/* big upper banner */ The Akagi Maru-class armed merchant cruiser (赤城丸, A-gata kamotsusen) was a class of three armed merchant cruisers of the Imperial Japanese Navy. Hokoku Maru(revised US Hokoku Maru, at an attack on small convoy consisting from Later, it was a primary transport for the Japanese occupation of Kiska and Japanese occupation of Attu. Following its conversion, HMCS Prince Henry was sent to the United Kingdom to take part in the invasion of Normandy. Ships were armed with 4-8 120-152mm guns, besides, some of them carried reconnaissance seaplanes, torpedo tubes and minelaying equipment. google_ad_slot = "9770897940"; (revised 11/25/2017). After the outbreak of the Sino-Japanese War, KINJOSAN MARU is temporarily requisitioned by the Army as troop transport No. x 1 - 140/50, 2 x 2 - 13.2, 2 x 2 - 533 TT. The Akagi Maru-class vessels were originally built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries for Nippon Yusen company as A-class cargo ships. In 1941, AIKOKU and HOKOKU MARUs, two passenger-cargo vessels built for the Osaka Shipping Line’s South America route, were requisitioned for conversion to armed merchant cruisers (AMC). The Akagi Maru-class armed merchant cruiser (赤城丸, A-gata kamotsusen) was a class of three armed merchant cruisers of the Imperial Japanese Navy. Ship projec t history: In 1941-1942 some fast cargo- and cargo-passenger vessels of Japanese merchant fleet have been requisitioned and entered service with IJN as auxiliary (armed merchant) cruisers for operations actions on communication lines of the enemies. The squadrons each had a pair of submarine tenders, seaplane tenders, and armed merchant cruisers to support the subs. seaplanes, torpedo tubes and minelaying equipment. history: In 1941-1942 some fast cargo- and cargo-passenger 3 February 1941: Requisitioned by the IJN. Mr. Robert Hackett is a military historian and researcher. (revised 1/8/2011), Ukishima Maru Maru (revised 1/29/2017), Awata Maru (revised was sunk 18/9/1944 in Manila Bay by US submarine Flasher. Asaka Maru was sunk by air attack 12 October 1944 near Penghu 23°33′00″N 119°43′01″E / 23.55°N 119.717°E / 23.55; 119.717. 7/2/2011) Aikoku to category of transports. researcher. by Indian minesweeper Bengal and Dutch tanker with IJN as auxiliary (armed merchant) cruisers for operations actions on [3], List of ship classes of the Second World War, IJN AWATA MARU: Tabular Record of Movement, IJN ASAKA MARU: Tabular Record of Movement, IJN AKAGI MARU: Tabular Record of Movement, Japanese naval ship classes of World War II, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Akagi_Maru-class_armed_merchantmen&oldid=942297297, Auxiliary cruisers of the Imperial Japanese Navy, Articles containing Japanese-language text, Articles with empty sections from March 2015, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 23 February 2020, at 20:46. materials have greatly enhanced these TROMs. A talented linguist, Sander's translations of Japanese source The “Once-in-a-Thousand Chance” On April 16, 1942, the East Flotilla left the port of Hashirajima on Japan’s Inland Sea. [1], Asaka Maru circumnavigated the globe in January–April 1941, bringing 3,000 tons of much needed military equipment from Germany. Awata Maru was slightly damaged in Doolittle Raid 18 April 1942. Japan converted fourteen merchant ships to "armed merchant cruisers" but, by the end of 1943, five had been sunk and seven had been converted back to merchant … Kongo Maru was sunk 10/3/1942 at Lae by carrier aircraft. Mr. Sander Kingsepp, a native of Estonia, is also a military historian and (revised 9/1/2014)Kongo (revised 7/20/2017) Saigon //-->. communication lines of the enemies.