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  Ryuhō
IJN
Chitose Class
Light Aircraft Carrier

13,330 Tons
707' x 64' x 22'
Armament
4 x 127mm guns
42 x 25mm AA
19 more added later

Aircraft
24 plus 7 reserve

Ship History
Ryuhō means "Dragon Phoenix". Originally entered service as a submarine tender in 1934. Converted to a light carrier in December 1941 at Yokosuka. While undergoing this conversion, she was lightly damaged by the "Doolittle Raid" in April 1942. The conversion was completed in November 1942.

Wartime History
During December 1942 torpedoed off Tokyo Bay by a submarine, but survived. Used mostly as an aircraft ferry and training carrier.

During July 1943 to August 1943, Ryuhō carrier aircraft were land based operating from Buin Airfield (Kahili) on southern Bougainville with some flights from Buka Airfield.

During January - February 1944 they were land based at Rabaul, flying intercept missions.

During the Battle of the Philippine Sea, the carrier suffered a near miss bomb, and suffered light damage.

The Ryuhō transported 58 Ohka to Formosa in December 1944 - January 1945, the IJN's last mission beyond the Japanese home islands.

In March 1945, the carrier was severely damaged by US Navy carrier aircraft at Kure, and was put into dry dock to repair the flooding but was never fully repaired before the war ended.

Scrapping
After the war, Ryuhō was scrapped during 1946 to 1947.

References
Combined Fleet - IJN Ryuho: Tabular Record of Movement

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Last Updated
January 10, 2018

 

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