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(Dai Nippon Teikoku Rikugun)
Imperial Japanese Navy|
(Dai Nippon Teikoku Kaigun)
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The following is the list of ships of the Imperial Japanese Navy for the duration of its existence, 1868-1945. This list also includes ships before the official founding of the Navy and some auxiliary ships used by the Army. For a list of ships of its successor, the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, see List of active Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ships and List of combatant ship classes of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force.
- Atakebune, 16th century coastal battleships.
- Red seal ships – Around 350 armed sailships, commissioned by the Bakufu in the early 17th century, for Asian and South-East Asian trade.
- San Buena Ventura (1607) – Built by William Adams for Tokugawa Ieyasu. Crossed the Pacific in 1610.
- San Juan Bautista (1614) – One of Japan's first Western-style sail warships, transported the embassy of Hasekura Tsunenaga to America in 1614.
Early modern warships
Western-style sail warships
- Shohei Maru (1854) – Japan's first post-seclusion Western-style sail warship.
- Hou-Ou Maru (1854)
- Asahi Maru (1856)
- Kankō Maru (1855), Japan's first steam warship.
- Kanrin Maru (1855) – Japan's first screw-driven steam warship
- Chōyō (1858)
- Kaiyō Maru (1866)
- Chiyodagata (1863), Japan's first domestically-built steam warship.
- Ryūjō (1864)
Corvettes and gunboats
- Kongō class
- Katsuragi class
- Heien (1882, ex-Chinese, captured 1895) – Armored gunboat
- Maya class
- Kōtetsu, (1864–1888) – Japan's first ironclad warship, later renamed Azuma (ex-CSS Stonewall)
- Fusō (1877–1910)
- Battleship prizes of the First Sino-Japanese War :
- Fuji class
- Shikishima class
- Asahi (1899–1942)
- Mikasa (1900 – Preserved)
- Battleship prizes of the Russo-Japanese War :
- Iki (1889, ex-Russian Imperator Nikolai I) (1905–1915)
- Tango (1892, ex-Russian Poltava (1905–1923)
- Sagami (1898, ex-Russian Peresvet) (1905–1916)
- Suwo (1900, ex-Russian Pobeda) (1905–1946)
- Hizen (1900, ex-Russian Retvizan) (1905–1924)
- Iwami (1902, ex-Russian Oryol) (1905–1924)
- Mishima (1894, ex-Russian Admiral Seniavin) (1905–1936)
- Okinoshima (1896, ex-Russian General Admiral Graf Apraksin) (1905–1925)
- Katori class
- Satsuma class
- Kawachi class
- Kongō class – Battlecruisers rebuilt as fast battleships
- Fusō class
- Ise class
- Nagato class
- Battleship prizes of World War I:
- Tosa class
- Yamato class
- Kai Yamato class
- Hull No. 797 (not started)
- Battleship design A-150
- Hull No. 798 (not started)
- Hull No. 799 (not started)
- Wakamiya (1913)
- Notoro (1920)
- Chitose class (converted to aircraft carriers)
- Kamikawa Maru class
- Hōshō (1921)
- Akagi (1925)
- Kaga (1928)
- Ryūjō (1931)
- Sōryū (1935)
- Hiryū (1937)
- Shōkaku class
- Zuihō class
- Hiyō class
- Taiyō class escort carrier
- Kaiyō (liner converted to escort carrier in 1942) (liner converted to escort carrier in 1943)
- Akitsu Maru class (used by the Army)
- Ryūhō (converted from submarine tender in 1942)
- Taihō (1943)
- Chitose class light aircraft carriers
- Unryū class
- Shinano (1944)
- Shimane Maru class escort carrier
- Shimane Maru (1944)
- Otakisan Maru (not completed)
- Yamashio Maru class auxiliary escort carrier (used by the Army)
- Yamashio Maru (1944)
- Chigusa Maru (not completed)
- Kumano Maru (1945) (used by the Army)
- Izumi (1884–1912)
- Naniwa class
- Unebi (1886–1887)
- Yaeyama (1890–1911)
- Chiyoda (1891–1927)
- Chishima (1892–1892)
- Matsushima class
- Akitsushima (1894–1927)
- Yoshino (1893–1904)
- Suma class
- Takasago (1898–1904)
- Kasagi class
- Niitaka class
- Otowa (1904–1917)
- Tone (1910–1931)
- Chikuma class
- ex-Russian cruisers as prizes of Russo-Japanese War
- Kuma class
- ex-German cruisers as prize of World War I
