The Nagato-class battleships (長門型戦艦 Nagato-gata senkan).


2. The Nagato-class battleships (長門型戦艦 Nagato-gata senkan).

This class contained two dreadnought battleships (Nagato and Mutsu) and were built for the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) during World War I. Due to some limitations and delays, they were not completed until the end of the war. Nagato frequently operated as a flagship in combat and training operations. They also performed one of the first humanitarian missions in the history of navy because they carried supplies for the survivors of the Great Kantō earthquake in 1923. They were subjected to many upgrades in 1933–36, which resulted, like in the ones performed for the Fuso and Yamashiro, with a new type of superstructure showing the pagoda mast style. Both battleships briefly participated in the Second Sino-Japanese War in 1937. Remarkably, Nagato was the flagship of Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto during the attack on Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941. This attack started the WWII in the pacific.

Imperial Japanese Navy Nagato Battleship (1920-1946). The flagship of Admiral Yamamoto during attack on Pearl Harbor. High definition and filtered with HT color tuning.

Imperial Japanese Navy Nagato Battleship (1920-1946). The flagship of Admiral Yamamoto during attack on Pearl Harbor. High definition and filtered with HT color tuning.

Aoshima WLB014-700 Nagatoex+

Nagato battleship at scale 1/700 made by Aoshima.

 

 

Both units participated in the Battle of Midway in June 1942, although they did not see any combat. Compared with Nagato, Mutsu participated in more operations because Mutsu was not a flagship. Mutsu, for example, had a role in the Battle of the Eastern Solomons in August. Mutsu was returning to Japan in early 1943. In June 1943, it occurred an incident that determined the existence of Mutsu and its crew. One of Mutsu‍’​s magazines suddenly detonated. The reasons were not reported and they are still somehow obscures. The explosions killed 1,121 crew and visitors and destroyed the ship. The IJN reported that “it was the work of a disgruntled crewmember”. The information and the incident were tried to keep secret for a while. The survivors were dispersed in an attempt to conceal the sinking to keep up morale in Japan. Many parts of the ships and wrecks were salvaged after the war and are on display in Japan.

 

Mutsu Battleship at scale 1/700 made by Aoshima.

Mutsu Battleship at scale 1/700 made by Aoshima.

Nagato did not participated in many military operations. It was too valuable to be lost as a flagship and the war started with the power of the carriers increasing. Nagato spent most of the first two years of the war training in home waters. Nagato was assigned to Truk in mid-1943, and in the Battle of the Philippine Sea in mid-1944 Nagato was first time attacked by American aircraft. The first time that Nagato fired her main armament was at the Battle of Leyte Gulf in October 1944. As a result of the battle, she was damaged slightly and returned to Japan. Due to lack of fuel, among other strategic reasons, Nagato was not repaired to be ready to sail again. Instead of that Nagato was transformed into a floating anti-aircraft platform. Its role was to protect coastal waters operating as a coastal defense fortress. When the war ended, Nagato was captured and was a target for U.S. nuclear weapon tests. This operation was called Crossroads and occurred in mid-1946. Although the superstructure of Nagato survived the first test with light damage, Nagato could not resist a second atomic explosion and was finally sunk in mid 1946.

The Battleship Nagato

 

The battleship Mutsu

 


▽ Imperial Japanese Navy – Nihon Kaigun

 

organization of the imperial japanese navy

Nihon Kaigun organization
The structure and history of the
Imperial Japanese Navy

 

 

aircraft carriers of the imperial japanese navy

Aircraft Carriers
The battle and light aircraft carriers
of the Imperial Japanese Navy

 

 

battleships of the Imperial Japanese Navy

Battleships
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the Imperial Japanese Navy

 

 

heavy cruisers of the imperial japanese navy

Heavy Cruisers
The heavy cruisers of the
Imperial Japanese Navy

 

 

light cruisers of the imperial japanese navy

Light Cruisers
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of the Imperial Japanese Navy

 

 

destroyers of the imperial japanese navy

Destroyers
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Imperial Japanese Navy

 

 

submarines of the imperial japanese navy

Submarines
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auxiliary ships of the imperial japanese navy

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timeline of the japanese imperial navy warships

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japanese land-based air groups

Naval Air Groups
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Japanese navy landing forces

Naval Landing Forces 1928-1945
Japanese Special Naval Landing Forces (SNLF),
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japanese secret weapons and technologies

Secret Weapons of the IJN
The secret weapons and teachnologies
of the Imperial Japanese Navy

 

 

strategic plans and doctrines of the IJN

Strategic Plans of the IJN
The strategic doctrines and
plans of the IJN

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War in the Pacific: Admiral Edition
A computer-based simulation of
the entire Pacific War with incredible detail.

 

 

Empire of the sun_2nd edition boardgame wargame

The Empire of the Sun (2nd Ed.)
An strategy boardgame for the
Pacific War with solitaire playability.

 

 

pacific war boardgame

Pacific War
A fantastic monster game for the
Pacific War with many scenarios.

 

 

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Pacific War (2nd Ed.)
The 2nd Edition of the masterpiece
Pacific War game is coming soon!

▽Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF)

 

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The organization of the JMSDF
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the Modern Japanese Navy (JMSDF)

 

 

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five regional districts of the JMSDF

 

 

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The modern helicopter destroyers
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Guided Missile destroyers DDG
The advanced guided missile destroyers
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Destroyers DD
The destroyers of the
Japan’s Maritime Self-Defence Force

 

 

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Tank Landing Ships LST
The tank lading ships of the
Japan’s Maritime Self-Defence Force

 

 

submarines of the jmsdf

Submarines SS
The submarine fleet of the
Japan’s Maritime Self-Defence Force

 

 

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Support and Auxiliary ships
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Japan’s Maritime Self-Defence Force

 

 

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The aviation of the JMSDF
Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force aircrafts
and helicopter fleet

 

 

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Naval landing forces of the JMSDF
The naval forces for landings
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strategy of the jmsdf

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▽ World War II: European Theater

 

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for the World war II in Europe.

 

 

 


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