IJN Nisshin Seaplane Carrier
The Nisshin was completed in February of 1942 and was a swifter and better armed Mizuho. She was ordered under the 1937 Programme and laid down the next year. The Nisshin was built for minelaying, and thus, carried 700 mines, in addition to 12 aircraft. She was outfitted with two catapults and her stern was modified to allow her to carry and operate up to 12 mini-submarines. Two somewhat larger ships were planned to be built off the Nisshin's design (Numbers 863 and 864), but were never started. The Nisshin was sunk on 22 July 1943 by American aircraft in the southwest Pacific region.
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