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Japan's Kumano Maru escort aircraft carrier

Photos

Kumano Maru in 1945:
Kumano Maru in 1945
Imperial Japanese Army photo

Design

The Kumano Maru was to be a support ship for the Imperial Japanese Army landings. It could launch aircraft, but couldn't recover them.

Landing Craft

Twelve 56' or thirteen 46' landing craft could be launched via doors in the stern.

Ships

IJA Kumano Maru

  • Manufacturer: Hitachi
  • August 15, 1944: Laid down.
  • January 28, 1945: Launched.
  • March 30, 1945: Completed.

Specifications

  Kumano Maru
Crew  
Displacement 8,000 tons
Physical Characteristics  
Length 501'
152.7 m
Length - Between Perpendiculars 465' 9"
141.96 m
Beam 64' 3"
19.58 m
Draft / Height 23'
7 m
Flight Deck 361' x 70' 7"
110 m x 21.5 m
Performance  
Speed 19 knots
Range at 17 knots 6,000 nautical miles
Armament  
Anti-Aircraft 3", 75 mm: 8
25 mm: 6
Aircraft 37
Armor  
Engines  
Boilers 4
Shafts 2
Turbines Geared
HP 10,000

Sources:

  1. The World's Aircraft Carriers 1914 - 1945, Roger Chesneau, 1986
20th Century American Military History Crucial Site