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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. +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 maneuverability.<br><br>{{Model3DViewer|c48cca73d01847698ecb03e47f1ffc7c}}
  
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?Being the first IJN carrier in the line, ''{{#var:ship_name}}'' features a simple load-out that is easy for players new to carriers to use. She is a bomber-friendly guidance for players, as its 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, its single fighter squadron may be problematic when ''{{#var:ship_name}}'' has to deal with its USN carrier counterpart, ''[[Langley]]''. Also note that ''{{#var:ship_name}}'' does not contain any dive-bombers, which means Captains will not gain any experience in their use until they unlock ''[[Zuiho]]''; experienced ''Langley'' Captains will be sure to exploit such. They key to success in ''{{#var:ship_name}}'' 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 carrier play that favors bombing the enemy.+The first aircraft carrier players working up the Japanese tech tree gain access to, ''{{#var:ship_name}}'' provides players an introduction to IJN's carrier line. In general, players can expect Attack Aircraft with great accuracy but a relatively small payload, Dive bombers with high potential damage and relatively stealthy Torpedo Bombers.
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 +'''Attack Aircraft:'''
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 +Like most Japanese carriers their attack aircraft carry hard hitting rockets and have reasonable accuracy that allows them to be used to hunt destroyers effectively as well as trolling cruisers and battleships. However they only launch 6 rockets per attack run, and a squadron can only attack twice. Attack aircraft should be used as much as possible when low on torpedo bombers.
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 +'''Torpedo Bombers:'''
 + 
 +Torpedo bombers are the star of the show like many Japanese carriers and can deal large amounts of damage to targets in a short amount of time, they have very good concealment that allows them to surprise enemy ships or give them little reaction time as they come closer to be attacked. They also sport reasonable speed that allows them to balance the low healthpool of planes. These type of planes should be used to the maximum because they are the most reliable way to help support allied ships.
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 +'''Dive Bombers:'''
 + 
 +Unlike British and American carriers, Japanese ones carry AP bombs that have good potentials of citadeling ships and cause large amounts of damage to targets as long as they hit the citadel. However when bombs do not hit the citadel they deal low damage. It is recommended to use torpedo bombers and attack aircraft more frequently because they can get a reliable amount of damage than dive bombers do.
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 +'''Tips:'''
 +It is recommended to start with attack aircraft in the the beginning of the battle as spotting destroyers and other ships are important for other allied ships to plan ahead of what to do. When using torpedo bombers use 2/3 of the squadron so then you can save planes and attack at least twice. Torpedo bombers should be used as much as possible as they also are a threat to destroyers, attack aircraft should be used when needed. Players must learn to balance risk and reward when committing to an attack. Attack runs on targets that are either isolated or have weak AA defence is advised due to the relatively low risk involved. Players should also only call back their aircraft (f key by default) when they are safely outside AA bubbles in order to ensure they don't get shot down along the way.
  
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?*Has 16 torpedo bombers total, making it forgiving to lose some bombers during a run+* ''Hosho'''s attack aircraft are quite accurate like most Japanese carriers.
?*2 torpedo squadrons provide fearsome striking capability+*Torpedo and dive bombers have reasonable speed that allows them to attack often.
?*Powerful propulsion, allowing it to keep up with the team+* Torpedo bombers can land up to 29,000 damage on enemy ships when using entire squadron and no plane is lost.
?*Only fighters and torpedo bombers; makes it easy to micromanage aircraft+*Torpedo bombers and attack aircraft are effective against all ship type.
?*Slightly stealthier than ''Langley'' +* It's torpedo aircraft boast more potential damage (5800 vs 3500) and higher stealth (7.5 km vs 10 km) compared to its American counterpart ''[[Langley]]''
 +* Powerful propulsion that produce reasonable speed that allows her to keep up with the team.
 +* Good concealment for ship and planes.
  
