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Japanese destroyer Teruzuki
Career Japanese Navy Ensign
Name: Teruzuki
Completed: 31 August 1942
Struck: 15 January 1943
Fate: Sunk in action 12 December 1942
General characteristics
Class & type: Akizuki-class destroyer
Displacement: 2,700 long tons (2,743 t) standard
3,700 long tons (3,759 t) full load
Length: 134.2 m (440 ft 3 in)
Beam: 11.6 m (38 ft 1 in)
Draft: 4.15 m (13 ft 7 in)
Propulsion: 4 × Kampon type boilers
2 × Parsons geared turbines
2 × shafts, 50,000 shp (37 MW)
Speed: 33 knots (38 mph; 61 km/h)
Range: 8,300 nmi (15,400 km) at 18 kn (21 mph; 33 km/h)
Complement: 300
Armament: • 8 × 100 mm (4 in)/65 cal DP guns
• up to 51 × 25 mm AA guns
• 4 × 610 mm (24 in) torpedo tubes for Type 93 torpedoes
• 72 × depth charges

Teruzuki (照月?) was an Akizuki-class destroyer of the Imperial Japanese Navy. Her name means "Pale or Lighter Moon, Shining Moon".

On 12–13 November 1942, Teruzuki was part of the Bombardment Force commanded by Rear Admiral Abe Hiroaki. In the First Naval Battle of Guadalcanal, she claimed hits on seven U.S. ships, including one sinking. The following morning, she assisted the crippled battleship Hiei.

On 14–15 November, she joined the Emergency Bombardment Force commanded by Admiral Kondō Nobutake. In the Second Naval Battle of Guadalcanal, she and the destroyer Asagumo provided close cover to the heavy ships. Afterwards, she assisted the crippled battleship Kirishima and helped remove survivors.

On the night of 11–12 December 1942, Teruzuki led a transport run to Guadalcanal. While patrolling close to shore at low speed, she was attacked by PT-37 and PT-40, torpedoed and left dead in the water. Fires spread over the next three hours until reaching depth charges, resulting explosions sinking the ship.

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Coordinates: 9°13′S 159°46′E / 9.217°S 159.767°E / -9.217; 159.767

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