World of Warships

Japanese aircraft carriers have both the looks and the smarts to be a dominating force in World of Warships. Let’s look at this new branch of vessels in our Tech

Japanese aircraft carriers have both the looks and the smarts to be a dominating force in World of Warships. Let’s look at this new branch of vessels in our Tech Tree spotlight.

Aircraft Carrier Evolution

The Tree of IJN Aircraft carriers begins at Tier IV and ends at Tier VIII – for now. Tier IX and X vessels are to come later. Keep your eyes peeled!

This was the first ship in the world to be designed and built specifically as an aircraft carrier, not redesigned or converted from a different type of ship. Many features of the Hosho design can be seen in later aircraft carriers. In terms of displacement, Hosho is inferior to her main antagonist, the US aircraft carrier Langley, but she is faster with a top speed of 25 knots. Hosho’s other advantages include good secondary AA guns and a good number of air groups for Tier IV.

05-Zuiho_ENG-711x400This small aircraft carrier was built as part of a classified Japanese Naval shipbuilding program. To circumvent the restrictions of international naval treaties, she was designed as a submarine tender, but she could be quickly upgraded to a full-featured aircraft carrier. Zuiho was characterized by relatively small displacement and weak protection, but at the same time she was rather fast and had a large air wing. She carried about 30 aircraft, significantly more than her direct competitor from the American Tech Tree, Bogue.

Ryujo’s displacement is only 10,000 tons—small by the standards of her time. Her hull design was the result of Japan’s desire to bypass naval treaty limits. According to the Washington Treaty, aircraft carriers with displacements of less than 10,000 tons were not formally regarded as aircraft carriers. No restrictions applied to them, which let the Japanese shipbuilders off the leash. With her double-deck hangar, Ryujo carries a larger air wing of 35 aircraft. Her secondary batteries are also relatively potent: six twin all-purpose guns with a caliber of 5 in (127 mm).

The hull of Hiryu was based on that of the Mogami-class cruiser. This lends the Hiryu not only a substantial displacement of 17,000 tons, but also sturdy armor. Though significantly inferior to that of Mogami, Hiryu’s 1.9-in (47-mm) belt armor is pretty good compared to her poorly protected predecessors in the carrier branch. In addition, the aircraft carrier inherited good speed (34.5 knots) from Mogami. Hiryu’s armament consists of twelve 5-in (127-mm) all-purpose guns, a considerable number of automatic AA guns, and a formidable group of 50 aircraft.

Compared to her predecessors, Zuikaku’s displacement is larger at 32,000 tons. And that’s not the only improvement: Zuikaku has a pretty good belt armor and an impressive air wing. Despite the increase in size, Zuikaku manages to keep the same speed, 34.5 knots.

That’s it for today! We hope you liked our look at the IJN Aircraft carriers. Feel free to leave a comment down below!

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