Chitose-class Seaplane Tender


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Ships in class: Chitose, Chiyoda (Mizuho, slightly different)

The Chitose-class were a class of two seaplane tenders, later converted to light aircraft carriers. Under the terms of the Washington Naval Treaty, the total tonnage of Japan's naval vessels was limited by class. The Chitose-class ships were built as seaplane tenders, designed to make the conversion to aircraft carriers relatively easy. They served as seaplane tenders during the early part of the Pacific War. After the Battle of Midway, they were converted into light aircraft carriers. Both ships participated in the Battle of the Philippine Sea and both were sunk in the Battle of Leyte Gulf.


  • Chitose-class Seaplane Tender