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Hi guys!

 

As per the poll I shall do the Nagato-class battleships of the Imperial Japanese Navy. This post will be for Nagato, Mutsu will follow right after. As per the usual the pics can be found here: http://blog.livedoor.jp/irootoko_jr/

 

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Ez1S3Je.jpgHere we see Nagato on sea trials at Sukumo on September 30, 1920. A good port beam shot of her early configuration.

 

fqAUsxr.jpgNagato at anchor at Kure Naval District, November, 1920. A wide starboard beam shot of her.

 

FTEzdoq.jpgA cool waterline bow shot of Nagato at anchor at Yokosuka Naval port in 1922.

 

utMRfZE.jpgNagato at Yokosuka, 1924. Still in her early config, she hasn't had her funnels trunked yet.

 

rnp35DV.jpgAn birds eye shot of Nagato and a bonus Akagi on August 15, 1930 at Yokosuka. Nagato has had her funnel trunked by this point and Akagi still had her three flight decks. Note: That's how much bigger the Amagi-class battlecruisers were going to be over the Nagato class.

 

aMMxbIw.jpgNagato at Saeki Bay, 1931. Training her number 2 gun turret up and port at anchor in this starboard beam shot.

 

sGBUPOS.jpgNagato underway, September, 1931. Nothing major to note in this starboard bow shot.

 

uZXtT9Q.jpgUnlike in this stern pic taken in 1941, where we see Nagato in her wartime config with her single funnel and new and enclosed bridge pagoda.

 

Nbv1e7B.jpgNagato during target practice, probably for the casemate guns in 1941.

 

KM9ArKv.jpgNagato at anchor at Hashira-jima in August, 1942, after Midway. Of note is all her secondary guns on the port side trained up and to port.

DgXvxjf.jpgNagato here at anchor at Brunei on October 21, 1944. In the background over Nagato's bow you can see both Yamato-class battleships.

 

USS South Dakota (BB-57) steaming into Yokosuka to capture the last Japanese battleship.

 

U75XEw3.jpgNagato under the US Navy's control on November 12, 1945. She was the last remaining Japanese capital ship at the end of the war still afloat. She was used in the atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll, if you watch the footage of the blast, the closest ship is Nagato.

 

 

 

And that's it for Nagato! Mutsu will be up right after this (Too many pictures:D). Fair winds and following seas captains! :honoring:

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So sad that ships like her and the Prinz Eugen met their end to nuclear testing.

Imagine if they had been preserved...

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Such a gorgeous ship. In my opinion the best looking Japanese battleship behind the Yamato. Not to mention, Amagi would have been huge compared to Nagato. I never looked at the two side by side, but I didn't realize Amagi would have been that big compared to Nagato.

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So sad that ships like her and the Prinz Eugen met their end to nuclear testing.

Imagine if they had been preserved...

 

To be fair, by the time they made it to testing both of them were in absolutely terrible condition, and without access to engineers who actually knew how to repair them.

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So sad that ships like her and the Prinz Eugen met their end to nuclear testing.

Imagine if they had been preserved...

 

Unfortunately that is the fate of ships that are captured. Why make a ship that belonged to the enemy into a museum to be admired for all time? It seems logical now, looking back, to preserve that bit of history, but back then it was different. Why honor the enemy? Why would you uplift the very thing you sought to tear down?

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Unfortunately that is the fate of ships that are captured. Why make a ship that belonged to the enemy into a museum to be admired for all time? It seems logical now, looking back, to preserve that bit of history, but back then it was different. Why honor the enemy? Why would you uplift the very thing you sought to tear down?

 

 

To be fair, by the time they made it to testing both of them were in absolutely terrible condition, and without access to engineers who actually knew how to repair them.

 

I know, I know, but one can dream

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Mutsu is up.

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You look at a distance, the fore superstructure looks the same, but you can really see the pagoda's evolution in these photos (thanks).

 

Man, Nagato looks dilapidated in 45. :( 

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The put Nagato closest to ground zero partially as revenge for Pearl Harbor, since she was the flag ship of the strike for, and it was from her bridge that the attack was directed. 

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The put Nagato closest to ground zero partially as revenge for Pearl Harbor, since she was the flag ship of the strike for, and it was from her bridge that the attack was directed. 

 

I'm pretty sure that we could not know that at this time. They put it closest probably cause it's a battleship and it has armor so likely test the effects of the blast on a BB.

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I'm pretty sure that we could not know that at this time. They put it closest probably cause it's a battleship and it has armor so likely test the effects of the blast on a BB.

 

Pretty sure they did know it at the time. 

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So sad that ships like her and the Prinz Eugen met their end to nuclear testing.

Imagine if they had been preserved...

 

​I would kill to go diving in Bikini.  Would have to wear a hazmat suit though. 

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The put Nagato closest to ground zero partially as revenge for Pearl Harbor, since she was the flag ship of the strike for, and it was from her bridge that the attack was directed. 

 

 Your historical observation here is spot on.  Nagato was destroyed in an act of American revenge for her participation in the attack on Pearl Harbor.   It was an act meant to punish and humiliate the Japanese.

 

Plus the US and its allies wanted to pacify and de-militarize both Japan and Germany as much as possible after the war.  Leaving their people any monuments to their military would have been counter-productive towards achieving that goal.  

 

However, this policy has now sort of backfired on the USA.  For both of these nations are now considered to be US allies.  And despite the fact that they have such long and illustrious military histories, both nations now want nothing to do with maintaining strong militaries.

 

.Today's German Heer is a shell of what it used to be, as is the Luftwaffe.   And Japan's self defense forces?   They are hardly more than a joke today.

 

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Here is video of the Bikini Atoll Hydrogen bomb detonation that killed the Nagato.  

 

 

 

The USA exploded 23 atomic devices at the Atoll over a 12 year span.

 

Even today, over 6 decades later, the atoll remains too radioactive for human habitation.  Read this:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/02/bikini-atoll-nuclear-test-60-years

 

 

The USA ended up having to compensate the local islanders with $2 Billion dollars, after telling them it was safe to return to the atoll in 1970.  The people who returned had to leave again in 1978, after it was discovered that they were being poisoned by radiation from Strontium-90.

 

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The USS Independence ( a US carrier that is also available to play in this game ), was also subjected to this same nuclear test at Bikini Atoll that the Nagato was subjected to.   The US government wanted to study in detail the effects of the nuclear explosion on a ship.   They ended up towing the Independence to Pearl Harbor, and then on to San Francisco for scientists to examine  The ship remained radioactive, though, so it was then scuttled off the Farallon Islands, just west of San Francisco.

 

The underwater wreck was discovered awhile ago.  Here is a totally fascinating video that was just posted online a few days ago showing the USS Independence at rest in its grave at the bottom of the sea:

This is really quite an amazing video to watch.  Some planes were even sunk with her.  It also shows some of the damage done by the nuclear explosion.   You can clearly see lots of real cool stuff, like airplanes in the hanger, and also a number of AA gun positions.   They even managed to find her name, still painted on the stern.

 

 

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