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IJN FUMIZUKI DESTROYER                                                                                                                 UNDERWATER IMAGES

The Fumizuki was a Mutsuki Class destroyer built for the Imperial Japanese Navy and launched 16 FEB 1926. She was built by Fujinagata Zosen of Osaka and was nearly obsolete when sunk.  The ship's name means "Month of Rice Ears" in Japanese.

During the war Fumizuki participated as part of the famed "Tokyo Express" to relieve Japanese forces engaged in the battle for Guadalcanal. Throughout the conflict she was repeatedly damaged in various aircraft attacks.  Finally after being severely hit by B-24 bombers while at Rabaul,  she was sent to Truk for repairs.

During the "Hailstone" attack, Fumizuki was damaged by bombing and abandoned by her crew when she lost all power. A fleet tug attempted to tow her to a new anchorage, but gave up after several hours. It seems they neglected to notice the ship had dropped anchor to avoid drifting up on the reef. She sank during the night and now lies in 125 fsw.       

           

IJN FUMIZUKI MUTSUKI CLASS DESTROYER: Displacement: 1913 tons; Length: 330 feet; Beam: 30 feet; Engine: 4 Kanpon Boilers on 2 Parsons geared turbines, 2 shafts; Max Speed: 37.5 kts.  Mission: Antisubmarine/Transport. Armament: 2-4.7" .50 cal dual purpose guns; 10-25 MM anti-aircraft guns; 6-24" ("Long Lance") torpedo launchers; 36-depth charges. Crew: 150.

                                               

                                                                    Courtesy-Capt. Lance Higgs S.S. Thorfinn 

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