IJN Shikishima (BC-1942)


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The conversion of the Ise, Hyuga, Fuso, Yamashiro to either battlecarriers or aircraft carriers, provided the Japanese with 12 to 20 twin 14" turrets. On the drawing boards the Japanese had a design for a fast battlecruiser to act with the fast cruisers. With some alteration to the design, up to 5 ships armed with 8 x 14" could be laid down and built.

The main armament made these ships into cruiser killers as they had enough armour to withstand a cruisers weapons and were fast enough to run down any cruiser. With the 20 3.9" DP guns they were formidable escorts to the fast carriers also.


Displacement 31,500 tons std, 35,250 tons full load
Length 802 ft
Breadth 89 ft
Draught 28 ft
Machinery 4 shaft Steam turbines, 160,000shp
Speed 33 knots
Range 7,500 miles at 18 knots
Armour 7.5" side, 4.7" deck, 8" turrets.
Armament 8 x 14" (4x2)

20 x 3.9" (10x2)

66 x 25mm (10x3,18x2)

Aircraft 3
Torpedoes 8 x 24" (2x4)
Complement 940

The twin 3.9|"/100mm weapon system performed better than the US 5"/38. Fired further, higher, and faster.


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