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IMPERIAL JAPANESE NAVY (JAPAN)

AIRCRAFT CARRYING SHIPS

SHIMANE MARU escort aircraft carriers of Japanese Army (1945)

Shimane Maru 1945

Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
しまね丸 <Shimane Maru>     Kawasaki, Kobe 8/6/1944 17/12/1944 28/2/1945 sunk 24/7/1945
大滝山丸 <Otakisan Maru>     Kawasaki, Kobe 18/9/1944 14/1/1945 --- sunk incomplete 25/8/1945

 

Displacement standard, t

11800

Displacement normal, t

14500

Length, m

150.0 pp 153.0 wl 160.5 oa

Breadth, m

20.0 wl 23.0 fd

Draught, m

9.10

No of shafts

1

Machinery

1 set geared steam turbines, 2 boilers

Power, h. p.

8600

Max speed, kts

18

Fuel, t

oil

Endurance, nm(kts)

10000(14)

Armament

2 x 1 - 120/45 10-shiki, 9 x 3 - 25/60 96-shiki, 1 x 2 - 25/60 96-shiki, 23 x 1 - 25/60 96-shiki, 12 aircraft (Ki76 ASW planes), 1 DCT (16)

Sensors 3-shiki 1-go radar

Complement

 

Aircraft facilities (fd - 3,565m², ha ? m² / ? m³): Flight deck: 155.0x23.0m. There was small hangar. There was 1 lift. Aircraft fuel stowage: ?.

Ship project history: Escort aircraft carriers-tankers ordered by Army command simultaneously with the ships of Yamashiro Maru class. They could also used as cargo ships. Shimane Maru was designed on the basis of the hull of standard tanker of 1TL type. In comparison with Yamashiro Maru, carriers had more perfect construction and bigger number of air group. It was supposed, that after launch aircrafts will land on coastal airfields. Before her lost Shimane Maru was planned to conversion to coal-burning by the reason of oil shortage.

Modernizations: None.

Naval service: Shimane Maru was sunk by American aircraft of TF.38 at Takamatsu Island 24/7/1945.

Building of Otakisan Maru was suspended in February, 1945 in 70% availability. She was lost in Kobe Bay 25/8/1945 (mined under tow to new place).

Shimane Maru

Ivan Gogin, 2008-14