Biggest Battleships In History The Yamato, Japanese Ultimate Battleship

Biggest Battleships In History The Yamato, Japanese Ultimate Battleship

Biggest Battleships In History The Yamato, Japanese Ultimate Battleship

Biggest Battleships In History The Yamato, Japanese Ultimate Battleship

In April 1945, Yamato, a Japanese battleship, was sunk off the coast of Makurazaki. Weighing a whopping 72, 800 tons and fitted with the largest guns ever mounted on a warship.

Yamato is biggest battleship in history. As is always the case, questions have been asked as to what might have brought about this unfortunate happening.

Battleship Yamato was built by the Japanese government in uttermost secret during the World War II to counter superior US battleships.  The key features of battleship Yamato include. 

GUNS

The WW2 battleship was armed with nine 46-centimeter (18.1 inch) main guns, each 21.13 meters long and weighing 147.1 metric tons.  The secondary battleship guns were twelve 155-millimetre guns and twelve 127-millimetre guns mounted in four triple turrets and six twin mounts respectively.

Biggest Battleships In History The Yamato, Japanese Ultimate Battleship

Biggest Battleships In History The Yamato, Japanese Ultimate Battleship

The 18-inch guns could propel a 32,000 pound shell up to 26 miles away. Even though Yamato’s firing range was bigger than other battleships, they were less accurate than American ones.  

Initially Yamato had twenty-four 25-millimeter anti-aircraft guns. They were later increased to 162 anti-aircraft guns in order to make the warship better suited for naval engagement in the south pacific making it the ultimate battleship in history of World War II.

ARMOR

In the world of battleships, it is simply not enough to have superior battleship guns, the warship should also withstand enemy’s artillery. Yamato was fitted with a 16-inch belt of armor. The faces of her main guns had 26 inches of armor while the deck had 9 inches.

UNDERWATER PROTECTION

Since battleships threw cannon shells at each other not torpedoes they had thicker armor above the waterline. Nonetheless, Japanese battleship crews were highly skilled in long-range shots that resulted in major underwater hits.

UNDERWATER PROTECTION

UNDERWATER PROTECTION

In December 1943, Yamato was intercepted by an America submarine while ferrying equipment and troops. The submarine fired four torpedoes with one hitting Yamato at a joint between upper and lower armored belt close to the stern.

This resulted in a 25-meter rip in the hull. The seams between upper and lower armor plates in Yamato were poor. Although the warship took in almost 3000 tons of water, it was able to reach the harbor and underwent repairs.

FIRE CONTROL

FIRE CONTROL

FIRE CONTROL

In the world of battleships, marksmanship made a huge difference. In a real battleship fight, hitting a target that is over 20 miles away required extraordinary skill. The Japanese had advanced optical rangers and night-vision binoculars.  

However,  their optics were susceptible to smoke and bad weather. Yamato’s fire control was poor compared other US battleships. Despite, its heavy artillery, Yamato was sunk by American bombers in April 1945 after being hit by 19 aerial torpedoes leading to the loss of 2498 crew members.

FIRE CONTROL

FIRE CONTROL

To mark the end of the World War 2 the surrender of Empire of Japan ceremony was held on Missouri battleship the USS Missouri (BB-63).

Just like US battleships on display, the Kure Maritime Museum now has a detailed footage of the WW2 battleship on display.

Visitors can now view an interactive computer-generated image of battleship Yamato wreckage on touch screens, in what is seen as a living memory of what was one of the greatest battleships ever.

This is after Kure city government used unmanned submersibles with hi-definition cameras to capture the ship lying 350 meters under water.

Source: Wikipedia , Wargaming Europe

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