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IJN Submarine HA-216:
Tabular Record of Movement

2006-2017 Bob Hackett & Sander Kingsepp

Revision 2


27 May 1945:
Sasebo Navy Yard. Laid down as a Sensuikan Taka Sho (Fast Small Submarine), (STS) Type No. 4926.

7 June 1945:
Numbered HA-216 and provisionally attached to Sasebo Naval District.

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

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 under 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-216 following its completion.

Special thanks for help in preparing this TROM go to Dr. Higuchi Tatsuhiro of Japan and to fellow submarine enthusiast Steve Eckardt of Australia.

Bob Hackett and Sander Kingsepp.

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