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Ship ClassNisshin-class Seaplane Carrier
BuilderKure Naval Arsenal
Laid Down1 Nov 1938
Launched30 Nov 1939
Commissioned27 Feb 1942
Sunk22 Jul 1943
Displacement11,317 tons standard; 12,300 tons full
Length617 feet
Beam65 feet
Draft23 feet
Machinery2 diesel engines
Power Output47,000 shaft horsepower
Speed28 knots
Range11,000nm at ? knots
Armament6x0.50 cal, 18x25mm anti-aircraft, can carry up to 700 mines or 12 midget submarines instead of airc


ww2dbaseNisshin was a relatively large and fast ship intended to carry both combat seaplanes and mines. In early 1942 she was modified to be able to carry midget submarines instead of aircraft or mines. She sailed with the Main Body with motor torpedo boats and midget submarines at Battle of Midway, intending to supply these boats to the eventual Midway garrison, but the occupation of that island never took place. During the Guadalcanal campaign she made at least four "Tokyo Express" runs to supply the ground groops on the island of Guadalcalanl, including supplying the troops with their first artillery pieces during the Battle of Cape Esperance on the night of 11 Oct 1942; some of these artillery pieces can still be found on the island today.

ww2dbaseNisshin was sunk off Bougainville on 22 Jul 1943 during a transport mission.

ww2dbaseSource: Naval Historical Center

Last Major Revision: Mar 2006


Seaplane carrier Nisshin, date unknownNisshin at Bougainville, 13 Oct 1942

Nisshin Operational Timeline

27 Feb 1942 Nisshin was commissioned into service.
3 Oct 1942 American SBD and TBF aircraft from Henderson Field, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands attacked and damaged seaplane carrier Nisshin.
12 Oct 1942 Yugure and Yura escorted Nisshin and Chitose after Battle of Cape Esperance off Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands.

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Seaplane carrier Nisshin, date unknownNisshin at Bougainville, 13 Oct 1942

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