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  Naka (那珂)
IJN
Sendai Class Cruiser

5,195 Tons (standard)
520' / 48' / 16'
7 x 140mm guns
2 x 80mm guns
4 x torpedo tubes
48 mines
1 x floatplane & catapult

Ship History
Built by Yokohama Dock Company. Laid down June 10, 1922. Launched March 24, 1925. Commissioned November 30, 1925. Named "Naka" (那珂) after the Naka River in the Tochigi and Ibaraki prefectures.

PARTIAL HISTORY

As of February 1942, the Type95 E7K Alf seaplane, carried the tail code "DⅣ-" painted in red.

Naka assisted light cruiser Agano during February 17-18, 1944, which had been torpedoed the by USS Skate. Immediately after Naka departed

Sinking History
During "Operation Hailstone" on February 16, 1944, Naka was 35 miles west of Truk Lagoon. Spotted, Naka was attacked by three waves of SB2C Helldivers and TBF Avengers from USS Bunker Hill and TBF Avengersof VT-25 from USS Cowpens. The first two waves did not score any hits. During the third wave, after being hit by a torpedo and bomb, Naka broke into two and sank at roughly 07°15′N 151°15′E. During the sinking, roughly 240 crew died. Officially striken March 31, 1944.

Rescue
Japanese patrol boats rescued 210 men including Captain Sutezawa.

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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