No. 101/103 landing ship file photo [25093]

No. 101/103-class Landing Ship

CountryJapan
Displacement884 tons standard; 1036 tons full
Length264 feet
Beam30 feet
Draft10 feet
MachineryTwo Kampon water tube boilers, one Kampon geared turbine, one shaft
Power Output2500 SHP
Speed16 knots
Range2,000nm at 14 knots
Crew100
Armament1x76.2mm L/40 anti-aircraft gun, 2x3x25mm Type 96 anti-aircraft gun, 4x13mm anti-aircraft gun, 12x depth charges

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This article refers to the entire No. 101/103-class; it is not about an individual vessel.

ww2dbaseIn Aug 1943, the Japanese Navy Technical Department completed a basic design of a new type of 900-ton amphibious assault ships. Because the Japanese Army's existing amphibious assault ships were not suitable for large scale production, the Army contributed raw materials to the Navy in the production of the Navy's new designs. Detailed design began in Sep 1943 at Kure Naval Arsenal in Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan. The first keel was laid in Nov 1943, and the first ship was launched 90 days after the keel laying. The first batch of six ships was equipped with diesel engines; all six went to the Navy, who operated them under the designation No. 101-class SB (D). The second batch of 63 ships were equipped with Navy Technical Department's newly-designed turbine engines; the Navy operated them under the designation of No. 103-class SB (T) and the Army simply SB. The dimensions of the two batches were identical, although the different powerplant configurations meant that the first batch displaced more water (965 tons) than the second batch (884 tons). 33 ships of the second batch went to the Navy and 30 to the Army, but ultimately the Army returned 10 to the Navy due to the lack of experience with turbine engines while some of the remaining 20 were refitted with coal-fired boilers. They could each carry an example load of about 250 tons of freight, 120 infantrymen, 7 medium tanks, 14 light tanks, or the like. By 1945, production would expand to the Sasebo Naval Arsenal and shipbuilding facilities belonging to the firms Hitachi Zosen, Kawanami Kogyo, and Osaka Zosen. Most of the Navy's SB (D) and SB (T) ships were deployed during the defense of the Philippine Islands, during which they successfully delivered infantry and vehicles to the front, but 18 of them would be lost, either in action or in accidents, in this campaign. Both the Army and the Navy relocated their SB landing ships to the home islands by early 1945, and 9 of them survived through the end of the war. These survived remained in service with Japan, Republic of China, and Soviet Union (with ships given to the latter two nations as reparations) until 1955.

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No. 101/103-class Landing Ship Interactive Map

No. 101/103-class Landing Ship Operational Timeline

