Oct 24, 2015
Displacement: 42,850 tons
Length: 221.03 m (725 ft 2 in)
Beam: 34.59 m (113 ft 6 in)
Draught: 9.50 m (31 ft 2 in)
Propulsion: Geared turbines, 4 shafts, 80000 hp (60 MW)
Speed: 27 knots (50 km/h)
Armament: Eight 16 inch (410 mm) guns
Twenty (later eighteen) 5.5 inch (140 mm) guns
Eight 5 inch (100 mm) anti-aircraft guns
Nagato was a battleship of the Imperial Japanese Navy, the lead ship of her class. She was the first battleship in the world to mount 16 inch (410 mm) guns, and she was the flagship of Admiral Yamamoto Isoroku during the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Nagato was laid down at the Kure Naval Arsenal on August 28, 1917, launched on November 9, 1919, and completed on November 15, 1920. She underwent a major refit in 1936, removing her coal-burning boilers and upgrading her armour and anti-aircraft guns.
In June 1944 she took part in Operation A-Go, an attack on Allied forces in the Mariana Islands. In the battle of the Philippine Sea on 19 June 1944 she came under air attack but was not damaged.
On 30 August 1945, following the Japanese surrender, Nagato was boarded and secured by American sailors, the last active Japanese battleship.
In March 1946 she was taken to Bikini Atoll for Operation Crossroads, a series of atomic bomb tests.
By ModelShip, 2006