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Akitsushima 1942

Ships


Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
秋津洲 [Akitsushima]     Kawasaki, Kobe 29.10.1940 25.7.1941 29.4.1942 sunk 24.9.1944
千早 [Chihaya]     Kawasaki, Kobe 1941 --- --- cancelled 1941


Technical data


Displacement standard, t4650
Displacement full, t5000
Length, m

109.0 pp 113.0 wl 118.0 oa

Breadth, m

15.8

Draught, m

5.40

No of shafts

2

Machinery

4 diesels

Power, h. p.

8000

Max speed, kts

19

Fuel, tdiesel oil
Endurance, nm(kts) 
Armament

2 x 2 - 127/40 89-shiki, 2 x 2 - 25/60 96-shiki, 1 DCT, 1 large flying boat (H8K)

Complement 


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<i>Akitsushima</i> 1942
Akitsushima 1942
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<i> Akitsushima</i> 1942
Akitsushima 1942


Aircraft facilities

Flying boats were handled by large crane.

Project history

Built under 4th Supplementary Programme and intended for maintenance of large flying boats of type Н8К ("Emily"). For maintenance and repair flying boat was lifted on a quarter-deck by powerful crane.

It was supposed to build three more sister-ships (Nos5031-5033), but works have not been begun.

Modernizations

1944: + 2 x 3 - 25/60 96-shiki

Naval service

Akitsushima was damaged at Truk 17.2.1944 by American carrier aircraft. 24.9.1944 she was sunk at coast of Philippines by American carrier aircraft.