Merchantman mobilized by Navy (Japanese Navy)

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Merchantman mobilized by Navy 特設艦船 Tokusetsu Kansen.

As like other countries, Japanese Armed forces chartered many merchants ship for military use. Japanese Navy registered mobilized merchant ships (and fishery boats) as Tokusetsu Kansen 特設艦船 (literally means "Temporary Vessels"). These ships are hired with compensation and commanded by Japanese Naval officer, and treated as "warship" under international maritime law.

Please note that there were many merchant transports chartered and mobilized by Navy or Army, they are usually operated by original civilian crew. They were not registered as Tokusetsu Kansen.

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