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The Amagi-class aircraft carriers were a pair of aircraft carriers built from the first two Amagi-class battlecruisers. They were converted while still under construction to comply with the terms of the Washington Naval Treaty. The ships were rebuilt from 1935 to 1938 with her original three flight decks consolidated into a single enlarged flight deck and an island superstructure. The second aircraft carrier to enter service, and the first fleet carrier. Akagi featured prominently in the development of the IJN's revolutionary carrier striking force doctrine that grouped carriers together, concentrating their air power. This doctrine enabled Japan to attain its strategic goals during the early stages of the Pacific War from February 1942 to early 1943.

Amagi was scrapped as a result of damage taken during the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake while under construction and Akagi was sunk in battle against the American People's Navy at the Second Battle of Midway.

Specifications[]

Original Configuration[]

  • Type: Aircraft Carrier
  • Service Period: 1928-1943
  • Characteristics:
    • Length: 857 feet (261.21 meters)
    • Beam: 101 feet 8 inches (31 meters)
    • Draft: 26 feet 6 inches (8.08 meters)
    • Displacement: 26,900 tons (Standard); 34,364 tons (Full Load)
  • Crew: 1,600
  • Propulsion: 19 x Kampon Type-B boilers, 4 x Gihon geared steam turbines, 4 x shafts, 131,000 shp (98,000 kW)
  • Range: 8,000 nautical miles (14,816 kilometers) at 14 knots (25.93 km/h)
  • Speed: 32.5 knots (60.19 km/h)
  • Armament:
    • 10 x 20cm/50-caliber 3rd Year Type No.1 guns (6x1, 2x2)
    • 12 x 12cm/45-caliber 10th Year Type anti-aircraft gung (6x2)
  • Armour:
    • Belt: 6-inches (152.4 mm)
    • Torpedo Bulges: 4-inches (101.6 mm)
    • Flight Deck: 3.1-inches (78.7 mm)
  • Aircraft Carried: 60 aircraft

1935 Rebuild Configuration[]

  • Type: Aircraft Carrier
  • Service Period: 1928-1943
  • Characteristics:
    • Length: 857 feet (261.21 meters)
    • Beam: 102 feet 9 inches (31.32 meters)
    • Draft: 28 feet 7 inches (8.71 meters)
    • Displacement: 36,500 tons (Standard); 41,300 tons (Full Load)
  • Crew: 2,000
  • Propulsion: 10 x Kampon oil fired boilers, 4 x Kampon geared steam turbines, 4 x shafts, 152,750 shp (130,000 kW)
  • Range: 10,000 nautical miles (18,520 kilometers) at 16 knots (29.63 km/h)
  • Speed: 32.5 knots (60.19 km/h)
  • Armament:
    • 12 x 12.7cm/40-caliber Type 89 dual purpose naval guns (6x2)
    • 12 x 10cm/65-caliber Type 98 dual purpose naval guns (6x2)
    • 56 x 25mm/65-caliber Type 96 anti-aircraft guns (28x2)
  • Armour:
    • Belt: 6-inches (152.4 mm)
    • Torpedo Bulges: 4-inches (101.6 mm)
    • Flight Deck: 3.1-inches (78.7 mm)
  • Aircraft Carried: 81 aircraft

Unit Run[]

  • IJN Amagi - scrapped as a result of damage from the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake
  • IJN Akagi
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