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Re: IJN Underway Replenishment
Using Google translate
Shiranui refueling offshore from battleship Kongo In January 1945, it was taken while traveling from Cam Ranh Bay to Magong-Palau, and photographs of high-line work on naval vessels are extremely rare. The square at the base of the 1st chimney is the shade of the reserve torpedo, and the white "ro" on the chimney probably means the 2nd ship of the 11th destroyer. In addition, the boat dabit on the bridge painting side is different from the one up to the Asashio type, and the lashing position of the short boat is also low.
The attached pics seem to show side by side replenishment between a Japanese destroyer and a Japanese capital ship. From the placement of the twin HA 5 inch guns on the capital ship it is most likely a battleship. This is probably early war as the identification stripe on the funnel is absent as are any characters on the side of the hull of the destroyer. No anti-aircraft upgrades have been performed on the destroyer that might have included a triple 25mm in front of the bridge and the super-firing twin 5 inch gun house aft is still in place. On the Asashio thru Yugumo class this was usually replaced by 2 x triple 25 mm mounts. These anti-aircraft updates were performed in 1943-44. If someone can read Japanese they may be able to provide more details.