Japanese escort ship No.51

Name: CD-51
Builder: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries[1]
Laid down: 1 May 1944[1]
Launched: 20 August 1944[1]
Completed: 21 September 1944[1]
Commissioned: 21 September 1944[1]
Struck: 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)
Beam: 8.4 m (27 ft 7 in)
Draught: 2.9 m (10 ft)
  • 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

CD-51 was a C Type class escort ship (Kaibokan) of the Imperial Japanese Navy during the Second World War.


CD-51 was laid down by the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries at their Kobe Shipyard on 1 May 1944, launched on 20 August 1944, and completed and commissioned on 21 September 1944.[1] During the war CD-51 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-51 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.[1][2] 159 of her crew were killed.[1]

CD-51 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-51: Tabular Record of Movement". combinedfleet.com. Retrieved 9 August 2019.
  2. ^ Cressman, Robert J. (2006) [1999]. "Chapter VII: 1945". The Official Chronology of the U.S. Navy in World War II. 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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