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The IJN 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 46 cm (18.1 inch) main guns. Neither ship survived the war.

After the sinking of this battleship, the battleship era died.

The battleship is based on a photo of a 3D model with permission from 3DHISTORY.DE.

Cheers, Mike
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There is currently talk going on in Japan to have this mighty ship salvaged an brought back home an also bring solace to families who lost loved ones on a ship that was the pride of Japan in ww2. Talk has continued from June 2015 - January 2016, And it seems that the Yamato will finally get to return Home at last!

Also I was wondering if anyone right now knows that allot of the IJN Navy ships that are currently sunk right now an are considered war-graves are under threat by being salvaged for high grade scrap and being looted as well as for artifacts by illegal & armed salvager's using heavy salvage cranes. 1 illegal salvaging group along 2 barges 4 cranes were all detained by a East Indies Navy Destroyer during routine patrol. The entire crew were all Chinese Nationals! These are just 1 of 10s of thousands of navy ships looted for high grade scrap metal along with weapons,anchors & propellers
Navy Ships like the HMS Prince of Wales an Repulse have already been looted for scrap and still are thanks to china's ever-growing an constant appetite for scrap metal continues to grow.

At least the IJN Yamato is extremely safe from thieves all thanks to the Japanese Fishing Fleets who fish nearby regularly and Eastern Indies Navy Patrols through the area on a normal daily basis.
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Kellyn87 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very Awesome ship! Her Sister's resting  place was found just last year. I hope a documentary on the wreck of Musashi will be made!
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Palm20 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Incredible picture of the infamous battleship and her sister. Great historical blurb as well. It is true that the battleship era ended when she sank. However, after being decomissioned and then recomissioned again several times, the battleship Missouri and her sister ship the Wisconsin where used up until the gulf war. After being modernized of course.
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AmericanEagle2076 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2015
Magnificent Warships they were. Both died a Warrior's Death.
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Kellyn87 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Indeed Yamato and Musashi went out in a blaze of glory like Bismarck did!
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ShadowingX Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's truly a shame and a blessing that the battleship era has ended in this world. Can't wait for the space stage of war, what would the war machines would be by then?
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Conn1321 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015
Space Battleships? 
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ShadowingX Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
something like that only it's more of a hybrid with a carrier since weight doesnt matter in space
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InfiniteRespect Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
In atmospheres, it would, since there would be gravity there

Then again, you could always build the things in space
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ShadowingX Featured By Owner Edited Jun 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yep like how we made the International Space Station but instead of one ship we just build a shipyard instead
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InfiniteRespect Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
True
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XizerTheGrey Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015
Beautiful ship, shame she was so poorly utilized
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Han-Olo Featured By Owner Edited Feb 1, 2015
Yeah, you just want to cry when you look how IJN wasted all theirs battleships in WW2.
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XizerTheGrey Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015
Well they did that with their whole navy. The Aircraft carriers operated seperately from the Battleships because they were faster, but this left them badly unprotected(as seen at midway when lack of AA screens was catastrophic) US Navy used our Battleships both for Shore bombardment and as mobile AA platforms to screen the Carriers.
The Japanese IJN had such rivalry between the sections of the Navy they competed and often spurned coordinating together. The submarines of the IJN were the best of the war and had the best torpedoes, but they mainly used them for supply rather than like the Germans and US used theirs and as a result their effectiveness was drastically reduced.
The IJN also ironically enough still believed the Battleship alone was the decisive battle decider(even though they had shown how Carriers were superior in terms of range and ability to sink other ships easier) As a result they often sent the heavy battlegroups that contained vessels like Yamato and Musashi out with heavy cruisers and other battleships but little to no air cover.
Finally they also saw the Yamato and Musashi as too valuable to risk, so again ironically they were often kept from the very battles they had been designed to fight due to the fear of the IJN of losing the two superships and not being able to replace them.
It is frustrating in the extreme as a student of War to see such a magnificent vessel misused so badly.
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Han-Olo Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015
Great lecture :) and I couldn't say it better myself. Among many other things, I'm loooong seasoned shiplover, modeler (many years ago) and amateur historian.

Well we don't have splendid battleships anymore :cry: but IMHO there is still place for them in todays world.
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XizerTheGrey Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2015
Thank you. I find history fascinating but also frustrating when you have to passively watch mistakes being made
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Han-Olo Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2015
Yeah, but on the other hand I prefer calmness of my house than chaos of (e.g.) Pacific War or Eastern Front.


BTW: Xizer, same Xizer from Thrawn's Revenge project?
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XizerTheGrey Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2015
Well said.

Also yes, I am the same Xizer from Thrawn's Revenge. Did a lot of the voice work, some art and a few odds and ends.
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Han-Olo Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2015
So wholeheartedly I can say - I love Thrawn's Revenge... even if my primary focus is Phoenix Rising, still it's absolutely great. One of very few mods which never CTD and never do other funky stuff. Can't wait to try new release.

And I can't thank you guys enough for DeFreezer. It doesn't solve all problems of humongous project the PR is, but it certainly eased the pain.
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JDunk1971 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014
Actually, the era of the battleship died when the Japanese sank the HMS Repulse and HMS Prince of Wales in late 1941 off of Indochina.
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Midway2009 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The most powerful battleship ever built with 18.1 in guns. :D:salute:
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BronyOfEquestria142 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
before she went under the powder magazine and ammo exploded blowing the ship in two
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Quesocito Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very nice man
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zulumike Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You.
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NigelMcDivine Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Hobbyist
The Battleship that took about a dozen of bomb to the weak spot but still fight on for over 2 hours...
...the hell is Aerial Dominance ?
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zulumike Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Same fate as the Bismarck, knocking out the steerage by torpedo planes.

