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Sister ship: ZUIHO
Notes: These ships were converted from the submarine supply ships TAKASAKI (ZUIHO) and TSURUGISAKI (SHOHO). TSURUGISAKI had been in service for four years as a supply ship, while TAKASAKI was taken in for conversion while fitting out. The original diesel motors were replaced with destroyer boilers and turbines. The single hangar was served by two lifts.
SHOHO was assigned to the 1st Air Fleet, Carrier Division 4. On 30 April 1942, she sailed with the 6th CruDiv (AOBA, KINUGASA, FURATAKA and KAKO) and the destroyer SAZANAMI as a part of the "MO" Operation (the invasion of Port Moresby). On 7 May 1942, in the Battle of the Coral Sea, SHOHO was attacked by dive and torpedo bombers from the American carriers LEXINGTON and YORKTOWN; it is estimated that she received seven torpedo and 13 bomb hits in about 23 minutes. SHOHO sank on an even keel; 631 of her crew were killed. SHOHO was the first Japanese carrier to be lost in World War II.
(Note: Many thanks to Combined Fleet for much of the information on SHOHO!)