IJN Kaga: Tabular Record of Movement
© 2000 Anthony P. Tully(revised 2007)
Conversion from a TOSA-class battleship hull completed at
Joins the newly organized First Air Fleet and assigned to Cardiv 1, Air Fleet 1. Subsequent operations in and around Kyushu's coastal waters. Current skipper is Captain Yamada Sadayoshi, in command since 15 October 1940.
Enters dock at
14 May 1941:
21 May 1941:
Becomes flagship of CarDiv 1.
Captain Yamada relieved by Captain Okada Jisaku as commanding officer.
Flag of ComCarDiv 1 shifted to AKAGI.
Enter dock at
Depart Saeki for
26 November: 1941
As part of CarDiv 1 of VADM Nagumo Chuichi's First Air Fleet, departs
Two strike waves launched against
Return with AKAGI, SHOKAKU and ZUIKAKU to Hashirajima.
Depart Iwakuni for Truk.
Arrive at Truk, joining AKAGI.
Departs Truk as part of the attack forces for the invasion of Rabaul and its environs. Sorties with Crudiv 8.
20-22 January 1942:
Carried out air strikes against Rabaul, Kavieng, and Rabaul (again on the 22nd), respectively.
Returned to Truk.
Cancelling preparations to move to the
With AKAGI and ZUIKAKU arrives at
KAGA strikes reef at
Despite the damage to her hull, departs
Raid on Port
Arrives at Staring Bay.
Close to launch attack against USS LANGLEY, but the allied vessel is dispatched by land-based air before Kido Butai strike can be launched.
During mop-up operations off southwest Java coast, aircraft from AKAGI and SORYU sink the tanker USS PECOS; but KAGA's wing does not participate in the strikes.
6 March 1942:
Launch strikes against Tjilatjap.
10 March 1942:
CarDiv 2 force rejoins CarDiv 1 and all head for Staring Bay.
Depart Starting Bay for
Enters drydock for repairs to hull from reef damage.
26 March -
4 May 1942:
Leaves dock, repairs complete. Departs Sasebo for the Inland Sea to rejoin CarDiv 1.(AKAGI had left Yokosuka and returned to Hashirajima on 18 May).
27 May 1942:
0600 Departed Hashirajima for the MI Operation (Battle of Midway) with flagship AKAGI as CarDiv 1 of VADM Nagumo's Carrier Striking Force (CarDivs 1,2). CarDiv 5 unable to participate, due to damage to SHOKAKU and aircraft losses to ZUIKAKU suffered at
Launched strikes against
Sunk: At around 1920 the KAGA is ordered scuttled, and a final caretaker crew is removed. Then at 1925 destroyer HAGIKAZE fires two torpedoes into her starboard side amidships aft. The KAGA begins to settle by the stern, yet remains on an even keel until she slides from sight in approximate position 30-23.3'N, 179-17.2' W. (See Note). She suffered a loss of 814 officers, petty officers, and men.
Removed from Navy List.
Though most sources indicate KAGA sank from internal explosion, in May 1998 survivors of the KAGA participating in the Ballard expedition which found USS YORKTOWN claimed she had in fact been scuttled by two torpedoes fired into the starboard side by HAGIKAZE. This is under investigation. Subsequently, after further research, in “Shattered Sword” it was argued by the writer with fellow author Jon Parshall that the evidence in fact clearly supports the mounting claims by veterans and modern Japanese sources that SORYU and KAGA were deliberately scuttled by torpedoes at sunset to free the screen for night counter-attack operations.
In February 2000, the author, A.P. Tully, as part of of a three-man consultant team including Jon Parshall and David Dickson conclusively identified wreckage discovered by Nauticos and NAVO in September 1999 as belonging to the KAGA. Though the main wreck and hull has not yet been found, it is anticipated that a renewed expedition will soon locate it. For details, see this link: