NIPPO MARU Class Auxiliary Water Tankers

(NIPPO MARU prewar)

This class consists of NIPPO MARU only, completed in 1936 for Okazaki Honten K.K. She was requisitioned by the IJA in 38 and served until 39 as Army transport No. 612. In Aug 41, she was requisitioned by the IJN and registered in Sep 41 as an auxiliary water tanker. NIPPO MARU was bombed and sunk at Truk anchorage by American carrier-based aircraft during Operation Hailstone in Feb 44.

Builder and Year Completed: Kobe. Kawasaki Zosensho K.K.
Gross tonnage: 3,763-tons
Dimensions: 353.7' (lpp) x 49.9' x 27,6'
Propulsion: One steam turbine engine, one shaft, 2,700 s.h.p.
Speed: 13 knots cruising, 15 max.
Armament: Unknown