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  Akashi (明石)
Repair Ship

9,000 Tons (Standard)
520' x 67' 3" x 20' 8"
4 x 127mm AA
12 x 25mm AA

Ship History
Built by Saesbo Navy Yard at Sasesbo. Laid down on January 18, 1937. Launched June 29, 1938. Comleted July 31, 1939 and placed on the Navy Reserve List.


Sinking History
On March 30, 1944, Akashi was anchored off the northern tip of Urukthapel Island. Spotted by U. S. Navy carrier aircraft from Task Group 58 "Operation Desecrate One", the vessel was attacked with bombs and rockets and suffered at least seven hits to her stern, two on her port bow, one on her superstructure forward of the well deck, two amidships and another aft of her stack that causes a fire. Akashi sank in shallow water with the bridge, cranes and mast remained above sealevel. Captain Kameyama and many of the crew survive the sinking. This vessel was officially removed on May 10, 1944.

During 1954, the Fujita Salvage Company, under the authority of the Palau Government, salvaged the wreck of Akashi for scrap metal.

Combined Fleet - IJN Repair Ship Akashi Tabular Record of Movement

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018


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