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IJN Takanami: Tabular Record of Movement

Name Translation:"High Waves"

31 August 1942:
Completed at Tokyo. Ship's captain: Commander Ogura Masami [49] (prev. C.O. MICHISHIO).

27 September-7 October:
Escorted troop convoy from Saeki to Rabaul. On 7 October rescued 279 survivors from torpedoed transport NAMINOUE MARU; then to Truk on 10 October.

1 October:

Assigned to Desdiv 31 (NAGANAMI, MAKINAMI), Desron 2, Second Fleet. Became flagship of Comdesdiv 31, Captain Shimizu Toshio (prev. Comdesdiv 21).

13-14 October:

Escorted KONGO and HARUNA in bombardment of Henderson Field.

15-16 October:

Escorted MYOKO and MAYA in bombardment of Henderson Field.

26 October: Battle of Santa Cruz

Escorted Admiral Kondo's Advance Force.

3-5 November:

Escorted SUZUYA and MAYA from Truk to Shortlands.

7 November:

Troop transport run to Guadalcanal. Minor damage: in air attack due to near-misses; 17 combined NAGANAMI-TAKANAMI casualties.

13-15 November: Naval Battles for Guadalcanal

Escorted Guadalcanal troop convoy.

30 November: Battle of Tassafaronga

Supply-drum transport run to Guadalcanal (cover). Engaged U.S. cruiser-destroyer group. Torpedoed USS MINNEAPOLIS (CA-36) and USS NEW ORLEANS (CA-32). Sunk: by enemy gunfire, 10 miles south-southwest of Savo (09-185 S, 159-56 E) with 197 killed, including Comdesdiv 31 (Captain Shimizu Toshio) and Commander Ogura; 48 survivors reached Guadalcanal, 19 of whom were captured by Americans. NOTE: Above (official) coordinates of sinking are suspect: TAKANAMI's surviving navigator estimated five miles south of Savo.

24 December 1942:

Removed from Navy List.

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