Taiyō-class escort carrier
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|Type:||Escort aircraft carrier|
|Displacement:||17,830 tons standard
19,500 tons max.
|Length:||173.7 m (570 ft) waterline
180.4 m (592 ft) overall
|Beam:||22.5 m (74 ft)|
|Draught:||7.74 m (25.4 ft) (Taiyō: 8.0 m (26.2 ft))|
|Propulsion:||4 Kampon water-tube boilers
2 Kampon geared steam turbines
25,200 shp (18,522 kW)
2 shafts, 1 rudder
|Speed:||21 knots (39 km/h)|
|Range:||6,500 nmi. (12,000 km) at 18 knots (33 km/h)
Other sources: 8,500 nmi.
|Armament:||see individual ships for details|
|Armour:||25 mm side belt over machinery spaces and magazines|
These ships were ocean liners built by the shipping line Nippon Yusen, requisitioned by the Imperial Japanese Navy and converted to escort carriers. They were usually employed as air-crew training ships, aircraft transports and as anti-submarine convoy escorts. None of them survived the war, all were sunk by submarines.
|Laid down||Launched||Commissioned (as carrier)||Sunk|
|Taiyō (大鷹)||6 January 1940||19 September 1940||2 September 1941||18 August 1944|
|Chūyō (冲鷹)||9 May 1938||20 May 1939||25 November 1942||4 December 1943|
|Unyō (雲鷹)||14 December 1938||31 October 1939||31 May 1942||17 September 1944|
Notes and references
- Dr. Bak József et al. (1984): Hadihajók. Típuskönyv.
Zrínyi Katonai Kiadó. ISBN 963-326-326-3
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