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Myoko Class Heavy Cruiser
661' 9" x 68' x 20' 9"
10 x 203mm guns
6 x 120mm guns
8 x 127mm guns
2 x 13mm MG
12 x torpedo tubes
3rd BG Nov 2, 1943
On October 22-24, 1930 Emperor Hirohito embarked aboard Haguro, spent the night, then transfers to Kirishima.
Haguro undergoes reconstruction at Sasebo Navy Yard and her original ten 200mm 50 cal Type 3 (No. 1) guns were replaced with 203mm guns (No. 2). Reconstruction is completed by June 29, 1936. A second reconstruction is completed at the Kure Naval Arsenal on April 28, 1941. Assigned to Captain M. Terado.
On December 31, returned to Davao. On January 4, 1942 attacked the US Navy anchorage at Malalag Bay off Davao Gulf. While anchored in Davao Gulf, a B-17 Flying Fortresses from Java bombed Haguro, but fail to cause any damage.
On January 9, then departs for "Operation H" the invasion of Celebes covering the landings at Menado and Kema on January 11-14 and Kendari on January 24. Two days later, USS Sailfish (SS-192) claims torpedo hits on Haguro, but the ship is not damaged.
On January 29-31 1942 depart Davao for Bangka Roads off Celebes to cover the landing at Ambon. Afterwards, supports the landings at Makassar February 5-10. Engaged the enemy off Makassar on February 8. Afterwards, landings at Dili and Kupang on February 17-20. Departs Staring Bay on February 24. Two days later, her E13 Jake is damaged being lifted after a mission and the pilot injured.
On May 7, 1942 she participated in the Battle of the Coral Sea, and then took part in the battle of the Eastern Solomons on 24 August 1942. In late January 1943, assisted with the the Japanese evacuation from Cape Esperence on Guadalcanal.
During the morning of on November 2, 1943, lightly damaged and during the Battle of Empress Augusta Bay and withdrew to Simpson Harbor off Rabaul. During the 5th Air Force "Black Tuesday" attack against Rabaul, Haguro was undamaged during the raid. A B-25 Mitchell from the 3rd Bomb Group photograhed Haguro at low level.
PARTIAL LISTOn June 19, 1944 she survived the Battle of the Philippine Sea. On 23 October – on 25 October 1944 she took light damage during the Battle of Leyte Gulf, including damage to the No. 2 turret.
From only 6,000 yards between 0114 until 0202 the British destroyers open fire from all sides, and claim both gun and torpedo hits. Haguro returns fire hitting HMS Saumarez with an 200mm shell. Haguro was hit by gunfire and three Mark IX torpedoes, began to slow down and took a 30-degrees list to port. At 0232, Haguro sank bow first 55 miles west-south-west of Penang. 900 men die in the sinking including Vice Admiral Hashimoto and Rear Admiral Sugiura, posthumously promoted Vice Admiral.
Her foremast and the top half of the bridge structure are missing/collapsed. Her mainmast is collapsed. Her funnels are missing. British hits are visible in places. The bow section forward of No. 2 turret is decimated. The No. 1 turret and barbette are completely uprooted and now lay across the wreck, the rear of the turret on the starboard sea bed and the barrels pointing vertically towards the surface. Her No. 2 turret is trained to starboard at approximately the 1 o’clock position, with its roof collapsed and both barrels and breach blocks missing (not replaced after bomb damage at Leyte Gulf). The No. 3 turret's guns are askew and trained to the port quarter in the 8 o’clock position. Both her stern main turrets’ guns point almost directly astern. Just behind the No. 5 turret, the wreck is broken completely in half, although the stern section is still partially attached and heavily damaged on the port side.
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