Japanese destroyer Tanikaze (1940)

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Tanikaze
Tanikaze in April 1941
Career Japanese Navy Ensign
Name: Tanikaze
Launched: 1 November 1940
Struck: 10 August 1944
Fate: Sunk in action, 9 June 1944
General characteristics
Class & type: Kagero-class destroyer
Displacement: 2,490 long tons (2,530 t)
Length: 118.5 m (388 ft 9 in)
Beam: 10.8 m (35 ft 5 in)
Draft: 3.8 m (12 ft 6 in)
Speed: 35 knots (40 mph; 65 km/h)
Complement: 240
Armament: • 6 × 5 in (130 mm)/50 caliber DP guns
• up to 28 × 25 mm AA guns
• up to 4 × 13 mm AA guns
• 8 × 24 in (610 mm) torpedo tubes
• 36 depth charges

Tanikaze (谷風?, Valley Wind) was a Kagero-class destroyer of the Imperial Japanese Navy.

In June 1942 the ship participated in the battle of Midway where she was damaged by air attacks. Later that year she was busy with transport missions to Guadalcanal and in first months of 1943 she helped in the evacuation of Japanese forces from Guadalcanal. On 9 June 1944, Tanikaze was torpedoed and sunk by USS Harder (SS-257) in Sibutu Passage near Tawitawi, 90 miles (170 km) southwest of Basilan (05°42′N 120°41′E / 5.700°N 120.683°E / 5.700; 120.683). 114 crew members were killed, while 126 survivors, including her commander Lieutenant Commander Ikeda, were rescued by Urakaze, which five months later would be sunk by USS Sealion (SS-315) with all hands, including several survivors from Tanikaze.

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