(TSUBAME by Takeshi Yuki scanned from "Color Paintings of
IJN Minelayer AJIRO:
Tabular Record of Movement
© 2009-2013 Bob Hackett, Sander Kingsepp and Peter Cundall
Innoshima. Laid down at Hitachi Zosen’s shipyard and named AJIRO.
8 April 1943:
5 June 1943:
An unknown prospective Commanding Officer and crew come
31 July 1943:
Completed and registered as a minelayer in the Yokosuka
Naval District. Attached to the Kure Guard Unit.
1 August 1943:
Departs Kure. Begins navigation training.
3 August 1943:
Arrives at Saeki. Continues navigation training.
14 August 1943:
Departs Saeki and later returns.
25 August 1943:
The Saeki Squadron is transferred to the Yokosuka Guard Unit.
29 August 1943:
31 August 1943:
Arrives at Yokosuka.
AJIRO’s armament is upgraded for duty as a convoy escort.
Her minelaying rails are removed and facilities for 36 depth charges are
installed. AJIRO’s 13.2mm machine guns are landed and six (3 x 2) Type 96 25mm
AA are fitted.
10 September 1944:
AJIRO and NARIU (NARYU) depart Yokosuka escorting convoy No. 3910 consisting of KISARAGI MARU and HIYOSHI MARU No. 2 GO.
11 September 1944:
The convoy departs Tateyama.
16 September 1944:
At 0730 the convoy arrives at Chichi-Jima.
18 September 1944:
AJIRO and NARIU (NARYU) depart Chichi-Jima escorting convoy No. 4917 consisting of MUTSUKI and KISARAGI MARUs and HIYOSHI MARU No. 2 GO.
22 September 1944:
Arrives at Yokosuka.
27 September 1944:
At 1300, AJIRO departs Yokosuka for Chichi-Jima
with subchaser CH-42 escorting convoy No. 3927 consisting of SEIAN and KISARAGI
1 October 1944:
NW of the Ogasawara (Bonin) Islands. At 0903, LtCdr William W. Walker's (USNA ’34) USS
SNAPPER (SS-185) torpedoes and sinks SEIAN MARU with 100 troops, gasoline, rations and war supplies at 28-20N 139-25E. Four soldiers and 12 crewmen are KIA. At 0914, USS SNAPPER also torpedoes and sinks AJIRO (casualties unknown). CH-42 launches depth charge attacks, but without success.
10 December 1944:
Removed from the Navy List.
Thanks to Mr. Gilbert Casse of France for general assistance.
-Bob Hackett, Sander Kingsepp and Peter Cundall