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IJN KAIHEI MARU-Class Auxiliary Transports

(KAIHEI MARU prewar)

This class consisted of three ships, KAIHEI MARU, completed in 1934 for Shimatani Kisen K.K., and KENRYU and KENKON MARUs completed in 1935 for Inui Kisen K. K. The latter was requisitioned by IJA as a troop transport and sunk by an American submarine in Jan 43. KENRYU and KAIHEI MARUs were requisitioned by the IJN in Dec 40 and Oct 41 respectively. They were torpedoed and sunk by American submarines in Nov 43 and Apr 43 respectively.

Builder and Years Completed: Mitsui Bussan K.K. Zosembu Tama Kojo 1934 and 1935
Gross tonnage: 4,575-tons
Dimensions: 363.2' x 49.9' x 28.9'
Propulsion: 1 Mitsui B&W 4SA diesel engine, 2,200 BHP, 1 shaft.
Speed: 12 knots cruising, 15 knots max.
Armament: Unknown.