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SHINSHU MARU dock landing ship - seaplane tender (1935)


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Shinshu Maru

Ships


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


Technical data


Displacement standard, t9000
Displacement full, t11800 on trials
Length, m

150.0 pp 156.0 oa

Breadth, m

22.0

Draught, m

8.16

No of shafts

2

Machinery

2 sets geared steam turbines

Power, h. p.

8000

Max speed, kts

19

Fuel, toil
Endurance, nm(kts) 
Armament

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

Military load29 14-m Daihatsu landing craft or 25 Shohatsu, 2200 troops
Complement220


Standard scale images


<i>Sinshu Maru</i> 1942
Sinshu Maru 1942


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<i> Shinshu Maru</i>
Shinshu Maru
<i> Shinshu Maru</i>
Shinshu Maru


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 design was 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 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 alongside with the help of cranes and hatch davits. The ship had 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 Такао (Formosa) by American carrier aircraft of TF.38.