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IJN Shinano Aircraft Carrier

The Shinano, a 68059-ton aircraft carrier, was converted from a Yamato class battleship while under construction at Yokosuka, Japan. Originally intended as a sister ship to the Yamatoand the Musashi, she was the largest aircraft carrier built prior to the completion of the USS Enterprise in 1960. Hastily completed in November 1944, she was sunk on the 29th of that month after being hit by four torpedoes from the U.S. Navy submarine Archerfish.

Due to her conversion, the Shinano had only one hangar and a limited number of aircraft, compared to the navy's other carriers. Due to this, she was considered a support ship, intended to carry extra aircraft, ordnance, and fuel. She was also eqiupped with an armored flight deck.

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