KAIBOKAN!

(Type C Escort by Takeshi Yuki scanned from "Color Paintings of Japanese Warships")

IJN Escort CD-84:
Tabular Record of Movement

© 2009-2011 Bob Hackett and Peter Cundall

Revision 2


6 September 1944:
Nagasaki. Laid down at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ shipyard.

18 November 1944:
Launched and numbered CD-84.

31 December 1944:
Completed and registered in the IJN.

19 March 1945:
CD-84 departs Seletar Naval Harbor, Singapore with destroyer AMATSUKAZE and kaibokan MANJU MARU, CD-18, CD-26, CD-84, CD-130, CD-134 escorting convoy HI-88J consisting of HONAN, KAIKO, ASAOKAWA, SARAWAK, ARAOSAN, TENCHO MARUs and an unidentified merchant. At 1310, while leaving the Singapore straits, SARAWAK MARU is mined and badly damaged and eventually sinks on 27 March.

22 March 1945:
Arrrives at Cape Camau, Indochina.

23 March 1945:
Off St Jacques ARAOSAN and TENCHO MARUs and the unidentified merchant are detached.

27 March 1945:
Nha Trang Bay. Convoy HI-88I is absorbed into new convoy HI-88J. Additional escorts are added. HI-88J now consists of tankers HONAN, ASOKAWA, KAIKO MARUs and probably NANSHIN MARU No. 30 escorted by CD-84, destroyer AMATSUKAZE (with a temporary bow fitted) and kaibokan MANJU, CD-1, CD-18, CD-26, CD-130, CD-134 and probably subchasers CH-9 and CH-20.

28 March 1945:
At 0800, departs Nha Trang Bay. At 1040, an air attack begins and ASOKAWA MARU is hit in the engine room and sinks. CD-84 and MANJU rescue survivors. At 1220, LtCdr (later Captain) Eric L. Barr's USS BLUEGILL (SS-242) torpedoes HONAN MARU. Her captain runs her aground. NANSHIN MARU No. 30 probably is detached.

29 March 1945:
Cape Varella, Indochina. At 0710, LtCdr Frank M. Smith's USS HAMMERHEAD (SS-364) torpedoes and sinks CD-84 at 14-40N, 109-16E. MANJU rescues some survivors.

10 May 1945:
Removed from the Navy List.


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