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340' x 346' x 359'
2x2 x 127mm DP guns
2 x 40mm AA guns
3 x torpedo tubes
18 x depth charges
On July 18, 1943 at 9:50pm departs Rabaul as part of the "Night Battle Force" consisting of four cruisers and four destroyers in hopes of luring American forces into a Naval engagement, with the secondary goal of escorting the No. 6 transport operation.
On July 19, 1943 at 5:30pm rendezvous with three destroyers as transports off Buin on a "Tokyo Express" transport run to Kolombangara Island. At 7:05pm attacked by enemy aircraft that are repulsed. At 9:00pm, as no enemy vessels are spotted, the destroyer transports proceed to unload at Vila on Kolombangara Island. Although flares are spotted over them, there is no enemy surface force detected and the "Night Battle Force" departs northward.
Fates of the Crew
At 9:55am, the Japanese Navy reports: "Personnel from our ships [Yugure and Kiyonami] are adrift in the vicinity of position bearing 265 degrees 24 miles from Base Ko 3. Proceed at once to carry out search over a wide area in this vicinity and rescue these men. (You may temporarily unload any cargo)." Also, Japanese Army garrisons nearby were requested to search for survivors using barges.
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