IJN Iro - 石廊


Iro was a tanker laid down by Osaka Iron Works in Japan in September 1921, and was launched in August 1922. Iro operated as a fleet oiler for the Japanese Imperial navy under world war two, and supported operations against Wake Island in December 1941 and the invasions of Rabaul and Port Moresby. She was later in the war extensively used to resupply navy ships all over the Pacific. In late March 1944 the US Navy Task Force 58 under command of Admiral Spruance begins bombing Japanese airfields, shipping, and installations at Palau. They spot the large tanker in a lagoon near Koror 31. March and attack her. One bomb explode in the engine room and set her ablaze. She burned for several days, and went down in the deep 17. April 1944. The wreck rest today on a depth of 15 to 35 meter south of Koror.

Former names:
Iro - 石廊

139,0 x 17,7 x 7,9 m
Tons: Built: Home Port:
15450 displ ( std )
Osaka ( JP ) 1921
Kure ( JP )

Picture: Iro -
Courtesy of Combined Fleet

Last updated: August 2016