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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP08 Feb 2018 3:04 p.m. PST

"More than fifty years after the Pacific War the exploration and description of Japanese Navy wrecks remains fairly limited. While such household names as the BISMARCK and HOOD have generated even repeat investigations and filming, Japanese capital ships of almost totally unknown circumstances of loss like the FUSO remain unchronicled. However, the past decade has seen a gradual, and one hopes increasing, change in this situation. There appears to be rising interest and respect for the Imperial Navy's underwater legacy as well. Both as a way of chronicling the progress thus far, and to encourage more, I am opening this section to describe what is known to date. Included in the description are generally only wrecks known to be be found, and some details available of their condition.

Since the recent work on RMS TITANIC the science of wreck forensics and exploration to reconstruct circumstances has been growing but remains a fairly young field. Especially with warships, there is a relative paucity of examples where "before and after" data can be compared to learn more about sinking dynamics and how such hulls comes to rest on the bottom. To that end, I have included here wrecks that were surveyed in detail during and after the war as well, regardless whether they have since been re-visited or re-located, and further matched those with a short capsule of the immediate condition/orientation of the vessel when sinking as revealed by action reports or eyewitnesses…"
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Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP08 Feb 2018 3:29 p.m. PST

From the description it doesn't sound like the "Yamato" is a good candidate to become a star cruiser.

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