[[Rear Admiral]] Matsuda Chiaki ([[Japanese language|Japanese]]: 松田千秋) (29 September 1896 – 6 November 1995) was an [[admiral]] in the [[Imperial Japanese Navy]] and the third captain of the [[...|Yamato]].
== Early life and career ==
Matsuda was born in [[Kamoto, Kumamoto|]], now part of the city of [[Yamaga, Kumamoto|]]. He entered the [[Imperial Japanese Naval Academy]] in September 1913. He was graduated as a [[midshipman]], placing 14th out of 95 students, on 11 December 1916 while on a training cruise aboard the cruiser [[Japanese cruiser Tokiwa|Tokiwa]]. The cruise began at Sasebo and took him to the ports of [[Osaka]], , [[Maizuru]], [[Incheon]], [[Zhenhai]], [[Dalian]], [[Lushun]], [[Weihaiwei]] and [[Qingdao]]. He returned to Japan on 3 March 1917, resuming his training on 5 April with another cruise in the which took him to [[Vancouver]], [[San Francisco]], [[Keelung]], [[Hong Kong]] (San Pedro), [[Honolulu]], [[Palau]], [[Yap]] and [[Angaur]]. He returned to Japan on 17 August and joined the crew of the [[...|Haruna]] two days later. He was commissioned an [[ensign]] on 1 December and joined the battleship [[...|Kawachi]]. After the Kawachi was sunk in a magazine explosion on 12 July 1918, he rejoined the Haruna on 15 August before joining the cruiser [[Japanese cruiser Azuma|Azuma]] as a supplementary guidance officer on 9 November.