Tone-class Heavy Cruiser



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

ww2dbaseThe Tone-class heavy cruisers were designed to provide long range air scouting for task forces that these ships may serve with. As the result, all of their primary guns were placed forward of the ships so that the entire aft sections could be devoted to aircraft operations. The maximum of eight aircraft aboard each ship were launched from the two gunpowder-propelled catapults, giving them excellent capabilities to conducting scouting operations even though in practice each ship only carried five aircraft. During the war, both ships of this class, Tone and Chikuma, participated in the majority of the Pacific War's battles and campaigns.

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Last Major Revision: Jul 2009


Japanese heavy cruiser Tone, date unknownHeavy cruiser Chikuma underway, date unknownChikuma from a USS Saratoga-based plane, 5 Nov 1943Chikuma during the battle off Samar, 25 Oct 1944
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Japanese heavy cruiser Tone, date unknown
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