Stories and Battle Histories of the IJN's Target Ships

1 September 2018

By Bob Hackett, Sander Kingsepp and Peter Cundall

Discussion & Questions

(IJN IZUMO on Shanghai's Bund by Takeshi Yuki scanned from "Color Paintings of Japanese Warships")

Ex-battleship SETTSU and ex-destroyer YAKAZE were converted to function as target ships for IJN carrier aircraft bombing and torpedo training. HAKACHI was the IJN's only purpose built target ship. Two other vessels, OHAMA and OSASHI, were laid down as target ships, but OHAMA was converted to an escort vessel while still on the ways and work on OSASHI was suspended near war's end when she was almost complete.

Japanese Target Ships: Tabular Records of Movement (TROMs)

(Classes link to specifications summaries)

Settsu Class

Settsu (revised 9/1/2018)

Yakaze Class

Yakaze (revised 2/1/2016)

Hakachi Class

Hakachi (revised 10/18/2015)

Bibliography of Sources

About the Authors

Bob Hackett is a military historian and researcher. He resides in the United States.

Mr. Sander Kingsepp, a native of Estonia, is also a military historian and researcher. A talented linguist, Sander's translations of Japanese source materials have greatly enhanced these TROMs.

Mr. Peter Cundall is a maritime historian and researcher who specializes in merchant ships. He resides in Australia.

Questions to the authors concerning these TROMs should be posted on the Discussion and Questions board.