was an aircraft carrier of the Imperial Japanese Navy. She was originally built as a seaplane carrier, before being converted to a light carrier from March to December 1943.
She was damaged in the Battle of the Philippine
.She was sunk with all hands at the Battle of Cape
Engano during the Battle of Leyte Gulf on 25 October 1944.
She was the largest
vessel of any nationality which is definitely known to have been
sunk with all hands during World War
, although there is some possibility that the Japanese
may also have
been lost with all hands.
Chief Equipping Officer - Capt.
Seiji Mizui - 20 November 1937 - 15 December 1938
Capt. Tomeo Kaku - 15 December 1938 - 15 November 1939
Capt. Tadao Yokoi - 15 November 1939 - 20 August 1940
Capt. / RADM Kaku Harada - 20 August 1940 - 9 January 1943
(Promoted to Rear Admiral
on 1 November
Capt. Akitomo Beppu - 9 January 1943 - 15 February 1944
Capt. / RADM* Eiichiro Jyo - 15 February 1944 - 25 October 1944