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IJN Oite: Tabular Record of Movement

Name Translation: "Favorable Wind"

Initial Command Structure:
Ship's Captain: Lieutenant Commander Yanase Yoshio [55] (prev. C.O. SAGI). Assigned to Desdiv 29 (OITE, HAYATE, ASANAGI, YUNAGI), Desron 6, Fourth Fleet. Flagship of Comdesdiv 29, Captain Setoyama Yasuhide [45].

29 November-3 December 1941:
Desdiv 29 steamed with Desron 6 from Truk to Kwajalein.

8-11 December:
With HAYATE (1st section, Desdiv 29), departed Kwajalein with first Wake Island invasion force. Carried SNLF advance landing party. Light damage: due to near-misses by U.S. coastal batteries, 14 injured.

23 December:
With second Wake Island invasion force. Carried SNLF advance landing party.

31 December 1941-3 January 1942:
Desdiv 29 escorted convoy from Kwajalein to Truk, then patrol/escort duties out of that base.

13-15 January:
With YUBARI and YAYOI, Desdiv 29 escorted KIYOKAWA MARU, two transports and one auxiliary from Truk to join Rabaul invasion force near Mereyon (Woleai).

23 January:
With Rabaul invasion force, then patrol/escort duties out of that base.

9 February:
With Gasmata (New Britain) invasion force.

8 March:
With Lae/Salamua invasion force.

22-25 March:
Escorted YUBARI from Rabaul to Truk.

26 March-1 April:
Steamed from Truk via Saipan to Sasebo, then docked for repairs.

23-29 April:
Steamed from Sasebo via Saipan to Truk.

7-8 May: Battle of the Coral Sea
Escorted Port Moresby troop convoy.

9 May:
Arrived Shortlands, then Shortlands-Rabaul patrol/escort duties.

25 May:
Captain Setoyama (to Comdesdiv 27) relieved as Comdesdiv 29 by Commander Shimazui Takemi [47]. Desdiv pennant transferred to YUZUKI.

2-5 June:
Steamed from Rabaul to Truk, then patrol/escort duties out of that base.

29 June-12 July:
Escorted convoy carrying airfield construction crews from Truk via Bougainville to Guadalcanal; then resumed Rabaul-area patrol/escort duties.

10 July:
Desron 6 deactivated; Desdiv 29 reassigned to 2nd Surface Escort Division, Fourth Fleet.

12 August:
Reconnaissance/bombardment mission to Guadalcanal.

16 August:
Troop transport run to Guadalcanal.

19-21 August:
Steamed from Rabaul to Truk.

26-31 August:
Departed Truk, then with Ocean-Nauru occupation force; to Jaluit on 2 September.

5 September:
Arrived Truk from Jaluit, then Central Pacific patrol/escort duties.

15-27 September:
Escorted convoys from Truk via Rabaul to Palau, then assisted in escort of Solomons-bound troop convoys out of that port.

30 October:
Lieutenant Commander Yanase (to C.O. KAWAKAZE) relieved by Lieutenant Tomita Toshihiko [59] (prev. C.O. HAYABUSA).

1 November:
Lieutenant Tomita promoted to Lieutenant Commander.

16-22 November:
Escorted troop convoy from Palau to Rabaul, then returned to Truk to resume Central Pacific convoy escort duties.

1 April 1943:
Desdiv 29 deactivated; reassigned directly to 2nd Surface Escort Division, Fourth Fleet.

20 September-1 October:
Departed Truk, escorting convoy to Japan. Minor damage: on 21 September when struck by dud torpedo, possibly launched by USS HADDOCK (SS-231) in attack that damaged SHIN-YUBARI MARU; then via Saipan to Yokosuka.

9-19 October:
Departed Yokosuka, escorting convoy to Truk; then escorted collier ASAKAZE MARU towing torpedoed supply ship MAMIYA back to Kure.

20 October:
Lieutenant Commander Tomita (to C.O. HARUSAME) relieved by Lieutenant (s.g.) Uono Yasuhiro [63].

22-31 October:
Escorted ASAKAZE MARU from Yokosuka to Truk.

8 November-12 December:
Escorted convoys from Truk via Saipan to Yokosuka and back. Between 28-30 November the Truk-bound Convoy No. 3121 lost four of five convoyed ships to submarines.

15 November:
2nd Surface Escort Division reassigned to General Escort Command.

15-25 December:
Escorted convoys from Truk to Rabaul and back.

4-18 January 1944:
Escorted convoys from Truk to Rabaul and back. Between 13-16 January both convoyed ships of Truk-bound Convoy No. 2112 were lost.

22 January-3 February:
Escorted convoys from Truk to Rabaul and back.

6-14 February:
Escorted convoys from Truk to Palau and back.

15-16 February:
Departed Truk, with Subchaser No. 28 escorting AGANO to Japan; then assisted torpedoed AGANO, helped rescue survivors, and turned back for Truk.

18 February:
in U.S. air raid on Truk, while entering base via North Pass (7-40 N, 138-57 E); struck by aerial torpedo amidships, broke in half and sank instantly. About 20 survivors; 172 crew, including Lieutenant Uono, as well as Captain Matsuda Takatomo [45] and 522 crew of AGANO, all killed in action.

31 March 1944:
Removed from Navy List.

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