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Japanese minesweeper Tama Maru (1939)
Career (Empire of Japan)
Name: Tama Maru
Builder: Mitsubishi Jukogyo Hikoshima Zosensho
Laid down: 3 August 1938
Launched: 28 February 1939
Sponsored by: Sankyo Kaiun
Completed: 1 April 1939
Acquired: Requisitioned by Imperial Japanese Navy, 12 September 1941
Decommissioned: 3 May 1947
Reclassified: Reclassified as a submarine chaser on 20 May 1944
Identification: 45388
Fate: Sunk 8 April 1945
  • Call sign: JCFN
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General characteristics
Type: 396 GRT

Tama Maru (Japanese: 多摩丸) was an auxiliary minesweeper of the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II.


Tama Maru was laid down on 3 August 1938 at the shipyard of Mitsubishi Jukogyo Hikoshima Zosensho at the behest of shipping company, Sankyo Kaiun.[1] She was launched on 28 February 1939 and completed 1 April 1939.[1] On 12 September 1941, she was requisitioned by the Imperial Japanese Navy and converted to an auxiliary minesweeper under Reserve Lieutenant Funaki Takashi (船木隆).[1] Funaki served until 19 May 1943 when he was replaced by Reserve Lieutenant Yoshino Teruhiko (吉野輝彦).[1] On 20 May 1944, she was reclassified as a submarine chaser.[1] In October 1944, Yoshino was replaced by Lieutenant Shinoo Matao (新野尾又雄).[1] She was sunk on 8 April 1945 by the submarine USS Tirante 10 miles (16 km) east of the island of Shokokusanto (Korean: Heuksando) to the southwest of mainland Korea (34°35′N 125°20′E / 34.583°N 125.333°E / 34.583; 125.333Coordinates: 34°35′N 125°20′E / 34.583°N 125.333°E / 34.583; 125.333).[2] She was struck from the Navy list on 3 May 1947.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Niehorster, Leo; Donahoo, Jeff. "Auxiliary Minesweepers of the Imperial Japanese Navy". World War II Armed Forces - Orders of Battle and Organizations. Retrieved August 16, 2019. 
  2. "Chapter VII: 1945". The Official Chronology of the U.S. Navy in World War II. 2006. Retrieved 9 August 2019. 

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