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?*Only has 8 fighters, which makes it difficult to fight against ''Langley's'' potential 10 fighters+* Attack aircraft are only launch 6 rockets every attack run and can only attack twice(each aircraft are armed with 2 rockets, and 3 planes participate in each run).
?*No dive-bombers+* Torpedo bomber squadron has 5 planes and only one of them attack in a attack run meaning that a few will get shot down as they stay in AA auras.
?*All ''{{#var:ship_name}}'' squadrons are smaller than ''Langley’s''+* AP-bombs are treated as AP shells on a regular ship, and can over-penetrate or ricochet.
?*Un-armoured. HE shells will cause significant damage +* ''Hosho'' is largely unarmored. HE shells will cause citadel hits and large amounts of damage even from destroyers.
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?This is a suggested upgrade path:+The Hosho has only 1 upgrade, its B hull, which provides it with better AA, maneuverability and a slight increase in health.
?# Yokosuka B4Y torpedo bombers+
?# Mitsubishi A5M4 fighters+
 # Hosho (B) Hull # Hosho (B) Hull
  
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 *'''Slot 1''': {{Air Groups Modification 1}} *'''Slot 1''': {{Air Groups Modification 1}}
 *'''Slot 2''': {{Damage Control System Modification 1}} *'''Slot 2''': {{Damage Control System Modification 1}}
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?As ''{{#var:ship_name}}'' is a Tier IV carrier with only one 4-man squadron of fighters and 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 ''{{#var:ship_name}}'' 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.+Players should emphasize increasing the HP of their planes as they have the lowest health of all 3 nations, a trend that continues up to tier 10
  
?'''Evasive Maneuvers''' is not recommended because it only affects bombers that have dropped their payload and are returning to the carrier.+{{Commander Skills 3 CV
 +<!-- Ratings 1,2,3 are legit. Others are ignored.-->
 +| rating11 = <!-- Last Gasp -->
 +| rating12 = <!-- Improved Engine Boost -->
 +| rating13 = <!-- Engine Techie -->
 +| rating14 = 2 <!-- Air Supremacy -->
 +| rating15 = <!-- Direction Center for Fighters -->
 +| rating16 = <!-- Search and Destroy -->
  
?{{block|!|content= ATTENTION+| rating21 = 2 <!-- Torpedo Bomber -->
?*As of Update 0.6.3, this carrier can no longer use manual / Alt function attack.}}+| rating22 = <!-- Swift Fish -->
 +| rating23 = 2 <!-- Improved Engines -->
 +| rating24 = <!-- Repair Specialist -->
 +| rating25 = <!-- Secondary Armament Expert -->
 +| rating26 = <!-- Patrol Group Leader -->
  
?{{Commander Skills+| rating31 = 2 <!-- Sight Stabilization -->
?| Priority Target = +| rating32 = 2 <!-- Enhanced Armor-Piercing Ammunition -->
?| Preventative Maintenance = +| rating33 = <!-- Demolition Expert -->
?| Expert Loader = +| rating34 = 2 <!-- Aircraft Armor -->
?| Aircraft Servicing Expert = 3+| rating35 = 2 <!-- Survivability Expert -->
?| Direction Center for Catapult Aircraft = +| rating36 = <!-- Interceptor -->
?| Dogfighting Expert = 1+
?| Incoming Fire Alert = +
?| Evasive Maneuver = 3+
  
?| High Alert = 1+| rating41 = <!-- Bomber Flight Control -->
?| Jack of All Trades = +| rating42 = 2 <!-- Proximity Fuse -->
?| Expert Marksman = +| rating43 = <!-- Close Quarters Expert -->
?| Torpedo Acceleration = 3+| rating44 = <!-- Enhanced Aircraft Armor -->
?| Smoke Screen Expert = +| rating45 = <!-- Hidden Menace -->
?| Expert Rear Gunner = 1+| rating46 = <!-- Enhanced Reactions -->
?| Adrenaline Rush = +
?| Last Stand = +
? +
?| Survivability Expert = +
?| Basics of Survivability = +
?| Torpedo Armament Expertise = 3+
?| Emergency Takeoff = 3+
?| Basic Firing Training = 1+
?| Superintendent = +
?| Demolition Expert = +
?| Vigilance = +
? +
?| Manual Fire Control for Secondary Armament = +
?| Fire Prevention = +
?| Inertia Fuse for HE Shells = +
?| Air Supremacy = 3+
?| Advanced Firing Training = 1+
?| Manual Fire Control for AA Armament = +
?| Radio Position Finding = +
?| Concealment Expert = 2+
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?As a carrier at Tier IV, ''{{#var:ship_name}}'' has access to only {{Damage Control Party}}.+''{{#var:ship_name}}'' has access to the following consumables:
 +* '''Slot 1:''' {{Damage Control Party}} unlimited
 +* '''Slot 2:''' {{CAP Fighter}} 4
 + 
 +All aircraft carrier consumables are automatically activated.
 + 
 +'''Attack Aircraft:'''
 +* '''Slot 1:''' {{Engine Cooling}} 3
 +'''Torpedo Bombers:'''
 +* '''Slot 1:''' {{Engine Cooling}} 2
 +'''Bombers:'''
 +* '''Slot 1:''' {{Engine Cooling}} 2
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?As a carrier, ''{{#var:ship_name}}'' 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.+As a carrier, ''{{#var:ship_name}}'' can only mount at most four signals at a time and has no risk of detonating. Players should mount Equal Speed Charlie London ({{Equal Speed Charlie London|Size=18px}}), Zulu Hotel ({{Zulu Hotel|Size=18px}}), and Juliet Whiskey Unaone ({{Juliet Whiskey Unaone|Size=18px}}). However, Juliet Whiskey Unaone is not highly recommended if the player wishes to conserve the signal for later tiers.
  
