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Shokaku-class Aircraft Carrier

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This article refers to the entire Shokaku-class; it is not about an individual vessel.

ww2dbaseApproved to be built in the Third Supplementary Program of 1937, the Shokaku-class aircraft carriers were completed in mid-1941, making them the most modern purpose-built fleet carriers of the Japanese Navy at the start of the Pacific War. They were based on the design of the Soryu-class, with the major difference being larger (to carry more aircraft) and heavier (result of thicker armor). As the two central members of the 5th Carrier Division, they participated in most of the major battles and campaigns in the Pacific War, and were both sunk during the war.

Last Major Revision: Jan 2009

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The chief shipbuilders of carrier Shokaku posing with the hull of the ship two days prior to launching, Yokosuka, Japan, 30 May 1939Launching of Shokaku from the second construction slip of Yokosuka Naval Arsenal, Japan, 1430 hours on 1 Jun 1939
See all 59 photographs of Shokaku-class Aircraft Carrier



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Shokaku-class Aircraft Carrier Photo Gallery
The chief shipbuilders of carrier Shokaku posing with the hull of the ship two days prior to launching, Yokosuka, Japan, 30 May 1939Launching of Shokaku from the second construction slip of Yokosuka Naval Arsenal, Japan, 1430 hours on 1 Jun 1939
See all 59 photographs of Shokaku-class Aircraft Carrier


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