21 Oct 1943 The keel of landing ship No. 127 was laid down by Kawanami Kogyo.
1 Nov 1943 The keel of landing ship No. 149 was laid down by Hitachi Zosen.
10 Nov 1943 The keel of landing ship No. 128 was laid down by Kawanami Kogyo.
1 Dec 1943 The keel of landing ship No. 101 was laid down by Osaka Zosen.
10 Dec 1943 The keel of landing ship No. 129 was laid down by Kawanami Kogyo.
15 Dec 1943 The keel of landing ship No. 102 was laid down by Osaka Zosen.
25 Dec 1943 Landing ship No. 149 was launched.
28 Dec 1943 The keel of landing ship No. 150 was laid down by Hitachi Zosen.
13 Jan 1944 Landing ship No. 127 was launched.
20 Jan 1944 The keel of landing ship No. 130 was laid down by Kawanami Kogyo.
25 Jan 1944 Landing ship No. 101 was launched.
27 Jan 1944 Landing ship No. 150 was launched.
28 Jan 1944 The keel of landing ship No. 103 was laid down by Osaka Zosen.
29 Jan 1944 The keel of landing ship No. 151 was laid down by Hitachi Zosen.
5 Feb 1944 The keel of landing ship No. 131 was laid down by Kawanami Kogyo.
8 Feb 1944 Landing ship No. 102 was launched.
10 Feb 1944 Landing ship No. 128 was launched.
12 Feb 1944 The keel of landing ship No. 104 was laid down by Osaka Zosen.
15 Feb 1944 The keel of landing ship No. 153 was laid down by Hitachi Zosen.
20 Feb 1944 Landing ship No. 149 was completed.
25 Feb 1944 Landing ship No. 129 was launched.
25 Feb 1944 The keel of landing ship No. 132 was laid down by Kawanami Kogyo.
27 Feb 1944 Landing ship No. 151 was launched.
28 Feb 1944 Landing ship No. 127 was completed.
29 Feb 1944 The keel of landing ship No. 152 was laid down by Hitachi Zosen.
8 Mar 1944 Landing ship No. 101 was completed.
9 Mar 1944 Landing ship No. 103 was launched.
10 Mar 1944 Landing ship No. 150 was completed.
12 Mar 1944 The keel of landing ship No. 105 was laid down by Osaka Zosen.
15 Mar 1944 Landing ship No. 102 was completed.
18 Mar 1944 Landing ship No. 128 was completed.
23 Mar 1944 Landing ship No. 152 was launched.
25 Mar 1944 Landing ship No. 104 was launched.
26 Mar 1944 The keel of landing ship No. 154 was laid down by Hitachi Zosen.
28 Mar 1944 The keel of landing ship No. 106 was laid down by Osaka Zosen.
5 Apr 1944 Landing ship No. 130 was launched.
8 Apr 1944 Landing ship No. 153 was launched.
10 Apr 1944 The keel of landing ship No. 133 was laid down at the Sasebo Naval Arsenal in Sasebo, Japan.
10 Apr 1944 The keel of landing ship No. 134 was laid down by Kawanami Kogyo.
12 Apr 1944 Landing ship No. 104 was completed.
12 Apr 1944 Landing ship No. 105 was launched.
15 Apr 1944 The keel of landing ship. No. 107 was laid down by Osaka Zosen.
23 Apr 1944 Landing ship No. 131 was launched.
23 Apr 1944 Landing ship No. 151 was completed.
23 Apr 1944 Landing ship No. 154 was launched.
25 Apr 1944 Landing ship No. 106 was launched.
28 Apr 1944 The keel of landing ship No. 108 was laid down by Osaka Zosen.
28 Apr 1944 The keel of landing ship No. 135 was laid down by Kawanami Kogyo.
1 May 1944 Landing ship No. 103 was completed.
5 May 1944 Landing ship No. 132 was launched.
10 May 1944 The keel of landing ship No. 136 was laid down by Kawanami Kogyo.
12 May 1944 Landing ship No. 129 was completed.
12 May 1944 The keel of landing ship No. 157 was laid down by Hitachi Zosen.
21 May 1944 Landing ship No. 107 was launched.
24 May 1944 The keel of landing ship No. 158 was laid down by Hitachi Zosen.
25 May 1944 Landing ship No. 104 was sunk by US aircraft west of Luzon island, Philippines.
25 May 1944 Landing ship No. 108 was launched.
25 May 1944 Landing ship No. 152 was completed.
28 May 1944 The keel of landing ship No. 110 was laid down by Osaka Zosen.
