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  Oite
IJN
Kamikaze Class Destroyer

1,422 Tons (normal)
1,747 Tons (deep load)
319' 11" x 29' 10" x 9' 6"
4 x Type 3 12 cm guns
3 x Twin torpedo tubes
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Hokuyo Stack
Peter Ording
2002

Ship History
Built by Uraga Dock Company at Uraga. On March 16, 1923 laid down as Destroyer No. 11. On November 27, 1924 launched. On October 30, 1925 completed. On August 1, 1928 renamed Oite (Favorable Wind).

Wartime History
On November 24, 1942 departs Truk escorting Irako northward.

PARTIAL HISTORY

Sinking History
On February 18, 1944 during "Operation Hailstorm" Oite was entering Truk Lagoon via North Pass at Lat 7° 40' N Long 138°  57' E, hit by an aerial torpedo dropped by carrier aircraft from USS Bunker Hill. The explosion broke the destroyer into half and sank almost instantly, killing most of the crew.

Rescue
About twenty of the crew survived and were later rescued.

Shipwreck
On March 1, 1986 discovered by Tomoyuki Yoshimura after five days of searching using oral histories from the survivors and assistance from Trukese locals. The shipwreck is sunk at a depth of 200' / 61m and broken into two sections roughly 40' / 12m apart. The bow section is upside down. The bridge is buried in mud. The afterpart is upright.

Little marine growth is present, and the ship is in excellent condition. There is a space to enter the ship through the mess where china and cups are scattered. The stern is separate and upright at 180 feet. Human remains are everywhere inside and around the wreck. There is a 4.7 inch gun on the stern and two double AA guns.

Peter Ording recalls:
"A photo of the bell stored in a small stern cabin which was taken (unconfirmed) from the sinking cruiser Agano."

References
Combined Fleet - IJN Oite: Tabular Record of Movement

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Last Updated
January 10, 2018

 

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