|Owner:||Toyo Kaiun K.K., Tokyo|
|Operator:||Imperial Japanese Navy|
|Builder:||Mitsubishi Zosensho, Nagasaki|
|Fate:||Sunk by torpedo attack February 17, 1944|
|Displacement:||6,938 long tons (7,049 t)|
|Length:||437.4 ft (133.3 m)|
|Beam:||58.5 ft (17.8 m)|
|Draught:||26 ft (7.9 m)|
|Speed:||13.5 knots (25.0 km/h)|
|Range:||5000 nm @ 13.5 knots
(6,700 km at 26 km/h)
|Operations:||Battle of Midway, Operation Hailstorm|
The Fujikawa Maru was requisitioned in 1940 by the Japanese Navy, and was based in Indo-China under the command of the 11th Fleet. She saw service in the Battle of Midway as part of AiRon 7. On 12 September 1943 she was hit by a torpedo fired by the U.S. Submarine Permit, and returned to Japan for repairs. Subsequently on 5 December 1943 she was hit by torpedo bombers from the USS Yorktown suffering minor damage. From thence she was taken to Truk Lagoon (now Chuuk Lagoon) in the Federated States of Micronesia, to undergo repairs.
On 17–18 February 1944 she was hit repeatedly by US bombers and torpedo bombers as part of Operation Hailstone, before she finally sank on 18 February at approximately 7.15am.
The Fujikawa Maru is regarded as the best scuba diving site in Truk Lagoon by both of the principal authors who have undertaken comprehensive surveys of the lagoon, Dan E. Bailey and Klaus Lindemann.
Amongst the more striking features on the wreck are four disassembled fighter aircraft in one of the forward holds. Three of the aircraft are Zero fighters and the fourth is an A5M "Claude" fighter. The vessel also boasts a 6 inch bow gun, left over from the Sino-Japanese war and retrofitted.
- Bailey, Dan E. (1992). World War II: Wrecks of the Kwajalein and Truk Lagoons. North Valley Diver Publications. ISBN 0-911615-05-9.
- Wrecks of Truk Lagoon - The Fujikawa Maru
- At page 288 of his book, Mr Bailey indicated "The wreck has long been the best known and associated with the best of the attractions that Truk has to offer."
- The Times (2007-03-03). "World's best wreck diving". Retrieved 2010-02-06.
- "World's Top 10 Wreck Dives (Part-II)". 2009-07-05. Retrieved 2011-02-14.