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Light cruiser Oyodo at Kure Naval Arsenal, Japan, circa 28 Feb 1943; note the 45m large catapult at stern which was later removed during conversion

Caption     Light cruiser Oyodo at Kure Naval Arsenal, Japan, circa 28 Feb 1943; note the 45m large catapult at stern which was later removed during conversion ww2dbase
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Photos on Same Day 28 Feb 1943
Photos at Same Place Kure, Hiroshima, Japan
Added By C. Peter Chen

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1. Dave says:
7 Mar 2010 02:03:06 AM

This was a ship that changed the look of the Navies of the woeld. The Japanese were way a head of their time, be it by accident or design. The need for aircraft an/or aircraft assisting or supporting ships is what we have in todays Navies.
In some ways it is a good thing that they along with the Germans never got together in fully developing the "Helicpter".
In todays Navies we see the Helicopters as a major player in all conflicks an so it could have been in the Second World War. Assisting in landing, to pulling what I call guard duty (flying around the fleet, out at sea or in the harbor).
The Japanese did a great job in designing this ship an its a good thing that it was not in the early part of the war. Or we may have seen a Navy that could launch an air attack from any place with just a handful of ships.
So to the Japanese I say "A job well done" , but thanks for not completing it till the end of the war.
PS: ... Now for the Ise, yet another story, of what was to come !
2. ZeroTheHero says:
6 Aug 2023 03:18:29 PM

The catapult shown is the type designed specifically for E15K Shiun Experimental Hi-Speed Seaplane, very little is known about how much it was used, the Shiun was cancelled due to having too many issues.

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