Japanese destroyer Ōnami (1942)

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Career Japanese Navy Ensign
Name: Ōnami
Builder: Fujinagata Shipbuilding Yard
Completed: 29 December 1942
Commissioned: 20 January 1943, 31st Destroyer Division
Struck: 10 February 1944
Fate: Sunk in action, 25 November 1943
General characteristics
Class & type: Yūgumo-class destroyer
Displacement: 2,077 long tons (2,110 t) standard
2,520 long tons (2,560 t) battle condition
Length: 119.15 m (390 ft 11 in)
Beam: 10.8 m (35 ft 5 in)
Draught: 3.75 m (12 ft 4 in)
Speed: 35 knots (40 mph; 65 km/h)
Complement: 228
Armament: • 6 × 127 mm (5.0 in)/50 caliber DP guns
• 8 × Type 96 25 mm (0.98 in) AA guns
• 2 × Type 92 (IV) 610 mm (24 in) torpedo tubes
• 16 × Type 93 torpedoes
• 18 depth charges

The Ōnami (大波?) was a Yūgumo-class destroyer of the Imperial Japanese Navy. Her name means "Billow Wave" (Big Rough Waves).

On the night of 24–25 November 1943, Ōnami led a troop transport/evacuation run to Buka Island. In the Battle of Cape St. George, she was torpedoed by USS Charles Ausburne, Claxton and/or Dyson, 55 miles (100 km) east-southeast of Cape St. George (05°15′S 153°49′E / 5.250°S 153.817°E / -5.250; 153.817). Ōnami blew up and sank with all hands, including ComDesDiv 31 (Captain Kagawa Kiyoto). Commander Kikkawa was posthumously promoted two ranks, one of the few IJN destroyer skippers so honored.

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