Ise-class Battleship


IseHyuga

(Model kits manufactured by Hasegawa)

These two perfectly good BBs were converted into a pair of hybrid battleship/carriers after the debacle at Midway. That's what desperation will do to you, because they were practically useless in their new role, and while they were laid up being converted they could have been put to much better use fighting in the Solomons (if there had been three Japanese battleships facing South Dakota (with its faulty circuit breaker) and Washington on the night of Nov. 12, 1942... hmm, what then?) Maybe if the Japanese had simply built a few more real carriers, these two wouldn't have had to end their long careers sporting those embarrassing little flight decks. (Then again, rumor has it that it took all the metal from all the cooking pots in Tokyo to put Amagi in the water -- carriers weren't exactly growing on trees.)

Another cool shot of Ise.

Year CompletedIse: 1917
Hyuga: 1918
Displacement38,676 tons
Dimensions700'0" x 104'0" x 30'2"
Speed25 knots
Armament 12 (later 8) x 14"/45
20 x 5.5"/50
8 (later 16) x 5"/40 DP
up to 104 x 25mm AA
6 x 30 5" AA rockets
Armor 12" belt
2.25" deck (later strengthened
12" turret face
12" conning tower
Crew1463

Additional Info
Ise Tabular Record of Movement (TROM)
Hyuga Tabular Record of Movement (TROM)

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Battleship Ise, circa early 1920sPostcard featuring photograph and statistics of battleship Ise, circa early 1920sBattleship Ise, date unknownBattleships Nagato, Kirishima, Ise, and Hyuga, date unknownBattleship Hyuga, circa 1930s
Battleship Ise, circa early 1920sPostcard featuring photograph and statistics of battleship Ise, circa early 1920sBattleship Ise, date unknownBattleships Nagato, Kirishima, Ise, and Hyuga, date unknownBattleship Hyuga, circa 1930s
Kirishima off Amoy, China, photographed by USS Pillsbury (DD-227), 21 Oct 1938, photo 1 of 3; note battleship Ise in backgroundHyuga prior to her 1943 conversion to battleship-carrier hybridAn Ise-class battleship and a Fuso-class battleship underway, 1930s or 1940sBattleship Ise, 1944Hybrid battleship-carrier Hyuga underway, 1944
Kirishima off Amoy, China, photographed by USS Pillsbury (DD-227), 21 Oct 1938, photo 1 of 3; note battleship Ise in backgroundHyuga prior to her 1943 conversion to battleship-carrier hybridAn Ise-class battleship and a Fuso-class battleship underway, 1930s or 1940sBattleship Ise, 1944Hybrid battleship-carrier Hyuga underway, 1944

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