Displacing 25000 tons, she carried ten 12-inch guns and could make just over twenty-one knots. [16], On 8 June 1943, Mutsu was moored in the Hashirajima fleet anchorage, with 113 flying cadets and 40 instructors from the Tsuchiura Naval Air Group aboard for familiarisation. The rate of fire for the guns was around two rounds per minute. Her number three turret had begun to smoke, and shortly thereafter a magazine detonated, cutting the ship in half. Much of the wreck was scrapped after the war, but some artefacts and relics are on display in Japan, and a small portion of the ship remains where it was sunk. The rangefinders in No. The turbines were designed to produce a total of 80,000 shaft horsepower (60,000 kW), using steam provided by 21 Kampon water-tube boilers; 15 of these were oil-fired, and the remaining half-dozen consumed a mixture of coal and oil. Giulio Cesare survived World War I and was heavily modified during the interwar period, receiving an upgraded main armament and a significantly increased speed. [41], The nearby Fusō immediately launched two boats which, together with the destroyers Tamanami and Wakatsuki and the cruisers Tatsuta and Mogami, rescued 353 survivors from the 1,474 crew members and visitors aboard Mutsu; 1,121 men were killed in the explosion. [1200x825] [16] Her seaplanes bombed targets in Shanghai on 24 August before she returned to Sasebo the following day. 31 July 1945: She was refitted in early 1941 in preparation for war; as part of this work, she was fitted with external degaussing coils and additional armour for her barbettes. Fast, well-armored, and armed with eight 16-inch guns, she was the equal of any battleship in the world during the interwar period. [16], At the time of the explosion, Mutsu's magazine contained some 16-inch Type 3 "Sanshikidan" incendiary shrapnel anti-aircraft shells, which had caused a fire at the Sagami arsenal several years earlier due to improper storage. [16], During the Battle of the Eastern Solomons on 27 August, Mutsu, assigned to the support force,[39] fired four shells at enemy reconnaissance aircraft, the first and only time her guns were fired in anger during the war. She returned to Japan in early 1943. The U.S.S. Mutsu history: (from Wikipedia) Mutsu (陸奥) named after Mutsu Province, was the Imperial Japanese Navy's second Nagato class battleship, laid down at the Yokosuka Naval Arsenal on June 1, 1918, launched on May 31, 1920, and completed on Nov 22, 1921. In nearly every case the accidents provoked serious investigation and proved deeply embarrassing to the navies involved. Mutsu served as flagship of Emperor Hirohito during the 1927 naval manoeuvres and fleet review. [33] Mutsu was commissioned on 24 October 1921 with Captain Shizen Komaki in command. Mutsu, named after Mutsu Province, was a dreadnought battleship built for the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) at the end of World War I. [2] Her crew consisted of 1,333 officers and enlisted men as built and 1,368 in 1935. [16] To avert the potential damage to morale from the loss of a battleship so soon after the string of recent setbacks in the war effort, Mutsu's destruction was declared a state secret. The ship was modernized in 1934–36 with improvements to her armor and machinery, and a rebuilt superstructure in the pagoda mast style. Compared with other nations' warships in wartime service, Japanese battleships contained a large amount of flammable materials including wooden decking, furniture, and insulation, as well as cotton and wool bedding. A mild mutiny broke out, and France returned to France in mid-1919. Because they might have been the cause of the explosion, the minister of the navy, Admiral Shimada Shigetaro, immediately ordered the removal of Type 3 shells from all IJN ships carrying them, until the conclusion of the investigation into the loss.[16]. [9] A special Type 3 Sankaidan incendiary shrapnel shell was developed in the 1930s for anti-aircraft use. 3 turret exploded at 12:13, cutting the ship in half. [40] Following her return to Truk on 2 September, a group of skilled AA gunnery officers and men were detached to serve as instructors to ground-based naval anti-aircraft gunners stationed in Rabaul. If Nagato Kai is the 2nd ship, Mutsu gains a 1.61x post-cap modifier while Nagato gains a 1.62x post-cap modifier. Civilians look at a turret salvaged from the wreck of the battleship Mutsu, early 1970's. She had a beam of 28.96 meters (95 ft) and a draft of 9 meters (29 ft 6 in). The USS Arizona was a Pennsylvania-class battleship commissioned in the United State Navy in 1916. [34] Captain Mitsumasa Yonai, later Prime Minister of Japan, assumed command on 10 November. 3746, a small Nishimura-class search and rescue submarine, explored the wreck on 17 June with a crew of seven officers. It was deemed too expensive to fully salvage after some work in the 70's I believe. Both he and his second in command, Captain Koro Oono, were posthumously promoted to rear admiral, as was normal practice. Of the crew of 1,471 a total of … While Mutsu was still fitting out, the American government called a conference in Washington, D.C. late in 1921 to forestall the expensive naval arms race that was developing between the United States, the United Kingdom and the Empire of Japan. While crawling on the harbour bottom, it became snagged on the wreckage and its crew nearly suffocated before they could free themselves and surface. France was the fourth ship of the Courbet class, the French navy’s first effort at dreadnought battleships. [15] The 76 mm AA guns were replaced by eight 40-calibre 12.7-centimetre (5 in) dual-purpose guns in 1932,[16] fitted on both sides of the fore and aft superstructures in four twin-gun mounts. Mutsu had a length of 201.17 metres (660 ft) between perpendiculars and 215.8 metres (708 ft) overall. Nagato (長門), named for Nagato Province, was a super-dreadnought battleship built for the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN). She quickly capsized, taking 248 officers and men with her. That June, one of her aft magazines detonated while she was at anchor, sinking the ship with the loss of 1,121 crew and visitors. [36][37] Following the loss of all four carriers on 4 June, Yamamoto attempted to lure the American forces west to within range of the Japanese air groups at Wake Island, and into a night engagement with his surface forces, but the American forces withdrew and Mutsu saw no action. The Washington Naval Conferenceconvened on 12 Novembe… She was given torpedo bulges to improve her underwater protection and to compensate for the weight of the additional armour and equipment. 