Soryu-class Aircraft Carrier



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

ww2dbaseThe Soryu-class aircraft carriers were built within the specifications of the Washington Naval Treaty, thus the two members of the class, Soryu and Hiryu, were built with tonnage and armament constraints, making them slightly small for a fleet carrier in the era. Hiryu distinctly had her island placed on the port side of the flight deck, which was different than Soryu and most carriers in the world. Akagi and Hiryu had their islands placed on the port side as an experiment in determining whether this characteristic would improve flight patterns when operating a mixed task force of port-sided and starboard-sided carriers; the experiment was discontinued after Akagi and Hiryu. Soryu-class carriers were built around a sleek cruiser-style hull and powerful engines, allowing her to outrun the carrier Kaga at only about 40% power. In fact, at the time of her launch, Soryu was the fastest aircraft carrier in the world.

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Carrier Soryu fitting out at the Kure Naval Arsenal, Japan, early 1937View of SoryuCarrier Soryu, date unknownCarrier Soryu running trials, 22 Jan 1938, photo 1 of 2
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Carrier Soryu fitting out at the Kure Naval Arsenal, Japan, early 1937
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