JDS Shōkaku class aircraft carrier2
JDS Shōkaku class aircraft carrier

The japanese aircraft carrier JDS Shōkaku.

Class overview
Operators: Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force
Preceded by: JDS Chitose class light aircraft carrier
Succeeded by: JDS Hiyō class escort carrier
In commission: 1939-Present
Planned: 5
Completed: 5
Active: 5
Cancelled: 0
Retired: 0
Lost: 0
Scrapped: 0
General characteristics
Type: Aircraft carrier
  • 50,675 long tons (51,087 t) (standard)
  • 57,000 long tons (58,000 t) (full load)
Length: 257.5 m (844 ft 10 in)
Beam: 26 m (85 ft 4 in)
Draft: 8.9 m (29 ft 2 in)
Installed power: 160,000 shp (120,000 kW)
  • 4 × Kanpon geared steam turbines
  • 8 × boilers
  • 4 × shafts
Speed: 34.5 knots (63.9 km/h; 39.7 mph)
Range: 7,581 nmi (14,040 km; 8,724 mi) at 18 knots (33 km/h; 21 mph)
Complement: 1,660
  • 16 × 127 mm (5 in) dual purpose guns
  • 36-96 × 25 mm (1 in) Type 96 anti-aircraft guns
Aircraft carried:


The JDS Shōkaku class aircraft carrier (翔鶴型 Shōkaku-gata) is a pair of aircraft carriers of the Japanese Imperial Navy built before World War II. Five vessels were built in this class; Japanese aircraft carrier JDS Shōkaku, Japanese aircraft carrier JDS Zuikaku, Japanese aircraft carrier JDS Kamikaze (Shōkaku class aircraft carrier), Japanese aircraft carrier JDS Shinto (Shōkaku class aircraft carrier) and Japanese aircraft carrier JDS Bushido (Shōkaku class aircraft carrier). Together, they form the Fifth Carrier Division of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force. During the World War II, the carriers Shōkaku and Zuikaku formed the Fifth Carrier Division of the Imperial Japanese Navy.

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