The Imperial Japanese Navy built the Yamato to be the greatest battleship ever, now she lays beneath the sea.
Yamato Battleship Wreck : In Pictures Yamato was the lead ship of her class of battleships. Yamato was built for the Imperial Japanese Navy shortly before the second world war.
Yamato and her sister ship, Musashi, were the heaviest and most powerfully armed battleships ever constructed. Moreover, displacing 72,800 tonnes at full load and armed with nine 46 cm Type 94 main guns.
Which were the largest guns ever mounted on a ship.
Her final mission was to relieve the Japanese forces at Okinawa.
Furthermore, Yamato was still more than 300 nautical miles from Okinawa when she went down.
Moreover, nearly 400 US aircraft found her and her escort ships without air cover.
Combined with Yamato, about 4,242 Japanese sailors gave their lives for the emperor on 7 April, 1945.
The Kure Maritime Museum in Japan shows a documentary on Yamato.
And these marvelous pictures are a part of the documentary.
The Kure Maritime Museum is one of the best Naval museums anywhere on the planet!
Japan does a great job of preserving their history.
Lastly, the Japanese battleship Mikasa is preserved as a museumship in Japan and is one of the best examples of a pre-dreadnought battleship anywhere in the world!