Chitose-class Light Carrier


First built as seaplane carriers of the Nisshin class during the 1930s, the two ships of the Chitose class, the Chitose and Chiyoda underwent conversations to aircraft carriers, a process that lasted nearly all of 1943. After completion, the two carriers conducted aircraft ferry runs before participating in the Battle of the Philippine Sea where they lost their entire air groups. With the destruction of potential replacements in the lead-up to the Battle of Leyte Gulf, the two Chitose class carriers sortied out one final time in order to lure away the main American carrier force, which they performed to perfection. Both are sunk with the Chitose falling to American surface ships.

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Year CompletedChitose: 1944
Chiyoda: 1943
Displacement11,190 tons
Dimensions631' x 68' x 24'
Speed29 knots
Armament 8 x 5in guns, 48 x 25mm guns
30 aircraft
Crew1,470

Additional Info
Chitose Tabular Record of Movement (TROM)
Chiyoda Tabular Record of Movement (TROM)

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Seaplane tender Chitose off Kagoshima, Japan, 18 Jul 193812.7cm anti-aircraft guns aboard Chitose, in the Wanshan Archipelago off Guangdong, China, Oct 1938Seaplane tender Chitose, pre-1942Carrier Chitose at Sasebo, Japan, 31 Aug 1943Carrier Chiyoda at Tokyo Bay, Japan, 1 Dec 1943
Seaplane tender Chitose off Kagoshima, Japan, 18 Jul 193812.7cm anti-aircraft guns aboard Chitose, in the Wanshan Archipelago off Guangdong, China, Oct 1938Seaplane tender Chitose, pre-1942Carrier Chitose at Sasebo, Japan, 31 Aug 1943Carrier Chiyoda at Tokyo Bay, Japan, 1 Dec 1943
Light carrier Chitose, 1944Japanese Carrier Division Three
Light carrier Chitose, 1944Japanese Carrier Division Three's battleship Kongo and carrier Chiyoda under attack by American carrier aircraft of Task Force 38 during the Battle of the Philippine Sea, 20 Jun 1944

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