Taiyō-class escort carrier

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Japanese aircraft carrier Chūyō.jpg
Class overview
Name: Taiyō
Completed: 3
General characteristics
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
Aircraft carried: 23-27

The Taiyō class (大鷹型 Taiyō-gata?) was a three-strong class of escort carriers operated by the Imperial Japanese Navy in World War II.

Overview[edit]

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.

Taiyo class aircraft carriers
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[edit]

  • Dr. Bak József et al. (1984): Hadihajók. Típuskönyv.

Zrínyi Katonai Kiadó. ISBN 963-326-326-3

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