Japanese Aircraft Carriers of the Imperial Japanese Navy
This page contains the most comprehensive information on the aircraft carriers, light carriers and escort carriers that were enlisted in the Imperial Japanese Navy. They are classified in two groups: As of December of 1941 and those built and enlisted after Pearl Harbor attack on December 1941. A comprehensive list of the Japanese aircraft carriers organised by classes can also be found here.
Japanese Aircraft Carriers as of December 1941
Japanese Aircraft Carriers After December 1941
CV aircraft carrier Shinano (1944, 65,800). The Shinano (largest Japanese river) was a modified Yamato-class ship to become carrier.
Japanese Light Aircraft Carriers
CVL light aircraft carrier Ryuho (1934/1942, 16,700): Taigei (“Great Whale) (1934~1941) Ryuho (“Dragon Phoenix”) (1942-1946)
Japanese Escort Aircraft Carriers (10):
CVE escort aircraft carrier Taiyou “Ghost Hawk”(Taiyou-class) (1941, 18,116) (Taiyou-class) (converted Kasuga-Maru ocean liner)
CVE escort aircraft carrier Chuyou (Taiyou-class) “Hawk which soars” (1942, 18,116) (Taiyou-class) (converted Nitta-Maru ocean liner)
CVE escort aircraft carrier Unyou “Cloud Hawk” (1942, 18,116) (Taiyou-class) (converted Yawata-Maru ocean liner)
CVE escort aircraft carrier Shinyo “Divine Hawk” (1943, 17,500) (Converted from German Ocean liner SS Scharnhorst) .
CVE escort aircraft carrier Akitsu Maru (1942, 11,800) (Akitsu Maru-class)
Note: Only the Shimane Maru was completed and commissioned. The Ootakisan-Maru was 70 % completed but not commissioned; sunk by a mine on August 1945. The construction works on the Daiji Maru were stopped before war ended but re-started after war in 1949. She was renamed as Ryuho Maru and scrapped in 1964. The final sister ship, the Taisha Maru was cancelled in 1944.
Note: Yamashiro Maru-class was also composed of two additional planned escort carriers Chigusa Maru and Zuiun Maru. They were re-converted to oil tankers after the war. They were scrapped in 1963 and 1964, respectively.
Statistics of the Japanese Aircraft Carriers as of December of 1941.
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The following table shows the correspondence between the Empire of the Sun game counters with the real units. You can see that the values are well estimated when compared with real number of aircrafts, and launched/commissioned dates. Shokaku and Zuikaku were comparatively modern carriers. Only six carriers were attack carriers at that moment. Hosho is not represented because its contribution was mainly in training units.
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