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Ship ClassChitose-class Light Carrier
BuilderKure Naval Arsenal
Laid Down26 Nov 1934
Launched29 Nov 1936
Commissioned25 Jul 1938
Sunk25 Oct 1944
Displacement11,400 tons standard; 15,500 tons full
Length632 feet
Beam68 feet
Draft25 feet
Machinery4 boilers, 2 geared steam turbines, 2 shafts
Power Output56,800 shaft horsepower
Speed29 knots
Range11,810nm at 18 knots
ArmamentAs tender: 4x12.7cm/40 Type 89 guns, 12x25mm Type 96 anti-aircraft guns; as carrier: 8x12.7cm/40 Type 89 guns
Aircraft30 operational, 0 in reserve
Recommissioned21 Dec 1943
Flight Deck180x23m


ww2dbaseCarrier Chiyoda began as a seaplane carrier. Between 15 Dec 1938 and 15 Nov 1939, she was commanded by Captain Tomeo Kaku. On 30 Jun 1942, due to the loss of carriers at the Battle of Midway earlier that month, Japanese leadership decided that Chiyoda and her sister ship Chitose were to be converted to light carriers, which was done between Mar and Dec 1943. At the Battle off Cape EngaƱo on 25 Oct 1944, at 1655 hours, she sank after being hit by many shells from American heavy cruiser USS Wichita's 8-inch guns. She was lost with Captain Eiichiro Jyo and all hands, the only large vessel in WW2 to suffer such total loss.

ww2dbaseSource: Wikipedia.

Last Major Revision: Apr 2009

Chiyoda Operational Timeline

25 Jul 1938 Chiyoda was commissioned into service.


Carrier Chiyoda at Tokyo Bay, Japan, 1 Dec 1943Japanese Carrier Division Three

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Carrier Chiyoda at Tokyo Bay, Japan, 1 Dec 1943Japanese Carrier Division Three

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