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Chitose Class
Light Aircraft Carrier

13,330 Tons
707' x 64' x 22'
4 x 127mm guns
42 x 25mm AA
19 more added later

24 plus 7 reserve

Ship History
Ryuhō means "Dragon Phoenix". Also spelled Ryuho in English sources. Originally entered service as a submarine tender in 1934. Converted to a light carrier in December 1941 at Yokosuka. While undergoing this conversion, she was lightly damaged by the "Doolittle Raid" in April 1942. The conversion was completed in November 1942.

Wartime History
During late November 1942 twenty Ki-48 Lily light bombers from the 45th Sentai were loaded aboard Ryuho. On December 11, 1942 departed Yokosuka bound for Truk. On December 12, 1942 at 9:10am hit by a torpedo in the starboard side fired from USS Drum SS-228 roughly 160 miles east of Hachijo-jima outside Tokyo Bay and sustains moderate damage and returns to Yokosuka for repairs.

During July 1943 to August 1943, Ryuhō carrier aircraft were land based operating from Buin Airfield (Kahili) on southern Bougainville with some flights from Buka Airfield.

During January - February 1944 they were land based at Rabaul, flying intercept missions.

During the Battle of the Philippine Sea, the carrier suffered a near miss bomb, and suffered light damage.

The Ryuhō transported 58 Ohka to Formosa in December 1944 - January 1945, the IJN's last mission beyond the Japanese home islands.

In March 1945, the carrier was severely damaged by U. S. Navy (USN) carrier aircraft attacking Kure. Afterwards, placed in dry dock to repair the flooding but was never fully repaired before the end of the Pacific War.

Scrapped between 1946–1947.

Combined Fleet - IJN Ryuho: Tabular Record of Movement

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Last Updated
August 4, 2020


July 24, 1945
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