Hosho


The first aircraft carrier constructed by the Imperial Japanese Navy, Hosho functioned in the same manner as that of the USS Langley as an experimental ship for the Japanese to learn the capabilities of aircraft carriers. Despite seeing action in China and serving as part of Yamamoto's Main body during the Battle of Midway, Hosho's obsolescence kept her out of the majority of the Pacific War, instead she served as a training carrier. After the war, she served as a repatriation vessel before being scrapped.

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Year Completed1922
Displacement7,470 tons
Dimensions579' x 59' x 20'
Speed25 knots
Armament 4 x 5.5in guns, 8 x 25mm guns, 12 x 13.2mm guns (1941)
30 x 25mm guns (1944)
11 aircraft
Crew550

Additional Info
Hosho Tabular Record of Movement (TROM)

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Carrier Hosho at the Asano factory in Yokosuka, Japan shortly after launch, 20 Dec 1921Carrier Hosho running full power trials, Tateyama Bay, Japan, 30 Nov 1922Hosho conducting trial flights in Tokyo Bay, Japan, Dec 1922Carrier Hosho running trials, off Tateyama, Japan, 4 Dec 1922Light carrier Hosho during trials off Tateyama, Chiba, Japan, 4 Dec 1922
Carrier Hosho at the Asano factory in Yokosuka, Japan shortly after launch, 20 Dec 1921Carrier Hosho running full power trials, Tateyama Bay, Japan, 30 Nov 1922Hosho conducting trial flights in Tokyo Bay, Japan, Dec 1922Carrier Hosho running trials, off Tateyama, Japan, 4 Dec 1922Light carrier Hosho during trials off Tateyama, Chiba, Japan, 4 Dec 1922
Carrier Hosho off Yokosuka, Japan, 5 Feb 1923; note 1MF Type 10 aircraft on flight deckLight carrier Hosho after removal of superstructure, 22 Sep 1924A biplane landing on carrier Hosho, off Shanghai, China, 1932Carriers Hosho (foreground) and Kaga (background) off China, late 1937Battleship Yamato fitting out, Kure Naval Arsenal, Japan, Sep 1941; light carrier Hosho at extreme right
Carrier Hosho off Yokosuka, Japan, 5 Feb 1923; note 1MF Type 10 aircraft on flight deckLight carrier Hosho after removal of superstructure, 22 Sep 1924A biplane landing on carrier Hosho, off Shanghai, China, 1932Carriers Hosho (foreground) and Kaga (background) off China, late 1937Battleship Yamato fitting out, Kure Naval Arsenal, Japan, Sep 1941; light carrier Hosho at extreme right

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