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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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Added By C. Peter Chen
Added Date 3 Jan 2009

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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 !

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WW2-Era Place Name Kure, Hiroshima, Japan
Lat/Long 34.2320, 132.5540
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