Imperial Japanese Navy

Imperial Japanese Navy Destroyer Mutsuki-class

IJN Mutsuki-class destroyer in 1930

Imperial Japanese Navy Destroyer Mutsuki-class   The IJN Destroyer Mutsuki-class was an improved version or extension of the earlier Kamikaze-class (1921-1922) and Minekaze-class(1917-1920). There were twelve units constructed between 1924 and 1927. They saw combat during World War 2 and any of them survived to the war. They received traditional Japanese names corresponding to the months […]

Imperial Japanese Navy Katsuragi Aircraft Carrier page update

Katsuragi carrier performing transporting mission of Japanese soldiers betwen Solomon islands and Japan in 1946. Note the Hinomaru symbol on hull side.

Imperial Japanese Navy Katsuragi Aircraft Carrier page update     The Katsuragi Aircraft Carrier page has been posted . The Imperial Japanese Navy Katsuragi Aircraft Carrier be found here. The page is located in the Imperial Japanese Navy section, inside the Carriers of Imperial Japanese Navy subsection. The Katsuragi Aircraft Carrier page includes historical information, air wings/groups and technical […]

Imperial Japanese Navy Unryu Aircraft Carrier page update

Unryu Japanese Aircraft fleet carrier on training mission, summer 1944.

Imperial Japanese Navy Unryu Aircraft Carrier page update     The Unryu Aircraft Carrier page has been posted . The Imperial Japanese Navy Unryu  Aircraft Carrier be found here. The page is located in the Imperial Japanese Navy section, inside the Carriers of Imperial Japanese Navy subsection. The Unryu Aircraft Carrier page includes historical information, air wings/groups and technical […]

Imperial Japanese Navy Amagi Aircraft Carrier page update

Imperial Japanese Navy's aircraft carrier Amagi capsized after U.S. navy air raid, Kure, Japan, 1946

Imperial Japanese Navy Amagi Aircraft Carrier page update     The Amagi Aircraft Carrier page has been updated. The Imperial Japanese Navy Amagi Aircraft Carrier be found here. The page is located in the Imperial Japanese Navy section, inside the Carriers of Imperial Japanese Navy subsection. The Amagi Aircraft Carrier page includes historical information, air wings/groups and technical specifications […]

Imperial Japanese Navy Taiho Aircraft Carrier page update

Imperial Japanese Navy Fleet Carrier Taiho in 1944.

Imperial Japanese Navy Taiho Aircraft Carrier page update     The Taiho Aircraft Carrier page has been updated. The Imperial Japanese Navy Taiho Aircraft Carrier be found here. The page is located in the Imperial Japanese Navy section, inside the Carriers of Imperial Japanese Navy subsection. The Taiho Aircraft Carrier page includes historical information, air wings/groups and technical […]

Imperial Japanese Navy Seaplane Carriers at 1/700 scale

Imperial Japanese oiler Kamoi in 2016.

Imperial Japanese Navy Seaplane Carriers at 1/700 scale     The Imperial Japanese Navy was famous by their battleships, super-battleships such as Yamato and Musashi and fleet carriers such as Akagai, Kaga, Shokaku, Zuikaku, Hiryu and Soryu which led the Pearl Harbor attack on December 1941. However, the Imperial Japanese Navy also had many unique […]

World of Warships: Japanese Ships

Kawachi battleship 1905

World of Warships: Japanese Ships     A new section is published devoted to the World of Warships online multi-player game and the Imperial Japanese Navy. In particular, we describe and examine the units available for the Japanese Navy. This will include pre-war dreadnought battleships such as Mikasa and Kawachi battleships but also more moder […]

Photo-Etching Parts Waterline 1/700 Battleship Ise Imperial Japanese Navy

Battleship Ise

Super Detail Photo-Etching Parts Waterline 1/700 Battleship ISE Imperial Japanese Navy     IJN Battleship Ise   Several manufactures such as Hasegawa and Fujimi offer detailed models of the battleship ISE at 1/700 scale, waterline series. In addition, for those model constructors who are expert and want more detail there are some photo-etching parts that […]

Submarine I-29 [code-named Matsu “pine tree”] : Secret missions to Germany during WWII

The I-29 before departing for secret mission Yanagi.

Imperial Japanese Navy Submarine I-29 and the Secret missions to Germany during WWII   The so-called Yanagi missions consisted on intercontinental travels and trips done by Axis Powers ships to exchange strategic resources and information between Italy, Germany and Japan. Due to the war ships could not further continue the exchange program and this task […]

The Sherlock of the Pacific War

The formation and the uniforms suggests that the operation was not the Pearl Harbor attack but the Indian Ocean Raid.

The Sherlock Holmes of the Pacific War: Ocean Indian Raid Operation or Pearl Harbor Operation ?   The following photo has been always considered as one of the iconic illustration of the previous moments to the Pearl Harbor attack, or at taken during the approach to Pearl Harbor in the context of the Hawaii Operation. […]

Youtube Integration of enhanced Photography – Video and Quiz: Battleships of the Imperial Japanese Navy

Yamashiro Battleship revamped color image.

Battleships of the Imperial Japanese Navy: Enhanced photography and polls   I have been working on enhancing the quality of old photography by reducing the noise, adding color tones and filtering using HT techniques. It means that the photography displayed in the page are unique and first time showed with this special enhancement. In addition, […]

Quiz on the Battle of the Coral Sea

shokaku carrier

Battle of Coral Sea: Summary and Quick Visual Quiz    Following the rapid expansion during January-February of 1942, the Japanese Command understood the necessity to strengthen the South Pacific flank of the Rising Empire of Japan. While some authors have the opinion that it was a defensive operation, others think that it was a preliminary […]

Quiz on the IJN Carrier Akagi

A6M2 Zero fighters prepare to launch from Akagi as part of the second wave during the attack on Pearl Harbor

Quiz on the IJN carrier Akagi    The history of the Carrier Akagi was interesting not only from the operational view point but also from the initial engineering design because she was initially laid down as an Amagi-class battlecruiser at Kure, Japan, on 6 December 1920. The name of the vessel refers to the Mount Akagi, but […]