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  Takao 高雄
Takao-class cruiser

9,850 Tons (Standard)
15,490 Tons (Full Load)
632' x 62-67' x 20-20.7"
Initial Armament
4 x 12cm guns
2 x 40mm AA guns
4x2 torpedoes with 8 reloads

Final Armament
10 x 20cm naval guns
8 x 127mm AA guns
66 x Type 93 MG
4x4 torpedoes plus 8 reloads
Depth Charges

Ship History
Built by Yokosuka Naval Arsenal at Yokosuka. Laid down on April 28, 1927. Launched on May 12, 1930. Commissioned on May 20, 1932.


Wartime History

On June 2, 1942 arrives at Paramushiro.

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 crew from PBY Catalina shot down by Zeros from Junyō at 10:00am.

On June 4, 1942, Takao anti-aircraft gunners shoot down B-17E Flying Fortress 41-9084 attempting a bombing run from 800'.


On September 21, 1945 surrendered to British forces at Seletar at Singapore.

Sinking History
On October 27, 1946 departs Seletar at 7:30am with the Japanese crew aboard, under tow by MH Fleet tug Griper and Assiduous to 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 off Port Swettenham (Port Klang) off Malaysia at roughly 03-05-05N, 100-41-00 E.

Combined Fleet - IJN Takao: Tabular Record of Movement

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Last Updated
November 16, 2018


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