Completed in 1929, the SHIRATAKA was a minelayer that could also be employed as a netlayer. In 1940, despite her relatively slow speed, she was reconstructed as an escort vessel and equipped with depth charge racks. During the war, she was pressed into convoy duty as a result of the IJN's critical shortage of escort vessels. The SHIRATAKA was torpedoed and sunk in the Luzon Strait in August 1944.
|Builder and Year Completed:||Ishikawajima Shipyard, 1929.|
|Dimensions:||275' x 38’ x 9’|
|Propulsion and Speed:||2 coal burning VTE, 2 Kampon Boilers, 2 shafts, 2,000 ihp; 13 knots.|
|Armament:||3 x 120-mm (4.7-inch) 40 cal guns, 25-mm Type 96 AA, 150 mines, 36+ DCs.|