Japanese seaplane carrier Mizuho | Wikipedia audio article


Mizuho (瑞穂, “Fresh Grain”) was a seaplane
carrier of the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II. The ship was built at Kawasaki Shipbuilding
at Kobe, Japan, and was completed in February 1939.==Design and description==
Mizuho was built to a similar design as the seaplane carrier Chitose, but with slightly
less powerful diesel engines instead of Chitose’s turbines. She carried 24 seaplanes, and was equipped
to carry twelve miniature submarines, although she could not carry full loads of both at
one time.==Service history==
Mizuho participated in invasion support for much of her career; her first mission was
with the Fourth Surprise Attack Force. On 1 March 1942, planes from Mizuho and Chitose
damaged the American destroyer USS Pope, which was later sunk by aircraft from the aircraft
carrier Ryūjō and gunfire from the heavy cruisers Ashigara and Myōkō.===Sinking===The American submarine USS Drum torpedoed
Mizuho at 23:03 hours on 1 May 1942 40 nautical miles (74 kilometres) off Omaezaki, Japan. She capsized and sank at 04:16 hours on 2
May 1942 with the loss of 101 lives. There were 472 survivors, of which 31 were
wounded.==Footnotes====External links==
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