IJN Sakawa


The Japanese light cruiser Sakawa was laid down at the naval yard in Sasebo in 1942, and launched in April 1944. Due to shortage og fuel the cruiser was never used in operations or combat during world war two, and was after the war used to transport Japanese troops back the their home land. In 1946 she was given to the USA as spoils of war. She got the doubtful honor together with many other ships, to be a target under testing of the atomic bombs in Micronesia, operation Crossroads. She sank the day after the first test 1. July 1946 ( Able Test ) in the lagoon west of Bikini Island. The wreck rest today standing on her keel on a depth of 55 to 61 meter.

Former names:

174,1 x 15,2 x 5,6 m
Tons: Built: Home Port:
6652 displ.tons
Sasebo ( JP ) 1944
( JP )

Picture: IJN Sakawa in Sasebo, October 1945
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