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USS Chitose

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    Country

    Japan

    type

    USS

    General characteristics

    Length (m):

    185,9

    Width (m):

    20,8

    Displacement (tons):

    15300

    Speed (knots):

    28,9

    Range (miles):

    11000

    Draft (m):

    7,5

    Crew:

    800

    Vooruzhenie

    Aircraft:

    30

    Air defense systems:

    10 25 mm
    4 127 mm

    aircraft carrier Chitose

    "Chitose" in 1944

    Carriers like "Chitose" entered service in 1938 as gidroaviatransporty. After losing four aircraft carriers in the battle Meade this type, it was decided to rebuild the light aircraft carriers. The problem is simplified by the fact that even at the design stage, "Chitose" envisaged the possibility of conversion of ships into full aircraft carriers.

    aircraft carrier Chitose

    Project restructuring mainly Zuiho repeated, but did not provide a replacement power plant. Ships equipped with continuous flight deck dimensions 180 x 23 m equipped with two single storey hangar aircraft lifts. Catapults were not provided.

    aircraft carrier Chitose

    "Chitose" before conversion (gidroaviatransport)

    To improve stability and strengthen the body equipped bulyami, increase the width of the ship at 2 pm A special feature was the presence of architecture carriers of two widely spaced chimneys on the starboard side: one serving boilers, the second - the diesel unit.

    In late 1943, the number of trunks 25-mm machine had risen to 48. Carriers were also radar type 21 (its antenna raised above the deck in a special pull-out cabinet, and during takeoff and landing operations cleaned down).

    Chitose1938/1944

    aircraft carrier Chitose

    "Chitose" in 1944

    22.5.1944 easily damaged unexploded torpedoes hit two American submarines "Bonefish".

    25.10.1944 during the battle at Cape Engano, "Chitose" got 4 - 5 hits bombs from airplanes of U.S. aircraft carriers. They struck him aft portside and exploded in the water. An hour later, the ship sank, killing 903 crewmen.

    Chiyoda1938/1944

    aircraft carrier Chitose

    "Chitose" before conversion (gidroaviatransport)

    20.6.1944 was hit by bombs in the aft. Equipment - until September 1944

    25.10.1944 during the battle at Cape Engano, "Chiyoda" was heavily damaged by bomb explosions and close due to flooding boiler department lost speed. In the evening, the American planes hit him three more bombs that destroyed the flight deck and caused fires. Before nightfall, "Chiyoda" found and shot the American heavy cruisers Wichita and New Orleans. Part of the crew perished, some managed to stay with the ship.





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