Agano (1941)

Agano running trails off Sasebo in October, 1942. Imperial Japanese Navy photo in the collection of the Mikasa Memorial Museum.

Ship Class
Ship Type
Laid Down

The Japanese light cruiser Agano was laid down in 1940, based on lessons from the design of the 1920s YĆ«bari. The first of her class, Agano was commissioned 31 October, 1942. She was immediately deployed to the southwest Pacific, and covered the landings at Hollandia and the evacuation of Guadalcanal. After undergoing refit at Kure in June, 1943, Agano was redeployed to Truk. She was the Japanese flagship at the Battle of Empress Augusta Bay on the night of 1-2 November, 1943, but contributed little to the battle. On the 11th, she was struck by a torpedo while in harbor at Rabaul, and subsequently towed to Truk, taking another torpedo from the USS Albacore en route. Temporary repairs were made, and Agano was sent to Japan for repairs on 15 February, 1944. However, only a day out, Agano was torpedoed yet again, this time by the USS Skate. She sank the next morning.

Bonus Information

"Fun" Fact: The destroyer Oite rescued 523 of Agano's crew and returned to Truk, right in the middle of a US carrier raid. Oite was sunk, taking all of Agano's survivors and all but twenty of her own crew down with her.