1 Jun 1944 The keel of landing ship No. 137 was laid down by Kawanami Kogyo.
3 Jun 1944 Landing ship No. 130 was completed.
4 Jun 1944 Landing ship No. 128 was sunk by US aircraft off Morotai, Moluccas, Dutch East Indies.
7 Jun 1944 Landing ship No. 132 was launched at the Sasebo Naval Arsenal in Sasebo, Japan.
10 Jun 1944 The keel of landing ship No. 159 was laid down by Hitachi Zosen.
13 Jun 1944 The keel of landing ship No. 111 was laid down by Osaka Zosen.
15 Jun 1944 Landing ship No. 105 was completed.
15 Jun 1944 Landing ship No. 134 was launched.
15 Jun 1944 Landing ship No. 153 was completed.
18 Jun 1944 The keel of landing ship No. 138 was laid down by Kawanami Kogyo.
23 Jun 1944 Landing ship No. 110 was launched.
23 Jun 1944 Landing ship No. 157 was launched.
24 Jun 1944 Landing ship No. 131 was completed.
26 Jun 1944 Landing ship No. 135 was launched.
26 Jun 1944 The keel of landing ship No. 112 was laid down by Osaka Zosen.
28 Jun 1944 Landing ship No. 132 was completed.
30 Jun 1944 Landing ship No. 106 was completed and was transferred to the Japanese Army as SB No. 120.
1 Jul 1944 The keel of landing ship No. 160 was laid down by Hitachi Zosen.
4 Jul 1944 Landing ship No. 103 was sunk by US aircraft near Iwo Jima, Japan.
4 Jul 1944 Landing ship No. 130 was sunk by US aircraft in the Pacific Ocean off Iwo Jima, Japan.
4 Jul 1944 Landing ship No. 132 was completed.
5 Jul 1944 Japanese Navy landing ship No. 154 was completed and was transferred to the Army as a SB craft.
5 Jul 1944 The keel of landing ship No. 139 was laid down by Kawanami Kogyo.
8 Jul 1944 Landing ship No. 159 was launched.
9 Jul 1944 Japanese Navy landing ship No. 155 was completed and was transferred to the Army as a SB craft.
9 Jul 1944 The keel of landing ship No. 161 was laid down by Hitachi Zosen.
10 Jul 1944 Landing ship No. 111 was launched.
13 Jul 1944 The keel of landing ship No. 113 was laid down by Osaka Zosen.
15 Jul 1944 Landing ship No. 134 was completed.
15 Jul 1944 Landing ship No. 136 was launched.
20 Jul 1944 Landing ship No. 107 was completed and was transferred to the Japanese Army as SB No. 123.
20 Jul 1944 Landing ship No. 137 was launched.
22 Jul 1944 Landing ship No. 112 was launched.
25 Jul 1944 Landing ship No. 135 was completed.
25 Jul 1944 The keel of landing ship No. 114 was laid down by Osaka Zosen.
26 Jul 1944 The keel of landing ship No. 140 was laid down by Sasebo Naval Arsenal, Japan.
27 Jul 1944 Landing ship No. 150 was sunk by US aircraft off Palau Islands.
29 Jul 1944 The keel of landing ship No. 141 was laid down by Sasebo Naval Arsenal, Japan.
31 Jul 1944 Landing ship No. 108 was completed and was transferred to the Japanese Army as SB No. 125.
1 Aug 1944 The keel of landing ship No. 142 was laid down by Kawanami Kogyo.
3 Aug 1944 Landing ship No. 138 was launched.
4 Aug 1944 Landing ship No. 132 was sunk by US aircraft in the Pacific Ocean off Iwo Jima, Japan.
4 Aug 1944 Landing ship No. 152 was sunk by US aircraft at Iwo Jima, Japan.
5 Aug 1944 Japanese Navy landing ship No. 156 was completed and was transferred to the Army as a SB craft.
8 Aug 1944 Landing ship No. 113 was launched.
8 Aug 1944 Landing ship No. 160 was launched.
12 Aug 1944 The keel of landing ship No. 115 was laid down by Osaka Zosen.
14 Aug 1944 The keel of landing ship No. 143 was laid down by Kawanami Kogyo.
15 Aug 1944 Landing ship No. 109 was completed and was transferred to the Japanese Army.
18 Aug 1944 Landing ship No. 139 was launched.
19 Aug 1944 Landing ship No. 157 was completed.
20 Aug 1944 Landing ship No. 114 was launched.
20 Aug 1944 Landing ship No. 136 was completed.
