Chitose file photo [2957]


Ship ClassChitose-class Light Carrier
Builder NameKure Naval Arsenal
Laid Down26 Nov 1934
Launched29 Nov 1936
Commissioned25 Jul 1938
Sunk25 Oct 1944
Displacement11,200 tons standard; 15,300 tons full
Machinery2 geared turbines, 2 steam turbines, 2 shafts
Bunkerageoil 3,000
Power Output56,800 SHP
Speed29 knots
Armament8x127mm, 30x25mm (pre-1942), 40x25mm (post-1944)
Conversion to CVS1942
Recommission as CVS1 Jan 1944


ww2dbaseChitose served for the greater part of her career as a seaplane tender at Kure. On 4 Jan 1942, her aircraft covered the Japanese landings at Davao at the Philippine Islands, receiving battle damage. Later that month, she covered the landings at the Dutch East Indies and at the Gilbert Islands. During the Battle of Midway in Jun 1942, she carried seaplanes with the Transport Force with the mission to set up a seaplane base at either Eastern Island of the Midway Atoll or at Kure Atoll, but the mission was canceled due to the American victory during the battle. In Aug 1942, she was damaged during the Battle of Eastern Solomons. In late 1942, she was sent to Sasebo Navy Yard for conversion into a light carrier, which was completed in Jan 1944, and was assigned to Carrier Division 3. On 25 Oct 1944, she was part of Admiral Jisaburo Ozawa's decoy fleet off Cape Engaño in the Philippines as a part of the Leyte campaign. At 0835 that day, she received three hits, either near misses from bombs or submarine torpedoes, on the port side forward of the number 1 elevator. Boiler rooms 2 and 4 were flooded and the ship began to list. By 0855, the list was corrected slightly, but her speed was reduced to 14 knots. At 0930, she was dead in the water and the list increased to 30 degrees. She rolled over to port and sank at 0937.

ww2dbaseSource: Wikipedia.

Last Major Revision: Feb 2007

Chitose Operational Timeline

25 Jul 1938 Chitose was commissioned into service.


Seaplane tender Chitose off Kagoshima, Japan, 18 Jul 193812.7cm anti-aircraft guns aboard Chitose, in the Wanshan Archipelago off Guangdong, China, Oct 1938Seaplane tender Chitose, pre-1942Carrier Chitose at Sasebo, Japan, 31 Aug 1943
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