IJN Hyuga (CVB-1916(1942-mod)


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The Japanese were probably some of the first to realise that the days of the battleships were over. The Japanese older ships were all put through a program of rebuilding and enhancements through the 1930's and up to the start of the Western Foreign War. The Hyugas were due for their next regeneration when the IJN decided it would trasform the ships into hybrid battlecarriers.

The ships were fitted with a full width, 485 foot flight deck, from B turret to the aft part of the ship. A double height hangar was fitted to take 35-40 aircraft. In most cases the ships were filled with Zero fighters for fleet protection. The four turrets removed were fitted to a new battlecruiser.


Displacement 35,800 tons std, 40,170 tons full load
Length 700 ft
Breadth 104 ft
Draught 30 ft
Machinery 4 shaft Steam turbines, 80,000shp
Speed 25 knots
Range 7,500 miles at 18 knots
Armour 12" side, 3" deck, 12" turrets.
Armament 4 x 14" (2x2)

8 x 5" (4x2)

42 x 25mm (10x3 4x2 4x1)

Aircraft 35-40
Torpedoes nil
Complement 1470


Ise prior to conversion.


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