Imperial Japanese Navy


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 Battleship Ise, after conversion to hybrid battleship-carrier, in a revamped color image.

IJN Battleship Ise, after conversion to hybrid battleship-carrier, in a revamped color image.

 

Imperial Japanese Navy History

 

sphere Imperial Japanese Navy Nihon Kaigun was the naval branch of Imperial Japanese Military Forces  from 1868 to 1945. It is reported that some ships were still used to bring back home soldiers after the WW2 end. Therefore, some Imperial Navy warships and crew were still operating until 1947.  This website contains a weekly increasingly number on data , reports and photography on the Combined Fleet (Nihon Kaigun – Imperial Japanese Navy -), Japanese Air Force, Japanese Battleships such as Yamato battleship, Japanese Aircraft Carriers, Submarines, Japanese Heavy Cruisersnavy destroyersordnance and admirals. In addition, the website also reports on scale models inspired in real IJN warships at different scales from 1/700 (Japanese aircraft carriers, IJN Battleships, IJN Heavy Cruisers, IJN Light Cruisers) to 1/2000 (known as model warships) from waterline series Tamiya models, to Fujimi, Aoshima, Skywave and Hasegawa models. We hope you can enhance your knowledge on World War 2 (WW2), especially on the War in the Pacific History, and the strategy and tactics during the Pacific War. Note also that some photography have been enhanced digitally to capture details and atmosphere of the WW2. We also included Battle plans, details and history quiz of the most important battles of the Pacific War such as Battle of Midway and Battle of Coral Sea.

The Imperial Japanese Navy enhanced photography can be found here: Revamped Imperial Japanese Navy photo and video. The complete order of battle of the Imperial Japanese Navy as of December of 1941, based on translation from Japanese Documents can be found here: Order of Battle of the Imperial Japanese Navy, 1941

sphere  As we stated above, some books consider that the IJN still existed until 1947, because some vessels were used to repatriate troops from China and other locations in Asia. There are several names for the Japanese Navy: Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) 1868-1947 (also known in Japanese as Combined fleet (Rengo Kantai) 大日本帝国海軍 Dai-Nippon Teikoku Kaigun or IJN 日本海軍 Nihon Kaigun or Nippon Kaigun). The first name in Japanese for the IJN Japanese Navy can be translated literally as “Navy of the Greater Japanese Empire”). Another names refers to the unique feature of combining air force with vessels as well as combining carriers with surface attack forces: The name associated to this feature was: Combined Fleet or Rengo Kantai in Japanese. This strong naval force was the navy of the Empire of Japan for a long period of time, from 1868 until 1945. When the Pacific War started with the Pearl Harbour attack, the First Air Fleet of the IJN was the most powerfult naval unit on the earth. The Imperial Japanese Navy felt it was invincible. In fact, it was during the second world war when it suffers her first total defeated since she had only achieved spectacular victories in previous conflicts such as the Russian-Japanese war.

Nihon Kaigun: Strategy, Tactics, and Technology in the Imperial Japanese Navy, 1887-1941

sphere After the Japanese surrender in the Pacific War in 1945, it was soon dissolved and only few vessels were still active to take back home soldiers and nationals which were still trapped abroad in other countries such as China and Philippines. when it was dissolved following Japan’s defeat and surrender in World War II. The new maritime force of Japan was named Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) and had strict warfare rules, since it was developed to be merely a defensive force.

sphere When the  Japanese Imperial Navy was developed, by 1920, it was the third largest navy in the world by 1920, only behind the Royal Navy and the United States Navy. It innovated in many aspects such as combining carriers with surface attack vessels and cooperating with air forces such as the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service and the Naval Air Force based on newly developed attack carriers. She received the name of Combined Fleet.

The Imperial Japanese Navy: (Nihon Kaigun) 1900 – 1945

 

This is a book I could purchase recently and that helped me to learn new information from the Imperial Japanese Navy during the Pacific War. It is published relatively recent, on 9 December 2014, and brings new data, documents and illustrations on the conflict and the organization and vessels of the IJN. A nice cover book with deep and well-elaborated content.

sphere   We have a lot of information for everything you may need to understand the Imperial Japanese Navy structure and know in detail each of her units from carriers, battleships,  cruisers, destroyers and submarines to auxiliary ships, weapons, crew, time line of the ships, naval air groups, naval landing units, secret weapons and strategic plans and operations. Specific information for each vessel and unit are just some of the helpful things you may find in this website, aimed to be largest and well-organized site for the Imperial Japanese Navy.

