(NOTORO by Takeshi Yuki scanned from "Color Paintings of Japanese Warships")

KAMOI was the sole unit of her class. Completed in 1922 at New York Shipbuilding's Camden shipyard as a fleet oiler, she was converted to a seaplane carrier in 1933 at the Uraga Dock Co. in Tokyo and later saw service in that role in China. In 1940, she was reconverted to a flying boat tender. KAMOI was rerated a fleet oiler in 1943. KAMOI was sunk by 14th Air Force bombers at Hong Kong in 1945.

Year Completed: 1922
Displacement: 17,000-tons.
Dimensions: Length 496', beam 67', draft 28'.
Propulsion and Speed: 2 Curtiss electric drive turbines, 2 shafts, 9, 000 shp; 15 knots.
Oil Cargo Capacity: 10,000-tons.
Armament: 2 x 5.5-inch/50-cal, 2 x 3-inch/40-cal AA
Conversion: The space between her well decks is fitted with a platform that provides space and cover for 12 floatplanes that are better protected from foul weather by light platforms above the upper deck. In 1934, her stern is modified and a German crane and recovery gear are fitted to lower and recover her floatplanes. No catapult.
Aircraft: 12 Type 90 No. 3 Kawanishi E5K1 three-seat reconnaissance float biplanes. Later, carries Type 95 Kawanishi E8N2 two-seat float biplanes. Capable of transporting a maximum of 22 aircraft.