Maizuru Regional District (Base)


Tre Maizuru Naval District was one of four main administrative districts of the pre-war Imperial Japanese Navy and it commanded the entire Sea of Japan coastline from northern Kyūshū to western Hokkaidō.

Due to the strategic location of Maizuru, it could play key roles in the military operations in the Sea of Japan towards Korea, Russia and even China. In 1889, Maizuru was designated as the headquarters of the Fourth Naval District and new harbor was dredged, a breakwater constructed and docking facilities for warships were established.

After a limited role on the First Sino-Japanese war, naval repair facilities and shipyards Maizuru Naval Arsenal were opened in 1903. However, the mountainous terrain around Maizuru port proved an impediment to expansion. This continued even through the Russo-Japanese War, despite Maizuru’s more convenient location to the center of that conflict.

In the post-war period, with Korea in Japanese hands, and the threats from Russia and China decreased significantly and were discussions about closing the base. With the Washington Treaty of 1923, the number of ships under constructions also decreased which was also suggested as a reason to close the shipyard.

Emperor Hirohito visits Maizuru Naval District HQ, 1933

Emperor Hirohito visits Maizuru Naval District HQ, 1933

When the Pacific War started, Maizuru was reactivated and initiated an active recruiting, training, becoming an important logistical support district. It was also a base for one of the Japan’s Special Naval Landing Forces, and a Naval Air Station. Maizuru was also the location of the Imperial Japanese Navy Engineering Academy.

The area today is occupied in part by facilities of the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force, which has preserved a portion of the original red brick gates and couple of buildings as commemorative museums. The units that are assigned to the base are as follows:

 

  • 3rd Flotilla 第3護衛隊群
    • 3rd Squadron 第3護衛隊
      • DDH-181 Izumo
      • DDG-177 Atago
    • 7th Squadron 第7護衛隊
      • DDG-175 Myōkō
      • DD-118  Fuyuzuki
    • 14th Squadron 第14護衛隊
      • DD-130 Matsuyuki
      • DD-151 Asagiri 
      • DE-230 Jintsu

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A computer-based simulation of
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An strategy boardgame for the
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Japan’s Maritime Self-Defence Force

 

 

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and helicopter fleet

 

 

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