The World's Most Powerful Warship

The Yamato, the most powerful battleship in the world and in history. She was the pride of Imperial Japan and took part in the most biggest suicide mission in ever. It was classed like a "Super battleship" and very much was. Yamato is the leading ship of the Yamato-class, which were built to take on multiple enemy ships at once.

This is a top and side view of the Yamato. The main feature of the ship is the 18.1 inch main turrets. The turrets have devastating power and reach. The Yamato also had several other weapons, including all the anti-aircraft scattered across the ship and the main turrets. Others guns were 6.1 inch turrets and some more added on throughout the war.

The armor of the Yamato is the thickest in WWII, due to the fact that the Japanese stepped out of the Washington Naval Treaty, which limited the size and power of capital ships, and not having restrictions by the Panama Canal. Its protection from bombs and torpedoes was somewhat good, getting immunity against 18 inch shells. The bow was a unique shape to allow this hulk of a ship travel up 27 knots.

The Yamato was built in secret because the Japanese knew that the U.S. could out build her. Precautions were very high and many actions happened to do so, including camouflage nets and checking all workers. After that, she was sent of to trials in August 8, 1940.

The Japanese ship did have one main weakness, aircraft attacks. Even with all those defenses, the anti-aircraft turrets were not as good as the Allied forces ones. This proved fatal as the Yamato was sunk in Operation Ten-Go by American aircraft before she could get to her destination.

The Yamato is not the only ship in the class, there are three others, the Musashi, the Shinano and the unnamed No. 111. None of the class's ships survived (or was finished) by the end of WWII. The Musashi was spotted by an American Carrier an was sunk by aircraft. The Shinano was sunk during her trials by an American submarine, marking it the largest naval ship to be sunk by a sub. No. 111 was only 33% complete when the Japanese surrendered to the Allied forces, so it was cancelled and scrapped.
Operation "Ten-ichi-go" or Ten-Go, was the world's biggest suicide mission in history. The Yamato along with nine other ships were to sail to Okinawa and go straight into the American fleet.
The Yamato now rests in two main parts under 1000 feet below water. The bow, severed from the rest of the ship in vicinity of the second main battery, and mid-ship are nearby, upside-down, with 2 large holes from explosions. But the cause of the explosion that broke it in two still remains a mystery.

The Yamato sparked interest the Japanese along with other foreign countries. Yamato's symbolic might was such that some Japanese citizens held the belief that their country could never fall as long as the ship was able to fight. Decades after the war, Yamato memorialized in many different forms by the Japanese. The word "Yamato" was used as a poetic name for Japan. Plus, a memorial tower was erected to commemorate the lives lost on Operation Ten-Go.

It even got a anime series about in the year 2199, when aliens unleash radioactive meteorite bombs on Earth, then the people secretly build a massive spaceship inside the ruins of the gigantic Yamato, which lies in the former bottom seafloor. Naming it "Space Battleship Yamato" they used blueprints obtained by capsule that yields faster-than-light engine and a new incredibly powerful weapon called the "Wave Motion Gun" to travel across space to the planet Iscandar to retrieve a device that can cleanse the Earth of its radiation damage. This series was a big success that many remakes, movies, and other series were also made. Speaking of movies, this picture is showing a live-action remake of it.

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