20 Aug 1944 The keel of landing ship No. 144 was laid down by Kawanami Kogyo.
22 Aug 1944 Landing ship No. 161 was launched.
28 Aug 1944 Landing ship No. 137 was completed.
4 Sep 1944 Landing ship No. 138 was completed.
4 Sep 1944 Landing ship No. 157 was completed.
5 Sep 1944 Landing ship No. 110 was completed and was transferred to the Japanese Army.
5 Sep 1944 The keel of landing ship No. 145 was laid down by Kawanami Kogyo.
6 Sep 1944 Landing ship No. 157 was launched.
7 Sep 1944 Landing ship No. 115 was launched.
15 Sep 1944 Landing ship No. 111 was completed and was transferred to the Japanese Army.
16 Sep 1944 Landing ship No. 140 was launched at Sasebo Naval Arsenal, Japan.
16 Sep 1944 Landing ship No. 141 was launched at Sasebo Naval Arsenal, Japan.,Nagasaki,
16 Sep 1944 Landing ship No. 159 was completed.
20 Sep 1944 Landing ship No. 142 was launched.
24 Sep 1944 The keel of landing ship No. 146 was laid down by Kawanami Kogyo.
25 Sep 1944 Landing ship No. 127 was sunk by US aircraft off Ticao Island, Philippine Islands.
25 Sep 1944 Landing ship No. 139 was completed.
30 Sep 1944 Landing ship No. 160 was completed.
3 Oct 1944 Landing ship No. 143 was launched.
4 Oct 1944 Landing ship No. 134 was scuttled at Iwo Jima, Japan after being damaged by stormy weather.
5 Oct 1944 Landing ship No. 112 was completed and was transferred to the Japanese Army.
6 Oct 1944 The keep of landing ship No. 147 was laid down by Kawanami Kogyo.
10 Oct 1944 Landing ship No. 157 was sunk by US aircraft at Naha, Okinawa, Japan.
14 Oct 1944 Landing ship No. 140 was completed.
14 Oct 1944 Landing ship No. 161 was completed.
15 Oct 1944 Landing ship No. 113 was completed and was transferred to the Japanese Army.
18 Oct 1944 Landing ship No. 135 was sunk by US aircraft off of the western coast of Luzon island, Philippine Islands.
18 Oct 1944 Landing ship No. 136 was sunk by US aircraft off of the western coast of Luzon island, Philippine Islands.
19 Oct 1944 Landing ship No. 141 was completed.
20 Oct 1944 Landing ship No. 144 was launched.
23 Oct 1944 Japanese Navy landing ship No. 161 was completed and was transferred to the Army as SB No. 101.
26 Oct 1944 Landing ship No. 102 was sunk by US aircraft west of Negros, Philippine Islands.
28 Oct 1944 Landing ship No. 101 was sunk by US aircraft in Ormoc Bay, Philippine Islands.
30 Oct 1944 Landing ship No. 114 was completed and was transferred to the Japanese Army.
31 Oct 1944 Japanese Navy landing ship No. 163 was completed and was transferred to the Army as SB No. 102.
2 Nov 1944 Landing ship No. 142 was completed.
12 Nov 1944 Landing ship No. 139 was sunk by US aircraft off of the western coast of Luzon island, Philippine Islands.
13 Nov 1944 Landing ship No. 115 was completed and was transferred to the Japanese Army.
15 Nov 1944 Landing ship No. 145 was launched.
24 Nov 1944 Landing ship No. 116 was completed and was transferred to the Japanese Army as SB No. 103.
24 Nov 1944 Landing ship No. 141 was sunk by US aircraft at Masbate, Philippine Islands.
24 Nov 1944 Landing ship No. 160 was sunk by US aircraft at Masbate, Philippine Islands.
24 Nov 1944 The Japanese Army SB craft formerly known as Navy landing ship No. 111 was sunk by US aircraft at Masbate island, Philippine Islands.
24 Nov 1944 The keel of landing ship No. 172 was laid down by Kawanami Kogyo.
25 Nov 1944 Landing ship No. 142 was sunk by US aircraft in the South China Sea west of Luzon, Philippine Islands.
25 Nov 1944 Landing ship No. 143 was completed.
25 Nov 1944 Landing ship No. 161 was sunk by US aircraft in the South China Sea west of Luzon island, Philippine Islands.
