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Battleship Yamato colored by tr4br Battleship Yamato colored by tr4br
Yamato, named after the ancient Japanese Yamato Province, was the lead ship of the Yamato class of battleships that served with the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II. She and her sister ship, Musashi, were the heaviest and most powerfully armed battleships ever constructed, displacing 72,800 tonnes at full load and armed with nine 18.1 inch main guns. Neither, however, survived the war.

Laid down in 1937 and formally commissioned a week after the Pearl Harbor attack in late 1941, Yamato was designed to counter the numerically superior battleship fleet of the United States, Japan's main rival in the Pacific. Throughout 1942 she served as the flagship of the Japanese Combined Fleet, and in June 1942 Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto directed the fleet from her bridge during the disastrous Battle of Midway. Musashi took over as the Combined Fleet flagship in early 1943, and Yamato spent the rest of the year, and much of 1944, moving between the major Japanese naval bases of Truk and Kure in response to American threats. Although she was present at the Battle of the Philippine Sea in June 1944, Yamato played no part in the battle. The only time she fired her main guns at enemy surface targets was in October 1944, when she was sent to engage American forces invading the Philippines during the Battle of Leyte Gulf.

During 1944 the balance of naval power in the Pacific decisively turned against Japan and, by early 1945, the Japanese fleet was much depleted and critically short of fuel stocks in the home islands, limiting its usefulness. In April 1945, in a desperate attempt to slow the Allied advance, Yamato was dispatched on a one way voyage to Okinawa, where it was intended that she should protect the island from invasion and fight until destroyed. Her task force was spotted south of Kyushu by US submarines and aircraft, and on 7 April she was sunk by American carrier based bombers and torpedo bombers. One of the two bow magazines detonated in a tremendous explosion. The resulting mushroom cloud 'over 3.7 miles high' was seen 99 miles away on Kyūshū. Yamato sank rapidly, losing an estimated 3,055 of her 3,332 crew.

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grafkdesign2 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
There will never, ever be another ship like her. Yamato is the stuff of legends
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Roy2x Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013
If that tank is in World of Tanks, it would simply win by default.

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thebutterflybleu Featured By Owner May 25, 2013
the most beautiful and most powerful battleships.
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uglygosling Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012
Truly a beautiful and magnificent ship.

For the story of the Yamato's final days, read 'A Glorious Way to Die' by Russell Spurr.
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JESSIEEDSELL21 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012
This ship was living proof that Aircraft carriers dominate battleships and is the main factor in the demise of the battleship.

Beautiful ship though, i've always loved battleships. They're like old muscle cars of Navies :)
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Craig-Larsen Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your work has been featured here.[link]
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IndonesianAWL Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012
US need 28 heavy class bombs to sink Yamato. wow
Biggest battleship ever in WWII.
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GulfKiller101 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014
and 11 torpedoes as well!
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Skoshi8 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
One of the most beautiful battleships ever built, IMO.
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tr4br Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
Amen
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