 

Imperial Japanese Navy Carriers

Vessels Class Colored Photography(to be added) Vessel Type Warships (Years in Service in IJN) Approx. Displacement Fate
Akagi-class Aircraft carrier Akagi (1927–1942) 36,500 tonnes Sunk at Midway on June 5, 1942
Kaga-class Aircraft carrier Kaga (1928–1942) 38,200 tonnes Converted from a Tosa-class battleship. Sunk at Midway on June 4, 1942
Sōryū-class Aircraft carrier Sōryū (1937–1942)
Hiryū (1939–1942)
16,200 tonnes Hiryu was sunk at Midway on June 5, 1942Soryu was sunk on June 4, 1942
Shōkaku-class Aircraft carrier Shōkaku (1941–1944)
Zuikaku (1941–1944)
25,675 tonnes
Unryū-class Aircraft carrier Unryū (1944–1945)
Amagi (1944–1945)
Katsuragi (1944–1945)
17,480 tonnes The design for these ships was based on the aircraft carrier Hiryū. IJN Planned to build 16 ships, however only 3 completed, 2 almost completed but project later abandoned then scrapped after the war. 
Taihō-class Aircraft carrier Taihō (1944–1944) 30,250 tonnes  She was sunk by the USS Albacore on June 19, 1944
Shinano-class Aircraft carrier Shinano (1944–1944) 65,800 tonnes She was sunk on November 29, 1944
Light Aircraft Carrier (9)
Class Picture Type Ships Displacement Note
Hosho-class Light aircraft carrier Hosho (1922–1945) 7,470 tonnes First purpose-built carrier in the world.
Ryujo-class Light aircraft carrier Ryujo (1931–1942) 8,000 tonnes
Hiyo-class Light aircraft carrier Hiyo (1942–1944)
Junyo (1942–1946)
24,150 tonnes Converted from an ocean liner in 1939.
Zuiho-class Light aircraft carrier Zuiho (1940–1944)
Shoho (1939–1942)
11,443 tonnes
Chitose-class Light aircraft carrier Chitose (1938–1944)
Chiyoda (1938–1944)
11,200 tonnes Both ships were seaplane tenders before their conversion in 1943.
Ryuho-class Light aircraft carrier Ryuho (1934/1942–1945) 16,700 tonnes Converted from the submarine tender Taigei 1941–1942. Recommissioned as Ryūhō 1942.
Escort Carrier (10)
Class Picture Type Ships Displacement Note
Taiyo-class Escort carrier Taiyo (1941–44)
Chuyo (1942–43)
Unyo (1942–44)
17,830 tonnes  Converted from Nitta-Maru class ocean liners
Kaiyo-class Escort carrier Kaiyo (1943–1945) 13,600 tonnes. Converted from ocean liner Argentina Maru.
Shinyo-class Escort carrier Shinyo (1943–1944) 17,500 tonnes  Converted from the German ocean liner SS Scharnhorst.
Akitsu Maru-class Escort carrier Akitsu Maru (1942–1944)
Nigitsu Maru (1942?–1944)
11,800 tonnes Worlds’ first Amphibious Assault ships. Operated by Imperial Japanese Army.
Shimane Maru-class Escort carrier Shimane Maru (1945–1945) 11,989 tonnes
Yamashio Maru-class Escort carrier Yamashio Maru (1945–1945) 16,119 tonnes Yamashiro Maru-class also planned two more carriers: Chigusa Maru and Zuiun Maru. They were oil tankers after war and scrapped in 1963 and 1964, respectively.
Kumano Maru-class Escort carrier Kumano Maru (1945–1945) 8,258 tonnes Operated by Imperial Japanese Army. Survived to the war and served in repatriation and transport missions until 1948.