- Y (1909, ex-German Augsburg, 1920–1922)
- Nagara class
- Sendai class
- Yūbari (1923–1944)
- ex-Republic of China cruisers as prizes of Second Sino-Japanese War
- Agano class
- Ōyodo class
- Ōyodo (1943–1945)
- Niyodo (not completed)
- Yakumo (1900–1946)
- Azuma (1900–1944)
- Kasuga class
- ex-Russian armored cruisers as prizes of the Russo-Japanese War
- Tsukuba class
- Ibuki class
- Kongō class (battlecruisers converted to "fast battleships" in 1920s)
- Amagi class
- Amagi (not completed)
- Akagi (converted to aircraft carrier)
- Atago (not completed)
- Takao (not completed)
- Furutaka class
- Aoba class
- Mogami class
- Tone class
- Ibuki class
- Ibuki (1943; converted to aircraft carrier)
- No. 301 (Canceled 1942)
1st Class destroyers
- Urakaze class (1915)
- Isokaze class (1916–1917)
- Kanran class (1917-1919 on loan from the Royal Navy)
- Kawakaze class (1917–1918)
- Minekaze class (1919–1922)
- Kamikaze class (1922–1925)
- Mutsuki class (1925–1927)
- Fubuki class (1927–1931)
- Akatsuki class (1931–1932)
- Hatsuharu class (1932–1934)
- Shiratsuyu class (1935–1937)
- Asashio class (1936–1937)
- Kagerō class (1938–1941)
- Yūgumo class (1941–1944)
- Akizuki class (1941–1944)
- Shimakaze class (1942)
- Matsu class (1944–1948)
- Tachibana class (1944–1945)
- Azusa (not launched)
- Hishi (not launched)
- Katsura (not completed)
- Kuzu (not launched)
- Nashi – later the JDS Wakaba (DE-261)
- Sakaki (not launched)
- Tochi (not completed)
- Wakazakura (not launched)
- Yadake (not completed)
- Yaezakura (not completed)
2nd Class destroyers
- Sakura class (1911-1912)
- Kaba class (1915)
- Momo class (1916–1917)
- Enoki class (1917–1918)
- Momi class (1919–1922)
- Wakatake class (1922–1923)
3rd Class destroyers
- Murakumo class (1898–1922)
- Ikazuchi class (1898–1926)
- Akatsuki class (1901–1920)
- Shirakumo class (1901–1926)
- Harusame class (1902–1926)
- Kamikaze class (1905–1930)
- Shirataka class (1899–1923)
- Hayabusa class (1899–1923)
- Chidori class (1933)
- Ōtori class (1935–1937)
- Okitsu (ex-Italian minelayer Lepanto)
- Karatsu (ex-USS Luzon (PR-7))
- Tatara (ex-USS Wake (PR-3))
- Suma (ex-HMS Moth (1915))
- Kozakura-class traffic boat
List of IJN Patrol Vessels can be found here at 
- Patrol Boat # 01-see 
- Patrol Boat # 02-see 
- Patrol Boat # 31-see 
- Patrol Boat # 32-sunk at Battle of Wake Island
- Patrol Boat # 33-sunk at Battle of Wake Island
- Patrol Boat # 34-see 
- Patrol Boat # 35-see 
- Patrol Boat # 36-see 
- Patrol Boat # 37-see 
- Patrol Boat # 38-see 
- Patrol Boat # 39-see 
- Patrol Boat # 46-see 
- Patrol Boat # 101-see 
- Patrol Boat # 102-formerly USN Destroyer USS Stewart (DD-224)
- Patrol Boat # 103-formerly USN minesweeper USS Finch (AM-9)
- Patrol Boat # 104-see 
- Patrol Boat # 105-see 
- Patrol Boat # 106-see 
- Patrol Boat # 107-see USS Genesee (AT-55)
- Patrol Boat # 108-see 
- Patrol Boat # 109-see 
1st Class submarines
- Junsen class
- Kou class
- Otsu class
- Type B1, Otsu gata(S37) (乙型 (S37)), 20 units, I-15, I-17, I-19, I-21, I-23, I-25, I-26, I-27, I-28, I-29, I-30, I-31, I-32, I-33, I-34, I-35, I-36, I-37, I-38, I-39.
- Type B2, Otsu gata(S37B) (乙型 (S37B)), 6 units, I-40, I-41, I-42, I-43, I-44, I-45.
- Type B3, Otsu gata(S37C) (乙型 (S37C)), 3 units, I-54, I-56, I-58.
- Hei class
- Tei class
- Kaidai class
- Type KD1, Kaidai 1 gata (海大I型), I-51.
- Type KD2, Kaidai 2 gata (海大II型), I-152(52).
- Type KD3a, Kaidai 3 gata a (海大III型a), 4 units, I-153(53), I-154(54), I-155(55), I-158(58).
- Type KD3b, Kaidai 3 gata b (海大III型b), 5 units, I-156(56), I-157(57), I-159(59), I-60, I-63.
- Type KD4, Kaidai 4 gata (海大IV型), 3 units, I-61, I-162(62), I-164(64),
- Type KD5, Kaidai 5 gata (海大V型), 3 units, I-165(65), I-166(66), I-67,
- Type KD6a, Kaidai 6 gata a (海大VI型a), 6 units, I-168(68), I-169(69), I-70, I-171(71), I-172(72), I-73.
- Type KD6b, Kaidai 6 gata b (海大VI型b), 2 units, I-174(74), I-175(75).
