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Yura file photo [1988]


Ship ClassNagara-class Light Cruiser
Builder NameSasebo Naval Arsenal
Laid Down21 May 1921
Launched15 Feb 1922
Commissioned1 Mar 1923
Sunk25 Oct 1942
Displacement5,659 tons standard
Length534 feet
Beam48 feet
Draft16 feet
Machinery4 shaft Gihon geared turbines, 12 Kampon boilers
Power Output90,000 SHP
Speed36 knots
Range6,000nm at 14 knots
Armament7x14cm/50 guns, 2x8cm/40 guns, 4x2x533mm torpedo tubes, 48 mines
Armor60mm belt, 30mm deck


ww2dbaseYura, a 5570-ton Nagara class light cruiser, was built at Sasebo, Japan. Commissioned March 1923, she served with cruiser squadrons and as a submarine squadron flagship during the years leading up to World War II, operating in Japanese home waters and frequently off China. In 1930 Yura served as a test platform for aircraft catapults installed in front of her bridge and, in 1933-34 received a rotating catapult amidships as well as a new mainmast to support an aircraft derrick. She took part in combat with the Chinese at Shanghai in the first part of 1932 and again during 1937-39 as Sino-Japanese hostilities burst into full-scale war.

ww2dbaseIn 1940, Yura and her subordinate submarines moved into the central Pacific as Japan extended her preparations against an increasingly possible war with the United States. The next year, they went to the South China area, from which they supported landings in Malaya, Borneo and Sarawak after the Pacific War began in December 1941. During the first four months of 1942, she operated off Indo-China, participated in anti-shipping operations off Singapore and in the Indian Ocean and supported the invasions of Java and Samatra. Yura, serving as a destroyer squadron flagship, helped screen the Midway Occupation Force during the Battle of Midway in early June.

ww2dbaseTwo months later, after Allied forces landed in the southern Solomon Islands to began the long and difficult Guadalcanal Campaign, Yura was sent to Truk to support the Japanese counterattack. She took part in the Battle of the Eastern Solomons on 24 August 1942 and was slightly damaged by U.S. B-17 bombers off Shortland Island on 25 September. When the Japanese prepared a major effort to retake Guadalcanal in mid-October, she covered reinforcement operations. On the 25th of that month, Yura was leading a group of destroyers toward Guadalcanal as an "attack unit" when she was hit by SBD bombers and seriously damaged. Her speed greatly reduced, she retreated for several hours and was then hit again and stopped. After her crew had been taken off, Yura was scuttled by her consorts' torpedos and gunfire.

ww2dbaseSource: Naval Historical Center

Last Major Revision: Jan 2005

Yura Operational Timeline

1 Mar 1923 Yura was commissioned into service.
25 Oct 1942 American SBD aircraft seriously damaged Japanese light cruiser Yura.


Light cruiser Yura as seen on a post card, date unknownYura off Shanghai, China, 18 Aug 1937, photo 1 of 2
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Visitor Submitted Comments

1. Anonymous says:
25 Oct 2016 08:05:39 AM

You cite two different years for when Yura was sunk. Above, you have 25 Oct 1944, but in the body of the writeup, you indicate it was in 1942.
2. Commenter identity confirmed C. Peter Chen says:
29 Oct 2016 01:21:09 PM

Thank you, the typographical error in the year of sinking has been corrected.

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