25 Nov 1944 The Japanese Army SB craft formerly known as Navy landing ship No. 113 was sunk by US aircraft in the South China Sea west of Luzon, Philippine Islands.
30 Nov 1944 Japanese Navy landing ship No. 184 Transferred to the Army, SB craft.was completed and was transferred to the Army as a SB craft.
30 Nov 1944 Landing ship No. 146 was launched.
1 Dec 1944 Landing ship No. 144 was completed.
8 Dec 1944 The keel of landing ship No. 173 was laid down by Kawanami Kogyo.
10 Dec 1944 Japanese Navy landing ship No. 185 was completed and was transferred to the Army as a SB craft.
12 Dec 1944 Landing ship No. 159 was sunk by US Army tanks and artillery at Ormoc Bay, Philippine Islands.
15 Dec 1944 Landing ship No. 147 was launched.
15 Dec 1944 SB No. 120 (formerly landing ship No. 106) was sunk by US aircraft in Lingayen Gulf, Philippine Islands.
16 Dec 1944 Landing ship No. 145 was completed.
22 Dec 1944 Landing ship No. 117 was completed and was transferred to the Japanese Army.
24 Dec 1944 Japanese Navy landing ship No. 186 was completed and was transferred to the Army as a SB craft.
24 Dec 1944 Landing ship No. 157 was sunk by a US destroyer in the Pacific Ocean off Iwo Jima, Japan.
27 Dec 1944 Landing ship No. 132 was sunk by a US destroyer at Iwo Jima, Japan.
30 Dec 1944 Landing ship No. 118 was completed and was transferred to the Japanese Army.
30 Dec 1944 Landing ship No. 146 was completed.
3 Jan 1945 The keel of landing ship No. 174 was laid down by Kawanami Kogyo.
5 Jan 1945 SB No. 123 (formerly landing ship No. 107) was sunk by a US destroyer in the Pacific Ocean west of Hahajima, Bonin Islands, Japan.
5 Jan 1945 The Japanese Army SB craft previously known as the Navy landing ship No. 154 was sunk by a US destroyer in the Pacific Ocean off Iwo Jima, Japan.
7 Jan 1945 The Japanese Army SB craft formerly known as Navy landing ship No. 112 was sunk by US aircraft in the South China Sea west of Luzon, Philippine Islands.
13 Jan 1945 Japanese Navy landing ship No. 187 was completed and was transferred to the Army as SB No. 114.
13 Jan 1945 Landing ship No. 140 was sunk by US aircraft at Saigon, French Indochina.
16 Jan 1945 Landing ship No. 119 was completed and was transferred to the Japanese Army.
25 Jan 1945 Landing ship No. 147 was completed.
27 Jan 1945 Landing ship No. 172 was launched.
29 Jan 1945 Japanese Navy landing ship No. 188 was completed and was transferred to the Army as a SB craft.
31 Jan 1945 Japanese Navy landing ship No. 148 was completed; this vessel was later turned over to the Army and was recommissioned as SB No. 113.
2 Feb 1945 The Japanese Army SB craft formerly known as Navy landing ship No. 115 was sunk by US aircraft in the Luzon Strait north of Luzon, Philippine Islands.
2 Feb 1945 The keel of landing ship No. 175 was laid down by Kawanami Kogyo.
5 Feb 1945 Landing ship No. 120 was completed and was transferred to the Japanese Army.
10 Feb 1945 Landing ship No. 131 was converted to a miscellaneous service ship and was renamed Kuroshio No. 1.
10 Feb 1945 Landing ship No. 149 was converted to a miscellaneous service ship and was recommissioned as Kuroshio No. 2.
15 Feb 1945 Landing ship No. 173 was launched.
17 Feb 1945 The Japanese Army SB craft formerly known as Navy landing ship No. 114 was sunk by US aircraft in the Pacific Ocean off Taiwan.
