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Re: Very clever quiz! n/t
Superb answers to a trick question... The first and the last were the same - Hosho. Hosho finished her repatriation duties in the Fall of 46, Katsuragi in April of 46.
Dan, I have to yield if the question is framed as what was the last voyage of any IJN carrier.
to me the more honorable voyage was one that took place while hostilities still existed. But history is always fun!
I remembered this for reading when I was a teen and subsequent 'what-if' discussion about one that got away: (could not recall the proper name earlier, though...)
"By October 1945, the IJN Katsuragi was Japan’s last aircraft carrier in service. Instead of an illustrious career as a warship, the Katsuragi was used to demobilize the armed forces of the Empire of Japan on islands bypassed by U.S. forces during the war. You can read the history here, but the BLUF is that at the end of World War II, the bulk of the Imperial Japanese navy was either sunk or inoperable. Out of what was once one of the largest fleets in the world, only 114 ships ranging in size from a tug boats to aircraft carriers were left in operable condition to repatriate demobilized Japanese forces back to the mainland. The aircraft carrier Katsuragi was the largest vessel available for this task and became the last Japanese aircraft carrier to see active service.
The IJN Katsuragi was laid up by the end of 1946 and scrapped in 1947. When she passed from service, Japan was left without a functioning aircraft carrier for the next six decades. (Technical note, Japan claims its modern aircraft carriers are actually “Helicopter Destroyers…”
IJN Ryuho was almost certainly the last to perform an operational movement for the IJN, as you have found.
But based on the letter of the initial question, Hosho and Katsuragi.
Based on "Tully, Anthony P. "IJN Ryuho."
Ryūhō departed for Japan on 2 January 1945 escorted by Isokaze; when she arrived at Kure on 18 January, Ryūhō also gained the distinction of being the last Japanese aircraft carrier to venture outside the home waters of Japan."
There ya go. I could not get Kitakami (the CL) out of my head.
Hosho yes, but last one was probably a late build carrier they used for repatriation duties.
IJN's first carrier was Hosho and the last carrier to sail with an airgroup (albeit they never took off) was Ryuho.
Without looking it up, name the first and last Japanese carriers to make a voyage under their own power. Not meant to include the current non-carrier carriers of the JMSDF.
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