The Nagara was an Imperial Japanese Navy light cruiser that was launched on 25 April 1922 after being built at the Sasebo Naval Arsenal in Japan. The ship was named for the Nagara River in central Honshu, and she served as the flagship of a destroyer flotilla during the invasion of the Philippines and the East Indies in 1941-1942. The ship served as the flagship for Susumu Kimura's 10th Destroyer Squadron at the Battle of Midway and the Guadalcanal campaign, and she evacuated 11,700 Imperial Japanese Army troops from Guadalcanal in 1943. On 7 August 1944, she was sunk by a US Navy submarine off the Amakusa Islands, and the captain and 348 crewmen went down with the ship, while 235 crewmen were rescued.


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