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Japan's Ships

Classes and Ships

Type Class or Ship
Aircraft Carriers - Escort Akitsu Maru class9
Aircraft Carriers - Escort Kaiyo2,3,4,9
Aircraft Carriers - Escort Kamakura Maru9
Aircraft Carriers - Escort Kumano Maru9
Aircraft Carriers - Escort Shimane Maru class3,9
Aircraft Carriers - Escort Shinyo2,3,4
Aircraft Carriers - Escort Taiyo class2,3,4,9
Aircraft Carriers - Escort Type 3 TL3 / Type 4 TL4
Aircraft Carriers - Escort Yamashio Maru class3,9
Aircraft Carriers - Fleet Akagi2,3,4,9
Aircraft Carriers - Fleet Hiryu2
Aircraft Carriers - Fleet Junyo class2,4 / Hiyo class3,9
Aircraft Carriers - Fleet Kaga2,3,4,9
Aircraft Carriers - Fleet Shinano2,3,4,9
Aircraft Carriers - Fleet Shokaku class2,3,4,9
Aircraft Carriers - Fleet Soryu2 / Soryu class3,4,9
Aircraft Carriers - Fleet Taiho2,3,4
Aircraft Carriers - Fleet Unryu class2,3,4,9
Aircraft Carriers - Light Chitose class2,4,9 / Chiyoda class3
Aircraft Carriers - Light Hosho2,9 / Hosho class3,4
Aircraft Carriers - Light Ibuki2,3,4,9
Aircraft Carriers - Light Ryuho2,4,9
Aircraft Carriers - Light Ryujo2,3,4,9
Aircraft Carriers - Light Shōhō class3,4,9 / Zuihō class2
Battlecruisers 13 class3,4
Battlecruisers Amagi class3,4
Battlecruisers Kongo class3,4 / Kirishima10
Battlecruisers Type B-644, Type B-653
Battleships Fuso class3,4
Battleships Ise class3,4
Battleships Kaga class3,4
Battleships Kii class3,4
Battleships Nagato class3,4
Battleships Yamato class2,3,4 / Yamato10
Cruisers - Heavy Aoba class2,3,4,5,6,7,8
Cruisers - Heavy Furutaka class2,3,4,5,7
Cruisers - Heavy Ibuki4,7 / Ibuki Class5 / Type A3
Cruisers - Heavy Mogami class2,3,4,5,7,10
Cruisers - Heavy Myôkô class3,4,5,7,10 / Nachi class2
Cruisers - Heavy Takao class2,3,4,5,7
Cruisers - Heavy Tone class2,3,4,5,7
Cruisers - Heavy Type B4
Cruisers - Light Agano class2,3,4,5,7
Cruisers - Light Kuma class2,3,4,5,6,7,8
Cruisers - Light Nagara class2,3,4,5,6,7 / Natori class8
Cruisers - Light Oyodo2,4,5,7
Cruisers - Light Sendai class2,3,4,5,6,7
Cruisers - Light Tatsuta class4 / Tenryu class2,3,5,6,7,8
Cruisers - Light Yubari2,3,4,7, Yubari class5,6
Cruisers - Training Katori class2,3,4,7
Destroyers Akatsuki class2,3,4
Destroyers Akitsuki class2,3
Destroyers Asashio class2,3,4
Destroyers Fubuki class2,3,4
Destroyers Hatsuharu class2,3,4
Destroyers Kagero class2,3,4
Destroyers Kamikaze class3,4
Destroyers Matsu class3,4
Destroyers Mimekaze class3,4
Destroyers Momi class3,4
Destroyers Mutsuki class2,3,4
Destroyers Shimakaze2,3,4
Destroyers Shiratsuyu class2,3,4
Destroyers Terutsuki class4
Destroyers Wakatake class3,4
Destroyers Yugumo class2,3,4
Destroyers - Escort Matsu class2
Destroyers - Escort Tachibana class2
Seaplane Carrier Nisshin9
Submarines A1 class2,3,4 / I 9 class3
Submarines A2 class2,3,4 / I 12 class3
Submarines AM class2,3,4 / I 13 class3
Submarines B1 class2,4 / BI class3 / I 15 class3
Submarines B2 class2,3,4 / I 40 class3
Submarines B3 class2,3,4 / I 54 class3
Submarines C1 class2,3,4 / I 16 class3
Submarines C2 class2,3,4 / I 46 class3
Submarines C3 class2,3,4 / I 52 class3
Submarines D1 class2,3,4 / I 361 class3
Submarines D2 class2,3,4 / I 373 class3
Submarines J1 class2,4 / I 1 class3
Submarines J1M class2,3,4 / I 5 class3 / I54
Submarines J2 class2,3,4 / I 6 class3 / I64
Submarines J3 class2,3,4 / I 7 class3
Submarines K5 class2,4
Submarines K6 class2,3 / RO 35 class3
Submarines KD1 class2,3
Submarines KD2 class2,3,4
Submarines KD3a class2,3,4
Submarines KD3b class2,3,4
Submarines KD4 class2,3,4 / I 64 class3
Submarines KD5 class2,3,4 / I 165 class3
Submarines KD6a class2,3,4 / I 168 class3
Submarines KD6b class2,3,4 / I 174 class3
Submarines KD7 class2,3,4 / I 176 class3
Submarines KRS class2,3,4 / I 121 class3
Submarines KS class2,3,4 / RO 100 class3
Submarines L4 class2,4
Submarines No. 712,3,4
Submarines RO 29 class3
Submarines RO 57 class3
Submarines RO 60 class3
Submarines SH class2,3,4 / I 351 class3
Submarines SS class2,3,4 / Ha 101 class3
Submarines ST class2,3,4 / I 201 class3
Submarines STO class2,3,4 / I 400 class3
Submarines STS class2,3,4 / Ha 201 class3
Submarines Type K64
Submarines Type KT4
Submarines Yu 1 class2,3
Submarines Yu 1001 class2,3
Torpedo Boats Ootori class2,3,4
Torpedo Boats Tomodzuru class2,3,4

