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Ship ClassShiratsuyu-class Destroyer
BuilderUraga Dock Company, Uraga, Japan
Laid Down9 Dec 1933
Launched7 Sep 1936
Sunk24 Jan 1945
Displacement1,685 tons standard; 1,980 tons full
Length353 feet
Beam33 feet
Draft12 feet
Machinery2-shafts geared turbine, 3-boilers
Bunkerageoil 500t
Power Output42,000 shaft horsepower
Speed34 knots
Armament5-127mm/50cal guns, 4x13mm anti-aircraft, 21x25mm anti-aircraft, 8x24in torpedo tubes, 16 depth char


ww2dbaseShigure had a reputation of luck during the most of WW2. At the Battle of Vella Gulf, the Battle of Surigao Strait, and an escort mission with the aircraft carrier Unryu, she survived all three battles when her squadron mates were all sunk. She was torpedoed by American submarine Blackfin in the Gulf of Siam off Khota Bharu, Malaya in Jan 1945.

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Shigure Operational Timeline

9 Dec 1933 The keel of Shigure was laid down by the Uraga Dock Company in Uraga, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan.
7 Sep 1936 Shigure was launched at Uraga, Japan.
18 Dec 1941 Shigure, Shiratsuyu, Ariake, and Yugure departed Tokuyama, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan to make rendezvous with the Pearl Harbor strike force.
23 Dec 1941 Shigure, Shiratsuyu, Ariake, and Yugure arrived at Hashirijima in Hiroshima Bay, Japan, with the Pearl Harbor strike force in escort.
6 Aug 1943 In the Battle of Vella Gulf in the Solomon Islands, United States destroyers USS Dunlap, Craven, Maury, Lang, Sterett, and Stack, acting on intelligence gathered from Magic codebreaking intercepts, laid in wait for four Japanese destroyers on a night mission to bring troops to Munda on New Georgia. USS Dunlap, Craven, and Maury opened the attack by launching twenty-four Mark XV torpedoes in one minute. Japanese destroyers Hagikaze, Arashi, and Kawakaze were destroyed, killing 600 sailors and 900 Japanese Army passengers. Destroyer Shigure had a torpedo pass through her rudder but the ship was able to escape in the darkness.
18 Aug 1943 Shigure arrived at Rabaul, New Britain.
24 Jan 1945 Shigure was sunk by USS Blackfin in the Gulf of Siam off Khota Bharu, Malaya.

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1. Anonymous says:
13 Jan 2010 09:10:18 PM

She was also the only Japanese ship to survive the Battle of Surigao Strait.
2. Yuchen Liang says:
26 Jan 2024 07:34:11 PM

She was also the only ship of her class to survive into 1945.

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