Japanese escort ship No.23

Empire of Japan
Name: CD-23
Builder: Nihonkai Dock Company[1]
Laid down: 10 February 1944[1]
Launched: 20 May 1944[1]
Completed: 15 September 1944[1]
Commissioned: 15 September 1944[1]
Stricken: 10 March 1945[1]
Fate: Sunk by air attack on 12 January 1945[1]
General characteristics
Class and type: Type C escort ship
Displacement: 745 long tons (757 t) (standard)
Length: 67.5 m (221 ft 5 in)
Beam: 8.4 m (27 ft 7 in)
Draught: 2.9 m (9 ft 6 in)
  • 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; 7,500 mi) at 14 kn (26 km/h; 16 mph)
Complement: 136
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • Type 22-Go radar
  • Type 93 sonar
  • Type 3 hydrophone

CD-23 was a C Type escort ship (Kaibōkan) of the Imperial Japanese Navy during the Second World War.


CD-23 was laid down by the Nihonkai Dock Company on 10 February 1944, launched on 20 May 1944, and completed and commissioned on 15 September 1944.[1] During the war CD-23 was mostly busy on escort duties.[1]

On 12 January 1945, while on convoy duty north of Qui Nhon (14°15′N 109°10′E / 14.250°N 109.167°E / 14.250; 109.167Coordinates: 14°15′N 109°10′E / 14.250°N 109.167°E / 14.250; 109.167), CD-23 was attacked and sunk by planes from the aircraft carriers USS Essex, USS Ticonderoga, USS Langley and USS San Jacinto which were part of Rear Admiral Frederick C. Sherman's Task Group 38.3 that had entered the South China Sea to raid Japanese shipping.[1][2] 155 of her crew were killed.[1]

CD-23 was struck from the Navy List on 10 March 1945.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Hackett, Bob; Kingsepp, Sander (2012). "IJN Escort CD-23: Tabular Record of Movement". combinedfleet.com. Retrieved 9 August 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Chapter VII: 1945". The Official Chronology of the U.S. Navy in World War II. 2006. Retrieved 19 January 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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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