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

IJN Escort CD-84:
Tabular Record of Movement

© 2009-2016 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.

18 February 1945:
Departs Kure.

19 February 1945:
At 0800 arrives at Moji.

20 February 1945:
At 0800 CD-84 departs Moji with kaibokan YASHIRO escorting convoy MOYU-01 consisting of 2 unidentified merchant ships.

21 February 1945:
At 0700 arrives at Reisui. At 1200 departs with CD-36 as an additional escort.

25 February 1945:
At 0100 arrives at Pei Ta Liehtao and departs at 1500.

1 March 1945:
At 1441 arrives at Nauchow Tao (Nouzhou Dao), Liuchow Peninsula.

2 March 1945:
At 1330 departs Nauchow Tao.

3 March 1945:
At 1325 arrives at Yulin.

18 March 1945:
Arrives at Singapore.

19 March 1945:
At 0730 CD-84 departs Seletar Naval Harbor, Singapore with destroyer AMATSUKAZE and kaibokan MANJU, CD-18, CD-130, CD-134 escorting convoy HI-88J consisting of HONAN, KAIKO, ASOKAWA, SARAWAK, ARAOSAN, KITAKAMI and TENCHO MARUs. At 1310, while leaving the Singapore straits, SARAWAK MARU is mined and badly damaged and eventually sinks on 27 March.

22 March 1945:
Arrives at Cape Camau, Indochina.

23 March 1945:
At 0800 departs Cape Camau. Off St Jacques ARAOSAN, KITAKAMI and TENCHO MARUs are detached.

26 March 1945:
Departs St Jacques. During the day CD-26 and submarine chaser CH-20 joins the convoy.

27 March 1945:
At 1000 arrives at 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 subchasers CH-20 and probably CD-9.

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.

Thanks to Mr. Gilbert Casse of France for assistance.

-Bob Hackett and Peter Cundall

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