Combined Fleet (Japanese Navy)

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Combined Fleet 聯合艦隊 Rengo Kantai, or GF

Assignment

Commander-in-chief, Combined Fleet

no date of
appointment
rank name class previous job next job note
1 18 Jul 1894 Vice Admiral Ito Sukeyuki CinC, Readiness Fleet Chief, Naval General Staff
2 11 May 1895 Vice Admiral Arichi Shinanojo CinC, Kure District Waiting appointment 16 Nov 1895 disbanded
3 28 Dec 1903 Vice Admiral Togo Heihachiro CinC, Readiness Fleet Chief, Naval General Staff 6 Jun 1904 Admiral
20 Dec 1905 disbanded
4 8 Oct 1908 Vice Admiral Ijuin Goro CinC, First Fleet CinC, First Fleet 20 Nov 1908 disbanded
5 11 Nov 1915 Vice Admiral Yoshimatsu Motaro 7th class, NA CinC, First Fleet CinC, First Fleet 13 Dec 1915 disbanded
5 1 Sept 1916 Vice Admiral Yoshimatsu Motaro 7th class, NA CinC, First Fleet CinC, First Fleet 14 Oct 1916 disbanded
5 1 Oct 1917 Admiral Yoshimatsu Motaro 7th class, NA CinC, First Fleet CinC, First Fleet 22 Oct 1917 disbanded
6 1 Sept 1918 Admiral Yamashita Gentaro 10th class, NA CinC, First Fleet CinC, First Fleet 15 Oct 1918 disbanded
6 1 Jun 1919 Admiral Yamashita Gentaro 10th class, NA CinC, First Fleet CinC, First Fleet 28 Oct 1919 disbanded
7 1 May 1920 Admiral Yamaya Tanin 12th class, NA CinC, First Fleet CinC, Yokosuka District
8 24 Aug 1920 Admiral Tochinai Sojiro 13th class, NA Vice Minister of Navy CinC, First Fleet 31 Oct 1920 disbanded
8 1 May 1921 Admiral Tochinai Sojiro 13th class, NA CinC, First Fleet CinC, First Fleet 31 Oct 1921 disbanded
9 1 Dec 1922 Vice Admiral Takeshita Isamu 15th class, NA CinC, First Fleet CinC, Kure District 3 Aug 1923 Admiral
10 27 Jan 1924 Admiral Suzuki Kantaro 14th class, NA CinC, Kure District Military Councillor
11 1 Dec 1924 Admiral Okada Keisuke 15th class, NA Military Councillor CinC, Yokosuka District
12 10 Dec 1926 Vice Admiral Kato Hiroharu 18th class, NA CinC, Yokosuka District Military Councillor 1 Apr 1927 Admiral
13 10 Dec 1928 Admiral Taniguchi Naomi 19th class, NA CinC, Kure District CinC, Kure District
14 11 Nov 1929 Vice Admiral Yamamoto Eisuke 24th class, NA CinC, Yokosuka District Military Councillor 1 Apr 1931 Admiral
15 1 Dec 1931 Vice Admiral Kobayashi Seizo 26th class, NA Vice Minister of Navy Military Councillor 1 Mar 1933 Admiral
16 15 Nov 1933 Vice Admiral Suetsugu Nobumasa 27th class, NA CinC, Second Fleet CinC, Yokosuka District 1 Mar 1934 Admiral
17 15 Nov 1934 Vice Admiral Takahashi Sankichi 29th class, NA CinC, Second Fleet Military Councillor 1 Apr 1936 Admiral
18 1 Dec 1936 Vice Admiral Yonai Mitsumasa 29th class, NA CinC, Yokosuka District Minister of Navy
19 2 Feb 1937 Admiral Nagano Osami 28th class, NA Minister of Navy Military Councillor
20 1 Dec 1937 Vice Admiral Yoshida Zengo 32nd class, NA CinC, Second Fleet Minister of Navy
21 30 Aug 1939 Vice Admiral Yamamoto Isoroku 32nd class, NA Vice Minister of Navy KIA 15 Nov 1940 Admiral
18 Apr 1943 Killed in action
22 21 Apr 1943 Admiral Koga Mineichi 34th class, NA CinC, Yokosuka District Killed while in service 31 Mar 1944 Killed while in service
23 3 May 1944 Admiral Toyoda Soemu 33rd class, NA CinC, Yokosuka District Chief, Naval General Staff
24 29 May 1945 Vice Admiral Ozawa Jisaburo 37th class, NA Att, Naval General Staff Reserve 10 Oct 1945 disbanded

Chief of Staff

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appointment
rank name class previous job next job note
1 Dec 1922 Rear Admiral Shirane Kumazo 24th class, NA CoS, 1st Fleet Att, NGS
1 Dec 1923
1 Nov 1926 Rear Admiral Takahashi Sankichi 28th class, NA Chief, 2nd Div, NGS Att, NGS
1 Dec 1927
1 Dec 1930 RADM Shimada Shigetaro 32nd class, NA CoS, 2nd Fleet Supt, Submarine School
1 Dec 1931 Rear Admiral Yoshida Zengo 32nd class, NA Chief, 2nd Div, NGS Att, NGS
1 Sept 1933
15 Sept 1933 RADM Toyoda Soemu 33rd class, NA Chief, 2nd Div, NGS Dir, Edu Bu, MoN
15 Mar 1935
15 Nov 1935 RADM Nomura Naokuni 35th class, NA Cdr, 2Ss Att, NGS
16 Nov 1936
18 Feb 1937 Rear Admiral Ozawa Jisaburo 37th class, NA Inst, Naval College Cdr, 8th Squadron
15 Nov 1937
15 Nov 1939 Rear Admiral Fukudome Shigeru 40th class, NA Att, Combined Fleet HQ Chief, 1st Bu, NGS
10 Apr 1941 Rear Admiral Ito Seiichi 39th class, NA Cdr, 8th Squadron Att, NGS
1 Aug 1941
22 May 1943 Vice Admiral Fukudome Shigeru 40th class, NA Chief, 1st Bu, NGS Att, NGS
6 Apr 1944
25 Jun 1945 Rear Admiral Yano Shikazo 43rd class, NA VCoS, Combined Fleet and GHQ of Navy Att, MoN 25 Sept 1945 disbanded

Vice Chief of Staff

no date of
appointment
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11 Jun 1943 Rear Admiral Kobayashi Kengo 42nd class, NA CoS, Kure Naval District Att, Naval General Staff
10 Sept 1944
10 May 1945 Rear Admiral Yano Shikazo 43rd class, NA Chief, 3rd Bu, NSC / Chief, 5th Bu, NAC Chief of Staff, GF and GB
25 Jun 1945

Chief Engineer

no date of
appointment
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4 Nov 1905 Engineer Sr Master Nagamine Yoshimitsu Cdt, Naval Engineer Academy Chief Eng, 1st Fleet
12 Dec 1905
1 May 1921 Rear Admiral (E) Ikeda Iwasaburo 3rd class, NEA Chief Eng, 1st Fleet Chief Eng, 1st Fleet
31 Oct 1921
15 Nov 1934 Captain (E) Asakuma Hikokichi 17th class, NEA Chief Inst, Engineering School Chief, Kure Shipping Center
15 Nov 1935
21 Jan 1938 Captain (E) Obata Aiki 21st class, NEA Chief Inst, Engineering School Inst, Naval College
15 Nov 1939

Chief Surgeon

no date of
appointment
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30 Nov 1929 Captain (S) Fusejima Tadao Chiba Coll of Med Chief, 1st Div, Yokosuka NH Chief, Med Div, Kure NYd
1 Dec 1930

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