World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Shōkaku-class aircraft carrier

Article Id: WHEBN0013438712
Reproduction Date:

Title: Shōkaku-class aircraft carrier  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Japanese aircraft carrier Shōkaku, Imperial Japanese Navy of World War II, 3rd Naval Armaments Supplement Programme
Collection:
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Publication
Date:
 

Shōkaku-class aircraft carrier


Shōkaku, 1941
Class overview
Operators:  Imperial Japanese Navy
Built: 1938–41
In commission: 1941–44
Completed: 2
Lost: 2
General characteristics
Class & type: Shōkaku-class aircraft carrier
Displacement: 25,675 long tons (26,087 t) (standard)
32,000 long tons (33,000 t) (full load)
Length: 257.5 m (844 ft 10 in)
Beam: 26 m (85 ft 4 in)
Draft: 8.9 m (29 ft 2 in)
Installed power: 160,000 shp (120,000 kW)
Propulsion: 4 × Kanpon geared steam turbines
8 × boilers
4 × shafts
Speed: 34.5 knots (63.9 km/h; 39.7 mph)
Range: 7,581 nmi (14,040 km; 8,724 mi) at 18 knots (33 km/h; 21 mph)
Complement: 1,660
Armament: 16 × 127 mm (5 in) dual purpose guns
36-96 × 25 mm (1 in) Type 96 anti-aircraft guns
Aircraft carried: 72 (+12)
18 × Mitsubishi A6M Zeros
27 Aichi D3A1 "Val"s
27 Nakajima B5N1(2) "Kate"s

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.

Design

The Shōkaku-class carriers were part of the same program that also included the Yamato-class battleships. No longer restricted by the provisions of the Washington Naval Treaty, which expired in December 1936, the Imperial Japanese Navy was free to incorporate all those features they deemed most desirable in an aircraft carrier, namely high speed, a long radius of action, heavy protection and a large aircraft capacity.

With an efficient modern design, a displacement of about 32,000 long tons (33,000 t), and a top speed of 34 kn (63 km/h; 39 mph), the Shōkaku class could carry 70-80 aircraft. Their enhanced protection compared favorably to that of contemporary Allied aircraft carriers and enabled Shōkaku to survive serious battle damage during Coral Sea and Santa Cruz.[1]

Notes

Footnotes

References

  • Stille, Mark. Imperial Japanese Navy Aircraft Carriers 1921-45. Osprey Publishing, 2005. ISBN 1-84176-853-7.
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and USA.gov, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for USA.gov and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
 
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
 
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.
 


Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.