Japanese battleship Kirishima


Japanese battleship Kirishima

"Kirishima" , , failed to notice the USS|Washington|BB-56|6 some convert|8000|yd|m|-3 off. The "Washington" rapidly fired seventy-five 16-inch shells at "Kirishima". Nine hit their target, as did numerous 5-inch shells. "Kirishima"'s top structure was engulfed in flame and the great ship kept turning in a circle, out of control. Her captain was forced to scuttle the ship. The crew was transferred to a destroyer, and the Kingston valves were opened, scuttling her. "Kirishima" sank northwest of Savo Island. [John Toland, "The Rising Sun: The Decline and Fall of the Japanese Empire 1936–1945", Random House, 1970, p. 416.]

In 1992, oceanographer Dr. Robert D. Ballard discovered the wreck of "Kirishima" in 4,000 feet of water, resting upside down with its bow and the tip of its stern blown off.

Commanding Officers

* Chief Equipping Officer - Capt. Rokuro Kamaya - 15 December 1914 - 19 April 1915
* Capt. Rokuro Kamaya - 19 April 1915 - 13 December 1915
* Capt. Takeshi Shima - 13 December 1915 - 1 December 1916
* Capt. Junichi Matsumura - 1 December 1916 - 18 July 1917
* Capt. Masaki Nakamura - 18 July 1917 - 1 December 1917
* Capt. Kinzaburo Mimura - 1 December 1917 - 10 November 1918
* Capt. Genjiro Katsuki - 10 November 1918 - 20 November 1919
* Capt. Takashi Yoko - 20 November 1919 - 8 January 1920
* Capt. Sukeichi Yasumura - 8 January 1920 - 1 December 1921
* Capt. Heigo Teraoka - 1 December 1921 - 1 December 1922
* Capt. Masataka Ando - 1 December 1922 - 6 November 1923
* Capt. Teiji Sakamoto - 6 November 1923 - 1 December 1924
* Capt. Hisanori Fujita - 1 December 1924 - 20 October 1925
* Capt. Takayoshi Kato - 20 October 1925 - 1 December 1926
* Capt. Naojiro Honjuku - 1 December 1926 - 1 December 1927
* Capt. Kanekoto Iwamura - 1 December 1927 - 10 March 1928
* Capt. Yoshikazu Furukawa - 10 March 1928 - 10 December 1928
* Capt. Choji Inoue - 10 December 1928 - 8 February 1929
* Capt. Minoru Hirota - 8 February 1929 - 1 November 1929
* Capt. Takuo Fujisawa - 1 November 1929 - 1 December 1930
* Capt. Shigeru Kikuno - 1 December 1930 - 1 December 1931
* Capt. Sekizo Uno - 1 December 1931 - 1 December 1932
* Capt. Haruo Kitaoka - 1 December 1932 - 15 November 1933
* Capt. Ibo Takahashi - 15 November 1933 - 15 November 1934
* Capt. Kunji Tange - 15 November 1934 - 15 November 1935
* Capt. Gunichi Mikawa - 15 November 1935 - 1 December 1936
* Capt. Kakusaburo Makita - 1 December 1936 - 1 December 1937
* Capt. Masao Kanazawa - 1 December 1937 - 15 November 1938
* Capt. Takeo Tada - 15 November 1938 - 15 November 1939
* Capt. Kyuji Kubo - 15 November 1939 - 27 December 1939
* Capt. Saichiro Tomonari - 27 December 1939 - 19 October 1940
* Capt. Kazutaka Shiraishi - 19 October 1940 - 15 August 1941
* Capt. Jihei Yamaguchi - 15 August 1941 - 20 April 1942
* Capt. Sanji Iwabuchi - 20 April 1942 - 15 November 1942

Footnotes

External links

* [http://www.maritimequest.com/warship_directory/japan/battleships/kirishima_page_1.htm Maritimequest.com: "Kirishima" photo gallery]
* [http://www.combinedfleet.com/Kirishima.htm Tabular record of movement from combinedfleet.com]

ee also

*JDS Kirishima (DDG-174) (commissioned 1993)


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