Stories of the IJN's Supply and Special Service Ships

8 November 2018

By Bob Hackett, Sander Kingsepp and Peter Cundall

Discussion & Questions

(Cargo ship by Takeshi Yuki)

During the Pacific War, a number of vessels were in the service of the Imperial Navy as Supply and Special Service ships. This page will cover ten such ships in six classes.

In some cases, data for these vessels are incomplete and the authors could not find details of movements for some time frames. Readers with access to such data are requested to post the information on the Discussion and Questions board or at the IJN Ship Message Board.

Tabular Records of Movement (TROMs):

Supply Ships

(Classes link to specifications summaries)

Mamiya Class

Mamiya (revised 11/8/2018)

Irako Class

Irako (revised 6/2/2018)

Kinezaki Class

Kinezaki(revised 10/11/2015)
Arasaki(revised 10/7/2018)
Hayasaki(revised 4/23/2016)
Shirasaki(revised 10/7/2018)

Kurasaki Class

Kurasaki(revised 9/7/2014)

Nozaki Class

Nozaki(revised 3/13/2017)

Muroto Class
Muroto(revised 11/8/2018)
Nojima(revised 2/23/2018)

Kitakami Maru Class
Kitakami Maru(posted 5/1/2014)

Bibliography of Sources

About the Authors

Mr. Robert Hackett is a military historian and researcher. Retired from the United States Air Force and later from the aerospace industry, he resides in Florida.

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.