Information on this class has been compiled by Jeff Donahoo
Displacement: 64,800 tons
Draught: 33'-10" (mean)
16 - 5"/40
20 A6M5 'Zero'*
20 D4Y2 'Judy'*
7 C6N1 'Myrt'*
* by design, but the ship never carried aircraft due to being sunk before completion.
3" Flight Deck
8" Hanger Deck
Flight Deck: 840'x131'9"
Machinery: 4 shaft Kanpon turbines
Boilers: 12 Kanpon S.H.P.: 150,000=27 knots
Oil: 8,904 tons
Radius: 10,000 miles @ 18 knots
converted from a Yamato class battleship. The Shinano was not intended
to be a fleet carrier, but rather a
replenishment carrier for other fleet carriers. The date of "completion"
is really when she was commissioned. In reality,
she still had several months before construction would have been completed. She
was the first Japanses carrier to have an armored
flight deck utilizing concrete. The Taiho fleet carrier
was the only other Japanese armored carrier, but her
design used reinforced steel. Ironically, both ships were sunk by torpedoes and their
armored flight decks were never put to the test.