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Light Aircraft Carrier
707' x 64' x 22'
4 x 127mm guns
42 x 25mm AA
19 more added later
24 plus 7 reserve
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.
July 24, 1945
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