Built by Yokosuka Naval Arsenal at Yokosuka. Laid down on April 28, 1927. Launched on May 12, 1930. Commissioned on May 20, 1932.
On June 2, 1942 arrives at Paramushiro in the Kurlie
On June 3, 1942 departs Paramushiro as part of "Operation AL" the invasion of the Aleutians as part of the Second Mobile Force to attacks U.S. installations at Dutch Harbor and Unalaska Island. During the day, both Takao and Maya launch their catapult reconnaissance floatplanes, that are intercepted by P-40s, two shot down and two damaged. At 3:00pm, Takao rescued three survivors from PBY Catalina piloted by Cusick that was shot down by A6M2 Zeros from Junyō at 10:00am.
The thee prisoners: Ensign Wylie M. Hunt, AOM3c Carl E. Creamer and Sea2c Joseph R. Brown became Prisoners Of War (POW) and were transported to Japan where they were detained for the remainder of the Pacific War.
After being rescued, one of the Americans was photographed on deck after being rescued, likely AOM3c Carl E. Creamer.
On June 4, 1942 anti-aircraft gunners aboard Takao shoot down B-17E Flying Fortress 41-9084 attempting a bombing run from 800'.
On September 21, 1945 surrendered to British forces at Seletar Naval Base at Singapore.
On October 27, 1946 at 7:30am departed Seletar Naval Base Singapore at 7:30am with the Japanese crew aboard under tow by MH Fleet tug Griper and Assiduous. Towed from Singapore Harbor into the Strait of Malacca escorted by HMS Newfoundland plus former Japanese vessels Nitto Maru and CH-17. The Japanese crew were transfered aboard CH-17 and returned to Singapore. At noon, scuttled by gunfire from HMS Newfoundland at roughly Lat 3-05-05N, Long 100° 41-00 E off Port Swettenham (Port Klang) in Malaysia.
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IJN Takao: Tabular Record of Movement
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October 23, 2019