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Japan's Nisshin seaplane carrier

Photos

Nisshin under going speed trials in 1942:
Nisshin under going speed trials in 1942
Imperial Japanese Navy photo

Design

The order for the Nisshin was placed in the 1937 Program.1

There were two catapults for launching the seaplanes.1

The Nisshin could carry 700 mines instead of aircraft.1 They were deployed out a door in the stern.1

Ships

IJN Nisshin

  • Manufacturer: Kure1
  • November 1938: Laid down.1
  • November 30, 1939: Launched.1
  • February 27, 1942: Completed.1
  • 1942: Ramps installed for deploying midget submarines.1
  • July 22, 1943: While carrying reinforcements was sunk off Bougainville by aircraft.1

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  • 1942: Cancelled.1

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  • 1942: Cancelled.1

Specifications

  Nisshin
Crew  
Displacement 11,317 tons1
Physical Characteristics  
Length 636' 6"1
194 m1
Length - Water Line 616' 10"1
188 m1
Length - Between Perpendiculars 570' 10"1
174 m1
Beam 64' 8"1
19.7 m1
Draft / Height 23'1
7 m1
Performance  
Speed 38 knots1
Armament 5" twin turrets1: 31
Anti-Aircraft 25 mm1: 181
Aircraft 251
Mines 7001
Armor  
Engines 6 Cylinder Diesel engines1
Shafts 21
HP 47,0001

Sources:

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