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Shiratsuyu Class Destroyer

1,980 Tons
107.5m x 9.9m x 3.5m
5 × 130 mm guns
21 × 25 mm AA guns
4 × 13 mm AA guns
8 × 24" torpedo tubes
16 depth charges

Ship History

Wartime History

On April 16, 1943 departs Truk with Hibiki, escorting Chuyo and Taiyo.


During the night of October 6, 1943 part of a destroyer force was sent to rescue the remaining Japanese from Horaniu on the northern tip of Vella Lavella Island. The force included destroyer-transports: Fumizuki, Matsukaze, and Yūnagi escorted by six destroyers: Akigumo, Isokaze, Kazagumo, Yūgumo, Shigure and Samidare. At 11:30pm, the Japanese force spotted three U. S. Navy (USN) destroyers: USS Selfridge (DD-357), USS Chevalier (DD-451) and USS O'Bannon approaching from Vella Gulf. During the Naval Battle of Vella Lavella, Yūgumo was hit and sunk. USS Chevalier (DD-451) was hit by a torpedo and sunk. Both USS O'Bannon and USS Selfridge were damaged. The battle was considered a Japanese victory as they sustained less damage and were able to complete their evacuation mission.


On January 4, 1944 departed Yokosuka with Harusame escorting Irako bound for Truk.


On June 2, 1944 departed on a troop transport run to Biak, serving as an escort, but the run was aborted when detected by Allied aircraft and instead on June 4, 1944 arrived at Sorong.

On June 8, 1944, attempted the troop transport run for Biak. After the sinking of Harusame by B-25 Mitchells, Shigure rescued 110 survivors including Lieutenant Commander Tomita. Engaged Allied cruiser-destroyer group and suffers minor damage from two shell hits, seven dead and 15 injured. Afterwards, withdraws to Sorong then Batjan before arriving at Davao on June 12, 1944.


Sinking History
On March 10, 1945 sunk into the Gulf of Siam off Indochina (Vietnam).

IJN Shigure: Tabular Record of Movement

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Last Updated
October 23, 2019


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