Ashizuri-class combat support ship

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Japanese oiler Ashizuri in 1943.jpg
Ashizuri in 1943
Class overview
Name: Ashizuri class combat support ship
Builders: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
Operators: Naval Ensign of Japan.svg Imperial Japanese Navy
Built: 1941–1943
In commission: 1943–1944
Planned: 2
Completed: 2
Lost: 2
General characteristics
Displacement: 7,951 long tons (8,079 t) standard
Length: 133.0 m (436 ft 4 in) overall
Beam: 16.8 m (55 ft 1 in)
Draught: 6.0 m (19 ft 8 in)
Propulsion: 2 × Mitsubishi/MAN Model 60 diesels, 2 shafts, 6,000 bhp (4,500 kW)
Speed: 16 knots (18 mph; 30 km/h)
Range: 5,500 nmi (10,200 km) at 14 kn (16 mph; 26 km/h)
Capacity: 2,350 tons for gasoline
880 tons for ammunitions and foods
Complement: 192
Armament: Ashizuri, 1943
4 × 127 mm (5.0 in) L/40 AA gun
4 × Type 96 25mm AA guns

The Ashizuri class combat support ship (足摺型給油艦 Ashizuri-gata kyūyukan?) was a class of two support ships of the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN), serving during World War II.

Construction[edit]

In 1940, the IJN planned two support ship classes to help their aircraft carriers. One was the 4,500 ton Sunosaki class, the other one the 8,000 ton Ashizuri class. The Ashizuri was planned to support for two large-sized carriers (Akagi, Kaga and Shōkaku class) in the battlefield. The thought is the same as USS Sacramento.

Service[edit]

Not joining the IJN till mid 43 when the Japanese navy was well and truly on the back foot, the ships participated in convoy duties delivering fuel oil around Southeast Asia. Their top speed of 16 knots meant that they would not have been capable of keeping up with the fast carrier battle groups.

Ashizuri was sunk by the USS Puffer (SS268) 05 June 1944, and Shioya was lost to the USS Rasher (SS269) three days later.

Ships in class[edit]

Ship # Ship Builder Laid down Launched Completed Fate
219 Ashizuri (足摺?) Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Nagasaki Shipyard 08-07-1941 16-05-1942 30-01-1943 Sunk by USS Puffer at Sulu Sea 06°33′N 122°55′E / 6.550°N 122.917°E / 6.550; 122.917 05-06-1944.
220 Shioya (塩屋?) Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Nagasaki Shipyard 01-04-1942 08-03-1943 09-11-1943 Sunk by USS Rasher at west of Manado 08-06-1944.

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