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  Naganami 長波
Yūgumo Class Destroyer

2,520 Tons
390' 11" x 35' 5" x 12' 4"
6 x 127mm guns
28 x 25mm AA guns
4 x 13mm MGs
8 x torpedo tubes
36 depth charges

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Justin Taylan 2008

Ship History
Named 長波 (Long Waves). Built at Osaka, completed June 30, 1942. Assigned to captain Kumabe Tsutae.

Wartime History
During the night of November 30, 1942 Naganami led a supply-drum transport run to Guadalcanal as cover.

On November 30, 1942 during the Battle of Tassafaronga she engaged Task Force 67 (TF-67) a U.S. cruiser-destroyer group and possibly torpedoed USS Pensacola (CA-24) and/or USS Northampton (CA-26).


On May 8, 1943, CruDiv 5 departs Truk for Yokosuka with destroyers Samidare, Naganami and Yugure as escorts.

On May 15, 1943, Haguro and Myoko with destroyers Samidare and Naganami depart Yokosuka as part of the Northern Force, bound for Paramushiro in response to the invasion of Attu.

On October 11, 1943, CruDiv 5 departs Truk with destroyers Naganami and Suzukaze escorting a convoy to Rabaul.

On October 13, 1943 DesRon 2's Naganami with destroyer-transports Amagiri, Yunagi, Uzuki and Yuzuki is part of escort of troops bound for Bougainville.


On October 23, 1944, during the Battle of Leyte Gulf, Naganami escorted Admiral Kurita's 1st Diversion Attack Force. During this time period she assisted in the rescue of the cruiser Maya survivors, later transferring them to the battleship Musashi, during which time she escorted the damaged Takao back to Brunei.

On October 24, a boarding party was deployed to inspect the abandoned (and grounded) US submarine USS Darter (SS- 227) and removes various including a 50 caliber machine gun.

Sinking History
On November 11, 1944 Naganami joined the escort of troop convoy TA No. 3 to western Leyte. Attacked by US Navy aircraft from Task Force 38 (TF 38) during the Battle of Ormoc Bay. An explosion amidships broke the ship in two and sank at aproximately 10°50′N 124°35′E. Her sister ships Hamanami, Wakatsuki and Shimakaze were all sunk in this same action, also three transports.

A memorial to this destroyer is located at Koyoto Gokoku Jinja.

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Last Updated
October 23, 2019


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