Japanese destroyer Urakaze (1940)

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Urakaze
Urakaze on December 15, 1940
Career Japanese Navy Ensign
Name: Urakaze
Ordered: 1937
Laid down: 11 April 1939
Launched: 19 April 1940
Commissioned: 15 December 1940
Struck: 10 January 1945
Fate: Sunk in action, 21 November 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

Urakaze (浦風?, "Wind on the Sea") was a Kagero-class destroyer of the Imperial Japanese Navy. On 9 June 1944, she rescued 126 survivors from Tanikaze (including her commander Lieutenant Commander Ikeda) which was sunk by USS Harder (SS-257), near Tawitawi. During the Battle of Philippine Sea, she assisted survivors of the aircraft carrier Shōkaku, which was sunk by USS Cavalla (SS-244), and slightly damaged the attacking submarine with depth charges.

On 21 November 1944, Urakaze was torpedoed and sunk with all hands by USS Sealion (SS-315),[1] 65 miles (120 km) north-northwest of Keelung, Formosa (26°09′N 121°23′E / 26.150°N 121.383°E / 26.150; 121.383). The torpedo that sank her was one out of three that sank her and the battleship Kongō. All survivors from Tanikaze also went down with the ship.

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  1. ^ Whitley, M. J. (1998). Battleships of World War Two: An International Encyclopedia. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press. p. 184. ISBN 1-55750-184-X. OCLC 40834665. 

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