The Taiho-class aircraft carriers were a pair of aircraft carriers in service in World War II. Possessing heavy belt armor and featuring an armored flight deck (a first for any Japanese carrier), she represented a major departure in Japanese carrier design and was expected to not only survive multiple bomb, torpedo or shell hits but also continue fighting effectively.

Taihō and Kaihō were approved for construction in the 1939 4th Supplementary Programme. Her design was that of a modified Shōkaku-class. Under the Modified Fleet Replenishment Program of 1942, Taihō and Kaihō were to be the first of a new generation of Japanese aircraft carriers, which would include Taihō and Kaihō, fifteen of a modified Hiryu-subclass (which turned into the Unryu-class), and five of an improved Taiho-class design.

Specifications[edit | edit source]

  • Type: Aircraft Carrier
  • Service Period: 1943-1945
  • Characteristics:
    • Length: 869 feet (264.87 meters)
    • Beam: 89 feet 11 inches (27.41 meters)
    • Draft: 31 feet 6 inches (9.6 meters)
    • Displacement: 29,770 tons (Standard); 37,270 tons (Full Load)
  • Crew: 1,751
  • Propulsion: 8 x Kampon RO Go boilers, 4 x Kampon geared steam turbines, 4 x shafts, 160,000 shp (120,000 kW)
  • Range: 10,000 nautical miles (18,520 kilometers) at 18 knots (33.34 km/h)
  • Speed: 33.3 knots (61.67 km/h)
  • Sensor Suite:
    • Type 13 Air Search RDF x 1
    • Type 21 Air Search RDF x 2
    • Type 94 Fire Control Director x 2
    • Type 95 Fire Control Director x 7
  • Armament:
    • 16 x 10cm/65-caliber Type 98 dual purpose naval guns (8x2)
    • 66 x 25mm/60-caliber Type 96 anti-aircraft guns (22x3)
  • Aircraft Carried: 78 (Mitsubishi A7M2 Reppu fighters, Yokouska D4Y Suiseu dive bombers, Aichi B7A2 Ryusei torpedo/dive bombers, Nakajima C6N1 reconnaissance planes)

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