SHOKAKU (June 2, 1939)
ZUIKAKU (Nov. 27, 1939)
Displacement: 25,675 tons (standatd); 32,000 tons (full)
Length: 844.1 ft
Beam: 85.4 ft
Draught: 29.1 ft
Aircraft: 75 - 85
8 - double 5 inch
up to 96 - 25mm
6x28 - 5" AA rockets (Zuikaku 1944)
Main Side Belt 2.0" to 5.8" belt
Deck Armour 4.6"
Flight Deck Armour 2.5"
Machinery: Geared turbines.Speed 34 kts.4 shafts.
Notes: These names mean Crane and Lucky Stork
respectively. A third ship of this class, Ryukaku, has
been lost. A fourth may exist.
Shokaku, was built at Yokosuka Dockyard, Japan. Completed in
August 1941, she participated in Japan's early wartime offensives,
including the attack on Pearl Harbor, the raid into the Indian
Ocean and the Battle of Coral Sea. In the latter action, on 8
May 1942, Shokaku was seriously damaged by dive bombers from
USS Yorktown (CV-5), and
had to return to Japan for repairs.