Target Ship Hakachi
© 2009 Bob Hackett and Peter Cundall
HAKACHI was the only purpose-built vessel in the IJN designed as a bombing target ship. Her flat steel deck gave her the appearance of an escort carrier and protected against 10 and 30 Kg. training bombs. She had but a short life as a target ship. In 1944, she was modified to serve as an escort for local convoys. She was rearmed with two 4.7-inch and 28 Type 96 25-mm AA guns and carried 36 DCs. HAKACHI survived the war and served as a repatriation vessel.
||Builder & Year Completed
|Harima, Aioi, 1943
||303.5' x 37' x 12.5'
||2 shafts, geared turbines, 2 boilers,
||4 x 13.2mm AA (4 x 1) |