Imperial Japanese Navy
Carrier Lineage

Builder's Acronyms:

KURE: Kure Naval Arsenal, Hiroshima
MIT: Mitsubishi Nagasaki Shipyard
YOK: Yokosuka Naval Dockyard
VIC: Vickers
KAW: Kawasaki, Kobe.

Purpose Built Carriers

Hull No.

Ship Name

Class

Builder

Plan

Ordered

Laid Down

Launched

COMM

DECOM

Notes


Hosho (鳳翔)

Hosho




12/16/1919

11/13/1921

12/27/1922


First Purpose Designed Carrier in World.


Akagi (赤城)

Akagi





04/22/1925

03/25/1927

SUNK

Sunk 5 June 1942


Kaga (加賀)

Kaga






11/30/1929

SUNK

Sunk 4 June 1942.


Ryūjō (龍驤)

Ryūjō




11/26/1929

04/02/1931

05/09/1933

SUNK

Sunk 24 August 1942


Sōryū (蒼龍)

Sōryū



11/20/1934

12/23/1935

12/29/1937

SUNK

Sunk 4 June 1942


Hiryū (飛龍)

Hiryū



07/08/1935

11/16/1937

07/05/1939

SUNK

Sunk 5 June 1942.

3

Shōkaku (翔鶴)

Shōkaku



12/12/1937

06/01/1939

08/08/1941

SUNK

Sunk 19 June 1944

4

Zuikaku (瑞鶴)

Shōkaku



05/25/1938

11/27/1939

09/25/1941

SUNK

Sunk 25 October 1944

130

Taihō (大鳳)

Taihō



07/10/1941

04/07/1943

03/07/1944

SUNK

Sunk 19 June 1944

801

UN-NAMED

Taihō (G-14)








802

UN-NAMED

Taihō (G-14)








5021

UN-NAMED

Taihō (G-15)


mod







5022

UN-NAMED

Taihō (G-15)


mod







5023

UN-NAMED

Taihō (G-15)


mod







5024

UN-NAMED

Taihō (G-15)


mod







5025

UN-NAMED

Taihō (G-15)


mod







302

Unryū (雲龍)

Unryū




08/01/1942

09/25/1943

08/06/1944

SUNK

Sunk 19 Dec. 1944

800

UN-NAMED

Unryū







Planned

5001

Amagi (天城)

Unryū


mod


10/01/1942

10/15/1943

08/10/1944

SUNK

Sunk 27 July 1945

5002

UN-NAMED

Unryū


mod






Canceled 1943.
Material used on Shinano.

5003

Katsuragi (葛城)

Unryū


mod


10/15/1942

10/15/1943

08/10/1944

Apr. 1946


5004

Kasagi (笠置)

Unryū


mod







5005

UN-NAMED

Unryū


mod






Canceled 1943.
Material used on Shinano.

5006

Aso (阿蘇)

Unryū


mod


06/08/1943

11/01/1944

N/A

N/A


5007

Ikoma (生駒)

Ikoma

KAW

mod


07/05/1943

11/17/1944

N/A

N/A


5008

Kurama (鞍馬)

Ikoma


mod







5009

UN NAMED

Ikoma


mod


N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Canceled 1943.

5010

UN NAMED

Ikoma


mod


N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Canceled 1943.

5011

UN NAMED

Ikoma


mod


N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Canceled 1943.

5012

UN NAMED

Ikoma


mod


N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Canceled 1943.

5013

UN NAMED

Ikoma


mod


N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Canceled 1943.

5014

UN NAMED

Ikoma


mod


N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Canceled 1943.

5015

UN NAMED

Ikoma


mod


N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Canceled 1943.

Slow Light Carrier Conversions

Hull No.

Ship Name

Class

Builder

Plan

Ordered

Laid Down

Launched

COMM

DECOM

Notes


Zuihō (瑞鳳)

Zuihō




CONV

CONV

12/27/1940

SUNK

Sunk
25 October 1944


Shōhō (祥鳳)

Zuihō




CONV

CONV

11/30/1941

SUNK

Sunk
7 May 1942


Ryūhō (龍鳳)

Ryūhō




CONV

CONV

11/30/1942

11/30/1945



Hiyō (飛鷹)

Hiyō




CONV

06/24/1941

07/31/1942

SUNK

Sunk
21 June 1944


Jun'yō (隼鷹)

Hiyō




CONV

06/26/1941

05/03/1942

11/30/1945

Scrapped in 1947


Chitose (千歳)

Chitose




CONV

CONV

01/01/44

SUNK

Sunk
25 October 1944


Chiyoda (千代田)

Chitose




CONV

CONV

12/21/1943

SUNK

Sunk
25 October 1944


Shinano (信濃)

Shinano




CONV

10/05/1944

11/19/1944

SUNK

Sunk
29 November 1944


Ibuki (伊吹)

Ibuki




N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Conversion of Heavy Cruiser. Not Completed

Escort Carrier Conversions

Hull No.

Ship Name

Class

Builder

Plan

Ordered

Laid Down

Launched

COMM

DECOM

Notes


Taiyō (大鷹)

Taiyō




CONV

CONV

09/02/1941

SUNK

Sunk 18 August 1944


Chūyō (冲鷹)

Taiyō




CONV

CONV

11/25/1942

SUNK

Sunk 4 December 1943


Unyō (雲鷹)

Taiyō




CONV

CONV

05/31/1942

SUNK

Sunk 17 September 1944


Kaiyo (海鷹)

Kaiyo




CONV

CONV

11/23/1943

11/20/45

Scrapped in 1946.


Shinyo (神鷹)

Shinyo




CONV

CONV

11/15/1943

SUNK

Sunk 17 November 1944