Ushio (1930)

Photo of the forward section of Ushio, date unknown. Probably Imperial Japanese Navy photo.

Nation
Ship Class
Ship Type
Laid Down
1929
Launched
1930
Commissioned
1931
Decommissioned
1945
AD/BC
AD
History

The Ushio was the twentieth Fubuki-class destroyer, and the final ship of the ten-unit Ayanami sub-class. Laid down on Christmas Eve, 1929, Usio commissioned 14 November, 1931. From 1932-1940, Ushio operated off mainland Asia, patrolling the Yangtze River, and later supporting the invasion of French Indochina. In December, 1941, Ushio was one of the destroyers assigned to escort the Pearl Harbor attack force, and she was detached, with her sister Sazanami, to bombard Midway Atoll on the way home. Subsequently, Ushio saw extensive service in the next months, transferring to the Dutch East Indies. After helping finish off the submarine USS Perch, Ushio switched back to capital ship escort missions in the rest of '42, taking time out in September for Tokyo Express supply runs in the Solomons. Ushio missed out on the Marianas Turkey Shoot, but was assigned to the Surigao Strait force for the Battle of Leyte Gulf. She survived, and returned to home waters at the beginning of 1945. Her last action was covering the battleship Nagato during an air raid on 18 July. Ushio was surrendered at Wars end, and scrapped in 1948.

Bonus Photos

Ushio in August, 1936, with her forward torpedo mount (between the funnels) trained to port. Photo in the collection of the Kure Maritime Museum.

Bonus Information

Fun Fact: Ushio was one of two Fubuki class destroyers, and the only member of the Pearl Harbor Strike Force, to survive the War.