Imperial Japanese Navy Battleships

Battlecruiser (4)
Vessel Class Colored Photography Vessel Type warships approx. Displacement Fate
Kongo-class Fast battleship Kongo
Hiei
Kirishima
Haruna
32,156 tonnes
Battleship (8)
Class Picture Type Ships Displacement Note
Fuso-class Battleship Fuso
Yamashiro
29,330 tonnes
Ise-class Battleship Ise
Hyūga
27,384 tonnes Converted into Aviation Battleship in 1943.
Nagato-class Battleship Nagato
Mutsu
32,720 tonnes
Yamato-class Battleship Yamato
Musashi
69,988 tonnes 5 planned, 1 converted into Aircraft carrier, 2 cancelled. Yamato was sunk during the battle of Okinawa.

Imperial Japanese Navy Heavy Cruisers

Heavy Cruiser (18)
Class Picture Type Ships Displacement Note
Furutaka-class Heavy cruiser Furutaka
Kako
7,100 tonnes
Aoba-class Heavy cruiser Aoba
Kinugasa
7,100 tonnes
Myōkō-class Heavy cruiser Myōkō
Nachi
Haguro
Ashigara
11,633 tonnes
Takao-class Heavy cruiser Takao
Atago
Maya
Chōkai
11,633 tonnes
Mogami-class Heavy cruiser Mogami
Mikuma
Suzuya
Kumano
8,500 tonnes Suzuya and Kumano is Considered as Suzuya Sub-class.
Mogami considered as an Aviation Cruiser by IJN (1943).
Tone-class Heavy cruiser Tone
Chikuma
11,213 tonnes Considered as Aviation Cruisers by IJN

Imperial Japanese Navy Light Cruisers

Light Cruiser (24)
Class Picture Type Ships Displacement Note
Tenryū-class Light cruiser Tenryū
Tatsuta
3,948 tonnes
Kuma-class Light cruiser Kuma
Tama
Kitakami
Ōi
Kiso
5,500 tonnes Kitakami, Ōi and Kiso later Converted to Torpedo cruiser under a short-lived Imperial Japanese Navy program.
Nagara-class Light cruiser Nagara
Isuzu
Yura
Natori
Kinu
Abukuma
5,570 tonnes
Yūbari-class Light cruiser Yūbari 2,890 t tonnes She was an experimental light cruiser.
Sendai-class Light cruiser Sendai
Jintsu
Naka
5,195 tonnes Planned 8. Cancelled 5.
Katori-class Light cruiser Katori
Kashima
Kashii
5,890 tonnes Planned 4. Cancelled 1.Originally served as Training Ship.
Agano-class Light cruiser Agano
Noshiro
Yahagi
Sakawa
6,652 tonnes
Ōyodo-class Light cruiser Ōyodo 8,164 tonnes Planned 2. Cancelled 1.
Yasoshima-class Light cruiser Yasoshima 2,448 tonnes Serve for Republic of China Navy under the name Ping Hai until seized and re-float on 1938 by IJN after sunken a year before.