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 :Launched: 13 November 1921 :Launched: 13 November 1921
 :Builder: Yokosuka Naval Arsenal, Yokosuka, Japan :Builder: Yokosuka Naval Arsenal, Yokosuka, Japan
?:Completed: 10 January 1922.+:Completed: 10 January 1922
 :Commissioned: 27 December 1922 :Commissioned: 27 December 1922
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?[[File:IJN_Hosho_02.jpeg|500px|link=]]+[[File:IJN_Hosho_02.jpeg|none|frame|x350px|link=|''Hosho'' underway shortly after completion, December 1922.]]
  
 ===Design=== ===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.  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. +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 gyro-stabilizer to reduce rolling during rough seas.
  
?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. +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 center. ''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.
  
?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. +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 defense; 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.  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.
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 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.  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 cut away. 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. +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 cut away. Also while in the dockyards, measures were taken to decrease her top weight; funnels permanently swiveled 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.  ''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.
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 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.  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. +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 Harbor, 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.  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.
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?IJN_Hosho_02.jpeg| Hosho as built. 
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?IJN_Hosho_05.jpeg|''Hosho's'' external appearance in 1922. +IJN_Hosho_05.jpeg|''Hosho''’s external appearance in 1922.
?IJN_Hosho_07.jpeg|''Hosho's'' external appearance in 1924.+IJN_Hosho_07.jpeg|''Hosho''’s external appearance in 1924.
?IJN_Hosho_08.jpeg|''Hosho's'' external appearance in 1936. +IJN_Hosho_08.jpeg|''Hosho''’s external appearance in 1936.
?IJN_Hosho_09.jpeg|''Hosho's'' external appearance in 1945.+IJN_Hosho_09.jpeg|''Hosho''’s external appearance in 1945.
 IJN_Hosho_03.jpeg|''Hosho'' stationed in Shanghai.  IJN_Hosho_03.jpeg|''Hosho'' stationed in Shanghai.
?IJN_Hosho_06.jpeg|''[[Kaga]]'' and ''Hosho'' during the Second Sino-Japanese War +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.+# [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_aircraft_carrier_H%C5%8Dsh%C5%8D Japanese aircraft carrier ''Hōshō'' - Wikipedia]
?*Chesneau, R., Gardiner, R. (1980). Conway’s All the World’s Fighting Ships, 1922-1946. London, UK: Conway Maritime Press.+# Stille, M., Bryan, T. (2005) Imperial Japanese Navy Aircraft Carriers: 1921-45. Oxford, UK: Osprey Publishing Ltd.
?*Sha, S. K. (1964). Japanese Aircraft Carriers and Destroyers: Vol 2. London, UK: Macdonald & Co. Ltd. +# *Chesneau, R., Gardiner, R. (1980). Conway’s All the World’s Fighting Ships, 1922-1946. London, UK: Conway Maritime Press.
 +# *Sha, S. K. (1964). Japanese Aircraft Carriers and Destroyers: Vol 2. London, UK: Macdonald & Co. Ltd.
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Hōshō
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Tech Tree Position
Isokaze
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Ryūjō
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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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IV
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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 maneuverability.

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

The first aircraft carrier players working up the Japanese tech tree gain access to, Hōshō provides players an introduction to IJN's carrier line. In general, players can expect Attack Aircraft with great accuracy but a relatively small payload, Dive bombers with high potential damage and relatively stealthy Torpedo Bombers.