- Type KD7, Kaidai 7 gata (海大VII型), 10 units, I-176(76), I-177, I-178, I-179, I-180, I-181, I-182, I-183, I-184, I-185.
- Sentoku type, Toku gata (特型), 3 units, I-400, I-401, I-402 (I-404 not launched, I-405 not completed).
- Sentaka type, Sentaka (潜高), 3 units, I-201, I-202, I-203 (I-204 to I-208 not completed).
- Senho type, Senho (潜補), I-351 (I-352 not completed).
- Kiraisen (Mine layer) type, Kiraisen (機雷潜), 4 units I-121, I-122, I-123, I-124.
- Captured German submarines, 6 units, I-501 (U-181), I-502 (U-862), I-503 (UIT-24), I-504 (UIT-25), I-505 (U-219), I-506 (U-195).
2nd Class submarines
- Kaichū type
- Type K1, Kaichū 1 gata (海中I型), 2 units, Ro-11, Ro-12.
- Type K2, Kaichū 2 gata (海中II型), 3 units, Ro-13, Ro-14, Ro-15.
- Type K3, Kaichū 3 gata (海中III型), 10 units, Ro-16, Ro-17, Ro-18, Ro-19, Ro-20, Ro-21, Ro-22, Ro-23, Ro-24, Ro-25.
- Type K4, Kaichū 4 gata (海中IV型), 3 units, Ro-26, Ro-27, Ro-28.
- Type KT (Toku-Chū), Kaichū 5 gata (海中V型), 5 units, Ro-29, Ro-30, Submarine No. 70, Ro-31, Ro-32.
- Type K6, Kaichū 6 gata (海中VI型), 2 units, Ro-33, Ro-34.
- Type KS (Sen-Chū), Kaichū 7 gata (海中VII型), 18 units, Ro-35, Ro-36, Ro-37, Ro-38, Ro-39, Ro-40, Ro-41, Ro-42, Ro-43, Ro-44, Ro-45, Ro-46, Ro-47, Ro-48, Ro-49, Ro-50, Ro-55, Ro-56.
- Type L
- Type L1, Ro go jū 1 gata (L1型), 2 units, Ro-51, Ro-52.
- Type L2, Ro go jū 2 gata (L2型), 4 units, Ro-53, Ro-54, Ro-55, Ro-56.
- Type L3, Ro go jū 3 gata (L3型), 3 units, Ro-57, Ro-58, Ro-59.
- Type L4, Ro go jū 4 gata (L4型), 9 units, Ro-60, Ro-61, Ro-62, Ro-63, Ro-64, Ro-65, Ro-66, Ro-67, Ro-68.
- Ko Type, 18 units, Ro-100, Ro-101, Ro-102, Ro-103, Ro-104, Ro-105, Ro-106, Ro-107, Ro-108, Ro-109, Ro-110, Ro-111, Ro-112, Ro-113, Ro-114, Ro-115, Ro-116, Ro-117.
- Sen'yu-Shō Type, 10 units, Ha-101, Ha-102, Ha-103, Ha-104, Ha-105, Ha-106, Ha-107, Ha-108, Ha-109, Ha-111 (Ha-110 and Ha-112 not completed)
- Sentaka-Shō Type, 11 units, Ha-201, Ha-202, Ha-203, Ha-204, Ha-205, Ha-207, Ha-208, Ha-209, Ha-210, Ha-216 (Ha-206, Ha-211 to Ha-215, Ha-217 to Ha-279 not completed)
- F1 type
- F2 type
- German submarines, 2 units, Ro-500 (U-511), Ro-501 (U-1224).
3rd Class submarines
- Type A Kō-hyōteki class, 101 units.
- Kairyū class, about 250 units (750 planned).
- Kaiten, about 1000 units.
- C1 type
- C2 type
- S1 type
- Kawasaki class
- S2 type
- No.71, Dai 71 gou-kan (第71号艦),71-gou
- Holland class
- modified Holland class
- Shinyo, 6,200 units.
- Japanese ship naming conventions
- Japanese destroyers of World War II
- List of sunken aircraft carriers
- List of aircraft carriers by country
- List of battleships of Japan
- List of battlecruisers of Japan
- List of cruiser classes of the Imperial Japanese Navy
- List of cruisers of Japan
- List of destroyers of Japan
- MaritimeQuest Japanese Destroyer Index
- MaritimeQuest Akatsuki Class Destroyers Overview
- MaritimeQuest Akizuki Class Destroyers Overview
- MaritimeQuest Hatsuharu Class Destroyers Overview
- MaritimeQuest Matsu Class Destroyer Overview
- MaritimeQuest Minekaze Class Destroyers Overview
- MaritimeQuest Kamikaze Class Destroyers Class Overview
- MaritimeQuest Japanese Battleship Index
- Japanese gunboats in Japanese, with photo
- Japanese gunboats in Japanese, with photo
- Materials of IJN
- Monograph 144 Chapter II