The Hosho was a light aircraft carrier used by the Imperial Japanese Navy from 1922 to 1947. She saw combat action during the Sino-Japanese War and World War II. During the former armed conflict, her aircraft provided fire support to the Japanese ground troops fighting in mainland China. Having taken part in the Battle of Midway as a support carrier, the Hosho was employed as a trainer for the remainder of World War II, and, thus, survived the war.
The Hosho was the first Japanese aircraft carrier. She was made by Asano Shipbuilding Company, at Tsurumi Ku, Yokohama, Japan. between 1920 and 1921, being commissioned as an aircraft carrier in 1922. She could carry up to 18 aircraft (fighters and dive bombers). Her power plant consisted of 2 Kampon geared steam turbines, with two shafts, supplied by 8 Kampon Ro-go boilers, generating 30,000 horsepower. The island was set up forward, on the right side of ship (starboard).
Length: 168.25 m
Beam: 17.98 m
Draft: 6.17 m
Displacement: 7,500 tons
Speed: 25 knots (29 mph /46 km/h)
Range: 8,700 nautical miles
Crew: 510 sailors and officers