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    World War 2 Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) Warships and Submarines (1939-1945)

    Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 1/8/2016

    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.





    There are a total of (35) World War 2 Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) Warships and Submarines (1939-1945) 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 sim... [Read More]
    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. Thes... [Read More]
    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. Sh... [Read More]
    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 ... [Read More]
    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 wa... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the IJN Ha-201 (Type STS)

    1915
    IJN Haruna
    Haruna served the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) throughout World War 1 (1914-1918) and World War 2 (1... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the IJN Haruna

    1914
    IJN Hiei
    As an archipelago nation, the Empire of Japan required a large navy to fulfill the plans of its lead... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the IJN Hiei

    1939
    IJN Hiryu
    The aircraft carrier made its debut in the fighting of World War 1 (1914-1918) but its true impact w... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the IJN Hiryu

    1922
    IJN Hosho
    ... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the IJN Hosho

    1940
    IJN I-15
    The most numerous of all the World War II Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) submarine classes was the B1-... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the IJN I-15

    1945
    IJN I-201
    Amidst mounting losses to Allied warships and attack aircraft across the Pacific, the Japanese Navy ... [Read More]
    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 h... [Read More]
    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 Japa... [Read More]
    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 we... [Read More]
    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 o... [Read More]
    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 subma... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the IJN I-7 (J3 Type)

    1940
    IJN Isokaze
    As an island nation, it behooved Japanese warplanners to embark upon a massive naval-building campai... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the IJN Isokaze

    1928
    IJN Kaga
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    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-clas... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the IJN Kirishima

    1913
    IJN Kongo
    In 1911 the Imperial Japanese Diet (Teikoku-gikai) passed funds to support the Naval Emergency Expan... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the IJN Kongo

    1935
    IJN Mogami (1934)
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    Thumbnail picture of the IJN Mogami (1934)

    1920
    IJN Nagato
    World War 1 (1914-1918) spurred many-a-nation to bulk up their naval power and this included the Jap... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the IJN Nagato

    1944
    IJN No. 1 Class Landing Ship (1st Class Transporter)
    ... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the IJN No. 1 Class Landing Ship (1st Class Transporter)

    1933
    IJN Ryujo
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    Thumbnail picture of the IJN Ryujo

    1943
    IJN Shimakaze
    The destroyer warship was developed along the lines of fleet defender and also used in the escort ro... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the IJN Shimakaze

    1945
    IJN Shinano
    The IJN Shinano served the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) as a large fleet carrier during World War 2.... [Read More]
    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) aircr... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the IJN Shokaku

    1937
    IJN Soryu
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    Thumbnail picture of the IJN Soryu

    1944
    IJN Taiho
    The Japanese Navy ranked as the third most powerful ocean-going force on the planet prior to World W... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the IJN Taiho

    1932
    IJN Takao
    When the Imperial Japanese Navy undertook its massive shipbuilding programs in the lead-up to World ... [Read More]
    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. Un... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the IJN Yamato

    1940
    IJN Zuiho
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    Thumbnail picture of the IJN Zuiho

    1941
    IJN Zuikaku
    The Japanese fleet carrier Zuikaku ("Lucky Crane") and her sister ship, Shokaku ("Happy Crane") were... [Read More]
    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 ... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Kaiten

    1938
    Type IX U-Boat
    The German Kriegsmarine paid a heavy price for their actions in World War 2, with most of her Type I... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Type IX U-Boat