1. The Carrier Striking Force will proceed to the Hawaiian Area with
utmost secrecy and, at the outbreak of war, will launch a resolute
surprise attack on and deal a fatal blow to the enemy fleet in the
Hawaiian Area. The initial air attack is scheduled at 0330 hours,
X Day. Upon completion of the air attacks, the Task Force will
immediately withdraw and return to Japan and, after taking on new
supplies, take its position for Second Period Operations. In the
event that, during this operation, an enemy fleet attempts to intercept
our force or a powerful enemy force is encountered and there is a
danger of attack, the Task Force will launch a counterattack.
2. The disposition of Force will be as shown on Chart 1.
3. The Operation of Each Force.
Around 0700, X-1 Day the Task Force will turn southward at high
speed (approximately 24 knots) from the vicinity of the approaching
point. It will arrive at the take-off point (200 nautical miles
north of the enemy fleet anchorage) at 0100 hours X-Day (0530
Honolulu time) and committ the entire air strength to attack the \
enemy fleet and important airfield on Oahu.
Upon completion of the air attacks, the Task Force will assemble the
aircraft, skirt 800 nautical miles north of Midway, return about
X + 15 Day to the western part of the Inland Sea via the assembly
point (30 N, 165 E) and prepare for Second Period Operations. In
the event of a fuel shortage the Task Force will proceed to Truk via
the assembly point.
The force may skirt Midway in the event that consideration of an
enemy counter-attack is unnecessary due to sucessful air attacks or
if such action is necessitated by fuel shortage.
In this event, the 5th Carrier Division with the support of the
KIRISHIMA from the 3rd Battleship Division will leave the Task Force
on the night of X-Day or the early morning of X + 1 Day and carry
out air attacks on Midway in the early morning of X + 2 Day.
If a powerful enemy force intercepts our return route, the Task Force
will break through the Hawaiian Islands area southward and proceed to
the Marshall Islands.
4. The Task Force may suspend operations en route to the Hawaiian area and
return to Hitokappu, Hokkaido or Mutsu Bay, depending upon the situation.
Carrier Striking Task Force
Admiral Chuichi Nagumo, IJN