Unryu-class Aircraft Carrier

Ships in Class3
BuildersYokosuka Naval Arsenal: 1
Mitsubishi Nagasaki Shipyard: 1
Kure Naval Arsenal: 1


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

ww2dbaseThe Unryu-class aircraft carriers were based on the Hiryu-class design, meant to be used fleet carriers capable of embarking about 60 to 70 aircraft. Improved from the Hiryu-class design were the number of lifts (three lifts instead of only two), larger island structure, and the placement of the island structure on the starboard side (Hiryu-class ships had islands on the port side). Construction was approved in the War Construction Program of 1941 to 1942. Originally, a total of 15 carriers were planned, but by the end of the Pacific War only three were built and another three were incomplete.

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Last Major Revision: Jan 2008


Carrier Unryu off Yokosuka, Japan, 16 Jul 1944Carrier Amagi around the time of her commissioning, Aug 1944Carrier Katsuragi during her trials off Kagoshima, Japan, Oct 1944Sinking of carrier Unryu in the East China Sea, as observed by USS Redfish, 19 Dec 1944
See all 13 photographs of Unryu-class Aircraft Carrier

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Visitor Submitted Comments

1. nunorodriguez says:
29 Jan 2010 04:31:07 AM

i´m looking for fotos of a japanese carrier -hayataka.i´m not sure if she´s was built but i found this name when i was building the shinano carrier model.can you help?thank you for the magnifecent database
2. Commenter identity confirmed C. Peter Chen says:
29 Jan 2010 06:47:15 AM

Hayataka actually did not exist it came into the written record when the carrier Junyo's name was misread:


3. nuno rodriguez says:
29 Jan 2010 08:14:33 AM

thank you for the explanation about hayataka.
i also saw a foto from a carrier named syukaku.don´t know if it´s shokaku or zuikaku
she looks like a shokaku class.
4. Commenter identity confirmed C. Peter Chen says:
29 Jan 2010 09:13:21 AM

If you've identified it as a Shokaku-class carrier and you're choosing between the two, then I'd say "syukaku" sounds closer to "Zuikaku".

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Carrier Unryu off Yokosuka, Japan, 16 Jul 1944
See all 13 photographs of Unryu-class Aircraft Carrier

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