Japanese destroyer Wakatsuki

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IJN DD Wakatsuki 1944 at Leyte.jpg
Wakatsuki under attack at Ormoc Bay, Leyte Island, Philippines, 11 November 1944.
Career Japanese Navy Ensign
Name: Wakatsuki
Builder: Mitsubishi Nagasaki Shipyard
Laid down: 9 March 1942
Launched: 24 November 1942
Completed: 31 May 1943
Commissioned: 31 May 1943, 11th Destroyer Squadron
Struck: 10 January 1945
Fate: Sunk in action, 11 November 1944
General characteristics
Class and type: Akizuki-class destroyer
Displacement: 2,700 long tons (2,743 t) standard
3,700 long tons (3,759 t) full load
Length: 134.2 m (440 ft 3 in)
Beam: 11.6 m (38 ft 1 in)
Draft: 4.15 m (13 ft 7 in)
Propulsion: 4 × Kampon type boilers
2 × Parsons geared turbines
2 × shafts, 50,000 shp (37 MW)
Speed: 33 knots (38 mph; 61 km/h)
Range: 8,300 nmi (15,400 km) at 18 kn (21 mph; 33 km/h)
Complement: 263
Armament: May 1943 :
• 8 × 100 mm (4 in)/65 cal Type 98 DP guns
• 12 × 25 mm AA guns (3×4)
• 4 × 610 mm (24 in) torpedo tubes
• 8 × Type 93 torpedoes
• 56 × Type 95 depth charges
November 1944 :
• 8 × 100 mm (4 in)/65 cal DP guns
• 35 × 25 mm AA guns (3×7 + 1×14)
• 4 × 610 mm (24 in) torpedo tubes
• 8 × Type 93 torpedoes
• 56 × Type 95 depth charges

Wakatsuki (若月?) was an Akizuki-class destroyer of the Imperial Japanese Navy. Her name means "Young (= Crescent) Moon".

Wakatsuki participated in rescuing sailors from two of the aircraft carriers that participated in the attack on Pearl Harbor: Shōkaku (June 1944) and Zuikaku (October 1944) when each was sunk by US forces.

On 11 November 1944, Wakatsuki was escorting a troop convoy to Ormoc, Philippines. She was sunk by aircraft of Task Force 38 in Ormoc Bay, west of Leyte (10°50′N 124°35′E / 10.833°N 124.583°E / 10.833; 124.583Coordinates: 10°50′N 124°35′E / 10.833°N 124.583°E / 10.833; 124.583).

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