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IJN Shokaku

The Japanese aircraft carrier IJN Shokaku at sea on August 23rd, 1941.

The Shōkaku-class (翔鶴型 Shōkaku-gata) was a pair of aircraft carriers of the Imperial Japanese Navy built before World War II. Only two vessels were built in this class; Shōkaku and Zuikaku. Together, they formed the 5th Carrier Division. Both were lost in action during World War II.


  • Type: Aircraft Carrier
  • Service Period: 1941-1945
  • Characteristics:
    • Length: 844 feet 10 inches (257.51 meters)
    • Beam: 85 feet 4 inches (26.01 meter)
    • Draft: 29 feet 2 inches (8.89 meters)
    • Displacement: 25,675 tons (Standard); 32,000 tons (Full Load)
  • Crew: 1,660
  • Propulsion: 8 x boilers, 4 x Kanpon geared steam turbines, 4 x shafts, 160,000 shp (120,000 kW)
  • Range: 7,581 nautical miles (14,040 kilometers) at 18 knots (33.34 km/h)
  • Speed: 34.5 knots (63.89 km/h; 39.7 mph)
  • Armament:
    • 16 x 12.7cm/40-caliber Type 89 dual purpose naval guns (8x2)
    • 90 x 25mm/60-caliber Type 96 anti-aircraft guns (30x3)
  • Aircraft Carried: 84 aircraft

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