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Taiyō-class escort carrier
Class overview
Name: Taiyō
Completed: 3
General characteristics
Type: Escort aircraft carrier
Displacement: 17,830 tons standard
19,500 tons max.
Length: 173.7 m (570 ft) waterline
180.4 m (592 ft) overall
Beam: 22.5 m (74 ft)
Draught: 7.74 m (25.4 ft) (Taiyō: 8.0 m (26.2 ft))
Propulsion: 4 Kampon water-tube boilers
2 Kampon geared steam turbines
25,200 shp (18,522 kW)
2 shafts, 1 rudder
Speed: 21 knots (39 km/h)
Range: 6,500 nmi. (12,000 km) at 18 knots (33 km/h)
Other sources: 8,500 nmi.
Armament: see individual ships for details
Armour: 25 mm side belt over machinery spaces and magazines
Aircraft carried: 23-27

The Taiyō class (大鷹型 Taiyō-gata?) was a three-strong class of escort carriers operated by the Imperial Japanese Navy in World War II.

Overview

These ships were ocean liners built by the shipping line Nippon Yusen, requisitioned by the Imperial Japanese Navy and converted to escort carriers. They were usually employed as air-crew training ships, aircraft transports and as anti-submarine convoy escorts. None of them survived the war, all were sunk by submarines.

Taiyo class aircraft carriers
Laid down Launched Commissioned (as carrier) Sunk
Taiyō (大鷹) 6 January 1940 19 September 1940 2 September 1941 18 August 1944
Chūyō (冲鷹) 9 May 1938 20 May 1939 25 November 1942 4 December 1943
Unyō (雲鷹) 14 December 1938 31 October 1939 31 May 1942 17 September 1944

Notes and references

  • Dr. Bak József et al. (1984): Hadihajók. Típuskönyv.

Zrínyi Katonai Kiadó. ISBN 963-326-326-3

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