Akagi Maru-class armed merchantmen
|Name:||Akagi Maru class|
|Builders:||Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Nagasaki Shipyard|
|Preceded by:||A-class cargo ship|
|Displacement:||7,389 tonnes (7,272 long tons)|
|Length:||147.75 m (484 ft 9 in)|
|Beam:||10 m (32 ft 10 in)|
|Draft:||8.39 m (27 ft 6 in)|
|Propulsion:||1 x Mitsubishi MS diesel engine (8771hp total power)|
|Speed:||14 knots (16 mph; 26 km/h)|
|Aircraft carried:||2×Aichi E13A floatplane|
|Aviation facilities:||1 launch catapult|
The Akagi Maru-class vessels were originally built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries for Nippon Yusen company as A-class cargo ships. They were converted to "special transport" role in 1940, and to "auxiliary cruiser" role in 1941 (and therefore armed).
Awata Maru was slightly damaged in Doolittle Raid 18 April 1942. Later, it was a primary transport for the Japanese occupation of Kiska and Japanese occupation of Attu. It was sunk 22 October 1943 near Shanghai by the submarine USS Grayback.
Asaka Maru circumnavigated the globe in January–April 1941, bringing 3,000 tons of much needed military equipment from Germany. It also helped supply the Japanese occupation of Kiska. Asaka Maru was sunk by air attack 12 October 1944 near Penghu 23.55°N 119.717°E.