Yaeyama Class Minelayer


(Tsugaru by Takeshi Yuki scanned from "Color Paintings of Japanese Warships")

Completed in 1931, the YAEYAMA was a dual- pupose minelayer/netlayer. She was pressed into convoy escort duty as a result of the IJN's critical shortage of escort vessels and fitted with depth charge racks. The YAEYAMA was sunk S of Mindoro by Task Force 38's aircraft in September 1944.

Builder and Year Completed: Ishikawajima Shipyard, 1929.
Displacement: 1,384-tons.
Dimensions: 292' x 35 x 9
Propulsion and Speed: 2 VTE, 2 Kampon Boilers, 2 shafts, 4,800 ihp; 20 knots.
Armament: 2 x 120-mm (4.7-inch) 45 cal HA guns, 2 x 13.2mm MGs, 185 mines.