© 1998 Allyn D. Nevitt

IJN Okinami: Tabular Record of Movement

Name Translation:"Waves in the Offing"

10 December 1943:
Completed at Maizuru; assigned same date to Desron 11, First Fleet, for training. Ship's captain: Commander Makino Hiroshi [51] (prev. C.O. HATSUHARU).

10 February 1944:

Assigned to Desdiv 31 (NAGANAMI, ASASHIMO, KISHINAMI), Desron 2, Second Fleet.

26 February-8 March:

Escorted troop convoy from Ujina to Saipan and Guam. On 29 February assisted in sinking of USS TROUT (SS-202); assisted ASASHIMO in rescue of 1,720 survivors of SAKITO MARU; returned to Japan on 16 March.

20-28 March:

Escorted troop convoy from Yokosuka to Truk.

29 March-2 April:

Escorted transport SANYO MARU from Truk to Saipan.

3-16 April:

Escorted tanker convoy from Saipan via Tarakan to Balikpapan.

17 April-7 May:

Escorted tanker convoy from Balikpapan to Saipan and back.

13-15 May:

Escorted tanker convoy from Balikpapan to Tawitawi.

16-19 May:

Steamed from Tawitawi to Davao and back.

10-12 June:

With NOSHIRO, SHIMAKAZE, NOWAKI and YAMAGUMO, escorted YAMATO and MUSASHI from Tawitawi to Batjan to support Biak troop transport operations.

13 June:

Departed Batjan escorting Admiral Ugaki's task force to join Admiral Ozawa's fleet in Philippine Sea.

19-20 June: Battle of the Philippine Sea

Escorted Admiral Kurita's Van Force.

8-16 July:

Escorted fleet on troop transport mission from Kure to Okinawa, then to Lingga.

18-20 October:

Escorted fleet from Lingga to Brunei.

23-25 October: Battle of Leyte Gulf

Escorted Admiral Kurita's 1st Diversion Attack Force. On 25 October assisted sinking SUZUYA and rescued 416 survivors, including Captain Teraoka Masao [46]. Minor damage: in air attacks due to near-misses and strafing; 34 casualties.

26-28 October:

Departed Coron, then escorted damaged KUMANO to Manila.

1-2 November:

Escorted troop convoy TA No. 2 from Manila to Ormoc.

5 November:
Medium damage:
in U.S. air raid on Manila, due to near-misses and strafing; 28 casualties; to Cavite Navy Yard for repairs.

13 November:

Sunk: in U.S. air raid on Manila; one direct bomb hit and several near-misses; sank upright in shallow water eight miles west of Manila (14-35 N, 120-50 E); 14 dead and 19 injured; Commander Makino among survivors.

10 January 1945:

Removed from Navy List.

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