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WW2 Imperial Japanese Navy Warships and Submarines

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 6/26/2014

For a time, the Empire of Japan held one of the most prolific naval forces anywhere in the world - though the Allies would eventually render her powers useless.

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There are a total of 28 WW2 Imperial Japanese Navy Warships and Submarines in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order. Flag images indicative of country of origin.




1942
HIJMS RO-100 (Kaisho / Type KS)
Development and production of the RO-100 series (sometimes referred to as "Kaisho" or "small" or simply Type "KS") of Japanes...
Thumbnail picture of the HIJMS RO-100 (Kaisho / Type KS)

1927
IJN Akagi
The IJN Akagi was born from a battlecruiser class design consisting of the Akagi and the Amagi. These cruisers were under con...
Thumbnail picture of the IJN Akagi

1900
IJN Asahi
The IJN Asahi was a pre-dreadnought battleship vessel in service with the Imperial Japanese Navy. She saw extensive combat in...
Thumbnail picture of the IJN Asahi

1915
IJN Fuso
The Fuso-class were "Dreadnought" battleships in service with Japan during both World War and World War 2, the first true Dre...
Thumbnail picture of the IJN Fuso

1945
IJN Ha-201 (Type STS)
As the Allied noose tightened evermore so around the Japanese mainland by the midway point of the war in the Pacific, there w...
Thumbnail picture of the IJN Ha-201 (Type STS)

1915
Thumbnail picture of the IJN Haruna

1914
Thumbnail picture of the IJN Hiei

1939
Thumbnail picture of the IJN Hiryu

1940
IJN I-15
The most numerous of all the World War II Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) submarine classes was the B1-Type, nicknamed the "I-15...
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1945
IJN I-201
Amidst mounting losses to Allied warships and attack aircraft across the Pacific, the Japanese Navy was forced to enact as em...
Thumbnail picture of the IJN I-201

1941
IJN I-21
As an island nation, much of Japan's immediate success heading into World War 2 (1939-1945) lay in her naval power projection...
Thumbnail picture of the IJN I-21

1945
IJN I-351
During 1943 to 1945 - what would become the latter half of World War (1939-1945) - the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) put effor...
Thumbnail picture of the IJN I-351

1944
IJN I-400 (STo / Sen-Toku)
At the time of their completion, the I-400 class of submarines serving the Imperial Japanese Navy were the largest submarines...
Thumbnail picture of the IJN I-400 (STo / Sen-Toku)

1944
IJN I-58
The last Japanese submarine built in the B-3 type series family became the I-58. She was laid down on December 26th, 1942, la...
Thumbnail picture of the IJN I-58

1937
IJN I-7 (J3 Type)
When launched on July 3rd, 1935, IJN I-7 and her sister-ship, IJN I-8 ,represented the largest submarines ever put to sea by ...
Thumbnail picture of the IJN I-7 (J3 Type)

1928
Thumbnail picture of the IJN Kaga

1915
IJN Kirishima
From the period between 1912 and 1915, the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) put to water four Kongo-class battlecruisers. Battlec...
Thumbnail picture of the IJN Kirishima

1913
IJN Kongo
In 1911 the Imperial Japanese Diet (Teikoku-gikai) passed funds to support the Naval Emergency Expansion Bill that authorized...
Thumbnail picture of the IJN Kongo

1945
IJN Shinano
The IJN Shinano served the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) as a large fleet carrier during World War 2. She originally existed a...
Thumbnail picture of the IJN Shinano

1941
IJN Shokaku
The Shokaku (or "Flying Crane") was the lead ship of a two-strong Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) aircraft carrier class, this i...
Thumbnail picture of the IJN Shokaku

1937
Thumbnail picture of the IJN Soryu

1932
Thumbnail picture of the IJN Takao

1941
IJN Yamato
As the KMS Bismarck was to the Atlantic Theater so too was the IJN Yamato to the Pacific Theater. Undoubtedly the most powerf...
Thumbnail picture of the IJN Yamato

1941
IJN Zuikaku
The Japanese fleet carrier Zuikaku ("Lucky Crane") and her sister ship, Shokaku ("Happy Crane") were a two-strong class of mo...
Thumbnail picture of the IJN Zuikaku

1944
Kaiten
The Kaiten (meaning "Reverse Destiny" or "Change the World") was based on the Japanese Navy Type 93 torpedo and was a top sec...
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1938
Type IX U-Boat
The German Kriegsmarine paid a heavy price for their actions in World War 2, with most of her Type IX class being lost to the...
Thumbnail picture of the Type IX U-Boat