, named after the ancient Japanese Yamato Yamato Province, was a battleship of the Imperial Japanese Navy, and was the lead ship of her class. She and her sister ship were the largest battleships ever constructed, weighing 65,027 tons and armed with nine 46 cm (18.1 inch) main guns. Musashi
Japanese battleship Yamato under construction at the Kure Naval Base, Japan, September 20, 1941.
HIJMS Yamato running trials in 1941
Running trials, on 30 October 1941.
Japanese battleship Yamato maneuvers while under heavy air attack by Task Force 58 planes in the Inland Sea, 19 March 1945.
Japanese 46 cm Shell as fired by the Battleship Yamato at the Yasukuni Shrine.
Line Drawing showing the Yamato in April 1945.
Battleship Yamato on Apr 1945 CG image
Shells of IJN Battleship Yamato 46cm gun
Battle of Leyte Gulf 22-26 October 1944 [ edit ]
Photographed just prior to the Battle of Leyte Gulf. Ships are, from left to right: Musashi, Yamato, a cruiser and Nagato.
The Japanese "Center Force" leaves Brunei Bay, Borneo, on 22 October 1944, en route to the Philippines.
HIJMS Yamato under attack in the battle of Sibuyan Sea
Japanese battleship HIJMS Yamato in action with U.S. carrier planes, as she transited the Sibuyan Sea (24 October 1944)
Yamato is hit by a bomb near her forward 460mm gun turret, during attacks by U.S. carrier planes as she transited the Sibuyan Sea.
A Japanese battleship (at left--either Yamato or Musashi) and other warships maneuver while under attack by U.S. carrier planes in the Sibuyan Sea.
Japanese battleship Yamato (right) in action with U.S. carrier planes off Samar.
HIJMS Yamato and a heavy cruiser, possibly HIJMS Tone or HIJMS Chikuma, in action in the battle off Samar
The "Ten-Go" Operation 6-7 April 1945 [ edit ]
The chief officers of Yamato photographed on April 5, 1945, two days before the Ten-Go sortie. Rear Admiral Kosaku Ariga is seated in the center of the front row.
U.S. aircraft, such as this dive bomber, begin their attacks on
Yamato, April 7, 1945.
Yamato maneuvers while under attack by U.S. Navy carrier planes north of Okinawa, 7 April 1945.
Yamato dodges U.S. air attack on April 7, 1945.
Japanese battleship Yamato (top) and a destroyer in action with U.S. Navy carrier planes north of Okinawa on 7 April 1945
Japanese battleship Yamato listing to port and on fire, under attack by US Navy carrier planes north of Okinawa, April 7, 1945.,
Japanese battleship Yamato lists to port (at right) just prior to VT-9 (USS Yorktown) torpedo attack
Battleship Yamato sinking
Yamato explodes as she sinks, after receiving massive torpedo and bomb damage from U.S. Navy carrier planes
Yamato blows up after receiving massive bomb and torpedo damage from U.S. Navy carrier planes
Japanese battleship Yamato blows up, following massive attacks by U.S. Navy carrier planes north of Okinawa, 7 April 1945.
Smoke rises to the clouds shortly after the Japanese battleship Yamato capsized, exploded and sank after receiving many bomb and torpedo hits from U.S. Navy carrier planes north of Okinawa