Japanese destroyer Naganami


Japanese destroyer Naganami
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Naganami in June 1942 at time of completion.
Career Japanese Navy Ensign
Name: Naganami
Completed: 30 June 1942
Struck: 10 January 1945
Fate: Sunk in action, 11 November 1944
General characteristics
Class and type: Yūgumo-class destroyer
Displacement: 2,520 long tons (2,560 t)
Length: 119.15 m (390 ft 11 in)
Beam: 10.8 m (35 ft 5 in)
Draught: 3.75 m (12 ft 4 in)
Speed: 35 knots (40 mph; 65 km/h)
Complement: 228
Armament: • 6 × 127 mm (5.0 in)/50 caliber DP guns
• up to 28 × 25 mm (0.98 in) AA guns
• up to 4 × 13 mm (0.51 in) AA guns
• 8 × 610 mm (24 in) torpedo tubes for Type 93 torpedoes
• 36 depth charges

Naganami (長波?, "Long Waves") was a Yūgumo-class destroyer of the Imperial Japanese Navy.

During the 30 November 1942 Battle of Tassafaronga, Naganami led a supply-drum transport run to Guadalcanal (cover), and engaged a U.S. cruiser-destroyer group. During this action, she possibly torpedoed USS Pensacola (CA-24) , and/or Northampton.

On October 23, 1944, during the Battle of Leyte Gulf, Naganami escorted Admiral Kurita's 1st Diversion Attack Force. During this time period she assisted in the rescue of the cruiser Maya survivors, later transferring them to the battleship Musashi, during which time she escorted the damaged Takao, back to Brunei. On 24 October a boarding party was deployed to inspect the abandoned (and grounded) US submarine Darter, various items were inspected, or removed from Darter including a 50 cal. Machine gun. Important documents were also retrieved from Darter, and were used to exploit weaknesses in the Gato class submarine design.

On 10 November 1944 Naganami joined the escort of troop convoy TA No. 3 as it approached Ormoc, of what was then known as the Battle of Ormoc Bay. She was sunk by aircraft of Task Force 38 on 11 November in Ormoc Bay, west of Leyte (10°50′N 124°35′E / 10.833°N 124.583°E / 10.833; 124.583). An explosion amidships broke the ship in two. Her sister Hamanami, destroyers Wakatsuki and Shimakaze were all sunk along with Naganami, as were three transports.

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