© 1998 Allyn D. Nevitt

IJN Hayashio: Tabular Record of Movement

Name Translation: "Fast-running Tide"

Initial Command Structure:
Ship's captain: Commander Kaneda Kiyoshi [50] (prev. C.O. SHIGURE). Assigned to Desdiv 15 (NATSUSHIO, OYASHIO, HAYASHIO, KUROSHIO), Desron 2, Second Fleet.

26 November-1 December 1941:
Desdiv 15 steamed with Desron 2 from Terashima Strait to Palau.

6-8 December:

Desdiv 15 departed Palau with Southern Philippine attack forces, initially escorting RYUJO in attack on Davao.

10-11 December:

With NATSUSHIO, escorted YAEYAMA laying mines in Surigao Strait.

12 December:

Desdiv 15 with Legaspi invasion force.

20 December:

Desdiv 15 with Davao invasion force.

25 December:

Desdiv 15 with Jolo invasion force.

11 January 1942:

Desdiv 15 with Menado invasion force.

14 January:

Desdiv 15 with Kendari invasion force.

31 January:

Desdiv 15 with Ambon invasion force.

8 February:

Desdiv 15 with Makassar invasion force.

20 February:

With Timor invasion force.

26 February:

Departed Kupang (Timor) to join Southern Force Main Body in operations south of Java.

2-8 March:

Captured Dutch vessel carrying Allied military personnel and escorted it to Makassar; then to Staring Bay (Celebes) by 11 March.

15-22 March:

Escorted KAGA from Staring Bay to Sasebo.

17 April-9 May:

Departed Kure in pursuit of Doolittle task force, then steamed via Formosa to Subic Bay to join blockade of Manila.

10-17 May:

Departed Manila, then escorted damaged SHOKAKU to Kure.

21-25 May:
Steamed with Desron 2 from Kure to Saipan.

3-6 June: Battle of Midway

Escorted Midway troop convoy.

16-30 July:

Escorted KUMANO and SUZUYA from Kure via Singapore to Mergui (Burma) for Indian Ocean raiding operations, aborted due to Guadalcanal.

8-21 August:

Escorted KUMANO and SUZUYA from Mergui via Balikpapan to join fleet north of the Solomons.

24 August: Battle of the Eastern Solomons

Escorted Admiral Kondo's Advance Force.


Escorted fleet patrolling out of Truk north of the Solomons; served as temporary flagship of Comdesron 2 (Rear Admiral Tanaka Raizo [41]).

29 September-1 October:

Departed Truk, then escorted NISSHIN from Kavieng to Shortlands.

3 October:

Troop transport run to Guadalcanal.

6 October:

Troop transport run to Guadalcanal.

9 October:

Troop transport run to Guadalcanal.

10-14 October:

Departed Shortlands, then escorted KONGO and HARUNA in bombardment of Henderson Field.

26 October: Battle of Santa Cruz

Escorted JUNYO.

3-5 November:

Escorted SUZUYA and MAYA from Truk to Shortlands.

7 November:

Troop transport run to Guadalcanal.

13-15 November: Naval Battles for Guadalcanal

Led escort of Guadalcanal troop convoy as flagship of Comdesron 2 (Admiral Tanaka).

17-18 November:

Escorted SUZUYA, MAYA and TENRYU from Shortlands to Kavieng.

23-24 November:

Transport run from Rabaul to Lae/Salamua, aborted due to air attack. Sunk: in air attack by U.S. Army bombers; was struck forward by bomb, then anchored in bay to fight fires; abandoned when fires reached the munitions she was carrying; 50 killed, 6 wounded. SHIRATSUYU removed survivors, including Commander Kaneda (to C.O. NIIZUKI) and scuttled with a torpedo, in Guna Bay, Huon Gulf (07 S, 147-30 E).

24 December 1942:

Removed from Navy List.

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