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SHINSHU MARU seaplane tender - landing ship-dock of Japanese Army (1935)

Sinshu Maru 1942

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
信州丸 <Shinshu Maru>   Harima Co., Harima 1934 1935 1935 sunk 5/1/1945

 

Displacement standard, t

9000

Displacement on trials, t

11800

Length, m

150.0 pp 156.0 oa

Breadth, m

22.0

Draught, m

8.16

No of shafts

2

Machinery

geared steam turbines

Power, h. p.

8000

Max speed, kts

19

Fuel, t

oil
Endurance, nm(kts)  
Armament

8 x 1 - 75/44 88-shiki, 20 seaplanes (E2N, E3A, E4N, E5Y, E7K), 2 catapults

Military load 29 14-m Daihatsu landing craft or 25 Shohatsu, 2200 troops
Complement 220

Aircraft facilities: There were 2 catapults

Ship project history: First Japanese purpose built amphibious ship, known as MT type. She was classified as landing craft carrier and intended for disembarkation of troops with the help of landing crafts and seaplanes. The project is developed under Army initiative, and the ship was built on means of its budget in great secrecy.

The plane hangar was arranged in the big superstructure, two catapults for starting of seaplanes took places aside fwd of the bridge. Astern there was a special hangar-dock for landing crafts. Loading of troops and vehicles on landing crafts was effected by the board the ship with the help of cranes and hatch davits.

The ship differed a bad stability, already after commission to fix this lack lead ballast was loaded.

Modernizations: ~1942: + 4 x 1 - 20/73 98-shiki

Naval service:During the war ship carried false name (Ryujo Maru or Fuso Maru) for security reasons. Shinshu Maru was sunk at shallow water in Banten Bay, Java 1/3/1942 as a result of  hits of accidental torpedo hit from destroyer Fubuki. She was salvaged and repaired in 1943. 5/1/1945 she was sunk in 40nm SW from (Formosa) by American carrier aircraft of TF.38.

Shinshu Maru

Shinshu Maru

 

Ivan Gogin, 2008-14