Imperial Japanese Navy Destroyers

Destroyer (169)
Class Picture Type Ships Displacement Note
Momi-class Destroyer Momi
Kaya
Nashi
Take
Kaki
Tsuga
Nire
Kuri
Kiku
Aoi
Hagi
Fuji
Susuki
Hishi
Hasu
Warabi
Tade
Sumire
Tsuta’
Ashi’
Yomogi’
850 tonnes 28 vessel planned 21 completed. 7 re-ordered as the new Wakatake-class. Relegated to mostly secondary roles.
Minekaze-class Destroyer Minekaze
Sawakaze
Okikaze
Shimakaze
Nadakaze
Yakaze
Hakaze
Shiokaze
Akikaze
Yūkaze
Tachikaze
Hokaze
Nokaze
Namikaze
Numakaze
1,345 tonnes
Wakatake-class Destroyer Wakatake
Kuretake
Sanae’
Sawarabi
Asagao
Yūgao
Fuyō
Karukaya
900 tonnes 23 vessel planned 8 completed. Relegated to mostly secondary roles.
Kamikaze-class Destroyer Kamikaze
Asakaze
Harukaze
Matsukaze
Hatakaze
Oite
Hayate
Asanagi
Yūnagi
1,400 tonnes
Mutsuki-class Destroyer Mutsuki
Kisaragi
Yayoi
Uzuki
Satsuki
Minazuki
Fumizuki
Nagatsuki
Kikuzuki
Mikazuki
Mochizuki
Yūzuki
1,315 tonnes
Fubuki-class Destroyer Fubuki
Shirayuki
Hatsuyuki
Miyuki
Murakumo
Shinonome
Usugumo
Shirakumo
Isonami
Uranami
1,750 tonnes
Ayanami-class Destroyer Ayanami
Shikinami
Asagiri
Yūgiri
Amagiri
Sagiri
Oboro
Akebono
Sazanami
Ushio
1,750 tonnes Also known as Type II Fubuki-class.
Akatsuki-class Destroyer Akatsuki
Hibiki
Ikazuchi
Inazuma
1,750 tonnes Also known as Type III Fubuki-class.
Hatsuharu-class Destroyer Hatsuharu
Nenohi
Wakaba
Hatsushimo
Ariake
Yūgure
1,530 tonnes
Shiratsuyu-class Destroyer Shiratsuyu
Shigure
Murasame
Yūdachi
Harusame
Samidare
Umikaze
Yamakaze
Kawakaze
Suzukaze
1,685 tonnes
Asashio-class Destroyer Asashio
Ōshio
Michishio
Arashio
Natsugumo
Yamagumo
Minegumo
Asagumo
Arare
Kasumi
1,685 tonnes
Kagerō-class Destroyer Kagerō
Shiranui
Kuroshio
Oyashio
Hayashio
Natsushio
Hatsukaze
Yukikaze
Amatsukaze
Tokitsukaze
Urakaze
Isokaze
Hamakaze
Tanikaze
Nowaki
Arashi
Hagikaze
Maikaze
Akigumo
2,000 tonnes Called Destroyer Type-A by IJN.
Yūgumo-class Destroyer Yūgumo
Makigumo
Kazagumo
Naganami
Makinami
Takanami
Ōnami
Kiyonami
Tamanami
Suzunami
Fujinami
Hayanami
Hamanami
Okinami
Kishinami
Asashimo
Hayashimo
Akishimo
Kiyoshimo
2,077 tonnes Called Destroyer Type-A by IJN.
Akizuki-class Destroyer Akizuki
Teruzuki
Suzutsuki
Hatsuzuki
Niizuki
Wakatsuki
Shimotsuki
2,700 tonnes
Fuyutsuki-class Destroyer Fuyutsuki
Harutsuki
Yoizuki
Natsuzuki
2,700 tonnes Akizuki-subclass.
Michitsuki-class Destroyer Hanazuki 2,700 tonnes 16 vessel planned homever only 1 completed.
Akizuki-subclass.
Shimakaze-class Destroyer Shimakaze 2,570 tonnes
Matsu-class Destroyer Matsu
Take
Ume
Momo
Kuwa
Kiri
Sugi
Maki
Momi
Kashi
Kara
Nara
Sakura
Yanagi
Tsubaki
Hinoki
Kaede
Keyaki
1,260 tonnes
Tachibana-class Destroyer Tachibana
Kaki
Kaba
Tsuta
Hagi
Sumire
Kusunoki
Katsuzakura
Nire
Nashi
Shii
Enoki
Odake
Hatsuume
1,350 tonnes Matsu-subclass.

Imperial Japanese Navy Torpedo Boats

Torpedo Boat (12)
Class Picture Type Boats Displacement Note
Chidori-class Torpedo boat Chidori
Manazuru
Tomozuru
Hatsukari
600 tonnes 20 vessel planned however only 4 completed. 16 replaced by Ōtori-class.
Ōtori-class Torpedo boat Ōtori
Hiyodori
Hayabusa
Kasasagi
Kiji
Kari
Sagi
Hato
Hatsutaka
Aotaka
Wakataka
Kumataka
Yamadori
Mizutori
Umidori
Komadori
960 tonnes 16 vessel planned however only 8 completed.

