Japanese aircraft carrier Ryūhō

Japanese aircraft carrier Ryūhō.jpg
Ryūhō in 1942
Empire of Japan
Operator:Imperial Japanese Navy
Builder:Yokosuka Naval Arsenal
Laid down:12 April 1933
Launched:16 November 1933
Completed:31 March 1934
Out of service:12 December 1941
Renamed:30 November 1942
Fate:Converted into a light aircraft carrier
Namesake:Japanese for Dragon Phoenix
Recommissioned:30 November 1942
Struck:30 November 1945
Fate:Scrapped, 1946
General characteristics
Class and type:Ryūhō-class aircraft carrier[1]
Displacement:16,700 tonnes (16,400 long tons) (full load displacement)
Length:215.65 m (707 ft 6 in) (o/a)
Beam:19.58 m (64 ft 3 in)
Draft:6.67 m (21 ft 11 in)
Installed power:
Speed:26.5 knots (49.1 km/h; 30.5 mph) (design)
Range:8,000 nmi (15,000 km; 9,200 mi) at 18 knots (33 km/h; 21 mph)
Sensors and
processing systems:
1 × Type 2, Mark 2, Model 1 air search radar
Aircraft carried:31–36

Ryūhō (龍鳳, "Dragon phoenix") was a light aircraft carrier of the Imperial Japanese Navy. She was converted from the submarine tender Taigei (大鯨, "Big Whale"), which had been used in the Second Sino-Japanese War.[2] One of the least successful of the light aircraft carrier conversions due to its small size, slow speed and weak construction, during World War II, Ryūhō was used primarily as an aircraft transport and for training purposes, although she was also involved in a number of combat missions, including the First Battle of the Philippine Sea.[3]


The London Naval Treaty imposed limitations on new construction of major capital warships for the major world powers. The Imperial Japanese Navy responded in part by the construction of auxiliary vessels, such as fleet oilers and submarine tenders, designed so that they could be converted quickly into aircraft carriers in time of conflict. Taigei was ordered as part of the 1st Naval Armaments Supplement Programme of 1932.

Other Languages
čeština: Rjúhó
Deutsch: Ryūhō
español: Ryūhō (1942)
français: Ryūhō
Bahasa Indonesia: Kapal induk Jepang Ryūhō
日本語: 龍鳳 (空母)
polski: Ryūhō
suomi: Ryūhō
українська: Рюхо