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 +The first vessel in the world to be completed as a purpose-built aircraft carrier. This ship was moderately sized and could carry a small air group. For her size, she was armed with an impressive artillery setup and had decent speed and manoeuvrability.
  
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?Being the first IJN carrier in the line, ''Hosho'' features a simple loadout that is easy for players new to carriers to use. She is a bomber-friendly guidance for players, as it's squadron loadout boasts two 4-man squadrons of torpedo bombers, allowing for players to test out a variety of ways in which they can bomb their target. However, it's single fighter squadron may be problematic when the Hosho has to deal with its USN carrier counterpart, [[Langley]]. Moreover, however, ''Hosho'' holds a maximum of one squadron-full of reserves for each squadron, which is much more forgiving than her USN counterpart. In all, she is a good carrier that can teach newcomers to carrier play that favors bombing the enemy.+Being the first IJN carrier in the line, ''Hosho'' features a simple load-out that is easy for players new to carriers to use. She is a bomber-friendly guidance for players, as it's squadron load-out boasts two 4-man squadrons of torpedo bombers, allowing for players to test out a variety of ways in which they can bomb their target. Moreover, ''Hosho'' holds a maximum of one squadron-full of reserves for each squadron, which is much more forgiving than her USN counterpart. However, it's single fighter squadron may be problematic when the ''Hosho'' has to deal with its USN carrier counterpart, ''[[Langley]]''. Also note that ''Hosho'' does not contain any dive-bombers, which means Captains will not gain any experience in their use until they unlock ''[[Zuiho]]''; an experience ''Langley'' Captains will sure to exploit. They key to success in ''Hosho'' is leaning how to properly overwhelm your target with two torpedo squadrons, whilst using your fighter squadron to protect your strike aircraft from harassment. Preferred targets to strike will be slow, unaware, and isolated. In all, she is a good carrier that can teach newcomers to carrier play that favors bombing the enemy.
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?Research Yokosuka B4Y torpedo bombers first, as the cruise speed and HP per plane may prove to be harsh when attempting bombing runs on nimbler ships. Then research the Mitsubishi A5M4 fighters to allow for some chance of fighting back against enemy carriers. The hull is upgraded last as it provides only extra ship health, which is not vital to carriers.+
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 *Has 16 torpedo bombers total, making it forgiving to lose some bombers during a run *Has 16 torpedo bombers total, making it forgiving to lose some bombers during a run
 +*2 torpedo squadrons provide fearsome striking capability
 *Powerful propulsion, allowing it to keep up with the team *Powerful propulsion, allowing it to keep up with the team
 +*Only fighters, and torpedo bombers; makes it easy to micromanage aircraft
 +*Slightly more stealthier than ''Langley''
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?*Has only 8 fighters, which makes it difficult to fight against Langley's potential 10 fighters+*Has only 8 fighters, which makes it difficult to fight against ''Langley's'' potential 10 fighters
 +*No dive-bombers
 +*All ''Hosho'' squadrons are smaller than ''Langley’s''
 +*Un-armoured. HE shells will cause significant damage
 + 
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 +Aircraft should be the main priority for research. Research Yokosuka B4Y torpedo bombers first, as the cruise speed and HP per plane may prove to be harsh when attempting bombing runs on nimbler ships. Then research the Mitsubishi A5M4 fighters to allow for some chance of fighting back against enemy carriers. The Hull is upgraded last as it provides only extra ship health, which is not vital to carriers.
 + 
 +For Co-op setup, researching fighters might prove to be useful, as it allows you to preoccupy and out-DPS the enemy fighter squadron while your bombers remain unmolested. Finish up with researching Bombers and Hull upgrades, respectfully.
  
