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The following are other ships that technically did not sink in Philippine territorial waters. However, with the Philippines acquiring Benham Plateau, they are highly likely to be included in Philippine jurisdiction in the future. They are nonetheless covered in an Exclusive Economic Zone area and current international jurisdiction limits, to which the Philippines asserts rights.

The wreckages of these shipgirls rests to the north of Benham Plateau, unless otherwise stated.

秋月
Akizuki

Kugh! I can still go on!

Sunk during the Battle of Cape Engano, near Luzon, on October 25, 1944. It is still up in the air who got her; whether it was the Task Force 38 or USS Halibut. Only by examining her still-undiscovered wreckage can the answers be found.

Akizuki reincarnates twice, first as a starter ship of the reorganized JMSDF, in her own class, from 1958, later commissioned on 1960. She was retired on December 7, 1993. The newer generation Akizuki, also of her own class, entered service in March 14, 2012 as a protector of other ship classes, such as the modern Kongou and Atago destroyer classes.


筑摩
Chikuma

Ahn!

Believed to have been scuttled on October 25 1944 after the Battle off Samar, but newer studies suggest she succumbed to the air attacks. No word about her wreckage exists today.

She lies just beside the edge of the Philippine Trench and came close to being near the same depth of Maya and Suzuya.


千歳
Chitose

No, not my flight deck!!

Sunk in the Battle of Leyte Gulf, October 25 1944, by a combination of naval bombers, cruiser shellfire and destroyer-launched torpedoes. To say she was raped by various armaments would be an understatement. No word about her wreckage exists.


千代田
Chiyoda

No way!!

She was sunk during the Battle of Leyte Gulf on October 25, 1944, by a combination of naval bombers, cruiser shellfire and destroyer-launched torpedoes. A naval gangbang, if you would. Musashi endured more punishment of the same scale and bought enough time for other ships to get away.


初月
Hatsuzuki

Have... Have I… accomplished… everything I could...? I... Zuikaku... I...

Sunken on October 25, 1944 as yet another casualty of the Battle of Cape Engaño. Gangbanged and raped all the way to Davy Jones’ locker by gunfire from USS Wichita (CA-45), USS New Orleans (CA-32), USS Santa Fe (CL-60), and USS Mobile (CL-63).


飛鷹
Hiyou

Aaah! Huh!?

Formerly known as the Izumo Maru, she was converted into an aircraft carrier, especially after the devastating loss in the Battle of Midway. She was sunk by a gasoline vapor explosion caused by an American torpedo hit during the Battle of the Philippine Sea on June 10, 1944.

In fan character descriptions, she has a strong desire to revert to her civilian role as an ocean liner, a role sadly she never regained.

Note: Her wreckage site is officially beyond the Philippine EEZ, despite being within the Philippine Sea. This may be modified once the legislation defining the new boundaries on the account of Bernham Rise is passed.


水無月
Minazuki

Owwww.... What the hell you're the worst! I can still sail! I'm not going to sink! Minazuki was sunk by USS Harder, becoming another statistic to submarine-felled destroyers on August 10, 1944. 72 years and 3 days later, she is virtualized as a shipgirl in this game.

The real Minazuki became part of the Imperial Japanese Navy fleet that invaded the Philippines, and ironically, met her end in the same country she invaded.

According to historical data, not much of Minazuki is left in her wreck site, at the southwestern EEZ border between Philippines and Indonesia. She was rumored to have been salvaged extensively shortly after the war.


名取
Natori

Everyone... where did you all go...? *cries*

Sunk August 18, 1944, torpedoed by USS Hardhead (SS-365) east of Samar while traveling to Palau. No word about her wreckage, especially that it’s way too far from land.

Note: Her wreckage site is officially beyond the Philippine EEZ, despite being within the Philippine Sea. This may be modified once the legislation defining the new boundaries on the account of Bernham Rise is passed.


I-26
Nimu

I-I'm hit...! Resurface! I can still fight! Prepare for the surface battle! The proud submarine who crippled and sank mighty carriers, Nimu sank east of Leyte from retaliatory fire of the USN’s destroyer escorts. Though there’s no official confirmation where she exactly sank, it can be safely assumed it was within the radius where she was last sighted.

Further radio communication to I-26 ceased right after being bombarded by USN destroyer escorts USS Coolbaugh and USS Richard M. Rowell on the night of October 25, 1944, and again the following day, to finish her off with depth charges. From there, she was officially declared lost and all hands presumed KIA. It is unclear when and who sank her; if it was Coolbaugh or Rowell, or if she survived the night battle and succumbed to the depth charge barrage the following day, or she was already dead in the water that night. What is clear though is that after being struck by Coolbaugh, there was a reaction in the water and some oil leak surfaced, somewhat confirming she indeed took damage or was doomed right away.

Her presumed wreck site directly faces Siargao Island at a distance of roughly 140km from its coast, bound by the country’s EEZ, and sits far from the Philippine Trench. Though, it would be safe to say she lies at a significant depth out of reach to divers (but not to ROVs, that’s for sure), and that’s not adding the distance from the islands.


多摩
Tama

Me-meow!

This kitty of a cruiser was struck by a newly-commissioned USN Jallao, fresh on a first patrol mission on October 25, 1944. No word about her wreckage as she purrs down the seabed.


瑞鳳
Zuihou

They... got me.... aaa! But... I won't let it be... like Engaño!

Sunk by air attacks during the Battle of Cape Engaño on October 25, 1944. No word about her wreckage exists.


瑞鶴
Zuikaku

Damn!

Sunk by air attack in the Battle of Leyte Gulf on October 25, 1944, while literally battling to the last airplane, after which she was vulnerable to attacks that did her in.

After the crippling attack on her, Admiral Jisaburo Ozawa who made her the flagship transferred to Ooyodo, who then somehow managed to stay alive for the remainder of the battle.


There are other Imperial Japanese Navy warships that also sunk in the Philippines, apart from this listing, but are not currently implemented in Kantai Collection yet. That’s for another part of the series.

Part 3 has been requested to cover the US Navy counterparts of the ship. This may be done.

REFERENCES:

Cover image: http://www.pixiv.net/member_illust.php?mode=medium&illust_id=49083072
Wreckage information: http://www.divecal.com/WrecksNV.htm and others

UPDATES:

9-26-2016: Through a reader’s input, I-26 was revealed to have been sunken within Philippine EEZ. Thus, the list was updated.
9-18-2016: Updated damage/sinking quotes for newly-added ships.
8-13-2016: Added newly-implemented Mutsuki-class destroyer Minazuki.
2-11-2016: Added newly-implemented Akizuki-class destroyer Hatsuzuki.

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