(Type KD7 submarine scanned from "Submarines of the
Imperial Japanese Navy" by Polmar and Carpenter)
IJN Submarine I-179:
Tabular Record of
© 2001-2015 Bob Hackett & Sander Kingsepp
21 August 1941:
Laid down at Kawasaki Kobe Yard as
Submarine No. 157.
1 November 1941:
16 July 1942:
16 March 1943:
LtCdr (Cdr, posthumously) Yuasa Hiroshi (59)(former
CO of I-154) is appointed the Chief Equipping Officer.
18 June 1943:
I-179 is completed and registered in the IJN. Attached
to Sasebo Naval District. Assigned to SubRon 11 at the First Fleet. LtCdr Yuasa
is the Commanding Officer. 
Starts shakedown trials in the western Inland Sea.
9 July 1943:
Departs Kure for the next stage of shakedown trials in
Iyo Nada, western part of Inland Sea.
14 July 1943:
Inland Sea, E of Kunizaki Peninsula. At 1955, I-179
transmits a report about conducting a cargo debarking test in the area E of
Akisaki Light, when the contact is suddenly lost. Several IJN vessels in that
area attempt to contact I-179 without success.
19 July 1943:
A rescue vessel from Kure locates the wreck of I-179
in 265 feet of water in
32-29N, 131-54E. The divers discover that several hatches in the bow area, as
well as the bow buoyancy tank vent valve, are left open. The subsequent inquiry
concludes that the submarine was lost as a result of a handling error when the
bow buoyancy tank was accidentally flooded.
15 April 1944:
Removed from the Navy List.
April 1956-1 March 1957:
The wreck of I-179 is refloated and salvaged
by Hokusei Sempaku Kogyo. Scrapped in Kure. The remains of all 85 sailors are
 The reason for the almost two-year construction period in
Thanks go to Dr. Higuchi Tatsuhiro of Japan.
– Bob Hackett and Sander Kingsepp.
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