzuki completed her refitting at Ishikawa Shipyard and the Yokosuka Naval Arsenal, Japan. Her aft torpedo mount and two of her four main guns were removed in exchange for additional anti-aircraft machine guns and improved underwater sound detection equipment.
12 Feb 1944 Destroyer Yuzuki departed Truk, Caroline Islands, escorting Convoy No. 1,123.
17 Feb 1944 Destroyer Yuzuki arrived at Rabaul, New Britain, Bismarck Islands with Convoy No. 1,123, which was to be the last convoy to successful reach Rabaul.
18 Feb 1944 Destroyer Yuzuki departed Rabaul and arrived at Qavuvu in the New Britain, Bismarck Islands.
20 Feb 1944 Destroyer Yuzuki became the flagship of Rear Admiral Ko Nakagawa of Destroyer Squadron 3. She departed Rabaul, New Britain, Bismarck Islands as a part of the final destroyer transport mission out of Rabaul. She arrived at Qavuvu, New Britain later on the same day.
25 Feb 1944 Destroyer Yuzuki arrived at Palau Islands.
27 Apr 1944 Destroyer Yuzuki rescued survivors of sunken light cruiser Yubari.
29 May 1944 Destroyer Yuzuki arrived at Sasebo, Japan for refitting.
20 Jun 1944 Destroyer Yuzuki completed her refitting at Sasebo, Japan. She received a Type 13 radar on her main mast, exchanged twin 13-mm machine gun mounts for single 25-mm machine gun mounts.
20 Aug 1944 Destroyer Yuzuki was assigned to Destroyer Division 30 of Escort Squadron 31 of the Combined Fleet as the division's flagship under Captain Seiji Sawamura.
8 Sep 1944 Destroyer Yuzuki departed Moji, Japan, escorting Convoy HI-75 for Singapore.
19 Sep 1944 Destroyer Yuzuki broke off from Convoy HI-75 and sailed for Manila, Luzon, Philippine Islands.
30 Sep 1944 Destroyer Yuzuki arrived at Sasebo, Japan for a scheduled overhaul.
30 Oct 1944 Destroyer Yuzuki departed Sasebo, Japan, escorting carrier Junyo and cruiser Kiso for the Manila, Luzon, Philippine Islands.
10 Nov 1944 Destroyer Yuzuki arrived at Manila, Luzon, Philippine Islands.
11 Nov 1944 Destroyer Yuzuki departed Manila, Luzon, Philippine Islands, escorting carrier Junyo and cruiser Tone.
17 Nov 1944 Destroyer Yuzuki arrived at Kure, Japan.
23 Nov 1944 Destroyer Yuzuki departed Kure, Japan, escorting carrier Junyo.
30 Nov 1944 Destroyer Yuzuki arrived at Manila, Luzon, Philippine Islands.
10 Dec 1944 Destroyer Yuzuki departed Manila, Luzon, Philippine Islands, escorting troop convoy TA No. 9 for Ormoc, Leyte, Philippine Islands.
23 Dec 1944 Destroyer Yuzuki was sunk by US Marine Corps aircraft north-northwest of Cebu, Philippine Islands; 20 crewmen were killed, 217 survived and rescued by destroyer Kiri.
20 Jan 1945 Destroyer Yuzuki was struck from the Japanese navy list.
2 Aug 1945 Divers from USS Chanticleer discovered the wreck of destroyer Yuzuki under 70 feet of water near Cebu, Philippine Islands. Inspection operations by divers would last until 4 Aug 1945 to recover decoding machines in the radio shack.

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Japanese destroyer Yuzuki, 5 Jul 1928Japanese destroyer Yuzuki departing Tulagi harbor, Solomon Islands during an American air attack, 4 May 1942




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