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Nagasaki. Laid down at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.
5 September 1944
Launched and numbered CD-64.
19 October 1944:
Completed and registered in the IJN. Attached to Sasebo Naval District. Assigned to Kure Guard Force.
21 November 1944:
Assigned to the 1st Escort Group.
24 November 1944:
At 0700 departs Sasebo and at 1600 arrives at Moji.
25 November 1944:
At 2000, CD-64 departs Moji for Singapore with escort carrier KAIYO, destroyers YUZUKI and KAMIKAZE and kaibokan CD-25, CD-35, CD-63 and CD-207 escorting convoy HI-83 consisting of transport/cargo liners SANUKI, TEIHOKU (ex French PERSEE), ORYOKU and NISSHO MARUs for Manila and tankers KYOKUUN, SEISHIN, HARIMA, TOA and EISHO MARUs. A further tanker in the convoy, AKASHI MARU is bound for Takao only.
30 November 1944:
At 0600, convoy HI-83 arrives at Takao. TEIHOKU and AKASHI MARUs are detached. The Manila contingent is also detached from the convoy. KAIYO stops at nearby Saei.
1 December 1944:
The convoy departs Takao joined by tanker MIRI MARU and patrol boat PB-102 (ex-USS STEWART, DD-224). KAIYO rejoins the convoy from Saei.
3 December 1944:
At 0522, MIRI MARU opens fire on a surfaced enemy submarine sighted between MIRI and SEISHIN MARUs. One hour later, LtCdr (later Rear Admiral) Frank W. Fenno's (USNA ’25) USS PAMPANITO (SS-383) torpedoes and damages SEISHIN MARU that heads to Yulin, Hainan Island with CD-207.
At 0607, LtCdr (later Cdr) William N. Deragon's (USNA ’34) USS PIPEFISH (SS-388) torpedoes and sinks CD-64 at 18-36N, 111-54E. The current CO, Cdr Sakaguchi Saburo, and 184 sailors are lost. The convoy breaks up and each ship independently retreats towards Hainan Island. CD-63 continues searching for survivors.
10 February 1945:
Removed from the Navy List.
Thanks go to Jerry Asher of California and Mr. Gilbert Casse of France.
-Bob Hackett and Peter Cundall.