Attack Aircraft:

Like most Japanese carriers their attack aircraft carry hard hitting rockets and have reasonable accuracy that allows them to be used to hunt destroyers effectively as well as trolling cruisers and battleships. However they only launch 6 rockets per attack run, and a squadron can only attack twice. Attack aircraft should be used as much as possible when low on torpedo bombers.

Torpedo Bombers:

Torpedo bombers are the star of the show like many Japanese carriers and can deal large amounts of damage to targets in a short amount of time, they have very good concealment that allows them to surprise enemy ships or give them little reaction time as they come closer to be attacked. They also sport reasonable speed that allows them to balance the low healthpool of planes. These type of planes should be used to the maximum because they are the most reliable way to help support allied ships.

Dive Bombers:

Unlike British and American carriers, Japanese ones carry AP bombs that have good potentials of citadeling ships and cause large amounts of damage to targets as long as they hit the citadel. However when bombs do not hit the citadel they deal low damage. It is recommended to use torpedo bombers and attack aircraft more frequently because they can get a reliable amount of damage than dive bombers do.

Tips:

It is recommended to start with attack aircraft in the the beginning of the battle as spotting destroyers and other ships are important for other allied ships to plan ahead of what to do. When using torpedo bombers use 2/3 of the squadron so then you can save planes and attack at least twice. Torpedo bombers should be used as much as possible as they also are a threat to destroyers, attack aircraft should be used when needed. Players must learn to balance risk and reward when committing to an attack. Attack runs on targets that are either isolated or have weak AA defence is advised due to the relatively low risk involved. Players should also only call back their aircraft (f key by default) when they are safely outside AA bubbles in order to ensure they don't get shot down along the way.

Pros:

  • Hosho's attack aircraft are quite accurate like most Japanese carriers.
  • Torpedo and dive bombers have reasonable speed that allows them to attack often.
  • Torpedo bombers can land up to 29,000 damage on enemy ships when using entire squadron and no plane is lost.
  • Torpedo bombers and attack aircraft are effective against all ship type.
  • It's torpedo aircraft boast more potential damage (5800 vs 3500) and higher stealth (7.5 km vs 10 km) compared to its American counterpart Langley
  • Powerful propulsion that produce reasonable speed that allows her to keep up with the team.
  • Good concealment for ship and planes.

Cons:

  • Attack aircraft are only launch 6 rockets every attack run and can only attack twice(each aircraft are armed with 2 rockets, and 3 planes participate in each run).
  • Torpedo bomber squadron has 5 planes and only one of them attack in a attack run meaning that a few will get shot down as they stay in AA auras.
  • AP-bombs are treated as AP shells on a regular ship, and can over-penetrate or ricochet.
  • Hosho is largely unarmored. HE shells will cause citadel hits and large amounts of damage even from destroyers.

Research

The Hosho has only 1 upgrade, its B hull, which provides it with better AA, maneuverability and a slight increase in health.

  1. Hosho (B) Hull

Optimal Configuration

Upgrades

The recommended upgrades for Hōshō are as follows:

Commander Skills

Players should emphasize increasing the HP of their planes as they have the lowest health of all 3 nations, a trend that continues up to tier 10

Consumables

Hōshō has access to the following consumables:

All aircraft carrier consumables are automatically activated.

Attack Aircraft:

Torpedo Bombers:

Bombers:

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, Hōshō can only mount at most four signals at a time and has no risk of detonating. Players should mount Equal Speed Charlie London (+50% XP earned for the battle.), Zulu Hotel (+50% Commander XP earned for the battle.), and Juliet Whiskey Unaone (+15% chance of causing flooding. / +5% to the risk of your ship's magazine detonating.). 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

  1. Japanese aircraft carrier Hōshō - Wikipedia
  2. Stille, M., Bryan, T. (2005) Imperial Japanese Navy Aircraft Carriers: 1921-45. Oxford, UK: Osprey Publishing Ltd.
  3. *Chesneau, R., Gardiner, R. (1980). Conway’s All the World’s Fighting Ships, 1922-1946. London, UK: Conway Maritime Press.
  4. *Sha, S. K. (1964). Japanese Aircraft Carriers and Destroyers: Vol 2. London, UK: Macdonald & Co. Ltd.
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