In 1940, merchant tanker HOYO MARU was requisitioned by the IJN and ordered converted to an auxiliary oiler. Her only sister was KAIJO MARU No. 2 GO. HOYO MARU was sunk at Truk by Task Force 38's carrier aircraft in Feb '44. KAIJO MARU No. 2 GO was sunk near Truk by an American submarine in Mar '42.
|Mitsubishi, Yokohama |
|| 8,691-tons. |
||475 x 61' x 30'
||1 Kawasaki (MAN-type) diesel engine, 1,163 n.h.p, 1 shaft, maximum speed 16.1 knots.
|Oil Cargo Capacity: ||95,000 barrels @ 42 gals/barrel
or approx. 12,960-tons of crude oil
@7.33 barrels per metric ton
|| 2 x 80-mm (3.15 inch) guns.|