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IJN Oyashio: Tabular Record of Movement

Name Translation: "Parent Tide"

Initial Command Structure:
Ship's captain: Commander Arima Tokiyoshi [50] (prev. C.O. AYANAMI). 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 KUROSHIO, escorted ITSUKUSHIMA laying mines in San Bernardino 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. Became flagship of Comdesdiv 15 (Captain Sato Torajiro [43]) upon sinking of NATSUSHIO.

20 February:

With Timor invasion force.

26 February:

Departed (Kupang) Timor, escorting supply group supporting operations south of Java.

5 March:

Assisted KUROSHIO in sinking a vessel identified as a British minelayer; then to Staring Bay (Celebes) by 11 March.

15-22 March:
Escorted KAGA from Staring Bay to Sasebo.

17-28 April:

Departed Kure in pursuit of Doolittle task force, then steamed via Formosa to Panay.

1-9 May:

Assisted in occupation of Cagayan Islands, then to 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.

29 September-1 October:

Departed Truk, then escorted NISSHIN from Kavieng to Shortlands.

3 October:

Led troop transport run to Guadalcanal.

6 October:

Led troop transport run to Guadalcanal.

9 October:

Led 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 Admiral Kurita's Support Force.

3-5 November:

Escorted SUZUYA and MAYA from Truk to Shortlands.

7 November:

Led troop transport run to Guadalcanal.

13-15 November: Naval Battles for Guadalcanal

Escorted Guadalcanal troop convoy. On 15 November joined KAGERO in torpedo attack on USS WASHINGTON (BB-56).

16-17 November:

Escorted CHOKAI from Shortlands to Rabaul, then troop transport run to Buna.

21 November:

Out of Rabaul to assist damaged UMIKAZE.

27 November:

Arrived Shortlands from Rabaul.

28 November:
Commander Arima (to C.O. KIYONAMI) relieved by Lieutenant Commander Higashi Hideo [52] (prev. C.O. MURAKUMO).

30 November: Battle of Tassafaronga

Supply-drum transport run to Guadalcanal. Engaged U.S. cruiser-destroyer group. Has been credited with torpedoing USS NORTHHAMPTON (CA-26).

3 December:

Supply-drum transport run to Guadalcanal.

7 December:

Led supply-drum transport run to Guadalcanal, aborted due to PT-boat attack.

11 December:

Supply-drum transport run to Guadalcanal.

16 December:

Troop transport run from Rabaul to Munda.

24 December:

Troop transport run to Munda.

26 December:
Captain Sato ( to C.O. JINTSU) relieved as Comdesdiv 15 by Captain Mutaguchi Kakuro [44]; remained Desdiv 15 flagship.

1 January 1943:

Arrived Shortlands from Rabaul.

2 January:

Supply-drum transport run to Guadalcanal.

9-17 January:

Escorted convoy from Shortlands to Truk, then repairs.

1-9 February:

Escorted troopship HAKOZAKI MARU from Truk to Kure, then docked for repairs.

4-10 April:

With OYASHIO, HIBIKI and SAZANAMI, escorted CHOKAI, CHUYO and TAIYO from Japan to Truk.

24-29 April:

Steamed from Truk via Rabaul to Shortlands, then led troop transport run to Kolombangara.

3 May:

Led troop transport run to Kolombangara.

7-8 May:

Led troop transport run to Kolombangara. Sunk: when leaving Vila (Kolombangara) was disabled by mine, then suffered further damage in air attacks due to a direct bomb hit, near-misses and strafing; 91 dead; finally sank southwest of Rendova (08-08 S, 156-55 E). Survivors included Comdesdiv 15 (Captain Mutaguchi Kakuro [44], later C.O. OYODO) and Lieutenant Commander Higashi (later C.O. HANAZUKI). For details see The Destruction of DesDiv 15

20 June 1943:

Removed from Navy List.

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