Deadliest Blogger continues our series on famous warships or types of ships in history.
In 1940 the Imperial Japanese Navy launched the heaviest and (arguably) the most powerfully armed battleship in history *. Heavily armored and armed, the Yamato and its sister ship, Musashi, sported 16″ of steel armor at the “beltline” (sides above and at the waterline), and massive 18″ guns (the largest-caliber guns ever mounted on any warship).
Though ideally designed to engage in a surface engagement against other battleships, by the outbreak of WW-II the aircraft carrier had replaced the battleship as the main surface warship. Throughout the war, the Yamato never engaged in a major surface engagement against other battleships; and only took part in one major surface battle, the Battle off Samar. It was finally sunk near Okinawa on April 7, 1945, by American Naval aircraft.
*The refitted Iowa Class Battleships of the 1980s and ’90s were armed with Tomahawk Cruise Missiles, capable of delivering a nuclear payload; which, along with their 16″ main guns, arguably made those the most powerful battleships ever.