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Okinoshima was a large minelayer of the Japanese Imperial Navy built before World War II.


Okinoshima was built by Harima SB shipyard and commissioned into service on 30 September 1936. She was named after the Okinoshima Island, and was the largest purpose-built minelayer of the Imperial Japanese Navy and the first Japanese minelayer to be equipped with a reconnaissance seaplane.

Operational history

In December 1941, Okinoshima was the flagship of the Gilbert Islands Invasion Force. In January 1942, Okinoshima participated in the invasion of Rabaulmarker by carrying Japanese troops. In May, Okinoshima was part of the task force, which was planned to invade Tulagimarker and Port Moresbymarker as part of Japanese Operation Mo. The Tulagi assault force began their landings on Tulagi on 3 May. On 4 May 1942, aircraft from the USS Yorktownmarker attacked the Tulagi assault force and although they were unable to stop the invasion they inflicted damage to ships including Okinoshima, which had to be towed to Rabaul for repairs.


Okinoshima was sunk on 12 May 1942 at position while participating in Operation RY after being hit by submarine USS S-42 with two or three torpedoes.





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