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ROCS Tang Yan (former IJN Yukikaze)

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On 28 June 1947 "United Nations" representatives convened at Tokyo to allocate, by drawing lots, ships of the former Imperial Japanese Navy as war compensation. Yukikaze happened to be the first pick of the Chinese representative.



Lucky Chinese captain draws the lucky ship



Yukikaze reached Shangai on 3 July 1947 and she was formally handed over on 6 July 1947, at that time she was identified as "Pick n°1" (接1), she was renamed Tan Yang (DD-12) on 1 May 1948, becoming the flagship of the ROC Navy.



Handover ceremony


Like all Japanese warships Yukikaze was completely demilitarised when she was handed over to the Chinese authorities and she was initially used only as a training vessel inside the harbour, but after the defeat of the KMT in late 1948 she evacuated from Shangai to Keelung (Taiwan), Chiang Kai-shek himself was on board at the time.

After her evacuation to Keelung it was finally decided to re-arm Tan Yang with old Japanese equipment; she received two 12.7 cm/40 Type 89 guns in twin mount (in place of the original A turret), four 10 cm/65 Type 98 guns in twin mounts (in place of the original X and Y turrets) and eight 25mm guns; the Type 89 and Type 98 guns were most likely scavenged from shore mounts and they were installed on ad-hoc assembled turrets, different from the ones used by the IJN.







Chiang Kai-shek reviewing Tang Yan, note the aft 100mm guns


After the completion of her re-arming Tan Yang led a visit to the Philippines in August 1953 and soon after that she enforced a blockade around the coasts of the PRC, intercepting a Polish tanker and a Soviet transport.



Manila visit



Intercepting a Soviet transport ship

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In 1956 because of logistic issues with ammunitions and maintenance the Japanese equipment was removed and replaced with American one, she received three Mark 12 5" (127 mm)/38 guns on open mounts, two 3″ (76 mm)/50 guns, ten 40 mm Bofors guns and depth charge launchers.



Tan Yang after 1956 refit



14 December 1964 exercises


In 1958 she was involved in the Second Taiwan Strait Crisis, shelling Kinmen on 23 August and participating to the rescue of Toujiang during the Liao Luowan naval battle.
In August 1959 she engaged two PRC patrols, sinking one and damaging another.

Tan Yang was retired on 16 December 1965 because of troubles with her ageing engine, she was decommissioned on 16 November 1966 but she remained moored in Hong Kong as a training ship until she ran aground in summer 1969 because of a typhoon and it was decided to scrap her, she was completely scrapped by 31 December 1971.

In Japan there was a campaign to get Yukikaze back after her decommissioning, but resistance from the ROC government and the damage sustained in 1969 led to the failure of this campaign.
Nevertheless on 8 December 1971 one anchor and the helm were returned to Japan and they're on display at the Technical School of the Maritime Self-defence Forces (former Japanese Naval Academy), Etajima. Additionally the left screw is on display at the ROC Naval Academy, Kaohsiung City.



Decommissioning ceremony



Handing over of the helm and anchor



Anchor at Etajima



Screw at Kaohsiung



English, Japanese and Chinese Wikipedia





I don't speak a word of Chinese, I got interested in this ship while discussing about it on 4chan, someone (possibly from that discussion) recently updated the English wikipedia with some more infos about this ship but I did some research, using google translate, to double check it. If there's any Chinese speaker here who wants to point out  corrections or adds something that I've omitted I would greatly appreciate it.

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I didnt know that the IJN ships were handed over to the other nations by LOTS. thanks for the info, now i know

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Interesting read, didn't know this ship was serving National China later on. Thanks man! :honoring:

You're welcome; another famous Japanese ship that survived the war and was transferred to another country is Hibiki, but I can't find a lot about her, in particular it looks like there's no picture at all of Hibiki in Soviet service... I've only found one picture of Hibiki in repatriation vessel "configuration" and pics of her wreck which is apparently a dive site.

I didnt know that the IJN ships were handed over to the other nations by LOTS. thanks for the info, now i know

I had no idea about it until yesterday; the 17th ship, Yoizuki had a peculiarly unlucky (well, when you're the 17th...) fate, after evacuating to Taiwan the nationalists called Japanese engineers from Sasebo to repair her machineries and re-arm her, apparently they were even considering to equip her with Type 93 torpedoes, but the Korean War and the presence of the 7th fleet in the street of Taiwan eliminated the perceived need for a fully overhauled Japanese destroyer, eventually she was scrapped in 1963 without ever being fully repaired.

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very interesting topic, thx for sharing it, plus 2 from me ;-)

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