Stories and Battle Histories of the IJN's Minelayers

12 October 2006

By Bob Hackett, Sander Kingsepp and Peter Cundall

Discussion & Questions

(TSUGARU by Takeshi Yuki scanned from "Color Paintings of Japanese Warships")

The IJN employed three types of IJN minelayers in World War II. There were only five purpose-built minelayers (Fusetsukan). These were the ITSUKUSHIMA, OKINOSHIMA, TSUGARU, SHIRATAKA and the YAEYAMA.

The HATSUTAKA-class were classified as minelayers, but were actually netlayers (Kysetsumkan) that could perform the minelayer role when required.

The SOKUTEN and HIRADHIMA classes were minelaying boats (Fusetsutei) and rated as auxiliary warships (Tokumu Kantei). The KAMOME, SARUSHIMA, AJIRO and KAMISHIMA classes belonged to the same type.

Since coverage of all the IJN's minelayers is impractical, this page will only cover the movements of the larger, more important Fusetsukan vessels.

Japanese Minelayers: Tabular Records of Movement (TROMs)

(Minelayer Classes link to specifications summaries)

Tsugaru Class

Tsugaru(revised 4/19/05)

Shirataka Class

Shirataka(revised 8/13/05)

Okinoshima Class

Okinoshima(posted 12/14/2005)

Itsukushima Class

Itsukushima(posted 8/14/06)

Yaeyama Class

Yaeyama (posted 10/12/06)

Bibliography of Sources

About the Authors

Colonel Robert D. 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 historian and researcher. He specializes in merchant ships and resides in Australia.

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