Japanese Navy in 1959

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List of active ships

Active ships at the end of the year

Pennant List (end of the year)

by organization (end of the year)

Self Defense Fleet SS-501 Kuroshio
Escort Flotilla 1 DD-101 Harukaze, DD-102 Yukikaze
Escort Division 6DE-262 Asahi, DE-263 Hatsuhi
Escort Division 7DE-201 Akebono, DE-202 Ikazuchi, DE-203 Inazuma
Escort Division 8DD-104 Isonami, DD-106 Shikinami
Escort Division 9DD-103 Ayanami, DD-105 Uranami
Escort Division 10DD-107 Murasame, DD-108 Yudachi
Escort Flotilla 2 DE-261 Wakaba, PF-284 Momi
Escort Division 3PF-296 Tochi, PF-297 Shii, PF-298 Maki
Escort Division 4PF-292 Tsuge, PF-293 Kaede
Escort Division 5DD-181 Asakaze, DD-182 Hatakaze
Minesweeper Flotilla 1 PF-289 Ume, ASR-431 Suma, GP-441 Soei, MST-471 Nasami
Minesweeper Division 11MSC-658 Yakushima, MSC-659 Ogishima, MSC-660 Yugeshima, MSC-661 Yurishima
Minesweeper Division 12MSC-655 Ujishima, MSC-656 Etajima, MSC-657 Nuwajima
Minesweeper Division 13MSC-662 Ninoshima, MSC-663 Moroshima
Minesweeper Division 21MSC-651 Yashima, MSC-652 Hashima, MSC-653 Tsushima, MSC-654 Toshima
Minesweeper Division 31MSC-601 Atada, MSC-602 Itsuki, MSC-603 Yashiro
Minesweeper Division 32MSC-604 Kasado, MSC-605 Shisaka, MSC-606 Kanawa, MSC-607 Sakito
Yokosuka District PF-283 Kashi, MST-472 Miho, ARC-481 Tsugaru, MSC-608 Habushi, PT-809 PT-9
Escort Division 1DD-183 Ariake, DD-184 Yugure
Transport Division 1 LSSL-414 Yamagiku
Transport Unit 1LCU-2003, LCU-2004
Transport Unit 11LCM-1010, LCM-1011, LCM-1012, LCM-1013, LCM-1020, LCM-1021, LCM-1022, LCM-1023, LCM-1024
Air Squadron TateyamaASH-02 ASH-2
Area Guard Group Yokosuka LSSL-413 Nogiku, LSSL-415 Hamagiku, LSSL-418 Iwagiku, AST-421 Toba, MSA-451 Okichidori, ASH-21 ASH-21, ASH-25 ASH-25, ASH-26 ASH-26, ASM-58 ASM-8
Coastal Defense Group Yokosuka ASM-57 ASM-7
Patrol Torpedo Boat Division 1PT-801 PT-1, PT-802 PT-2, PT-805 PT-5, PT-806 PT-6
Patrol Torpedo Boat Division 2PT-803 PT-3, PT-804 PT-4, PT-807 PT-7, PT-808 PT-8
Patrol Boat Division 1PB-901 PB-1, PB-902 PB-2, PB-903 PB-3, PB-904 PB-4, PB-905 PB-5, PB-906 PB-6, PB-907 PB-7
Kure District AMC-491 Erimo
Transport Division 2 LSSL-416 Isogiku, LSSL-432 Suiren
Transport Unit 2LCU-2005, LCU-2006
Transport Unit 12LCM-1014, LCM-1015, LCM-1016, LCM-1017, LCM-1018, LCM-1019, LCM-1025, LCM-1026, LCM-1027, LCM-1028, LCM-1029
Air Squadron TokushimaASH-11 ASH-11
Base Guard Group Kure ASM-51 ASM-1
Minesweeper Division 4MSI-680 Ukishima, MSI-683 Awashima, MSI-692 Yukari, MSI-698 Iwatsubame
Minesweeper Division 101GP-445 Yuchidori, MSB-701 MSB-1, MSB-702 MSB-2, MSB-703 MSB-3, MSB-704 MSB-4, MSB-705 MSB-5, MSB-706 MSB-6
Sub Area Activity Osaka LSSL-412 Fuyo
Minesweeper Division 5MSI-681 Otoshima, MSI-682 Himeshima, MSI-694 Shiratori, MSI-697 Umitsubame
Sasebo District PF-294 Buna, LSM-3001
Antisubmarine Division 1PC-301 Kari, PC-302 Kiji, PC-303 Taka, PC-304 Washi
Air Squadron KanoyaASH-01 ASH-1, ASH-12 ASH-12
Air Squadron OmuraASH-03 ASH-3
Area Guard Group Sasebo LSSL-407 Sumire, LSSL-439 Hamayu, ASM-53 ASM-3
Coastal Defense Group SaseboPatrol Boat Division 2PB-911 PB-11, PB-912 PB-12, PB-913 PB-13, PB-914 PB-14, PB-915 PB-15, PB-916 PB-16, PB-917 PB-17, PB-918 PB-18
Sub Area Activity Shimonoseki ASH-22 ASH-22
Minesweeper Division 6MSI-687 Kurushima, MSI-688 Takashima, MSI-690 Yoshikiri, MSI-695 Chiyozuru
Maizuru District DD-109 Harusame, PF-286 Matsu
Base Guard Group Maizuru LSSL-421 Rindo, ASH-23 ASH-23, ASH-24 ASH-24
Minesweeper Division 1MSI-684 Kamoshima, MSI-685 Tsurushima, MSI-691 Kamozuru, MSI-693 Tomozuru
Minesweeper Division 3MSI-696 Hatsutaka, MSI-699 Hayatori, MSI-700 Hiyodori
Ominato District PF-287 Nire, PC-309 Umitaka
Antisubmarine Division 2PC-305 Kamome, PC-306 Tsubame, PC-307 Misago, PC-308 Hayabusa
Transport Division 3 LSSL-406 Bara
Transport Unit 3LCU-2001, LCU-2002
Transport Unit 13LCM-1001, LCM-1002, LCM-1003, LCM-1004, LCM-1005, LCM-1006, LCM-1007, LCM-1008, LCM-1009
Air Squadron HachinoheASH-04 ASH-4
Base Guard Group Ominato LSSL-405 Fuji
Sub Area Activity Hakodate ASH-05 ASH-5
Minesweeper Division 2MSI-686 Matsushima, MSI-689 Oshima
Training Flotilla PF-295 Keyaki
Training Division 1PF-282 Nara, PF-285 Sugi, PF-288 Kaya
Training Division 2PF-281 Kusu, PF-290 Sakura, PF-291 Kiri

