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Nagato Class Battleship
725' 2" x 113' 6" x 31' 2"
8 x 16" main guns
20 x 5.5" guns
98 x 25mm AA
3 x aircraft
Justin Taylan 2003
Tom Burchill 2004
On June 8, 1943 Mutsu suffered an internal magazine explosion causing the battleship to sink into Hiroshima Bay off Hashirajima Island. The exact cause of the explosion was never determined, but was probably due to the detonation of a cordite charge. Of the crew of 1,471 a total of 1,121 were killed and only 350 survived. While sinking, the battleship capsized, weighed down by its enormous superstructure. The turrets, held in place remained attached to the ship.
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