Japanese destroyer Akizuki


Japanese destroyer Akizuki

"Akizuki" was the lead ship of her class of destroyer in the Imperial Japanese Navy. Her name means "Autumn Moon".

In October 1944 "Akizuki" was part of the Northern Force commanded by Vice Admiral Ozawa Jisaburo, in the Japanese attack on the Allied forces supporting the invasion of Leyte. On 25 October, in the Battle off Cape Engaño, she was sunk, probably by torpedo, ENE of Cape Engaño (coord|20|29|N|126|30|E |scale:10000000 |display=title,inline), during the initial U.S. air attack on the Northern Force. Most sources credit the hit to aircraft of Task Force 38, but some give credit to submarine USS|Halibut|SS-232.

Commanding Officers

* Chief Equipping Officer - Cmdr. Yasuji Koga - 2 May 1942 - 11 June 1942
* Cmdr. Yasuji Koga - 11 June 1942 - 8 October 1943
* Cmdr. / Capt. Tomoe Ogata - 8 October 1943 - 25 October 1944 (Promoted to Captain on 15 October 1944.)

References

See also

* List of World War II ships

External links

* [http://www.combinedfleet.com/akizuk_c.htm CombinedFleet.com: "Akizuki"-class destroyers]
* [http://www.combinedfleet.com/akizuk_t.htm CombinedFleet.com: "Akizuki" history]


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