KAIKO MARU-Class Auxiliary Transport

(KAIKO MARU prewar)

KAIKO MARU, the only ship of this class, was completed for Kaiyo Kisen K.K. in Mar '41. She was requisitioned and converted to an IJN auxiliary transport in Oct '41. Used during her wartime service in northern waters, KAIKO MARU was torpedoed and sunk by an American submarine off Paramushiro, Kuriles in Feb '44.

Builder and Year Completed: Aioi. Harima Zosensho K.K. shipyard
Gross tonnage: 3,548-tons
Dimensions: 338.6' x 47.9' x 25.9'
Propulsion: One triple expansion steam engine, 1 shaft, 2,700 n.h.p.
Speed: 11.5 knots cruising, max. unknown
Armament: (44) one twin 25mm and two single 13.2 mm MG.