Kamishima class minelayer ( was a class of minelayers of the 神島型敷設艇, Kamishima-gata Fusetsutei) Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN), serving during and after World War II. 9 vessels were planned under the Maru Sen Programme, however only 1 vessel was completed until the end of war.
Background [ edit ]
Ships in class [ edit ]
Kamishima ( ) 神島 Sasebo Naval Arsenal
20 February 1945
12 June 1945
30 July 1945
Decommissioned 5 September 1945. Surrendered to
Soviet Union at Nakhodka, 3 October 1947.
Awashima ( ) 粟島 Sasebo Naval Arsenal
[1 ] 20 February 1945
26 July 1945
18 April 1946
Incomplete until the end of the war (90%). Surrendered to
United States on 1 October 1947. Sunk as target at on 7 October 1947. 35°24′N 123°53′E / 35.400°N 123.883°E
1803 - 1806
Cancelled in May 1945.
Hikoshima ( ) 彦島 Sasebo Naval Arsenal
1808 - 1809
^ Kawanami Kōgyō Corporation undertook her postwar constructions.
Bibliography [ edit ]
, "Rekishi Gunzō". , History of Pacific War Vol.51, The truth histories of the Imperial Japanese Vessels Part.2 Gakken (Japan), June 2002, ISBN 4-05-602780-3
Ships of the World special issue Vol.45, Escort Vessels of the Imperial Japanese Navy, "Kaijinsha". , (Japan), February 1996
The Maru Special, Japanese Naval Vessels No.47, Japanese naval mine warfare crafts, "Ushio Shobō". (Japan), January 1981 Daiji Katagiri,
Ship Name Chronicles of the Imperial Japanese Navy , Kōjinsha (Japan), June 1988, Combined Fleet ISBN 4-7698-0386-9