SENSUIKAN!

IJN Submarine HA-216:
Tabular Record of Movement

2006-2015 Bob Hackett & Sander Kingsepp

Revision 1


27 May 1945:
Sasebo Navy Yard. Laid down as a Sensuikan Taka Sho (Fast Small Submarine), (STS) Type.

15 June 1945:
Lt Yasoshima Mokuzo (71)(former navigating officer of I-369) is appointed the Chief Equipping Officer.

19 June 1945:
Launched.

16 August 1945:
Completed and officially commissioned in the IJN. Assigned to SubDiv 52 under Cdr Tagami Meiji (former CO of I-45). A skeleton crew led by Lt Yasoshima remains aboard for the following few days. [1]

23 August 1945:
Lt Yasoshima is reassigned to Sasebo Sailor Corps.

2 September 1945:
Sasebo. HA-216 is surrendered to the Allies.

30 November 1945:
Removed from the Navy List.

26 March 1946:
Washington, DC. At a Submarine Officer's Conference, attended by former ComSubPac Vice Admiral Charles A. Lockwood, it is decided to dispose of all remaining captured Japanese submarines by sinking.

5 April 1946:
Off Sasebo Bay. HA-216 is scuttled by the USN with RO-31, HA-207, HA-210, HA-215, HA-217, HA-219 and HA-228.


Authors' Notes:
[1] According to Lt Yasoshima's own memoirs, he did not receive an order to assume command of HA-209 following its completion.

Special thanks for help in preparing this TROM go to Dr. Higuchi Tatsuhiro of Japan.

Bob Hackett and Sander Kingsepp.

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