Here I show the second part of the gallery corresponding to my visit to the Memorial Ship Battleship Mikasa. This part of the photographs correspond mostly to the ahead part of thbatterye ship, and its main gun , but I also show the astern, in particular the second deck facilities, that included the captain’s room, the public meeting room, kitchen and other facilities, all of them arranged and decorated with elegant elements and object of the period made by British wood.
Another interesting detail is the Z flag symbol. In the system of international maritime signal flags, the Z flag refers to the letter Z (“Zulu” in the NATO Alphabet). It is the case when it is used in letter-by-letter alphabetic communication system. However, when used alone, it means “I require a tug”. As shown in the picture, the Z flag is a diagonally quartered square consisting of fourisosceles triangles with their apexes meeting in the center of the square – a yellow triangle on the top, blue on the right, red on the bottom, black on the left. No other international maritime flag is composed of four colors.
The Z flag has been always closely associated to the great Japanese victory at the Battle of Tsushima. Before starting the Battle of Tsushima on May 27, 1905, Admiral Tōgō ordered to raise a Z flag on his flagship, the Mikasa. It had been decided in advance that the flag would have a special meaning. That flag flown alone would mean: “The fate of the Empire rests on the outcome of this battle. Let each man do his utmost“.
This signal became one of the most legendary naval symbols, along with perhaps other signal and phrase done by Admiral Nelson: “England expects that every man will do his duty” which was used at the Battle of Trafalgar Some sources have reported that the Z flag was also used on Vice-Admiral Nagumo’s flagship Aircraft carrier Akagi before the attack planes took off for the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. In fact, the Pearl Harbour operation was called Operation Z.
Mitsuo Fuchida, who Led the Air Attack on Pearl Harbor mentioned in his memories:
“The carrier turned to port and headed into the northerly wind. The battle flag was now added to the ‘Z’ flag flying at the masthead… On the flight deck a green lamp was waved in a circle to signal ‘Take off!’ ”
▽ Imperial Japanese Navy – Nihon Kaigun
▽ Simulations & Wargames
▽ World War II: Pacific Theater
▽Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF)
▽ Simulations & Wargames
▽ World War II: European Theater