IJN Kaga
IJN Kaga
General information
Place of origin Empire of Japan
Category Aircraft Carrier
Class Tosa class
Used by Japan
Speed 28 knots (52 km/h; 32 mph)
Crew in‑game 6
Aircrafts 1x Nakajima B5N2 "Kate"
1x Aichi D3A "Val"
1x Mitsubishi A6M2b "Zero"
Seat 1
Primary weapon Captain of the Ship
Seat 2
Primary weapon 4x 12.7 cm/40 Type 89 AA
Secondary weapon4x 2.5 cm Type 96 AA
Seat 3
Primary weapon 4x 12.7 cm/40 Type 89 AA
Secondary weapon 4x 2.5 cm Type 96 AA
Seat 4
Primary weapon 4x 12.7 cm/40 Type 89 AA
Secondary weapon 4x 2.5 cm Type 96 AA
Seat 5
Primary weapon 4x 12.7 cm/40 Type 89 AA
Secondary weapon 4x 2.5 cm Type 96 AA
Seat 6
Primary weapon Type of load on "Kate":
↑ 45 cm Type 91 torpedo
↓ 800 kg bomb

The Kaga (named for an old Japanese province) was originally laid down and launched as a 39,900 ton battleship as part of the 8-8 Fleet plan of the Japanese Navy. Final construction of the Kaga was halted after Japan signed the Washington Naval Treaty in February, 1922. It was decided to convert her into an aircraft carrier after the planned carrier Amagi was seriously damaged in the great 1923 Tokyo earthquake. Conversion began in the latter part of 1923.

The Kaga was laid down along the same design as her sister ship the Akagi. One difference was her shorter flight deck, approximately 58 feet shorter than that of the Akagi. Another difference involved the Kaga's funnel system, which deviated from the original large and small system of the Akagi. Instead, Kaga had boiler uptakes which bypassed the hangar deck and vented over the aft quarter deck.

Also like the Akagi, the Kaga underwent significant overhaul in the 1930's. After her substantial reconstruction, the Kaga was active off of the Chinese coast from the beginning in 1937 for several years. She was then assigned to the Pearl Harbor strike force and her aircraft participated in the 7 December 1941 attack. Like the Akagi, the Kaga was present at the Battle of Midway and did not survive the conflict.

There are two competing testimonies concerning her demise. The first by the United States Navy, that she was set afire by direct hits from dive bombers of the USS Enterprise and subsequently sunk as a result of the explosion caused when uncontrollable fires reached her fuel tanks. The second comes from Japanese survivors of the battle, who claim the decision was made to scuttle the Haga and she sank as a result of a torpedo salvo from the destroyer Hagekaze. Regardless of the veracity of either story, the Kaga was abandoned prior to sinking after the loss of more than 800 of her crewmen.

Ingame, Kaga has the same model as IJN Akagi and IJN Hiryū: there are literally no difference between them, and even more, they appear only one one map - Midway.

The interesting feature of this ship is that you can change type of bomb load on spawning Nakajima B5N2 "Kate" by pressing up and down arrow keys:

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