In 1941, the passenger-cargo ship NOSHIRO MARU was requisitioned from the Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) Line by the IJN and converted to an armed merchant cruiser. She was rerated a transport in 1942 and sunk at Manila in 1944.
|Year Completed:|| 1934|
|Dimensions:||Length 448.6', beam 62.4', draft 27.8'|
|Propulsion:||1 Mitsubishi diesel, 1 shaft, 6,700 shp, 18.5 knots.|
|Armament:||4 x (152-mm/(6-inch)/50 cal. single mount guns, one 80-mm (3.15-inch) single mount AA gun and two 7.7-mm single mount MGs (2x2). Two aircraft.|