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?The Hosho was the first aircraft carrier to ever be commissioned and the second ship, after the HMS Hermes, to be designed from the keel up as an aircraft carrier. Construction began in 1920 and was finished by 1922. Over her 23 year career, she provided valuable lessons for the developing Japanese carrier fleet and supported the Imperial Japanese Army in the opening stages of the Second Sino-Japanese War. Her small airgroup size limited her combat effectiveness so she was placed on reserve in 1939 and became a training carrier. She was the only Japanese carrier to survive the Second World War which enabled her use as a repatriation transport in the post war occupation. She made nine trips and brought back 40,000 Japanese soldiers and civilians before being decommissioned and scrapped in 1946.+|History=<!-- write text below -->
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 +{{AnnoWiki|content=
 +<h2>''Hosho'', 1924</h2>
 +===Construction===
 +:Builder: Asano Shipbuilding Company; Yokohama, Japan
 +:Laid down: 16 December 1920
 +:Launched: 13 November 1921
 +:Builder: Yokosuka Naval Arsenal, Yokosuka, Japan
 +:Completed: 10 January 1922.
 +:Commissioned: 27 December 1922
 +----
 +===Specifications===
 +:Displacement: 7,470 tons, standard
 +:Length: 168.1m
 +:Beam: 17.9m
 +:Draft: 6.17m
 +----
 +====Machinery====
 +:8 Kampon boilers, 2 Parsons turbines
 +:2,695 tons of fuel oil; 940 tons of coal
 +----
 +====Performance====
 +:26 knots at 30,000 shaft horsepower
 +:8,680 nautical miles at 12 knots
 +----
 +====Armament====
 +=====Secondary=====
 +:Four (4 x 1) 140mm/50 3rd Year Type
 +=====Anti-Aircraft=====
 +:Two (2 x 1) 80mm/40 3rd Year Type
 +----
 +====Aircraft====
 +=====Total=====
 +:15 aircraft
 +=====Fighters=====
 +:Nine (9) Mitsubishi 1MF
 +=====Torpedo Bombers=====
 +:Six (6) Mitsubishi B1M3
 +----
 +====Complement====
 +:550 men
 +}}
 +</div>
 +[[File:IJN_Hosho_02.jpeg|500px|link=]]
  
?|HistoricalGallery=<!-- write below list of files without tags. description (if necessary) for each should be separated with template {{!}} --><gallery>+===Design===
 +First considered in the 1918 Naval shipbuilding programme, ''Hosho'' was to be built as a seaplane carrier, akin to HMS Campania. Although the keel was laid down, this plan was soon revised after Japanese naval attachés observed the desirable characteristics of HMS Furious, such as close to 30 knots of speed and more than 35 onboard aircraft. Not to be left behind, ''Hosho'' was proposed to become a full aircraft carrier with similar capabilities.
  
 +As Japan’s first purpose-built carrier, her design was based of a converted cruiser hull, which limited her tonnage to under 8,000 tonnes and no armour to speak of. For propulsion, eight boilers fed to two turbines, generating 30,000 shaft horsepower, which in speed trials pushed the vessel to 26 knots. For a ship of her size, she had an impressive range of above 8,000 nautical miles. Unique to ''Hosho'', she carried an onboard gyrostabilizer to reduce rolling during rough seas.
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 +As a purpose-built carrier, ''Hosho'' had a full, unobstructed flight deck that was slightly tilted down to aid aircraft acceleration. Originally built, ''Hosho'' had an island superstructure on the starboard side, which held the bridge and aircraft control centre. ''Hosho’s'' two hangars were designed to house different aircraft. The smaller, forward hanger housed fighters, while the rear, larger hangar housed bombers. Originally built, ''Hosho’s'' aircraft complement was 15 aircraft, split between fighters and torpedo bombers.
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 +For close-in defence, ''Hosho'' was armed with four 140mm naval guns, which were considered to be a heavy battery for a ship of this tonnage, at that time. Carrier doctrine was non-existent at this time, and so designers considered artillery combat a possibility with aircraft carriers. Conversely, not much was considered for anti-aircraft defence; she was originally armed with two 80mm high-angle guns, positioned near the back of the ship.
 +
 +Throughout her carrier, ''Hosho'' underwent some modifications. The most significant change was in 1924, when the island was deleted and the funnels were moved to the side of the ship, in order to provide an unobstructed flight deck. Furthermore, the funnels could swivel to lie horizontally, to eject gasses away from the deck. Her AA armament, seen to be ineffective was replaced with various numbers of 25mm cannons throughout the War. Finally, in late 1944, ''Hosho’s'' flight deck was extended to make landings easier.
 +
 +Aircraft Carrier ''Hosho'' was laid down in 16 December 1920 by the Asano Shipbuilding Company, and launched 13 November 1921. She was completed at the Yokosuka Naval Arsenal on 10 January 1922.
 +
 +===Service===
 +Commissioned into the Imperial Japanese Navy on 27 December 1922, ''Hosho'' spent the first few years of her service life laying the foundation and groundwork for the budding Japanese carrier doctrine. This is when her first major reconstruction occurred, in order to better accommodate aircraft handling operations.
 +
 +With tensions rising in China in the early 1930s, ''Hosho'' – along with the rest of the Third Fleet – was stationed near Shanghai and covered Japanese operations through February and March. She was the first IJN ship to conduct aerial operations; mainly in the way of air-superiority, bomber escort, and airfield raids.
 +
 +From late 1935 to early 1936, ''Hosho'' was spending time in the dockyards after suffering damage from a typhoon while undergoing a training sortie with the Fourth Fleet. The entire first half of the flight deck had to be rebuilt and reinforced after the original one collapsed and had to be cutaway. Also while in the dockyards, measures were taken to decrease her top weight; funnels permanently swivelled horizontally, aircraft crane and upper deck aviation fuel tanks were deleted.
 +
 +''Hosho'' was stationed back in China with the Third Fleet after the Second Sino-Japanese War commenced in the late 1930s. During the summer of 1937, ''Hosho’s'' air groups were tasked with bomber interdiction and close-air support to assist the Imperial Japanese Army operations near Shanghai. By autumn of 1937, ''Hosho'', along with ''[[Ryujo]]'', operated off the south China coast conducting further raids against Chinese airfields.
 +
 +By the winter, she was relegated to reserve status and transferred her aircraft to ''[[Ryujo]]''. Although out-dated, the Navy realized her service life could be extended as a training carrier, and as such modifications were made by late 1939.
 +
 +When the Second World War commenced, ''Hosho'' was pressed into service as secondary air-defence for the Main Body of Battleships for the Combined Fleet for not only the raid on Pearl Harbour, but Midway as well. With the Japanese defeat, ''Hosho'' returned to mainland Japan to resume training duties.
 +
 +In order to service the larger and more modern aircraft that were coming into service in late 1944, ''Hosho'' had her flight deck enlarged, and new aircraft handling gear installed. She dutifully trained new pilots until the end of the war.
 +
 +Her only postwar duties of note were repatriation efforts; ferrying Japanese servicemen and civilians back home from their stations overseas, until 1947, when ''Hosho'' was decommissioned and scrapped.
 +
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 IJN_Hosho_02.jpeg| Hosho as built. IJN_Hosho_02.jpeg| Hosho as built.
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?</gallery>|Video=<!-- put below video clips with using template VideoYT. You can use html-tags for formatting. -->+IJN_Hosho_05.jpeg|''Hosho's'' external appearance in 1922.
 +IJN_Hosho_07.jpeg|''Hosho's'' external appearance in 1924.
 +IJN_Hosho_08.jpeg|''Hosho's'' external appearance in 1936.
 +IJN_Hosho_09.jpeg|''Hosho's'' external appearance in 1945.
 +IJN_Hosho_03.jpeg|''Hosho'' stationed in Shanghai.
 +IJN_Hosho_06.jpeg|''[[Kaga]]'' and ''Hosho'' during the Second Sino-Japanese War
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 +*Stille, M., Bryan, T. (2005) Imperial Japanese Navy Aircraft Carriers: 1921-45. Oxford, UK: Osprey Publishing Ltd.
 +*Chesneau, R., Gardiner, R. (1980). Conway’s All the World’s Fighting Ships, 1922-1946. London, UK: Conway Maritime Press.
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Revision as of 17:59, 6 July 2017