I agree air dominance destroyed these ships.
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NigelMcDivine Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Hobbyist
The Bismarck wasn't even designed to stitch up all ends. It was just adjusting itself to the newer plane while forgetting the Swordfishes.
Yamato case: Real Life example of Zerg Rush
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InfiniteRespect Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yup
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SOTF Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
It was the emergence of aircraft that sent the battleship era to its watery graves, and the arrival of the aircraft carrier took them out of the picture entirely. But even before that, the effectiveness of battleships as a whole has been questioned.

Still doesn't change the fact that they're usually the first warships that come to mind whenever the term 'flagship' is brought up, though.
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zulumike Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Actually aircraft carriers became "flagships" as both the IJN and USN built their naval forces around the aircraft carrier in WW2 in the Pacific War.

Vice Admiral Nagumo's "flagship" was the IJN Akagi at Midway.
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SOTF Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Didn't the US focus on carriers primarily because their entire battleship fleet was crippled at Pearl? The core of the US Pacific Fleet by Midway only consisted of 3 carriers vs. the fully prepared IJN.

And Japan placed more emphasis on battleships until Midway, where the tactical importance of aircraft carriers were recognized.
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DemonDogMarine1960 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013
A crying shame we had to sink it!  It would have been a hell of a weapon if it was in American Hands!!
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LordOmegaZ Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
google "montana class" :3


it would have been a yamato killer.
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Sol3a1 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013
Beautiful ship

I'd still take the Iowa against her or any other built BB
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zulumike Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You.
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decophoto32 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Great work.
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zulumike Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You.
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WingDiamond Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013
Then in the Year 2199, She will be resurrected as mankinds last hope ...
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Passin Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
True, they look great, but with the advances of technology, they are somewhat vunerable. Nice work
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zulumike Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You.
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HyperSonicXdA Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Actually, no. The US used its battleships for coastal bombardments during the Korean War, Vietnam and Operation Desert Storm. The USS Iowa fired seven times more shots during a single (typical) coastal assualt during the Vietnam it had over the entirety of World War II. True, those weren't the sea battles we always imagine.

But, during World War II there were hardly any battleship-to-battleship clashes. The major exception is KMS Bismarck vs. HMS Hood and HMS Prince of Wales. Both Germany and the UK were too scared to use their vessels, and most of the American battleships had been pulled out after Pearl Harbor left limping and damaged.

I essence, you could say the era of battleships never really got started.

Doesn't make the ships any less awesome.
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bwan69 Featured By Owner May 10, 2013
You forgot 2 other battleship-to-battleship clashes.

One was the Second Naval Battle of Guadalcanal where USS South Dakota and Washington faced off against IJN Kirishima.

The second was the Battle of Surigao Strait where 6 US battleships (West Virginia, Maryland, Mississippi, Tennessee, California, and Pennsylvania; all but Mississippi had been sunk or damaged in the attack on Pearl Harbor)faced 2 Japanese battleships (Yamashiro and Fusō). This battle was the last battleship-versus-battleship action in history.
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HyperSonicXdA Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I know. I didn't say it was the only battleship-to-battleship fight. I said it was the major exception, which means it was the most famous.
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zulumike Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Actually Yes. No country ever built a "battleship" after WW II. Thats considered and end of an era.

Battleships were not designed for coastal bombardment. Unforunatelly they never "sofentened up" the terrain for any examples that you gave.

Why was Germany and England afraid to use their battleships? Maybe they were easy targets for subs and aircraft.

Historians consider the era of the battleship from 1860's to 1945.

I didn't say the battleship is "any less awesome" I think they were engineering marvels and served their purpose. I admire all nautical ships as you can see from my artwork.
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HyperSonicXdA Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Sure, they might not have been designed for it. But the US definitely used them for it. And to a drastic amount, it seems. I suppose it was cheaper than an air raid.

In the German and British fleets, the Dreadnought-type battleships (that is, the way we imagine them) were considered the pride of the navy. That's why the Bismarck was so hunted. It had sunk the HMS Hood (which wasn't even a battleship; it was a battlecruiser), one of those 'prides'. In response, the British sent half the fleet in the North Atlantic after it. Battleships were great at wreaking havoc, but one that was lost simply drove the commanders mad. So they avoided battle as much as possible. The Yamato is a great example of this. It simply toured around the Pacific for the bulk of the war, avoiding trouble. Because it was the Japanese flagship and they didn't want to risk losing it.

True, no-one built any after WWII. But they did the bulk of their shooting after it. So I say it ended with the decommissioning of the USS Missouri in 1998. And then still the Iowa-class was maintained so the ships could be put in operation should the need arise. They were struck from the US Navy register in 2005-2006.

You bet they are. At least we can go have a look on board now. At least in the US and Japan.
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eyepilot13 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
An awesome ship! Great job portraying her!
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zulumike Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Of all my artwork at DA this is the most downloads. Thank You.
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eyepilot13 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It sure deserves it! I love WWII Pacific War history!
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weretamer Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
Wait till you see Uchuu Senkan Yamato (Space Battleship Yamato) :D
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