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Akitsushima, Japanese Seaplane Tender


Photograph of seaplane tender Akitsushima
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Specifications:


Tonnage 4650 tons standard
Dimensions 386'11" by 51'10" by 17'9"
117.93m by 15.80m by 5.41m
Maximum speed       19 knots
Aircraft 1 seaplane
Armament 2x2 5"/40 dual-purpose guns
2x2 25mm/60 AA guns
Machinery
2-shaft diesel (8,000 shp)
Modifications
1944: Added an additional 2x3 25mm guns

The Akitsushima, completed 19 April 1942 at Kawasaki-Kobe, was the first of what was to be a family of small seaplane or flying boat tenders. However, she was the only unit completed. She was sunk by aircraft on 24 September 1944 at Coron Bay in the Philippines.


References

Gogin (2010; accessed 2012-12-1)

Jentschura, Jung, and Mickel (1977)

Worth (2001)



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