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The Shōkaku-class aircraft carrier (Japanese: 翔鶴 Shōkaku; English: Flying Crane) was a Japanese aircraft carrier used by the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II. Commissioned on August 8, 1941, it participated in the attack of Pearl Harbor and the Battle of the Coral Sea. It was sunk by the American submarine Cavalla on June 19, 1944.
Her sister ship, Zuikaku, was commissioned September 25th, 1941 and also took part in the attack of Pearl Harbor and was sunk by air attack in the Battle of Cape Engaño on 25 October 1944.
In Battlefield 1942, the Shōkaku is the Imperial Japanese Navy's aircraft carrier. It has 3 spawn points: one in the back near the bridge, one in the center for easy access to planes and one in the front for easy access to Daihatsu-class landing crafts. A6M Zeroes, D3A Vals and Daihatsus spawn regularly on the carrier. It has a few 40mm Bofors on both sides of the carrier to prevent bombers from attacking the carrier. It has a net on both sides as well, so that players can climb onto the carrier. A player can climb up to the bridge and pilot the ship. It will take a moment to gain some speed, but it will be able to move at a decent speed shortly. Though this can be done, the Shokaku is best to be escorted by surface ships, as Aircraft Carriers are vulnerable to almost anything when unprotected.
In Battlefield 1943, the Shōkaku-class acts as the starting spawn point for the IJN on Wake Island, Iwo Jima and Coral Sea. Unlike Battlefield 1942, it is completely stationary, harbors only 2 A6M Zeroes, is void of netting and is invulnerable. 4 LCVPs spawn at the rear of the ship, and there are 2 40mm Bofors positioned at the rear. On Coral Sea, 2 Shokakus are present and they do not harbor any Daihatsus.
- In Battlefield 1943, the second Shōkaku-class carrier on Coral Sea is most likely the Zuikaku.
- In Battlefield 1943, the Shokaku-class carriers do not look like the Shōkaku-class from from Battlefield 1942, but instead resembles the Shoho-class aircraft carriers.