Hōshō
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General
Research price11000 exp
Purchase price1,000,000 Credits
Hit Points31,000 
Secondary Armament #1
140 mm/50 3rd Year Type on a single mount4 х 1 pcs.
Firing Range3.5 km.
Rate of Fire7.5 shots/min.
Reload Timesec.
HE Shell140 mm HE Type0 
Maximum HE Shell Damage2,400 
Initial HE Shell Velocity850 m./s.
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shel10 %
AA Defense
13 mm/76 Type 93 on a twin mount6 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second12 
. . . Firing Range1.2 km.
Maneuverability
Maximum Speed25 knot
Turning Circle Radius740 m.
Rudder Shift Time11.1 sec.
Concealment
Surface Detectability Range8.82 km.
Air Detectability Range6.46 km.
Battle Levels
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1,000,000

Hōshō — Japanese Tier IV aircraft сarrier.

The first vessel in the world to be completed as a purpose-built aircraft carrier. This ship was moderately sized and could carry a small air group. For her size, she was armed with an impressive artillery setup and had decent speed and manoeuvrability.

Modules

Hull Hit Points
(HP)
Armor
(mm)
Armor
(mm)
Main Turrets
(pcs.)
Secondary Gun Turrets
(pcs.)
AA Mounts
(pcs.)
Torpedo Tubes
(pcs.)
Hangar Capacity
(pcs.)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
( Credits)
Hōshō (A)31,0006204624 0100,000
Hōshō (B)31,8006204624 3,000250,000
Attack Aircraft Cruise Speed
(knot)
Average Damage per Second
(HP/min)
LoadoutHit Points
(HP)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
( Credits)
A4N108001,150 050,000
Torpedo Bombers Maximum Torpedo Damage
(HP)
Cruise Speed
(knot)
Hit Points
(HP)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
( Credits)
B4Y Jean5,800971,380 050,000
Bombers Maximum Bomb Damage
(HP)
Cruise Speed
(knot)
Hit Points
(HP)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
( Credits)
D1A Susie2,500981,360 050,000
Engine Maximum Speed
(knot)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
( Credits)
Propulsion: 30,000 hp25 040,000

