(ONDO prewar)

Tabular Record of Movement

© 2005-2014 Bob Hackett and Peter Cundall.

Revision 4

15 February 1922:
Designated auxiliary vessel ONDO.

15 March 1922:
Kobe. Laid down at Kawasaki Heavy Industies, Ltd.’s shipyard.

21 October 1922:

12 March 1923:
Completed and registered as a special service auxiliary vessel in the Kure Naval District. An unknown officer assumes command.

1 December 1924:
Captain (later Vice Admiral) Suzuki Giichi (32) assumes command.

15 April 1925:
Captain (later Rear Admiral) Sezaki Nihei (32) assumes command.

1 December 1925:
An unknown officer assumes command.

1 April 1928:
Captain (later Rear Admiral) Masaki Katsuji (34) assumes command.

4 December 1928:
An unknown officer assumes command.

10 December 1930:
Captain (later Vice Admiral) Shishido Yoshinobu (37) assumes command.

1 April 1931:
Captain (later Vice Admiral) Okawachi Denshichi (37) assumes command.

14 November 1931:
An unknown officer assumes command.

25 February 1932:
Captain (later Rear Admiral) Sato Seishiro (37) assumes command.

1 December 1932:
An unknown officer assumes command.

15 November 1933:
Captain (Vice Admiral, posthumously) Otsuka Miki (39) assumes command.

25 October 1935:
Captain (later Vice Admiral) Kudo Kyuhachi (39) assumes command.

15 February 1936:
Captain (later Vice Admiral) Kamata Michiaki (39) assumes command.

2 November 1936:
Captain (later Rear Admiral) Ozumi Tokusaburo (40) assumes command.

1 April 1937:
Captain (later Vice Admiral) Osugi Morikazu (41) assumes command.

15 November 1937:
Captain (later Rear Admiral) Shoji Yoshikichi (41) assumes command.

1 November 1938:
Captain (later Rear Admiral) Kurose Hiroshi (41) assumes command.

15 November 1939:
An unknown officer assumes command.

15 November 1940:
The CO of light cruiser KUMA, Captain (Rear Admiral, posthumously) Eguchi Matsuro (40) assumes command of ONDO as an additional duty.

1 November 1941:
Captain (Rear Admiral, posthumously) Sugimoto Michio (41) assumes command.

10 November 1941: The Hawaii Operation:
Saeki Bay. ONDO is in Vice Admiral Shimizu Mitsumi's (36) (former CO of ISE) Sixth Fleet's Refueling Unit with fleet oiler TOA MARU.

8 December 1941: The Opening of Hostilities with Western Powers:
Based at Kwajalein, Marshall Islands with TOA MARU.

20 September 1942:
Captain (later Rear Admiral) Matsura Tadayuki (40) assumes command.

26 December 1942:
Captain (later Rear Admiral) Ikeuchi Masamichi (40) assumes command.

15 March 1943:
Joined by minesweeper W-31 and two other unidentified escorts at 30-53N, 134-03E and escorted to Fukajima.

20 May 1943:
Departs Singapore for Yokkaichi, Japan.

10 June 1943:
Departs Shimotsu.

11 June 1943:
Arrives at Kure.

14 June 1943:
Departs Kure.

29 June 1943:
Arrives at Palembang, Sumatra. Probably loads a cargo of oil at the IJA-controlled facility.

2 July 1943:
Departs Palembang.

3 July 1943:
Arrives at Singapore. Probably off loads oil for transhipment.

July 1943:
Departs Singapore for Japan.

21 August 1943:
Departs Saeki with tanker KUMAGAWA MARU.

28 August 1943:
At 1600, arrives at Manila with KUMAGAWA MARU. Later, proceeds to Tarakan, Borneo to load fuel oil and then departs for Singapore.

5 October 1943:
ONDO departs Balikpapan in convoy No. 2608 consisting of oiler TSURUMI and five unidentified merchant ships escorted by destroyer SANAE and subchaser CH-5. Soon after leaving, TSURUMI encounters machinery problems and is forced to turn back.

10 October 1943:
Arrives at Palau.

21 October 1943:
At 1200, arrives at Truk.

15 October 1943:
An unknown officer assumes command.

6 November 1943:
At 1600, ONDO and subchaser CH-33 depart through Truk's S channel in convoy No. 7071. Later that day, CH-33 is detached and diverted to assist tanker GENYO MARU and destroyer YAKAZE that collided.

13 November 1943:
ONDO arrives at Palau.

15 November 1943:
ONDO departs Palau in convoy No. 2513 escorted by destroyer SANAE enroute to Balikpapan.

18 November 1943:
Celebes Sea, 90 miles S of Basilan Island. At about 2300, LtCdr (later Cdr) George E. Porter’s (USNA ’32) USS BLUEFISH (SS-222) attacks ONDO on the surface. She is being escorted by destroyer SANAE. Short on torpedoes, Porter fires three bow torpedoes by radar bearings at SANAE, of which at least one hits and sinks her at 05-00N, 122-00E. Her CO, LtCdr Sakai Shinichi (63) and an unknown number of crewmen are KIA. Sakai is promoted Commander, posthumously. Porter fires another torpedo that hits, damages and slows ONDO. He swings USS BLUEFISH around and fires his last two torpedoes from USS BLUEFISH’s stern tubes at the oiler, but they miss. USS BLUEFISH’s crew opens fire with her deck gun, but ONDO fires back. Porter breaks off the attack.

That same day, Allied codebreakers intercept a message from ONDO that says "At 2340, November 18, in position 05-00 N, 122-00 E, this ship and SANAE received torpedo attack. SANAE sunk. My engine rooms are flooded and am unable to proceed. Am engaging submarine with gunfire.” [1]

Later, ONDO is towed to Zamboanga, Philippine Islands.

February 1944:
Towed to Manila.

19 October 1944:
Manila. Vice Admiral (Admiral posthumously) John S. McCain’s (USNA ’06) TG 38.1 and Rear Admiral (later Vice Admiral) Ralph E. Davison’s TG 38.4 attack shipping in Manila harbor. Carrier planes bomb and set ONDO on fire. She is beached near Cavite.

13 November 1944:
Cavite. The acting CO of TF 38, Rear Admiral (later Admiral) Frederick C. Sherman’s (USNA ’10) TG 38.1, TG 38.3 and TG 38.4 attack shipping in Manila harbor. Carrier planes bomb and sink ONDO (unknown casualties), destroyers AKEBONO (48 KIA) and AKISHIMO (15 KIA) and IJA shared transport (A/C-AK) DAITOKU MARU (unknown casualties) at 14-29N, 120-55E.

20 December 1944:
Removed from the Navy List.

Authors' Note:
[1] Slow moving ONDO generally steamed alone, or with only a single escort. Thanks to Gilbert Casse of France for general assistance.

- Bob Hackett and Peter Cundall.

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