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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse10 Sep 2018 9:59 p.m. PST

"Initially laid down as the third of the Yamato-class battleships, Shinanos partially complete hull was converted to an aircraft carrier in 1942, midway through construction. When launched on 5 October 1944, she had a full-load displacement of 72,000 long tons (73,000 t), the largest aircraft carrier ever built at the time…"

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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse12 Sep 2018 11:50 a.m. PST

"Shinano (M"Z), was an aircraft carrier built by the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) during World War II, the largest such built up to that time. Laid down in May 1940 as the third of the Yamato-class battleships, Shinano's partially complete hull was ordered to be converted to a carrier following Japan's disastrous loss of four fleet carriers at the Battle of Midway in mid-1942. Her conversion was still not finished in November 1944 when she was ordered to sail from the Yokosuka Naval Arsenal to Kure Naval Base to complete fitting out and transfer a load of 50 Yokosuka MXY7 Ohka rocket-propelled kamikaze flying bombs. Hastily dispatched, she had an inexperienced crew and serious design and construction flaws, lacked adequate pumps and fire-control systems, and did not carry a single aircraft. She was sunk en route, 10 days after commissioning, on 29 November 1944, by four torpedoes from the U.S. Navy submarine Archerfish. Over a thousand sailors and civilians were rescued and 1,435 were lost, including her captain. She remains the largest warship ever sunk by a submarine…"
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