Kirishima Maru Class Auxiliary Oiler


KIRISHIMA MARU was completed in 1931. Her sisters were aircraft transports KOMAKI and KATSURAGI MARUs. In October 1941, KIRISHIMA MARU was requisitioned by the IJN as an auziliary transport. In 1942, she was converted to an auxiliary fleet oiler. KIRISHIMA MARU was torpedoed and sunk by an American submarine in September 1943.

Builder and
Year Completed:
Kawasaki Dockyard Co., Kobe
Gross Tonnage: As built 5,840-tons.
After conversion 8,267-tons.
Dimensions: 442.9' x 59.7' x 29.9'
Propulsion: 1 Kawasaki (MAN-type) diesel engine, 1,857 n.h.p., maximum speed 18.5 knots.
Oil Cargo Capacity: 7,300-tons.
Armament: Unknown.