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Mutsuki class destroyer
1,336 Tons (standard)
1,800 Tons (full load)
320' x 30' 1" x 9' 9"
4 x 120mm guns
2x3 24" torpedo tubes
18 x depth charges
16 x sea mines
In 1941, under the command of captain Lieutenant Commander Kenji Hatano. Assigned to the 4th Fleet, Desron 6, Desdiv 30 with Kisaragi, Yayoi and Mochizuki. Mutsuki was the flagship of Desdiv 30.
On December 11, 1941 in the early morning the invasion force was repelled with the loss of Kisaragi and Hayate and damaged Yayoi without landing. On December 23, 1941 returned with the second Wake Island invasion force that successfully landed and afterwards returned to Kwajalein.
During January 1942 escorted a convoy from Kwajalein to Truk where a pair of additional 13mm machine guns were installed on the forward side of the bridge. In late January 1942 escorted a troop convoy from Truk to Guam then participated in Operation "R" the invasion of New Britain and New Ireland. Next, Operation "SR" the invasion of Lae and Salamaua on New Guinea.
During March 28 to April 1, 1942 flagship for Rear Admiral Masao Kanazawa, C. O. 8th Special Base Force during the occupation of Shorthands and Bougainville. Later in April 1942 participated in the occupation of the Admiralty Islands.
In early May 1942 joined Operation MO the planned invasion of Port Moresby. During May 7-8, 1942 participated in the Battle of the Coral Sea. Afterwards was based at Rabaul and escorted transports from Rabaul, Truk and Palau. In July 1942 returned to Japan for a short refit.
On August 24, 1942 during the Battle of the Eastern Solomons (Second Battle of the Solomon Sea) Mutsuki departed Shortlands with Yayoi, Isokaze and Kawakaze then joins Kagero and conducts a shore bombardment of Henderson Field on Guadalcanal.
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