What Ships Named After

  • Aircraft Carriers: Mountains1, Dragons1,8, Birds1,8
  • Battleships: Ancient provinces1,8, Mountains1
  • Heavy Cruisers: Mountains1,8
  • Light Cruisers: Rivers1,8
  • Destroyers, 1st Class: Poetic meteorological names1,8
  • Destroyers, 2nd Class: Trees1,8, Flowers1,8, Fruits1,8
  • Torpedo Boats: Birds1,8
  • Minelayers: Islands1, Straits1,8, Channels1,8, Birds1,8

Vessels Sunk

Sunk By Naval Merchant Total
Number Tons Number Tons Number Tons
United States 6111 1,822,2101 2,1171 7,913,8581 2,7281 9,736,0681
Allies 451 69,6361 731 211,6641 1181 281,3001
United States and Allies 101 14,8641 121 57,9231 221 72,7871
Accident 131 50,3381 971 268,9481 1101 319,2861
Japanese Mines     211 67,1971 211 67,1971
Unknown 71 8,5981 261 98,5191 331 107,1171
Total 6861 1,965,6461 2,3461 8,618,1091 3,0321 10,583,7551

Warship Losses

    Battleships Carriers Cruisers Destroyers Submarines
Available
December 1941
Japan 101 101 381 1111 641
United States 171 71 371 1731 1121
Commissioned
December 1941 - August 1945
Japan 21 151 51 521 971
United States 81 261 461 2611 1721
Sunk
December 1941 - August 1945
Japan 111 251 391 1351 1311
United States 21 51 101 541 501
Available
August 1945
Japan 11 41 41 281 301
United States 231 281 731 3801 2341

Merchant Losses

  Number Tons
Japan 2,3461 8,618,1091
United States 981 519,7721

Sources:

  1. Japanese Destroyer Captain, Capt. Tameichi Hara, 1967
  2. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1922-1946, Robert Gardiner, 1987
  3. Japanese Warships of World War II, A. J. Watts, 1966
  4. The Imperial Japanese Navy, A. J. Watts and B. G. Gordon, 1971
  5. Cruisers of World War Two An International Encyclopedia, M. J. Whitley, 1995
  6. The Imperial Japanese Navy in the Pacific War, Mark E. Stille, 2013
  7. Japanese Cruisers of the Pacific War, Eric Lacroix, Linton Wells II, 1997
  8. Janes' Fighting Ships of World War II, 1989
  9. The World's Aircraft Carriers 1914 - 1945, Roger Chesneau, 1986
  10. The Encyclopedia of Weapons of World War II, Chris Bishop, 1998
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