Built between 1920 and 1928, the Kaga was a fleet aircraft carrier used by the Japanese Navy in the Pacific theater of World War II. She was capable of carrying up to 90 aircraft. During the war, Mitsubishi A6M Zero fighters, Aichi D3A dive bombers, and Nakajima B5N torpedo bombers took off her 247m-long flight deck, which was originally 25 m shorter. Her power plant consisted of 4 Kampon geared steam turbines, with 4 shafts and 8 boilers, delivering 127,000 hp. Kaga’s defensive weapons were ten 200mm (7.9″) and sixteen 127mm (5″) naval guns, plus twenty-two 25mm AA guns; her offensive armaments were the aircraft she carried onboard.

The Kaga aircraft carrier participated in the Japanese naval air raid against Pearl Harbor, on December 7, 1941. The following year, in February, her war planes provided fire support to the Japanese invasion of New Guinea. However, on June 4, 1942, she was seriously damaged by US Navy’s dive bombers in the Battle of Midway; as a result, she was scuttled by the Japanese on August 10.

Specifications

Length: 247.6 m (270 yard)

Beam: 32.5 m (35 yard)

Draft: 9.48 m

Displacement: 38,800 tons

Speed: 28 knots

Range: 7,700 nautical miles

Crew: 1,700 sailors and officers

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Scale model of Kaga

Kaga

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