Imperial Japanese Navy Submarine Fleet

Submarine (213)
Class Picture Type Boats Displacement Note
I-1-class Submarine I-1
I-2
I-3
I-4
I-5
I-6
I-7
I-8
1,970 tonnes The official designation of the submarine was Junsen type submarine
I-9-class Submarine I-9
I-10
I-11
I-12
I-13
I-14
2,434 tonnes The official designation of the submarine was Type A (Ko) submarine.
I-15-class Submarine I-15
I-17
I-19
I-21
I-23
I-25
I-26
I-27
I-29
I-30
I-31
I-32
I-33
I-34
I-35
I-36
I-37
I-38
I-39
I-40
I-41
I-42
I-43
I-44
I-45
I-54
I-58
2,184 tonnes The official designation of the submarine was Type B (Otsu) submarine.
I-16-class Submarine I-16
I-18
I-20
I-22
I-24
I-46
I-47
I-48
I-52
I-53
I-55
2,184 tonnes The official designation of the submarine was Type C (Hei) Submarine.
I-361-class Submarine I-361
I-362
I-363
I-364
I-365
I-366
I-367
I-368
I-369
I-370
I-371
I-372
I-373
1,440 tonnes The official designation of the submarine was Type D (Tei) submarine
I-51-class Submarine I-51
I-152
I-153
I-154
I-155
I-156
I-157
I-158
I-159
I-60
I-63
I-61
I-162
I-164
I-165
I-66
I-67
I-168
I-169
I-70
I-171
I-73
I-174
I-175
I-176
I-177
I-178
I-179
I-180
I-181
I-182
I-183
I-184
I-185
1,575 tonnes The official designation of the submarine was Kaidai type submarine
I-121-class Submarine I-121
I-122
I-123
I-124
1,142 tonnes The official designation of the submarine was Kiraisen type submarine
I-351-class Submarine I-351 3,512 tonnes Planned 6. Completed 1.
The official designation of the submarine was Senho type submarine
I-201-class Submarine I-201
I-202
I-203
6,560 tonnes The official designation of the submarine was Sentaka type submarine
I-501-class Submarine I-501 1,616 tonnes Was Germany Nazi submarine under the name U-181, until give to Japan May 1945.
I-502-class Submarine I-502 1,610 tonnes Was Germany Nazi submarine under the name U-862, until give to Japan May 1945.
I-503-class Submarine I-503 1,610 tonnes Was Regia Marina submarine under the name Cappelini then captured by IJN after Italy capitulation then given to Kriegsmarine on September 1943 under the name UIT-24. After that captured again by IJN on May 1945 after German Nazi surrender.
I-504-class Submarine I-504 1,763 tonnes Was Regia Marina submarine under the name Luigi Torelli then it being temporarily interned to IJN after Italy capitulation then given to Kriegsmarine on September 1943 under the name UIT-25. After that captured again by IJN on May 1945 after German Nazi surrender.
I-505-class Submarine I-505 1,763 tonnes Was Germany Nazi submarine under the name U-219, until give to Japan May 1945.
I-506-class Submarine I-506 1,610 tonnes Was Germany Nazi submarine under the name U-195, until give to Japan May 1945.
Ro-11-class Submarine Ro-11
Ro-12
Ro-13
Ro-14
Ro-15
Ro-16
Ro-17
Ro-18
Ro-19
Ro-20
Ro-21
Ro-22
Ro-23
Ro-24
Ro-25
Ro-26
Ro-27
Ro-28
Ro-29
Ro-30
Ro-31
Ro-32
Ro-33
Ro-34
Ro-35
Ro-36
Ro-37
Ro-37
Ro-38
Ro-39
Ro-40
Ro-41
Ro-42
Ro-43
Ro-44
Ro-45
Ro-46
Ro-47
Ro-48
Ro-49
Ro-50
Ro-55
Ro-56
720 tonnes The official designation of the submarine was Type Kaichū submarine.
Ro-51-class Submarine Ro-51
Ro-52
Ro-53
Ro-54
Ro-55
Ro-56
Ro-57
Ro-58
Ro-59
Ro-60
Ro-61
Ro-62
Ro-63
Ro-64
Ro-65
Ro-66
Ro-67
Ro-68
893 tonnes The official designation of the submarine was Type L submarine
Ro-100-class Submarine Ro-100
Ro-101
Ro-102
Ro-103
Ro-104
Ro-105
Ro-106
Ro-107
Ro-108
Ro-109
Ro-110
Ro-111
Ro-112
Ro-113
Ro-114
Ro-115
Ro-116
Ro-117
525 tonnes
Ha-201-class Submarine Ha-201
Ha-202
Ha-203
Ha-204
Ha-205
Ha-207
Ha-208
Ha-209
Ha-210
Ha-216
320 tonnes Never saw in Combat
The official designation of the submarine was Sentaka-Shō type submarine.
Ro-500-class Submarine Ro-500 1,120 tonnes Was Germany Nazi submarine under the name U-511, until give to Japan 16 September 1943.
Ro-501-class Submarine Ro-501 1,144 tonnes Was Germany Nazi submarine under the name U-1224, until give to Japan 15 February 1944.
Submarine aircraft carrier (3)
Class Picture Type Boats Displacement Note
I-400-class Submarine aircraft carrier I-400
I-401
I-402
6,560 tonnes The official designation of the submarine was Sentoku type Submarine.
Transport Submarine (49)
Class Picture Type Boats Displacement Note
Ha-101-class Transport submarine Ha-101
Ha-102
Ha-103
Ha-104
Ha-105
Ha-106
Ha-107
Ha-108
Ha-109
Ha-111
370 tonnes The official designation of the submarine was Sen’yu type submarine
Yu-class Tranport submarine Yu-1
Yu-2
Yu-3
Yu-4
Yu-5
Yu-6
Yu-7
Yu-8
Yu-9
Yu-10
Yu-11
Yu-12
Yu-13
Yu-14
Yu-15
Yu-16
Yu-17
Yu-18
Yu-19
Yu-20
Yu-21
Yu-22
Yu-23
Yu-24
Yu-1001
Yu-1002
Yu-1003
Yu-1004
Yu-1005
Yu-1006
Yu-1007
Yu-1008
Yu-1009
Yu-1010
Yu-2001
Yu-2002
Yu-3001
Yu-3002
Yu-3003
274 tonnes Used by Imperial Japanese Army.

