H.I.J.M.S. Shoyu Class
Ships in class* (3)
Disp: 24,473 tons full load
LOA: 787' - 3"
Beam: 71' - 1"
SHP: 160,000 (4 shafts)
Top Speed Trials: 31 knots
Flight Deck: N/A
Main: 16 - 5" DP in twin mounts
Light AAW: 66 - 25mm in triple mounts
F/D LOA: N/A
F/D WOA: N/A
Contruction on these three ships was completed mid 1944. All three participated
as the "Bait" under Ozawa during the battle of the Philippines. With their armored flight decks
all three ships survived the first day of air raids in damaged condition. Ozawa, learning that
Kurita's battle force had retired, saved these three ships in the night, by making a high speed
run to Japan with the Hybrid Ise class battleships/carriers. The Shoyu and Taiyu needed extensive
repairs. They never put to sea again and survived the war in damaged condition. The Zuiyo escorted
the Yamato on her final voyage to Okinawa and was sunk along side the Zuiho en route.
Ordered in 1941 as part of the Aikawa class of heavy
cruisers, the Shoyu class
of armored Aircraft carriers were born from the nessesity of tough Aircraft Carriers after
the Battle of Midway.