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IJN Taiho Aircraft Carrier

The Taiho was the first Japanese carrier built with an armored deck and was based off the designs of the Shokaku class carriers. She was ordered in 1939 and laid down by Kawasaki on 10 7 1941 at the shipyards at Kobe. The Taiho had one deck for stability concerns and its funnel was incorporated into the structure of her island. In addition, her hull plating was pushed out from the bow to reach the edge of her flight deck, which was 844 feetlong and 98 1/2 feet wide.

Completed on 7 March 1944, the Taiho spent her first several months training, but was otherwise soon put into action. She was sunk on 19 June of that year during the Battle of the Philippine Sea, when a torpedo attack from the USS Albacore resulted in damage that lead to the ignition of fuel vapors that had spread throughout the ship as a result of poor damage control.

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