© 1998 Allyn D. Nevitt

IJN Nagatsuki: Tabular Record of Movement


Name Translation: “Lengthy Moon,” “Ninth Month of Lunar Calendar” (September)

Initial Command Structure:
Ship's captain: Lieutenant Commander Shibayama Kazuo [52] (prev. C.O. SANAE). Assigned to Desdiv 22 (NAGATSUKI, FUMIZUKI, MINAZUKI, SATSUKI), Desron 5, Third Fleet.

26-29 November 1941:

Desdiv 22 steamed with Desron 5 from Terashima Strait to Mako (Pescadores).

7-10 December:

Desdiv 22 departed Mako, then with Aparri (Philippines) invasion force.

22 December:

Desdiv 22 with Lingayen invasion force. Light damage: in air attacks due to strafing: one dead, five injured.

January-February 1942:

Desdiv 22 escorted troop convoys from Formosa to Malaya and Camranh Bay.

27 February:

Desdiv 22 with Western Java invasion force.

10 March:

Desron 5 deactivated; Desdiv 22 reassigned to Second Southern Expeditionary Fleet, Southwest Area Fleet.

10 April:

Desdiv 22 reassigned to 1st Surface Escort Division, Southwest Area Fleet; then Southwest Area convoy escort duties.

15 April:
Lieutenant Commander Shibayama (to C.O. SUZUKAZE) relieved by Lieutenant Commander Ninokata Kanehumi [59] (prev. C.O. SAWAKAZE).

19 September-28 October:

Arrived Sasebo, then docked for maintenance: improved underwater sound detection equipment installed.

1 November:

Departed Moji, then resumed Southwest Area convoy escort duties.

10 December:

Desdiv 22 deactivated; reassigned directly to 1st Surface Escort Division.

21-29 January 1943:

With FUMIZUKI and SATSUKI, escorted seaplane carrier KAMIKAWA MARU from Sasebo via Truk and Rabaul to the Shortlands.

1 February:

Troop evacuation run to Guadalcanal (cover).

4 February:

Troop evacuation run to Guadalcanal (cover); towed disabled MAIKAZE back to Shortlands.

7 February:

Troop evacuation run to Russell Islands (cover). Assisted damaged ISOKAZE.

11-17 February:

Escorted convoys from Shortlands via Rabaul to Palau.

21-24 February:

With AKIGUMO and ISONAMI, escorted troop convoy (3rd section of HEI No. 3: KIYOKAWA MARU and YASUKUNI MARU, lifting elements of 41st Division from Tsingtao) from Palau to Wewak; then to Truk on 28 February.

25 February:

Assigned to reactivated Desdiv 22 (NAGATSUKI, FUMIZUKI, MINAZUKI, SATSUKI), Desron 3, Eighth Fleet.

3-5 March:

With FUMIZUKI, escorted transport MOGAMIGAWA MARU from Truk to Rabaul.

8 March:

With ASAGUMO, YUKIKAZE, URANAMI and SHIKINAMI, troop transport run to Kolombangara.

13 March:

With ASAGUMO and YUKIKAZE, troop transport run to Kolombangara.

19-23 March:
With FUMIZUKI, escorted convoy from Rabaul to Shortlands and back.

29-30 March:

With FUMIZUKI, MINAZUKI and SATSUKI, troop transport run from Kavieng to Finschhafen, aborted due to air attack.

8 April:

With SATSUKI and MINAZUKI, troop transport run to Surumi/Gasmata.

10 April:
With SATSUKI and MINAZUKI, troop transport run to Tuluvu.

21-25 April:

Possibly escorted SENDAI towing AOBA from Kavieng to Truk.

4 May:

With YUBARI, SATSUKI and MINAZUKI, troop transport run to Surumi/Gasmata.

7-8 May:

With YUBARI, SATSUKI and MINAZUKI, troop transport run to Surumi/Gasmata.

11 May:

With SATSUKI and MINAZUKI, troop transport run to Surumi/Gasmata.

23 May:

With MINAZUKI, troop transport run to Surumi/Gasmata.

28-29 May:

With SATSUKI and MINAZUKI, troop transport run to Kolombangara, aborted. Minor damage: grounded on reef southeast of Bougainville.

29 May:

With MINAZUKI, troop transport run to Kolombangara, aborted due to air attack. Returned to Buka rather than Buin.

31 May-1 June:

With MINAZUKI, troop transport run from Buka to Kolombangara. Landed SE Area Detachment HQ (General Sasaki Noboru).

1 June:
Lieutenant Commander Ninokata (to C.O. WAKABA) relieved by Lieutenant Commander Furukawa Tameo [60].

2 June:

With MINAZUKI, troop transport run to Kolombangara.

6 June:

With MOCHIZUKI, troop transport run from Rabaul to Tuluvu.

8 June:

With SATSUKI, troop transport run to Tuluvu.

28-29 June:

With MIKAZUKI and MINAZUKI, led troop transport run from Rabaul via Shortlands to Kolombangara, aborted due to heavy enemy air activity in region.

30 June:

Rendova bombardment mission with AMAGIRI, HATSUYUKI, MIKAZUKI and MINAZUKI, aborted due to weather.

2-3 July:

With YUBARI and eight other destroyers, Rendova bombardment mission.

4-5 July:

With NIIZUKI, SATSUKI and YUNAGI, troop transport run to Kolombangara, aborted when U.S. ships were encountered. Contributed torpedoes to spread that sank USS STRONG (DD-467).

5-6 July: Battle of Kula Gulf

Troop transport run to Kolombangara. Sunk: after sustaining one 6-inch shell hit during battle, grounded on Kolombangara near Bambari Harbor (08-02 S, 157-12 E) while attempting to land troops. SATSUKI removed Comdesdiv 22 (Captain Kanaoka Kunizo [48]) and attempted to pull free, but without success. Irreparably damaged by U.S. aircraft on 6 July; eight dead and 13 injured. Survivors, including Lieutenant Commander Furukawa (to C.O. YUNAGI) and troops, later reached Vila on foot.[Ed-1]

1 October 1943:

Removed from Navy List.


Editorial Note 1 - On 8 May 1944 cruiser USS Montpelier (CL-57) took a series of pictures of the wrecked Nagatsuki that showed her hard aground aground, with a port list yet main deck well clear of the water, but fore-section blown off forward of the bridge and No.2 stack missing. It is possible, but unknown, if this damage was done in the air attack of 6 July 1943 that exploded her and left her burning. = (Tully)


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