Japanese aircraft carrier Kumano Maru

Kumano Maru was a landing craft carrier with a small flight deck built for the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II. Launched and completed in early 1945, the ship saw no significant action.

Japanese aircraft carrier Kumano Maru
Class Ship
Type Aircraft Carrier
Manufacturer Hitachi
Production Period 1944 - 1945
Origin Japan
Country Name Origin Year
Japan 1945
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
Japan 1945 1947 View
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
Hitachi 1944 1945 1 View

Kumano Maru was launched 28 January 1945 and completed on 31 March. She survived the war, and was used until 1947 to repatriate Japanese forces abroad. The ship was sold to Kawasaki Kisen K. K. Line in 1947 and converted to a conventional merchant ship. Afterward, she was scrapped in 1948.

Operators:  Imperial Japanese Army
Preceded by: Yamashio Maru class
Succeeded by: None
Built: 1944–1945
In commission: 1945
Planned: 1
Completed: 1
Scrapped: 1
Career (Empire of Japan)
Name: Kumano Maru
Builder: Hitachi Shipbuilding, Innoshima
Laid down: 15 August 1944
Launched: 28 January 1945
Completed: 31 March 1945
In service: 1945–1947
Captured: 15 August 1945
Fate: Scrapped, 1948
General characteristics
Type: Landing ship/aviation ship
Displacement: 8,258 tonnes (8,128 long tons)
Length: 152.7 m (501 ft 0 in)
Beam: 19.58 m (64.2 ft)
Draught: 7 m (23 ft 0 in) (mean)
Installed power: 10,000 shp (7,500 kW)
4 × boilers
Propulsion: 2 shafts
2 Geared steam turbines
Speed: 19 knots (35 km/h; 22 mph)
Range: 6,000 nmi (11,000 km; 6,900 mi) @ 17 knots (31 km/h; 20 mph)
Armament: 8 × 75 mm (3 in) AA guns
6 × 25 mm (1 in) AA guns
Aircraft carried: 8 to 37
Aviation facilities: takeoff-only flight deck

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