IJN Ibuki (CVL-1944)


Return to Japanese Navy page:


The Tone Class heavy cruisers morphed into the Ibuki class light fleet aircraft carriers. Quite frankly they were much more important warships as CVL's than they ever would have been as cruisers. The problem was that by the time these ships were ready for commissioning into service, there were no pilots and few aircraft left to put aboard ship. Too many aircraft had been expended as kamikazes.


Displacement 18,800 tons std, 21,550 tons full load
Length overall 749 feet (Hull 718 ft) ((Flight Deck 742 ft)
Breadth 84 ft
Draught 20 ft
Machinery 4 shaft Steam turbines, 150,000shp
Speed 33 knots
Range 10,000 miles at 18 knots
Armour 3" side, 2.5" deck
Armament 8 x 5" (4x2)

37 x 25mm (13, 2x2, 3x1)

Aircraft 45
Torpedoes nil removed
Complement 1140
Notes IJN Ibuki

IJN Tone



Ibuki waiting for completion at Sasebo 1944.


Return to Japanese Navy page: