What Happened To Japan’s Aircraft Carriers After World War II?

A once fearsome force neutered for good

Grant Piper
4 min readAug 31, 2022

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Zuikaku (Public domain)

In 1941 in the wake of the attacks on Pearl Harbor, Japan had ten aircraft carriers in its fleet, and all of them were operating in the Pacific. That gave them the largest carrier fleet in the world and the most concentrated. The United States only had three aircraft carriers in the Pacific in…

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Grant Piper

Professional writer. Amateur historian. Husband, father, Christian.