Japanese fleet oiler Hario

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Career
Name: Hario
Namesake: Hario Channel
Builder: Harima Zōsen Corporation
Laid down: 2 June 1944
Launched: 4 October 1944
Completed: 1 December 1944
Commissioned: 1 December 1944
Decommissioned: 10 May 1945
Fate: Sunk on 3 March 1945 [1]
General characteristics
Displacement: 18,500 long tons (18,797 t) standard
Length: 154.32 m (506 ft 4 in) Lpp
Beam: 20.00 m (65 ft 7 in)
Draught: 8.80 m (28 ft 10 in)
Propulsion: 1 × Mitsubishi geared turbine
2 × Mk.21 simple boilers
single shaft, 8,600 shp
Speed: 16.5 knots (19.0 mph; 30.6 km/h)
Range: 9,000 nmi (17,000 km) at 16 kn (18 mph; 30 km/h)
Capacity: unknown
Complement: unknown
Armament: • 2 × 120 mm (4.7 in) L/45 AA guns
• 16 × Type 96 25mm AA guns

The Hario (針尾?) was a Japanese fleet oiler, serving during the World War II. 4 vessels were planned under the Maru Sen Programme, however only 1 vessel was completed until the end of war.

Construction[edit]

The Hario-class oilers were planned instead of the cancelled Kazahaya class oilers. The Navy Technical Department (Kampon) armed these vessels as a Type 1TL wartime standard ship.

Service[edit]

The Hario was copmleted and assigned to the Combined Fleet on 1 December 1944, joining the Hi-89 convoy from Moji to Singapore on 24 January 1945. She arrived in Singapore on 9 February 1945, joining the Hi-94 convoy (returning to Moji from Singapore) on 23 February 1945. On 1 March, she arrived at a relay point at Yulin, Hainan. Two days later, on 3 March, she left Yulin, only to hit a mine and sink the same day.[1] She was decommissioned 10 May.

Ships in class[edit]

Ship # Ship Builder Laid down Launched Completed Fate
4901 Hario (針尾?) Harima Zōsen Corporation 2 June 1944 4 October 1944 1 December 1944 Struck a naval mine at Yulin and sank on 3 March 1945.[1]
4902 Inatori (稲取?) Cancelled in 1945.
4903 Karasaki (韓崎?)
4904 Tatsumai (龍舞?)

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Another opinion: Sank on 15:07, 4 March 1945.

References[edit]

  • Ships of the World special issue Vol.47, Auxiliary Vessels of the Imperial Japanese Navy, "Kaijinsha". , (Japan), March 1997
  • Shinshichirō Komamiya, The Wartime Convoy Histories, "Shuppan Kyōdōsha". , (Japan), October 1987, ISBN 4-87970-047-9

Coordinates: 18°10′N 109°40′E / 18.167°N 109.667°E / 18.167; 109.667