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IJN Soryu - Imperial Japan, 1937

Detailing the development and operational history of the IJN Soryu Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier.

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The IJN Soryu led a two-strong class of aircraft carriers in service with the navy of Japan heading into World War 2.

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IJN Soryu

Service Year: 1937
Type: Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
National Origin: Imperial Japan
Ship Class: Soryu
Number-in-Class: 2

Structural (Crew Space, Dimensions and Weights)

Complement (Crew): 1,100
Length: 746.4 feet (227.50 meters)
Beam (Width): 70 feet (21.34 meters)
Draught (Height): 25 feet (7.62 meters)

Surface Displacement: 16,000 tons

Installed Power and Base Performance

Engine(s): 8 x Kampon boilers with 4 x geared steam turbines developing 152,000 shaft horsepower to 4 x shafts.

Surface Speed: 34 knots (39 mph)
Operational Range: 7,734 nautical miles (8,900 miles, 14,323 km)

Armament / Air Wing

6 x 127mm Type 89 twin-barreled Dual-Purpose (DP) guns.
14 x 25mm Type 96 twin-barreled anti-aircraft guns

Aircraft: Approximately 70 aircraft to included fighters, torpedo bombers and dive bombers.

Global Operators

Imperial Japan

Ships-in-Class / Group (2)

IJN Soryu; IJN Hiryu

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