HOKAN!

(FUSHIMI)

IJN River Gunboat FUSHIMI:
Tabular Record of Movement

©2010 Bob Hackett and Sander Kingsepp


15 July 1938:
Osaka. Laid down at Fujinagata Zosensho as a 374-ton river gunboat.

26 March 1939:
Launched and named FUSHIMI.

15 July 1939:
Completed and registered in the Yokosuka Naval District.

8 August 1939:
Assigned to the China Area Fleet, Third Fleet’s 11th Squadron.

15 November 1939:
Reassigned to the China Area Fleet, First China Expeditionary Fleet, 11th Squadron.

1 April 1941:
Patrols the Yangtze River near Hangkow.

21 June 1941:
Enters dock, probably at Fujinagata Zosensho.

28 June 1941:
Undocked.

July 1941:
At Osaka Bay.

11 August 1941:
Attached to the China Area Fleet’s First China Expeditionary Fleet.

30 October 1941:
Attached to the First China Fleet’s Nanking Base Force.

December 1941:
Cdr Taniguchi Hidetaka (49) is appointed CO.

8 December 1941:
Flagship of Vice Admiral, Prince, Komatsu Terahisa’s (37)(former CO of NACHI) First China Fleet’s Yangtse Squadron’s Upper River Division.

19 December 1941:
Departs Hangkow in support of the Imperial Army.

30 December 1941:
Lands Special Naval Landing Force troops on unidentified "Castle mausoleum beach" where they capture an estuary.

3 July 1942:
Departs Hangkow with river gunboat SUMIDA.

7 July 1942:
Arrives at Shanghai.

10 July 1942:
Enters drydock at Mitsubishi Shipbuilding’s Konan (Kiangnan) Dockyard.

24 July 1942:
Undocked.

1 August 1942:
LtCdr Tsuna Hajime (52) is appointed CO.

2 August 1942:
Attached to the Yangtze River Squadron’s Middle River Division.

25 May 1943:
Patrols the Yangtze River near Hangkow.

1942/1943:
Six additional Type 96 25-mm AA guns are fitted bringing her total to eight 25-mm barrels.

20 August 1943:
Reassigned to the China Area Fleet’s Yangtze Area Special Base Force. Arrives at Shanghai. Undergoes repairs and maintenance work.

4 September 1943:
Attached to the Yangtze River Squadron’s Lower River Division.

10 November 1943:
Based at Hangkow. Patrols the waterway near Tung Ting Lake.

10 October 1944:
Reassigned to the First Gunboat Division.

29 November 1944:
Yangtze. Near Anking, Chinese aircraft attack river gunboats. They sink FUSHIMI and damage SUMIDA. Later, FUSHIMI is refloated and towed to Shanghai.

December 1944:
LtCdr Tsuna is relieved. It is unknown whether a new CO is appointed.

10 January 1945:
The First Gunboat Division is deactivated. FUSHIMI's useable armament is removed and shipped ashore for use by land defenses.

15 August 1945:
Shanghai. Immobilized FUSHIMI's crew receives notice of the termination of the war.

September 1945:
Ceded to the Republic of China as a war reparation. Renamed KIANG HSI.

3 May 1947:
Removed from the Navy List.

1949:
Captured by the Chinese Communists and turned over to the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN). Renamed CHIANG FENG.


Author's Notes:
Thanks go to Matthew Jones.

-Bob Hackett and Sander Kingsepp


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