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Mutsuki Class Destroyer

1,315 Tons

Ship History
Laid down April 30, 1927 in Tokyo. Originally named "Destroyer Number 30", renamed Nagatsuki in 1928.

Wartime History
At the start of the war, this destroyer supported the initial Japanese landings in Aparri on northern Luzon, Philippines.  Lightly damaged by air attack during the main invasion of Luzon and repaired. In 1942, she landed troops in western Java and in April 1942 assisted cruiser Naka after it was torpedoed. In February 1943, she evacuated troops from western Guadalcanal.

Sinking History
During the central Solomons campaign, she served as a fast transport, part of the "Tokyo Express".  Lightly damaged during the night of July 5-6, during the Battle of Kula Gulf, when she ran aground off Kolombangara Island and was bombed by American planes twice on July 6, 1943 and abandoned.

Most of the wreck was salvaged for scrap metal after the war.   Only small pieces of wreckage break the surface of the water.

Gareth Colman adds:
"Rumor has it it was used for target practice which makes sense as it has been pancaked and there is not much left. There a couple of boilers and bits and pieces but not much to make it distinguishable as a destroyer."

USN Historical Center Nagatsuki (Destroyer, 1927-1943) (via Wayback Machine)

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Last Updated
October 23, 2019


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