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Ship ClassAsashio-class Destroyer
BuilderKawasaki Heavy Industries, Kobe, Japan
Laid Down23 Dec 1936
Commissioned31 Mar 1938
Sunk25 Oct 1943
Displacement1,961 tons standard; 2,370 tons full
Length388 feet
Beam36 feet
Draft12 feet
Machinery2-shaft geared turbine, 3 boilers2-shaft geared turbine, 3 boilers
Bunkerageoil 500t
Power Output50,000 shaft horsepower
Speed35 knots
Range5700nm by 10kt, 960nm by 34kt
Armament6x127mm/50cal DP (2x3), up to 28x25mm anti-aircraft, up to 4x13mm anti-aircraft, 8x61cm torpedo tube


ww2dbaseAs a part of the 9th Destroyer Division, Asagumo participated in the early stages of the Pacific War. She sank the destroyer Electra at the Battle at the Java Sea. In Jun 1942, she participated in the Midway battle, and then headed toward the Solomon Islands, becoming the flagship of the 4th Torpedo Squadron in Nov 1942. She was involved in the Battle of the Bismarck Sea in Mar 1943. In Jul 1943, she assisted the evacuation of the Japanese garrison from Kiska Island in the Aleutian Islands. During the Battle of Surigao Strait in Oct 1944, a torpedo launched by American destroyer McDermut blew the bow off of Asagumo and sank her.

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Last Major Revision: Mar 2007


Asagumo as seen in US Division of Naval Inteligence

Asagumo Operational Timeline

31 Mar 1938 Asagumo was commissioned into service.

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1. Commenter identity confirmed Alan Chanter says:
10 Nov 2018 12:22:11 AM

Shortly after 17.15 hrs on the 27th February 1942, during the Battle of the Java Sea, the Japanese Admiral Takeo Takagi believing that the Allied fleet was trying to break off the action ordered his destroyer flotillas to close in for the kill. The light cruiser Naka, wearing the flag of Rear Admiral Nishimura led its 4th Destroyer flotilla towards the Allied ships, which were desperately trying to regroup. As the Japanese ships closed in, they launched another 60 torpedoes at the Allied cruisers (none of which hit) before hauling away. But just as she had released her torpedoes, the Asashio class destroyer Asagumo was hit fair and square by a 6-inch shell from HMAS Perth (Captain H.M.L. Walker) which caused extensive damage. The destroyer, nonetheless, survived and managed to limp back to port.

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» Dutch East Indies Campaign, Java
» Battle of Midway and the Aleutian Islands
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