Japanese heavy cruiser Ashigara on a visit to Germany in Kiel harbour, May 1937. Pocket battleship Admiral Graf Spee is behind. Ashigara was sunk by British submarine HMS Trenchant in June 1945: Graf Spee was scuttled after the Battle of the River Plate in December 1939.
IJN Hosho(鳳翔, "phoenix in flight") The 1st purpose built commissioned aircraft carrier in the world & Japan's 1st aircraft carrier. Built by Asano Shipbuilding Company, Tsurumi-ku, Yokohama & commissioned in 1922. Became a training carrier in 1939 & apart from participating in the Battle of Medway in a secondary role, she spent WW II as a training carrier & survived the war with only minor damage from air attacks. Used after the war to repatriate Japanese civilians & troops. Scrapped in '46