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Ninghai-class Light Cruiser



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

ww2dbaseThe two Ninghai-class light cruisers were among the most advanced warships in the Chinese inventory at the start of the war. The leadship, Ninghai, was constructed in Japan, while the second ship, Pinghai, was built domestically in China shortly after, though with Japanese engineering consultation and European weapons. Both ships were sunk during the Battle of Jiangyin at the mouth of the Yangtze River in 1937, and they were both refloated later in the war and pressed into Japanese service.

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Ninghai-class Light Cruiser Operational Timeline

20 Feb 1931 The keel of light cruiser Ninghai was laid down by Harima Dock Company, Limited of Japan.
28 Jun 1931 The keel of light cruiser Pinghai was laid down at the Jiangnan Arsenal in Shanghai, China with Chinese Secretary of the Navy Chen Shaokuan in attendence.
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.
28 Sep 1935 Light cruiser Pinghai was launched at the Jiangnan Arsenal in Shanghai, China.
18 Jun 1936 Pinghai completed the fitting of weapons at Aioi, Japan.
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.
10 Jun 1944 Former Chinese light cruiser Pinghai was renamed Yasoshima.
28 Jun 1944 Ioshima received orders to move to the front.
19 Sep 1944 Ioshima was sunk off Japan by USS Shad.
25 Sep 1944 Yasoshima received orders to move to the front.
25 Nov 1944 Yasoshima was sunk by American carrier aircraft west of Luzon, Philippine Islands.

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