Kiyoshimo (1944)

Kiyoshimo off Uraga, in early May, 1944, shortly before commissioning. Original photo in the public domain.

Nation
Ship Class
Ship Type
Laid Down
1943
Launched
1944
Commissioned
1944
AD/BC
AD
History

This is the Kiyoshimo, a Yūgumo-class destroyer of the IJN, and another contender for the title of "shortest career." Laid down in March, 1943, Kiyoshimo was commissioned 16 May, 1944. She conducted a transport run to Chichi Jima in the Bonin Islands in June, then escorted a convoy to the Philippines in August, before deploying back to the Philippines with the main fleet in mid-October. She was assigned to the Center Force during the Battle of Leyte Gulf, and rescued survivors from the battleship Musashi on the 24th. Surviving the battle, Kiyoshimo underwent repairs in Singapore at the beginning of November, before returning to Philippine waters, where she was crippled by two bomb hits, then finished off by PT-223 on 26 December. She had been in commission for 7 months and 10 days.