Japanese cruiser Naka


Japanese cruiser Naka

, with destroyers , , engaged Dutch Rear Admiral Karel W. F. M. Doorman's Strike Force's light cruiser HNLMS "De Ruyter" (F), cruisers , launched 43 Type 93 Long Lance torpedoes at the Allied force from about fired four torpedoes at the "Naka", but all missed. "Seawolf" tried again with two more torpedoes the following day, 1 April 1942, and this time one hit to starboard near her No. 1 boiler. "Natori" towed the badly damaged "Naka" to Bantam Bay, Java for temporary repairs, and Naka then proceeded to Singapore under her own power. The damage was sufficient to justify a return to Japan for further repairs in June. "Naka" remained in Japan in reserve until April 1943.

On 1 April 1943, "Naka" was assigned to the new CruDiv 14 under Rear Admiral Kenzo Ito with north of Kavieng by 13th Air Force B-24 Liberator bombers. "Naka" suffered a near-miss, and arrived at Rabaul on 5 November 1943, the same day as the Carrier Raid on Rabaul. "Naka" was slightly damaged by near-misses from dive bombers from west of Truk by three waves of SB2C Helldivers and TBF Avengers from USS|Bunker Hill|CV-17|6 and TBFs of VT-25 of USS|Cowpens|CVL-25|2. The first two strikes failed to score a hit, but "Naka" was hit by a torpedo and a bomb in the third strike and broke in two, sinking at coord|07|15|N|151|15|E. Some 240 crewmen perished, but patrol boats rescued 210 men including Captain Sutezawa.

"Naka" was removed from the Navy List on 31 March 1944:

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References

Books

*cite book
last = Brown
first = David
authorlink =
year = 1990
title = Warship Losses of World War Two
publisher = Naval Institute Press
location =
id = ISBN 1-55750-914-X

*cite book
last = D'Albas
first = Andrieu
authorlink =
year = 1965
title = Death of a Navy: Japanese Naval Action in World War II
publisher = Devin-Adair Pub
location =
id = ISBN 0-8159-5302-X

*cite book
last = Dull
first = Paul S.
authorlink =
year = 1978
chapter =
title = A Battle History of the Imperial Japanese Navy, 1941-1945
publisher = Naval Institute Press
location =
id = ISBN 0-87021-097-1

*cite book
last = Evans
first = David
authorlink =
year = 1979
title = Kaigun : Strategy, Tactics, and Technology in the Imperial Japanese Navy, 1887-1941
publisher = Naval Institute Press
location =
id = ISBN 0-87021-192-7

*cite book
last = Hara
first = Tameichi
year = 1961
title = Japanese Destroyer Captain
publisher = Ballantine Books
location = New York & Toronto
id = ISBN 0-345-27894-1
- First-hand account of the torpedoing of "Naka" at Christmas Island by the captain of the Japanese destroyer "Amatsukaze"
*cite book
last = Howarth
first = Stephen
authorlink =
year = 1983
title = The Fighting Ships of the Rising Sun: The drama of the Imperial Japanese Navy, 1895-1945
publisher = Atheneum
location =
id = ISBN 0-68911-402-8

*cite book
last = Jentsura
first = Hansgeorg
authorlink =
coauthors =
year = 1976
chapter =
title = Warships of the Imperial Japanese Navy, 1869-1945
publisher = Naval Institute Press
location =
id = ISBN 0-87021-893-X

*cite book
last = Lacroix
first = Eric
authorlink =
coauthors = Linton Wells
year = 1997
chapter =
title = Japanese Cruisers of the Pacific War
publisher = Naval Institute Press
location =
id = ISBN 0-87021-311-3

*cite book
last = Whitley
first = M.J.
authorlink =
coauthors =
year = 1995
chapter =
title = Cruisers of World War Two: An International Encyclopedia
publisher = Naval Institute Press
location =
id = ISBN 1-55750-141-6

External links

*cite web
last = Parshall
first = Jon
coauthors = Bob Hackett, Sander Kingsepp, & Allyn Nevitt
year =
url = http://www.combinedfleet.com/sendai_c.htm CombinedFleet.com: "Sendai" class
title = Imperial Japanese Navy Page (Combinedfleet.com)
work =
accessdate = 2006-06-14

*Tabular record: [http://www.combinedfleet.com/naka_t.htm CombinedFleet.com: "Naka" history]

Notes

ee also

*List of World War II ships


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