(Oiler by Takeshi Yuki scanned from "Color Paintings
of Japanese Warships")
IJN ERIMO: Tabular Record of Movement
© 2007-2013 Bob Hackett and Peter Cundall.
5 March 1920:
Kobe. Laid down at Kawasaki Shipyard.
28 October 1920:
Launched and named ERIMO.
16 December 1920:
Kobe. Completed at Kawasaki shipyard and registered in the Kure Naval District.
Converted into a specialized intelligence-collection vessel.
20 August 1941:
Captain (later Rear Admiral) Soma Shinshiro (42) assumes command.
20 November 1941:
ERIMO is assigned to Vice Admiral (later Admiral) Kondo Nobutake's (35) (former CO of KONGO) Second Fleet.
22 November 1941:
26 November 1941:
Arrives at Sana (then Samah now Ya Xian), Hainan Island. Joins anchored warships for fuel transfer operations.
2 December 1941:
Receives the coded signal "Niitakayama nobore (Climb Mt. Niitaka) 1208" from the Combined Fleet. It signifies that X-Day hostilities will commence on 8 December (Japan time).
4 December 1941:
At 1525 departs Sana.
8 December 1941:
Arrives at Mako, Pescadores.
11 December 1941:
21 December 1941:
Arrives at Camranh Bay, Indochina (Vietnam).
23 December 1941:
Departs Camranh Bay.
30 December 1941:
Arrives Camranh Bay.
4 January 1942:
Departs Camranh Bay.
9 January 1942:
Arrives at Singora, Siam (Thailand).
11 January 1942:
Departs Singora, Siam.
14 January 1942:
Arrives at Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), Indochina and departs the same day.
15 January 1942:
Arrives at St. Jacques, Indochina.
1 February 1942:
Departs St. Jacques.
3 February 1942:
S China Sea. Arrives at the Anambas Islands.
15 February 1942:
18 February 1942:
Arrives at Saigon.
22 February 1942: Operation "J" - The Invasion of Java, Netherlands East Indies:
ERIMO is with Vice Admiral Takahashi Ibo's (36) Third Fleet, Southern Force, Netherlands East Indies Force supporting Vice Admiral Ozawa Jisaburo’s (37) Western Java Seizure Force. Departs Saigon.
26 February 1942:
Arrives at Anambas Islands.
1 March 1942:
Departs Anambas. That same day, ERIMO is assigned directly to the Combined Fleet.
4 March 1942:
Sunda Strait. LtCdr James W. Coe’s (USNA ’30) USS S-39 (SS-144), while withdrawing through the Strait to Australia, sights ERIMO. Coe fires four old, but reliable, Mark X torpedoes and claims three hits. Captain Soma beaches ERIMO on Bali Island at 04-19S, 108-25E.
Light cruiser YURA rescues Captain Soma and survivors, but four crewmen are lost. ERIMO is later abandoned as a constructive total loss.
3 May 1945:
Removed from the Navy List.
5 March 1947:
Thanks for assistance goes to Sander Kingsepp of Estonia and Mr. Gilbert Casse of France.
- Bob Hackett and Peter Cundall.
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