Japanese Aircraft Carriers Comprehensive List
Japanese Aircraft Carriers comprehensive list contains all available fleet carriers, light and escort carriers operated by the Imperial Japanese Navy. This complements all the information available in this website by classifying all carriers, escort and light carriers into their classes. The predecessors and successors of each carrier as well as the never built but projected ones are also annotated.
Japanese Fleet Aircraft Carriers by classes
Aircraft carrier Akagi-class
Aircraft carrier Kaga-class
Aircraft carrier Shokaku-class
Aircraft carrier Hiryu-class
(after December 1941).
Aircraft carrier Hiyo-class
Aicraft carrier Taiho-class
Aircraft Carrier Shinano-class
Japanese aircraft carrier Shinano (1944, 65,800). The Shinano (largest Japanese river) was a modified Yamato-class ship to become carrier.
Aircraft carrier Unryu-class
Japanese Light Aircraft Carriers by classes
Light aircraft carrier Hosho-class
(Succeeded by Akagi carrier)
Light aircraft carrier Zuiho-class
Light aircraft carrier Ryujo-class
Preceded by Kaga-class and succeeded by Soryu-class
(after December 1941).
Light aircraft carrier Ryuho-class
Japanese light aircraft carrier Ryuho (1934/1942, 16,700): Taigei (“Great Whale) (1934~1941) Ryuho (“Dragon Phoenix”) (1942-1946)
(Converted from the submarine tender Taigei)
Light aircraft carrier Chitose-class
Japanese Escort Aircraft Carriers
Japanese Escort carrier Taiyo-class
(Succeeded by Kaiyo-class)
Japanese escort aircraft carrier Taiyou “Ghost Hawk”(Taiyou-class) (1941, 18,116) (Taiyou-class) (converted Kasuga-Maru ocean liner)
Japanese escort aircraft carrier Chuyou (Taiyou-class) “Hawk which soars” (1942, 18,116) (Taiyou-class) (converted Nitta-Maru ocean liner)
Japanese escort aircraft carrier Unyou “Cloud Hawk” (1942, 18,116) (Taiyou-class) (converted Yawata-Maru ocean liner)
Japanese Escort carrier Kaiyo-class
(Converted from MV Argentina Maru)
Japanese Escort carrier Shinyo-class
(Converted from German Ocean liner SS Scharnhorst) .
Japanese Escort carrier Akitsu Maru-class
Japanese escort aircraft carrier Akitsu Maru (1942, 11,800) (Akitsu Maru-class)
Japanese Escort carrier Shimane Maru-class
Japanese escort aircraft carrier Ootakisan-Maru ’70 % completed but not commissioned; sunk by a mine on August 1945). Projected escort carrier Daiji Maru. 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.
Projected escort carrier Taisha Maru. Project was cancelled in 1944.
Japanese Escort carrier Yamashio Maru-class
Japanese escort aircraft Carrier Yamashio Maru (1945, 16,119). (Yamashio Maru-class). The Yamashio Maru-class was expected to be composed of three ships Yamashio Maru, Chigusa Maru and Zuiun Maru. The second and third sisters were not completed when war ended. Chigusa Maru was sunk but repaired in 1945. They served as oil tankers after war, and scraped in 1963 and 1964, respectively.
Japanese Escort Carrier Kumano Maru-class