Submarine Tender

Submarine Tender (3)
Class Picture Type Ships Displacement Note
Jingei-class Submarine tender Jingei
Chōgei
6,240 tonnes
Taigei-class Submarine tender Taigei 16,700 tonnes Converted into Light aircraft carrier.

Imperial Japanese Navy Repair Ships

Repair Ship (2)
Class Picture Type Ships Displacement Note
Asahi-class Repair ship Asahi 15,200 tonnes Converted from Pre-dreadnought battleship.
Akashi-class Repair ship Akashi 9,000 tonnes

Imperial Japanese Navy Food Supply Ships

Food Supply Ship (8)
Class Picture Type Ships Displacement Note
Mamiya-class Food supply ship Mamiya 15,820 tonnes
Nosaki-class Food supply ship Nosaki 650 tonnes
Kinesaki-class Food supply ship Kinesaki
Hayasaki
Shirasaki
Arasaki
910 tonnes
Irako-class Food supply ship Irako 9,570 tonnes
Kurasaki-class Food supply ship Kurasaki
Muroto-class Food supply ship Muroto 8,125 tonnes
Kitakami-Maru-class Food supply ship Kitakami-Maru 498 tonnes

 



▽ Imperial Japanese Navy – Nihon Kaigun

 

organization of the imperial japanese navy

Nihon Kaigun organization
The structure and history of the
Imperial Japanese Navy

 

 

aircraft carriers of the imperial japanese navy

Aircraft Carriers
The battle and light aircraft carriers
of the Imperial Japanese Navy

 

 

battleships of the Imperial Japanese Navy

Battleships
The Battleships and Battlecruisers of
the Imperial Japanese Navy

 

 

heavy cruisers of the imperial japanese navy

Heavy Cruisers
The heavy cruisers of the
Imperial Japanese Navy

 