Ships in and out

Commissioned ships in the year

Reclassified ships in the year

Decommissioned ships in the year

  • LSSL-404 Ran (31 Mar), discarded
  • LSSL-409 Keshi (1 Oct), reclassified as Harbor service (YAC-02)
  • LSSL-410 Ayame (1 Oct), reclassified as Harbor service (YAC-03)
  • LSSL-417 Shiragiku (1 Oct), reclassified as Harbor service (YAC-04)
  • LSSL-419 Azami (1 Dec), reclassified as Harbor service (YAC-06)
  • LSSL-420 Kaido (1 Oct), reclassified as Harbor service (YAC-05)
  • LSSL-422 Tsutsuji (1 Aug), reclassified as Harbor service (YAC-01)
  • LSSL-423 Himawari (1 Dec), reclassified as Harbor service (YTE-05)
  • LSSL-424 Hiiragi (1 Dec), reclassified as Harbor service (YAC-07)
  • LSSL-425 Ajisai (16 Dec), reclassified as Harbor service (YAC-08)
  • LSSL-426 Ezogiku (31 Mar), discarded
  • LSSL-427 Hinagiku (31 Mar), discarded
  • LSSL-428 Sawagiku (31 Mar), discarded
  • LSSL-429 Tsuta (31 Mar), discarded
  • LSSL-430 Hasu (31 Mar), discarded
  • LSSL-431 Shida (31 Mar), discarded
  • LSSL-433 Yamabuki (31 Mar), discarded
  • LSSL-440 Shobu (16 Jun), reclassified as Harbor service (YTE-04)
  • LSSL-442 Botan (16 Dec), reclassified as Harbor service (YTE-06)
  • LSSL-445 Susuki (31 Mar), discarded
  • Hibari (31 Mar), reclassified as Harbor service (YAS-13)

Who's who

Key job assignment

 1 Jan12 Jan18 Jun
Emperor of JapanEmperor Showa
Prime MinisterKishi Nobusuke
Director General, Defense AgencySato GisenIno ShigejiroAkagi Munenori
Chairman of Joint Staff CouncilGen (G) Hayashi Keizo
Chief of Staff, Maritime Self-Defense ForceAdm Ihara Mitsugu
Commander-in-chief, Self Defense FleetVAdm Fukuchi Nobuo


Chronology for Japanese Navy
1850 1851 1852 1853 1854 1855 1856 1857 1858 1859
1860 1861 1862 1863 1864 1865 1866 1867 1868 1869
1870 1871 1872 1873 1874 1875 1876 1877 1878 1879
1880 1881 1882 1883 1884 1885 1886 1887 1888 1889
1890 1891 1892 1893 1894 1895 1896 1897 1898 1899
1900 1901 1902 1903 1904 1905 1906 1907 1908 1909
1910 1911 1912 1913 1914 1915 1916 1917 1918 1919
1920 1921 1922 1923 1924 1925 1926 1927 1928 1929
1930 1931 1932 1933 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939
1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949
1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959
1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
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