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Sunosaki-class combat support ship
IJN Sunosaki in 1943.jpg
Sunosaki in 1943
Class overview
Name: Sunosaki class combat support ship
Builders: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
Operators: Naval Ensign of Japan.svg Imperial Japanese Navy
Built: 1942–1943
In commission: 1943–1944
Planned: 5
Completed: 2
Cancelled: 3
Lost: 2
General characteristics
Displacement: 4,465 long tons (4,537 t) standard
Length: 108.5 m (356 ft 0 in) overall
Beam: 15.0 m (49 ft 3 in)
Draught: 5.0 m (16 ft 5 in)
Propulsion: 2 × MAN Mk.4 diesels
2 shafts, 4,500 bhp
Speed: 16 knots (18 mph; 30 km/h)
Range: 4,000 nmi (7,400 km) at 14 kn (16 mph; 26 km/h)
Capacity: • 1,080 tons for gasoline
• 440 tons for ammunitions and foods
Complement: 161
Armament: Sunosaki, 1943
• 2 × 120 mm (4.7 in) L/45 AA gun
• 4 × Type 96 25mm AA guns

The Sunosaki-class combat support ship (洲埼型給油艦 Sunosaki-gata kyūyukan?) was a class of two support ships of the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN), serving during World War II.

Construction[]

In 1939, the IJN planned two support ship classes to help their aircraft carriers. One was the 8,000 ton Ashizuri-class, the other one the 4,500 ton Sunosaki-class. The Sunosaki was planned to support for two medium-sized carriers (Sōryū and Hiryū) in the battlefield. The thought is the same as USS Sacramento.

Service[]

The Sunosaki-class was unable to support Japan's carrier task force, because their commissions were delayed. They sailed between the Japanese mainland and Southeast Asia, and were lost before participating in a naval battle.

Ships in class[]

Ship # Ship Builder Laid down Launched Completed Fate
103 Sunosaki (洲埼?) Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Yokohama Shipyard 25-03-1942 28-12-1942 15-05-1943 Burned by air raid at Manila Bay 21-09-1944. Scuttled 04-10-1944.
233 Takasaki (高崎?) Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Yokohama Shipyard 16-07-1942 03-05-1943 02-09-1943 Sunk by USS Puffer at Sulu Sea 06°33′N 122°55′E / 6.55°N 122.917°E / 6.55; 122.917 05-06-1944.
234 Tsurugizaki (剣埼?) Cancelled on 05-05-1944.
235 Kōzaki (神埼?)
236 Hijirizaki (聖埼?) or Toyosaki (豊埼?)

References[]


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