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IJN Shinyo Escort Aircraft Carrier

The Shinyo began as the Norddeutscher Lloyd passenger liner the "Scharnhorst," but was bought by Japan in February 1942 with the intention to convert her into an aircraft carrier. Conversion occurred at the Kure Naval Yard between 1942 and 1943 and during the process, steel originally slated for the fourth battleship of the Yamato class was used. She was formally completed on 15 December 1943, though almost a year later she was sunk by the American submarine USS Spadefish.

A sister ship,the Kamakura Maru was sunk before she could be converted from a passenger liner to an aircraft carrier.

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