Built by Sir W. G. Armstrong Whitworth & Co Ltd in the United Kingdom. Prewar, sold to the Japanese Navy.
Transported to Ponape Island. Lifted atop Sokehs Mountain (Jokej) using native labor. Emplaced near the southern end on the western side inside a concrete bunker. The roof was covered with earth for extra protection. This gun defended the approaches to the lagoon channel in Sekere District.
Remains in situ. The breech block is removed.
Stan Gajda adds:
"The guns were dragged up in pieces and assembled
on-site. Took the Japanese months to get them up there, a few feet a day
I'm told. They used island labor mainly. And so it was for the various
other guns. The shield was removed to make room for the gun traverse and elevation."
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February 4, 2018