Kamishima in 1947
|Name:||Kamishima class minelayer|
|Preceded by:||Ajiro class|
|Displacement:||766 long tons (778 t) standard|
|Length:||74.50 m (244 ft 5 in) overall|
|Beam:||7.85 m (25 ft 9 in)|
|Draught:||2.60 m (8 ft 6 in)|
The Kamishima class minelayer (神島型敷設艇, Kamishima-gata Fusetsutei) was a class of minelayers of the 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.
- End of 1944, Japanese sea lanes were cut apart by United States Navy. The IJN wanted to secure only the security of the Sea of Japan.
- Therefore, the IJN had to lay a naval mine in La Pérouse Strait, Tsugaru Strait and Tsushima Strait. However, the IJN already exhausted minelayers.
- The IJN planned two kinds of minelayers. One was the large-sized Minoo class, the other the small-sized Kamishima class.
- The Navy Technical Department (Kampon) revised the Hirashima's drawings, and gave escort ship (Kaibōkan) armaments.
- Their Type 5 40 mm AA was the latest anti-aircraft gun in the Imperial Japanese Army and Navy. It was a Japanese version of the Bofors 40 mm.
Ships in class
|Ship #||Ship||Builder||Laid down||Launched||Completed||Fate|
|1801||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.|
|1802||Awashima (粟島)||Sasebo Naval Arsenal||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.|
|1803 - 1806||Cancelled in May 1945.|
|1807||Hikoshima (彦島)||Sasebo Naval Arsenal|
|1808 - 1809|
- Kawanami Kōgyō Corporation undertook her postwar constructions.
- "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 Combined Fleet, Kōjinsha (Japan), June 1988, ISBN 4-7698-0386-9