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|Tonnage||8000 tons standard displacement
|Dimensions||465'9" by 64'3" by 23'0"
141.96m by 19.58m by 7.01m
|Maximum speed||19 knots|
|Aircraft||361' (110 m) flight deck
13 Daihatsu landing craft or 12 Toku Daihatsu landing craft
|Armament||8 75mm antiaircraft
6 25mm/60 AA guns
||2-shaft geared turbine (10,000
|Range||6,000 nautical miles (11,000 km) at 17 knots|
The Kumano Maru was converted from a 9,502 G.R.T. freighter by the Japanese Army as a "landing ship with flight deck." It could carry a combination of landing craft and small aircraft, the latter intended to be flown off to airstrips ashore. It had no practical capability to land aircraft, for which Army pilots were not trained in any case. Landing craft were launched from ramps through stern doors.
Conversion was completed 31 March 1945, when the need for such ships
had completely evaporated.
Jentschura, Jung, and Mickel (1977)
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