Compatible Upgrades

 Slot 1  Air Groups Modification 1 Auxiliary Armaments Modification 1 Damage Control Party Modification 1
 Slot 2  Damage Control System Modification 1 Aircraft Engines Modification 1

Player Opinion

Performance

Being the first IJN carrier in the line, Hosho features a simple load-out that is easy for players new to carriers to use. She is a bomber-friendly guidance for players, as it's squadron load-out boasts two 4-man squadrons of torpedo bombers, allowing for players to test out a variety of ways in which they can bomb their target. Moreover, Hosho holds a maximum of one squadron-full of reserves for each squadron, which is much more forgiving than her USN counterpart. However, it's single fighter squadron may be problematic when the Hosho has to deal with its USN carrier counterpart, Langley. Also note that Hosho does not contain any dive-bombers, which means Captains will not gain any experience in their use until they unlock Zuiho; an experience Langley Captains will sure to exploit. They key to success in Hosho is leaning how to properly overwhelm your target with two torpedo squadrons, whilst using your fighter squadron to protect your strike aircraft from harassment. Preferred targets to strike will be slow, unaware, and isolated. In all, she is a good carrier that can teach newcomers to carrier play that favors bombing the enemy.

Pros:

  • Has 16 torpedo bombers total, making it forgiving to lose some bombers during a run
  • 2 torpedo squadrons provide fearsome striking capability
  • Powerful propulsion, allowing it to keep up with the team
  • Only fighters, and torpedo bombers; makes it easy to micromanage aircraft
  • Slightly more stealthier than Langley

Cons:

  • Has only 8 fighters, which makes it difficult to fight against Langley's potential 10 fighters
  • No dive-bombers
  • All Hosho squadrons are smaller than Langley’s
  • Un-armoured. HE shells will cause significant damage

Research

Aircraft should be the main priority for research. Research Yokosuka B4Y torpedo bombers first, as the cruise speed and HP per plane may prove to be harsh when attempting bombing runs on nimbler ships. Then research the Mitsubishi A5M4 fighters to allow for some chance of fighting back against enemy carriers. The Hull is upgraded last as it provides only extra ship health, which is not vital to carriers.

For Co-op setup, researching fighters might prove to be useful, as it allows you to preoccupy and out-DPS the enemy fighter squadron while your bombers remain unmolested. Finish up with researching Bombers and Hull upgrades, respectfully.

Optimal Configuration

Upgrades

As a Tier IV carrier with only the first two upgrade slots (slots 1 and 4), the following upgrades are recommended on Hosho:

Slot 1

  • Air Groups Modification 1, in order to improve the fighters' damage capabilities and increase their chances of winning dogfights.

Slot 4

  • Damage Control System Modification 1, in order to reduce fire and flooding chance on the ship (as carriers rarely have their engine or rudder incapacitated due to being far from the surface ship fights).

Commander Skills

As Hosho is a Tier IV carrier with only one 4-man squadron of fighters and the only carrier no dive bombers, it's best to choose the following recommended skills. Players can opt to sacrifice Emergency Takeoff and Dogfighting Expert skills for Concealment Expert (which would reduce her detection to 7.1km when coupled with camouflage), but Hosho already has sufficient stealth and speed to avoid detection by enemy ships. Therefore, Concealment Expert is not a highly recommended skill. Priority Target and Incoming Fire Alert are not really necessary because when a carrier is detected, the ship often becomes a priority target for many players.

ATTENTION

  • As of Update 0.6.3, this carrier can no longer use manual / Alt function attack.

Consumables

As a carrier at Tier IV, Hosho has access to only Damage Control Party.

Camouflage

Type 1, 2, or 5 camouflage can be equipped for credits; Types 1 or 5 are recommended at a minimum to reduce chances of being detected by the enemy.

Signals

As a carrier, Hosho can only mount at most four signals at a time and has no risk of detonating. Players should mount Equal Speed Charlie London (for faster XP grinding / increased XP gain per battle), Zulu Hotel (when coupled with Equal Speed Charlie London greatly helps increase commander (re)training), and Juliet Whiskey Unaone (to have a better chance at causing flooding and dealing damage via flooding). However, Juliet Whiskey Unaone is not highly recommended if the player wishes to conserve the signal for later tiers.

Note: Use of the Juliet Charlie signal makes detonation impossible.

Gallery

Historical Info

Historical Gallery

References

  • Stille, M., Bryan, T. (2005) Imperial Japanese Navy Aircraft Carriers: 1921-45. Oxford, UK: Osprey Publishing Ltd.
  • Chesneau, R., Gardiner, R. (1980). Conway’s All the World’s Fighting Ships, 1922-1946. London, UK: Conway Maritime Press.
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