Nagato was a super-dreadnought battleship of the Imperial Japanese Navy,
completed in 1920 as the lead ship of her class. She carried supplies
for the survivors of the Great Kantō earthquake in 1923. The ship
briefly participated in the Second Sino-Japanese War in 1937 and was the
flagship of Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto during the attack on Pearl Harbor
in 1941, but did not participate in the attack itself. Apart from
picking up survivors after the Battle of Midway, the ship spent most of
the first two years of the Pacific War training in home waters. She was
attacked by American aircraft in the Battle of the Philippine Sea, but
did not fire her main armament against enemy vessels until the Battle of
Leyte Gulf in October 1944. She was lightly damaged during the battle,
but the navy was running out of fuel and did not fully repair her. The
only Japanese battleship to survive World War II, the ship was sunk in
mid-1946 by nuclear weapon tests during Operation Crossroads.
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