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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.

There were two catapults for launching the seaplanes.

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

Ships

IJN Nisshin

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

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  • 1942: Cancelled.

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  • 1942: Cancelled.

Specifications

  Nisshin
Crew  
Displacement 11,317 tons
Physical Characteristics  
Length 636' 6"
194 m
Length - Water Line 616' 10"
188 m
Length - Between Perpendiculars 570' 10"
174 m
Beam 64' 8"
19.7 m
Draft / Height 23'
7 m
Performance  
Speed 38 knots
Armament 5" twin turrets: 3
Anti-Aircraft 25 mm: 18
Aircraft 25
Mines 700
Armor  
Engines 6 Cylinder Diesel engines
Shafts 2
HP 47,000

Sources:

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