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Kamoi, Japanese Seaplane Carrier


Photograph of Kamoi, Japanese seaplane carrier

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Specifications:


Tonnage 17,000 tons standard displacement
Dimensions 496' by 67' by 27'8"
151.2m by 20.4m by 8.4m
Maximum speed       15 knots
Aircraft 2 catapults
12 seaplanes
Armament 2 5.5"/50 guns
2 3"/40 AA guns
Machinery
2-shaft turboelectric (9000 shp)
4 Kampon boilers
Bunkerage 2500 tons coal
Modifications Converted to a fleet oiler in 1943


The Kamoi was completed in 1922 in New York City. The Japanese converted her to a auxiliary seaplane carrier in 1933. She was redesignated a seaplane tender in 1940 and converted to a fleet oiler in 1943. Assigned to Chitose Air Group at Truk when war broke out, she was crippled by aircraft on 5 April 1945 at Hong Kong, finally sinking on 13 April 1945.


References

Chesneau (1992)

CombinedFleet.com (accessed 2008-2-27)

Jentschura, Jung, and Mickel (1977)

Worth (2001)



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