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Zuihō-class aircraft carrier
14,200 Tons (Full)
217m x 23m x 6.6m
56 × 25mm AA guns
In January 1940, converted into an aircraft carrier, named Zuihō. Launched December 27, 1940. Comissioned January 1941 and assigned to Carrier Division 3 with Hōshō.
During January, 1942 supported invasion of the Dutch East Indies.
During the Battle of Midway, Zuihō leads the Support Fleet but did not engage American carriers directly. Her aircraft complement consisted of 12 A6M2 Zeros and 11 Aichi D3A Vals.
October, 1942: Assigned to First Carrier Division (with Shōkaku and Zuikaku) during the Battle of Santa Cruz. A bomb dropped by an aircraft from USS Enterprise disabled the flight deck. Damaged, escorted out of the area by Teruzuki.
Under orders from 3rd Fleet, on February 18, 1943, a detachment of Zuiho aircraft including twenty A6M2 Zeros and eight B5N2 Kates arrived at Kavieng Airfield. On February 19, 1943 the aircraft arrived at Wewak Airfield (Wiruri) to provide convoy protection. On February 28, 1943 the aircraft withdrew to Kaveing Airfield then the B5N2 Kates departed on March 1, 1943 to Truk and the Zeros departed on March 3, 1943 to Truk.
During February, 1944 participated in the Battle of the Philippine Sea.
On October 25, 1944 during the Battle off Cape Engano, hits are scored on Zuihō's flight deck during an attack by a wave of American bombers. After repairing this damage, three more strike waves arrive and finally sink Zuihō.
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