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Japanese escort ship CD-63

History
Japan
Name: CD-63
Builder: Mitsubishi, Kobe Shipyard
Laid down: 1 July 1944
Launched: 20 September 1944
Completed: 15 October 1944
Commissioned: 15 October 1944
Decommissioned: Mined in Nanao Bay, 10 August 1945
Stricken: 30 September 1945
Fate: Broken up, 30 April 1948
General characteristics
Class and type: Type C escort ship
Displacement: 745 long tons (757 t) (standard)
Length: 67.5 m (221 ft)
Beam: 8.4 m (27 ft 7 in)
Draught: 2.9 m (10 ft)
Propulsion:
  • Geared diesel engines
  • 1,900 hp (1,417 kW)
  • 2 shafts
Speed: 16.5 knots (30.6 km/h; 19.0 mph)
Range: 6,500 nmi (12,000 km) at 14 kn (26 km/h; 16 mph)
Complement: 136
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • Type 22-Go radar
  • Type 93 sonar
  • Type 3 hydrophone
Armament:

CD-63 was a C Type class escort ship (Kaibōkan) of the Imperial Japanese Navy during the Second World War. She was laid down by Mitsubishi at their Kobe Shipyard on 1 July 1944, launched on 20 September 1944, and completed and commissioned on 15 October 1944. During the war CD-63 was mostly busy on escort duties.[1]

On 18 June 1945, in Toyama Bay, the submarine USS Bonefish (SS-223) was sunk by the combined efforts of the escort ships Okinawa, CD-63, CD-75, CD-158 and CD-207.[2]

On 10 August 1945 CD-63 struck a mine in Nanao Bay, and was badly damaged and beached to prevent sinking. Struck from the Navy List on 30 September 1945, she was scrapped by 30 April 1948.[1]

References

  1. ^ a b Hackett, Bob; Kingsepp, Sander (2012). "IJN Escort CD-63: Tabular Record of Movement". combinedfleet.com. Retrieved 19 January 2012.
  2. ^ "Chapter VII: 1945". The Official Chronology of the U.S. Navy in World War II. 2006. Retrieved 19 January 2012.

Additional sources

  • "Escort Vessels of the Imperial Japanese Navy special issue". Ships of the World (in Japanese). Vol. 45. Kaijinsha. February 1996.
  • Model Art Extra No.340, Drawings of Imperial Japanese Naval Vessels Part-1 (in Japanese). Model Art Co. Ltd. October 1989.
  • The Maru Special, Japanese Naval Vessels No.49, Japanese submarine chasers and patrol boats (in Japanese). Ushio Shobō. March 1981.



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