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Dedicated to the men who manned the ships
and the embarked composite squadrons
of Task Unit 77.4.3 (Taffy III)
on October 25, 1944

 

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BOSAMAR logo:  USS GAMBIER BAY (CVE 73)
takes a pounding 
from the IJN heavy cruiser CHIKUMA

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JAPANESE WARSHIP
 PRONUNCIATION
JAPANESE TO ENGLISH

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VOWELS & CONSONANTS

Vowels (A, E, I, O & U):

- A as in hard AH (PAT)
- I as in hard EE (SIT)
- U as in hard OO (LOOK)
- E as in hard EH (LET)
- O as in hard OH (COT)

Consonants

Consonants are pronounced as in English, with a few exceptions:

- F is pronounced as an H. 

PHONICALLY SPEAKING

SYLLABLE ENGLISH TRANSLATION   SYLLABLE ENGLISH TRANSLATION
A AH   NA NAH
BA BAH   NE NEH
BE BEH   NI NEE 
BI BEE    NO NO
BO BOH   NU NOO 
BU BOO   O OH 
CHI CHEE   PA PAH
DA DAH   PE PAH 
DE DEH   PI PEE 
DO DOH   PO POH 
FU WHO   PU POO
GA GAH    RA RAH
GE GEH    RE REH
GI GEE    RI REE
GO GOH    RO ROH
GU GOO    RU ROO
HA HAH   RY REE
HE HEH   SA SAH 
HI HEE   SE SEH
HIE HEE   SHI SHEE
HO HOE   SHO SHO
HY HEE   SO SOH
I EE or AY   SU SOO 
JI JEE   TA TAH
JUN JUNE   TAI THAI
KA KAH   TE TEH
KE KEH   TO TOE
KI KEE   TSU TSOO
KO KOH   U YOU
KU KOO   WA WA
MA MAH   YA YAH
ME MEH   YO YOH
MI MEE   YU YOO
MO MOH    ZA ZAH
MU MOO   ZE ZEH
MY MEE   ZO ZOH
      ZU ZOO

 

FIRST STRIKE FORCE "A" & "B" (CENTRE FORCE)

WARSHIP ENGLISH PRONUNCIATION  
BB  YAMATO    YAH-MAH-TOE  
BB  MUSASHI   MOO-SAH-SHEE  
BB  NAGATO    NAH-GAH-TOE  
BB  KONGŌ     KONG-GOH  
BB  HARUNA    HAH-ROO-NAH    
     
CA  ATAGO     AH-TAH-GOH  
CA  CHŌKAI    CHO-KHAI  
CA  MAYA      MAH-YAH  
CA  TAKAO     TAH-KAH-OH  
CA  MYŌKŌ     MEEOH-KOH  
CA  HAGURO    HAH-GOO-ROH  
CA  SUZUYA    SOO-ZOO-YAH  
CA  KUMANO    KOO-MAH-NO  
CA  TONE      TOE-NAH  
CA  CHIKUMA   CHEE-KOO-MAH  
     
CL  NOSHIRO   NO-SHEE-ROH  
DD NAGANAMI NAH-GAH-NAH-MEE  
DD  FUJINAMI  WHO-JEE-NAH-MEE  
DD  KISHINAMI KEE-SHEE-NAH-MEE  
DD  OKINAMI   OH-KEE-NAH-MEE  
DD  HAMANAMI  HAH-MAH-NAH-MEE  
DD ASASHIMO AH-SAH-SHEE-MOH  
DD KIYOSHIMO KEE-YOH-SHEE-MOH  
DD  HAYASHIMO HAH-YAH-SHEE-MOH  
DD  AKISHIMO  AH-KEE-SHEE-MOH  
DD  SHIMAKAZE SHEE-MAH-KAH-ZEH  
     
CL  YAHAGI    YAH-HAH-GEE  
DD  URAKAZE   YOU-RAH-KAH-ZEH  
DD  ISOKAZE   EE-SOH-KAH-ZEH  
DD  YUKIKAZE  YOO-KEE-KAH-ZEH  
DD HAMAKAZE HAH-MAH-KAH-ZEH  
DD  NOWAKI    NO-WA-KEE    

 

NORTHERN FORCE

WARSHIP ENGLISH PRONUNCIATION  
CV  ZUIKAKU     ZOO-KAH-KOO   
     
CVL CHITOSE   CHEE-TOE-SEH  
CVL CHIYODA   CHEE-YOH-DAH  
CVL ZUIHŌ     ZOO-EE-HOE  
     
BB  HYŪGA     HEE-YOU-GAH  
BB  ISE       EE-SEH  
     
CL  ŌYODO     OH-YOH-DOH  
CL  TAMA      TAH-MAH  
CL  ISUZU     EE-SOO-ZOO  
     
DD SHIMOTSUKI SHEE-MOH-TSOO-KEE  
DD HATSUTSUKI HAH-SOO-TSOO-KEE  
DD WAKATSUKI WA-KAH-TSOO-KEE  
DD AKISUKI AH-KEE-SOO-KEE  
DD FUYUTSUKI WHO-YOO-TSOO-KEE  
DD SUZUTSUKI SOO-ZOO-TSOO-KEE  
DD KUWA KOO-WA  
DD MAKI MAH-KEE  
DD SUGI SOO-GEE  
DD KIRI KEE-REE  

 

SOUTHERN FORCE VAN

WARSHIP ENGLISH PRONUNCIATION  
BB  FUSŌ      WHO-SOH  
BB  YAMASHIRO   YAH-MAH-SHEE-ROH   
     
CA  MOGAMI      MOH-GAH-MEE   
     
DD YAMAGUMO YAH-MAH-GOO-MOH  
DD ASAGUMO AH-SAH-GOO-MOH  
DD MICHISHIO MEE-CHEE-SHEE-OH  
DD SHIGURE SHEE-GOO-REH  

 

SOUTHERN FORCE REAR

WARSHIP ENGLISH PRONUNCIATION  
CA  ASHIGARA  AH-SHEE-GAH-RAH  
CA  NACHI       NAH-CHEE    
     
CL  ABUKUMA     AH-BOO-KOO-MAH     
     
DD  SHIRANUI SHEE-RAH-NOO-EE  
DD KASUMI KAH-SOO-MEE  
DD USHIO YOU-SHEE-OH  
DD AKEBONO AH-KEH-BOH-NO