 

light cruisers of the imperial japanese navy

Light Cruisers
The light cruisers
of the Imperial Japanese Navy

 

 

destroyers of the imperial japanese navy

Destroyers
The destroyers squadrons of the
Imperial Japanese Navy

 

 

submarines of the imperial japanese navy

Submarines
The submarines fleet
of the Imperial Japanese Navy

 

 

auxiliary ships of the imperial japanese navy

Auxiliary Ships
The training, hospital, and other
auxiliary ships in the IJN

 

 

timeline of the japanese imperial navy warships

The TimeLine of ships
The design and operations
timeline records of the IJN warships

 

 

japanese land-based air groups

Naval Air Groups
The Land-Based Japanese
Navy Air-Groups

 

 

Japanese navy landing forces

Naval Landing Forces 1928-1945
Japanese Special Naval Landing Forces (SNLF),
Landing Forces (SNLF) 海軍特別陸戦隊

 

 

japanese secret weapons and technologies

Secret Weapons of the IJN
The secret weapons and teachnologies
of the Imperial Japanese Navy

 

 

strategic plans and doctrines of the IJN

Strategic Plans of the IJN
The strategic doctrines and
plans of the IJN

 

▽ List of Ships: Imperial Japanese Navy – Nihon Kaigun

 

Imperial Japanese Navy Aircraft Carriers

 

sphere Light carrier Hōshō “Phoenix in Flight”

sphere Carrier Akagi “Red Castle”

sphere Carrier Kaga, named after the former Kaga Province in present-day Ishikawa Prefecture.

sphere Carrier Shōkaku “Soaring Crane”

sphere Carrier Zuikaku  “Auspicious Crane”

sphere Carrier Hiryu  “Flying Dragon”

sphere Carrier Soryu “Blue Dragon”

sphere Light Carrier Zuiho  “Auspicious Phoenix” or “Fortunate Phoenix

sphere Light Carrier Shoho  “Auspicious Phoenix” or “Happy Phoenix”

sphere Light Carrier Ryujo  “Dragon Horse”

sphere Light Carrier Taiyo “Goshawk”)

(After 1941)

sphere Carrier Junyo “Peregrine Falcon”)

 

Imperial Japanese Navy Battleships

 

sphere Battleship Fuso  (Fusō-class)

sphere Battleship Yamashiro (Mountain castle) ( Fusō-class)

sphere Battleship Nagato (named for Nagato Province) (Nagato-class)

sphere Battleship Mutsu named after an province in Fukushima area) (Nagato-class)

sphere Battlecruiser Kongo (Kongo-class)

sphere Battlecruiser Hiei (Kongo-class)

sphere Battlecruiser Kirishima (Kongo-class)

sphere Battlecruiser Haruna ( Kongo-class)

sphere Battleship Ise (Ise-class)

sphere Battleship Hyuga (Ise-class)

sphere Battleship Yamato (Yamato-class)

sphere Battleship Mushashi (Yamato-class)

 

Imperial Japanese Navy Heavy Cruisers

 

    Tone-class
sphere Heavy Cruiser Tone
sphere Heavy Cruiser Chikuma

 

     Mogami-class
sphere Heavy Cruiser Mogami 

sphere Heavy Cruiser Mikuma 

sphere Heavy Cruiser Suzuya 

sphere Heavy Cruiser Kumano 

 

    Takao-class
sphere Heavy Cruiser Takao 

sphere Heavy Cruiser Atago 

sphere Heavy Cruiser Maya 

sphere Heavy Cruiser Chokai 

 

    Furutaka-class

sphere Heavy Cruiser Furutaka
sphere Heavy Cruiser Kako

 

     Aoba-class
sphere Heavy Cruiser Aoba
sphere Heavy Cruiser Kinugasa

 

    Myoko-class
sphere Heavy Cruiser Myoko
sphere Heavy Cruiser Nachi
sphere Heavy Cruiser Haguro
sphere Heavy Cruiser Ashigara


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  1. Hi, I am searching for information regarding ship production and replacement during the war. I am trying to find out how many new ships were built and launched by Japan, naval and merchantman, during the war. I am a veteran information researcher however, on this, I am not finding much information. Thank you

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