YAMATO Japanese battleship Yamato
Yamato was a battleship of the Imperial Japanese Navy. She was the first built (the lead ship) of the Yamato class. She and her sister ship Musashi were the largest, heaviest battleships ever constructed, weighing 65,027 tons. She carried the heaviest armament ever fitted to a battleship; nine 46 cm (18.1 inch) guns.
Yamato took 8 bomb and 10 torpedo hits before, at about 14:23, she capsized to port and her aft magazines detonated. She sank while still some 200 km from Okinawa. Of her crew 2,475 were lost, and the 269 survivors were picked up by the escorting destroyers.
The wreckage lies in around 300 meters of water and was surveyed in 1985 and 1999.