20 Feb 1945 Landing ship No. 121 was completed and was transferred to the Japanese Army.
22 Feb 1945 The keel of landing ship No. 176 was laid down by Kawanami Kogyo.
10 Mar 1945 Landing ship No. 172 was completed.
15 Mar 1945 Landing ship No. 174 was launched.
22 Mar 1945 Landing ship No. 122 was completed and was transferred to the Japanese Army.
22 Mar 1945 Landing ship No. 123 was completed and was transferred to the Japanese Army.
26 Mar 1945 Landing ship No. 143 was sunk by US aircraft in the Pescadores Islands in the Taiwan Strait.
1 Apr 1945 Landing ship No. 173 was completed.
2 Apr 1945 Landing ship No. 145 was sunk by US Navy aircraft at Amami Oshima, Satsunan Islands, Amami Archipelago in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan.
11 Apr 1945 Landing ship No. 175 was launched.
11 Apr 1945 The keel of landing ship No. 164 was laid down by Osaka Zosen; this craft would not be completed.
28 Apr 1945 The keel of landing ship No. 165 was laid down by Osaka Zosen; this craft would not be completed.
8 May 1945 Landing ship No. 124 was completed and was transferred to the Japanese Army.
22 May 1945 Landing ship No. 173 was sunk by US aircraft in the Ryukyu Islands, Japan.
1 Jun 1945 Kuroshio No. 2, formerly known as landing ship No. 149, was sunk by a US submarine off Sumatra, Dutch East Indies.
25 Jun 1945 Landing ship No. 176 was launched, but she would never be completed.
14 Jul 1945 Landing ship No. 174 was completed.
27 Jul 1945 Traffic boat Kuroshio No. 1, formerly landing ship No. 131, was sunk by US submarine in the Strait of Malacca between Malaya and Sumatra.
15 Sep 1945 Landing ship No. 147 was decommissioned from service.
15 Sep 1945 Landing ship No. 172 was decommissioned from service.
15 Sep 1945 SB No. 125 (formerly landing ship No. 110) was decommissioned from service.
15 Sep 1945 The incomplete landing ship No. 175 was destroyed by typhoon.
5 Oct 1945 Landing ship No. 137 was decommissioned from service.
5 Oct 1945 Landing ship No. 144 was decommissioned from service.
20 Nov 1945 Landing ship No. 174 was decommissioned from service.
30 Nov 1945 Landing ship No. 153 was decommissioned from service.
3 May 1947 SB No. 125 (formerly landing ship No. 108) was decommissioned from service.
3 Oct 1947 Japanese landing ship No. 172 was turned over to the Republic of China Navy at Qingdao, Shandong Province, China; she was renamed Lui Shan and would remain in Chinese service until 1955.
3 Oct 1947 Landing ship No. 137 was transferred to the Soviet Union at Nakhodka, Primorski Krai, Russia as part of war reparations.
17 Oct 1947 SB No. 125 (formerly landing ship No. 108) and another SB ship (formerly landing ship No. 110) were surrendered to the United Kingdom at Singapore.
13 Nov 1947 Landing ship No. 147 was transferred to the United States while at Yokosuka, Japan.
31 Mar 1948 The former Japanese Navy landing ship No. 147 was scrapped in the United States.
1 Oct 1948 The incomplete landing ship No. 175 was scrapped.

Photographs

Japanese Navy landing ship No. 149 running trials off Yugeshima in the Inland Sea of Japan, 16 Feb 1944Japanese landing ship No. 149 loading a Type 95 Ha-Go light tank, Nasake Island, Kure, Japan, 27 Feb 1944Japanese landing ship No. 149 unloading a Type 3 Ka-Chi amphibious tank, Nasake Island, Kure, Japan, 29 Feb 1944Landing ship No. 149, Osako beach of Kurahashi Island, Kure, Hiroshima, Japan, 2 Mar 1944
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