AOBASAN MARU-Class IJA Transport

(AOBASAN MARU, prewar)

This class consisted of AOBASAN, ARIMASAN, ASAKASAN and ATSUTASAN MARUs, all completed for Mitsui Bussan K.K. In 1941, all were requisitioned by the Imperial Army. AOBOSAN and ATSUTASAN MARU served as Air Defense Ships (Boku-Kikansen). ARIMASAN and ASAKASAN MARUs served as transports. AOBASAN MARU was bombed and sunk by American aircraft in Dec 44 while ASAKASAN MARU was bombed and sunk by American aircraft in Feb 43. ATSUTASAN MARU was torpedoed and sunk by American submarine in Dec 41. ARIMASAN MARU survived the war and was finally scrapped in 1970.

Builder and
Year Completed:
Tama Zosensho K.K. Shipyard
Gross tonnage: 8,663 to 8,706-tons.
Dimensions: 455.1' x 62.0' x 39.4'
Propulsion: 1 Mitsui B & W 2DA type Diesel engine, 1 shaft, 7,600 bhp.
Speed: 16 knots cruising, 19 knots maximum
Armament: Various depending on use.