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The Chitose-class aircraft carriers (千歳型航空母艦 Chitose-gata kōkūbokan) were a class of two light aircraft carriers, of the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II. Under the terms of the Washington Naval Treaty, the total tonnage of Japan's naval vessels was limited by class. The Chitose-class ships were built as seaplane tenders, but were converted to aircraft carriers during construction after Japan left the Washington and London naval treaties. Both ships participated in the Battle of the South China Sea and were sunk.

Specifications[]

  • Type: Light Aircraft Carrier
  • Service Period: 1937-1944
  • Characteristics:
    • Length: 660 feet 11 inches (201.45 meters)
    • Beam: 68 feet 3 inches (20.8 meters)
    • Draught: 24 feet 7 inches (7.49 meters)
    • Displacement: 11,200 tons (Standard); 15,300 tons (Full Load)
  • Crew: 800
  • Propulsion: 4 x boilers, 2 x geared steam turbines, 2 x shafts, 56,800 shp (42,600 kW)
  • Range: 11,810 nautical miles (21,872.1 kilometers) at 18 knots (33.34 km/h)
  • Speed: 28.9 knots (53.52 km/h)
  • Armament:
    • 8 x 12.7cm/40-caliber Type 89 naval gun
    • 30 x 25mm Type 96 anti-aircraft guns
  • Aircraft Carried: 30 aircraft

Unit Run[]

  • IJN Chitose
  • IJN Chiyoda
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