Training Fleet (Imperial Japanese Navy)

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The Training Fleet (練習艦隊, Renshū Kantai) was a training unit of the Imperial Japanese Navy. Organized after the Russo-Japanese War, however, systematized in 1902 by the Training Detachment (練習枝隊, Renshū Shitai) in Standing Fleet. This article handles Training Fleet and Training Detachment.

Organizations of the Training Detachment[edit]

Term Commander Vessels Destinations
2 November 1902 – 21 August 1903 Rear-Admiral Hikonojō Kamimura Cruiser Matsushima, Itsukushima, Hashidate Southeast Asia, Australia
17 December 1903 – 3 January 1904 Rear-Admiral Masamichi Tōgō Cruiser Matsushima, Itsukushima, Hashidate Cruise was canceled and detachment was dissolved in halfway for war preparations.

Organizations of the Training Fleet[edit]

Term Commander Vessels Destinations
15 February 1906 – 25 August 1906 Rear-Admiral Hayao Shimamura Cruiser Itsukushima, Hashidate, Matsushima Australia, Southeast Asia
31 January 1907 – 3 August 1907 Rear-Admiral Sadayasu Tomioka Cruiser Itsukushima, Matsushima, Hashidate Hawaiian Islands, Australia, Southeast Asia
25 January 1908 – 30 April 1908 Rear-Admiral Motarō Yoshimatsu Cruiser Itsukushima, Matsushima, Hashidate Southeast Asia; cruise was canceled in halfway, because Matsushima was sunk in Magong.
14 March 1909 – 7 August 1909 Rear-Admiral Hikojirō Ijichi Cruiser Aso, Sōya Hawaiian Islands, North America
1 February 1910 – 3 July 1910 Rear-Admiral Hikojirō Ijichi Cruiser Aso, Sōya Australia, Southeast Asia
16 October 1910 – 6 March 1911 Rear-Admiral Rokurō Yashiro Cruiser Asama, Kasagi Hawaiian Islands, North America, Central America
25 November 1911 – 28 March 1912 Vice-Admiral Sadakichi Katō Cruiser Aso, Sōya Southeast Asia
5 December 1912 – 21 April 1913 Rear-Admiral Sōjirō Tochinai Cruiser Azuma, Sōya Southeast Asia, Australia
20 April 1914 – 11 August 1914 Rear-Admiral Teijirō Kuroi Cruiser Azuma, Asama Hawaiian Islands, North America
20 April 1915 – 23 August 1915 Rear-Admiral Tomojirō Chisaka Cruiser Aso, Sōya Southeast Asia, Australia
20 April 1916 – 22 August 1916 Rear-Admiral Tatsuo Matsumura Cruiser Iwate, Azuma Southeast Asia, Australia
5 April 1917 – 17 August 1917 Rear-Admiral Toshitake Iwamura Cruiser Tokiwa, Yakumo North America (West coast), Hawaiian Islands, South Pacific
2 March 1918 – 6 July 1918 Vice-Admiral Kantarō Suzuki Cruiser Iwate, Asama North America (West coast), Central America (West coast), Hawaiian Islands, South Pacific
1 March 1919 – 26 July 1919 Vice-Admiral Naoe Nakano Cruiser Tokiwa, Azuma Southeast Asia, Australia
21 August 1920 – 2 April 1921 Vice-Admiral Kajishirō Funakoshi Cruiser Asama, Iwate South America, Southern Africa
20 August 1921 – 4 April 1922 Vice-Admiral Hanroku Saitō Cruiser Yakumo, Izumo Europe
26 June 1922 – 8 February 1923 Vice-Admiral Naomi Taniguchi Coast defence ship Iwate, Izumo, Asama South America, Southern Africa
7 November 1923 – 5 April 1924 Vice-Admiral Shichigorō Saitō Coast defence ship Iwate, Izumo, Asama Southeast Asia, Australia
10 November 1924 – 4 April 1925 Vice-Admiral Saburō Hyakutake Coast defence ship Yakumo, Asama, Izumo North America (West coast)
10 November 1925 – 6 April 1926 Vice-Admiral Saburō Hyakutake Coast defence ship Iwate Southeast Asia, Australia
30 June 1926 – 17 January 1927 Vice-Admiral Eisuke Yamamoto Coast defence ship Yakumo, Izumo Mediterranean Sea
30 June 1927 – 16 December 1927 Vice-Admiral Osami Nagano Coast defence ship Iwate, Asama North America (East coast)
23 April 1928 – 3 October 1928 Vice-Admiral Seizō Kobayashi Coast defence ship Yakumo, Izumo Southeast Asia, Australia
1 July 1929 – 27 December 1929 Vice-Admiral Kichisaburō Nomura Coast defence ship Iwate, Asama North America (East coast)
5 March 1931 – 15 August 1931 Vice-Admiral Seizō Sakonji Coast defence ship Yakumo, Izumo Mediterranean Sea
1 March 1932 – 14 July 1932 Vice-Admiral Shinjirō Imamura Coast defence ship Iwate, Asama Southeast Asia, Australia
6 March 1933 – 26 July 1933 Vice-Admiral Gengo Hyakutake Coast defence ship Iwate, Yakumo North America (West coast), Central America (West coast)
15 February 1934 – 26 July 1934 Vice-Admiral Hajime Matsushita Coast defence ship Iwate, Asama Mediterranean Sea
20 February 1935 – 22 July 1935 Vice-Admiral Kamezaburō Nakamura Coast defence ship Asama, Yakumo Southeast Asia, Australia, Hawaiian Islands
9 June 1936 – 20 November 1936 Vice-Admiral Zengo Yoshida Coast defence ship Yakumo, Iwate North America (East coast)
7 June 1937 – 19 October 1937 Vice-Admiral Mineichi Koga Coast defence ship Yakumo, Iwate Mediterranean Sea
6 April 1938 – 29 June 1938 Rear-Admiral Shirō Takasu Coast defence ship Yakumo, Iwate Southeast Asia, South Pacific
16 November 1938 – 30 January 1939 Vice-Admiral Umatarō Tanimoto Coast defence ship Yakumo, Iwate Southeast Asia
4 October 1939 – 20 November 1939 Vice-Admiral Yorio Sawamoto Coast defence ship Yakumo, Iwate Hawaiian Islands, South Pacific
7 August 1940 – 28 September 1940 Vice-Admiral Mitsumi Shimizu Cruiser Katori, Kashima Sea of Japan, East China Sea

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