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Type D escort ship

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The Type D escort ships were a class of escort ships in the service of the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II. The Japanese called them "Type D" coast defence ships, and they were the sixth class of Kaibōkan (Kai = sea, ocean, Bo = defence, Kan = ship), a name used to denote a multi-purpose vessel. 143 ships were ordered under the 1943-44 Programme, and a further 57 units were planned (but never ordered) under the 1944-45 Programme, for an overal total of 200 ships. However only 67 were completed, with the remainder being cancelled. Background The Type D, like the and es, were dedicated to the anti-aircraft (AA) and anti-submarine role. On 22 April 1943, the Navy General Staff decided a mass production of escort ships, because of the urgent need to protect the convoys which were under constant attack. The plan was to build a basic escort ship of around 800 tons, with a simple design for easy construction. The first designs, for "Type A" and "Type B" Mikura class
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