file created: 12/07/02 00:53:37 , last update: 05/24/02
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CA Maja
Imperial Japanese Navy heavy cruiser
Class Laid down, Shipyard LaunchedCommissioned Disabled and Why
Takao 1928/12/04
Kawasaki Kobe
1930/11/08 1932/06/30 1944/10/23
sunk
Namesake: A mountain north of Kobe
TTD differences from class:44/04: 8x203, 12x127/40 cal 89 shiki, 48x25, 36x13,2; 44/07: 66x25
Camouflage:


WW II combat actions:
From Till Operation Force Action Source
41     2ndFlt/CruDiv16    
41/12/07 41/12/23   SoExpFor/NoPhilGrp/SupGrp land Lingayen Gulf   89 
41/12/23 41/12/31     Mako   89 
41/12/31 42/01/04     escort 3rd Malayan landing convoy   89 
42/01/04 42/01/06     Mako   89 
42/01/06 42/01/12     sail from Mako to Palau   89 
42/01/12 42/01/21     Palau   89 
42/01/21 42/01/28     screen convoy from Palau to Davao   89 
42/01/28 42/02/16   CruDiv4 ASW patrols off Palau   89 
42/02/16 42/02/21   RelSupFor/CruDiv4 1st Port Darwin Raid   89 
42/02/21 42/02/25     Staring Bay, Kendari   89 
42/02/25 42/03/07   WeFor/WeAshipFor/CruDiv4 land Java   89 
42/03/02       sinking/share (Nowaki, Arashi) Stronghold (12-20S, 112-00E)  
42/03/18 42/04/14     Jokosuka - modernisation (in drydock 03/19 - 03/28)   89 
42/04/14 42/04/15     sail from Jokosuka to Owase Bay   89 
42/04/15 42/04/18     Owase Bay   89 
42/04/18 42/04/25     at sea in fair from another strikes on Japan   89 
42/04/25 42/05/01     Jokosuka   89 
42/05/01 42/05/03     sail from Jokosuka to Hashiradzima   89 
42/05/20 42/07/13   D2/AleFor/StrFor2/SupGrp/CruDiv4 xMidway  
42/07/14 42/11   2ndFlt/CruDiv4 IJN reorganization   89 
42/08/10 42/09/05 KI AdvSupFor xEasSol  
42/09/10 42/09/23   2ndFlt/CruDiv4 Solomons offensive patrol   99 
42/10/15 42/10/16     shell Henderson Field  
42/10/26     SupFor xSCruz  
42/11/03 42/11/05     sail from Truk to Shortland to reinforce 8th Fleet   89 
42/11/14 42/11/15   BombGrp xGuada2   99 
42/11/14     BombGrp shell Henderson Field: damage(VB-10) - 37 KIA   81  89 
42/11/14 42/12/08     sail to Rabaul > Kavieng (repairs) > Truk   89 
42/11/17 42/11/18     sail from Shortland to Kavieng   99 
42/12/08 42/12/30     Truk - repairs   89 
42/12/30 43/01/05     sail from Truk to Jokosuka   89 
43/01/05 43/02/20     Jokosuka - repairs (drydock 01/08-01/16, again 02/12-02/16)   89 
43/02/20 43/02/27     sail from Jokosuka to Ominato (02/22-02/23) > Paramushiru   89 
43/03/07 43/03/13        
43/03/23 43/03/28   CruDiv21 xKomand   104 
43/03/31 43/04/03     sail from Paramushiro to Jokosuka   99 
43/04/03 43/04/15     Jokosuka   89 
43/04/15 43/04/19     sail from Jokosuka to Ominato   89 
43/04/19 43/04/27     Ominato   89 
43/04/27 43/04/29     sail from Ominato to Kataoka Bay, Shimushu Is.   89 
43/04/29 43/05/15     Kataoka Bay, Shimushu Is.   89 
43/06/18 43/06/21     Paramushiru   89 
43/06/21 43/07/01     Ominato   89 
43/07/01 43/07/07     Paramushiru   89 
43/07/07 43/07/18 KE   Kiska evacuation - 1st attempt   89 
43/07/28 43/08/06     sail to Jokosuka   89 
43/08/06 43/09/15     Jokosuka - overhaul (drydock 08/19-08/24 & 09/04-09/06)   89 
43/09/04     CruDiv4 again     89 
43/09/15 43/09/20     escort troop convoy to Truk   89 
43/09/22 43/09/25     escort 2 supply trips from Truk to Rabaul   89 
43/10/17 43/10/19   CF/CruDiv4 sail from Truk to Eniwetok   89 
43/10/19 43/10/23   CF/CruDiv4 Eniwetok   89 
43/10/23 43/10/26   CF/CruDiv4 sail from Eniwetok to Truk   89 
43/11/03 43/11/05 RO 2ndFlt/DesDiv4 sail from Truk to Rabaul   89 
43/11/05   RO 2ndFlt/DesDiv4 disable(TF 38) in Rabaul while refueling (bomb in machinery room) - 70 KIA, 60 WIA   11  89 
43/11/05 43/11/11     Rabaul - temporary repairs   89 
43/11/11 43/11/14 RO 2ndFlt/DesDiv4 sail from Rabaul to Truk   89 
43/11/14 43/11/30     Truk - repairs (repair ship Akashi)   89 
43/11/30 43/12/05   StrFor1 sail from Truk to Jokosuka   89  99 
43/12/05 44/04/09     Jokosuka - repairs, conversion to AA cruiser   89 
43/12/21 44/04/02     Jokosuka - drydock   89 
44/04/16 44/04/18     sail from Jokosuka to Kure   89 
44/04/21 44/05/01     sail from Kure to Manila > Lingga Roads   89  99 
44/05/01 44/05/11     Lingga Roads   89 
44/05/11 44/06/24 A-Go AdvFor/CruDiv4 xPhilip   86 
44/06/20   A-Go AdvFor/CruDiv4 damage(planes from TG 58.2)   89 
44/06/25 44/07/14     Jokosuka - repairs   89 
44/07/14 44/07/29     troop transport run from Jokosuka to Kure > Okinawa, then to Manila > Lingga Roads   89  99 
44/10/18 44/10/24 Sho-Go CenFor/CruDiv4 xLeyte   89 
44/10/24   Sho-Go CenFor/CruDiv4 sunk(Dace - 4 torpedoes) N of Cape Buliluyan - 231 KIA (09-11N, 117-07E)   86  104 

Ship status, hull number changes...: sunk 0911'N., 11707'E. 1944/12/20 struck from Navy List
Ship score (awards, enemy ships credited...): Stronghold
Notice: 1944 modernization: added torpedo bubble > maximal beam increased to 20,74 m; fuel weight decreased to 2406 ts; rande decreased to 5000 nm/18kts