3 turret exploded, destroying the adjacent structure of the ship and cutting her in half. They arrived at Truk on 17 August. It controlled the main and secondary guns; no provision was made for anti-aircraft fire until the Type 31 fire-control director was introduced in 1932. In 1923, a year after commissioning, she carried supplies for the survivors of the Great Kantō earthquake. Her displacement increased over 7,000 tonnes (6,900 long tons) to 46,690 tonnes (45,950 long tons) at deep load. [16][Note 2] These guns had a maximum elevation of +80 degrees, which gave them a ceiling of 4,000 metres (13,000 ft). The accidents serve to demonstrate the fragility of the world’s most powerful warships, and indeed the fragility of national military prestige itself. To avert the potential damage to morale from the loss of a battleship, Mutsu ' s loss was declared a state secret. The idea of an accidental explosion was apparently more embarrassing than enemy action, and he Italians officially blamed Austro-Hungarians, although no serious evidence has ever emerged to conclusively prove that allegation. Only three sailors survived the explosion, one of whom died shortly thereafter. "[50] The salvagers retrieved 849 bodies of crewmen lost during the explosion. [16][49] In July 1944, the oil-starved IJN recovered 580 tonnes (570 long tons; 640 short tons) of fuel from the wreck. Eventually, the loss was pinned on the behavior of a disgruntled, suicidal crew member, although subsequent investigations have revealed no hard evidence to support this theory. Successive reconstructions brought Mutsu up to modern standards by the beginning of World War II, and she served honorably in several battles (although never directly engaged the enemy). While fire in the secure magazines was a very remote possibility, a fire in an area adjacent to the No. Another 150 were sent to Saipan in the Mariana Islands, where most were killed in 1944 during the battle for the island. [16], The 1.2-metre (3 ft 11 in) diameter chrysanthemum mon, symbol of the Imperial Throne, was raised in 1953 but lost or scrapped shortly thereafter. The ship began to sink immediately. During WWII the Mutsu took part in both the battle of Midway and the attack on Pearl Harbor. The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Department of the Army, Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government, © Copyright 2020 Center for the National Interest All Rights Reserved. An investigation concluded that the most likely cause was a minor fire in a small magazine, possibly caused by overheating from unsafe ventilation practice. Here is the IJN MUTSU 1943 from the Aoshima (New mold) in 1:700 scale. These are the 5 worst battelship disasters of all time. [7] In early 1941, in preparation for war,[16] Mutsu's barbette armour was reinforced with 100 mm (3.9 in) armour plates above the main deck and 215 mm (8.5 in) plates below it. If triggered, Mutsu will do two attacks with a 1.4x post-cap modifier and the other battleship will do a 3rd attack with a 1.2x post-cap modifier. Italy would not enter the war for another year, and by that time she enjoyed overwhelming superiority over Austria-Hungary in the Adriatic. In 1970, the Fukada Salvage Company began salvage operations that lasted until 1978 and scrapped about 75% of the ship. These two were the only Japanese battleships to be armed with 16 inch guns. [7] These additions increased the weight of the ship's armour to 13,032 tonnes (12,826 long tons),[8] 32.6 percent of her displacement. Battleships were enormous investments of national treasure. [22] This was the standard Japanese light AA gun during World War II, but it suffered from severe design shortcomings that rendered it a largely ineffective weapon. 2 and 3 turrets were replaced by 10-metre units in 1932–33. Massachusetts was the worst battleship ever made. Accidental explosion within a magazine. During World War I she conducted limited operations in the Mediterranean before being transferred to the Black Sea to intervene in the Russian Civil War. No enemy hardly meant no effort to find fault, however. On 7 January 1943, Mutsu steamed from Truk via Saipan to return to Japan together with the carrier Zuikaku, the heavy cruiser Suzuya and four destroyers. The navy dispersed the survivors in an attempt to conceal the sinking in the interest of morale in Japan. She was transferred to the Soviet Union in 1948, and attached to the Black Sea Fleet. The exact cause of the explosion was never determined, but was probably due to the accidental detonation of a cordite charge. At some point, she either picked up a magnetic mine, or an undiscovered mine in the harbor exploded against her hull. This list examines the five worst battleship accidents of the twentieth century. Two days later, the ship departed Yokosuka accompanied by the cruisers Atago, Takao, Maya, Haguro, Yura, Myōkō, the seaplane tender Chitose and escorting destroyers to support operations during the Guadalcanal Campaign. 608 men died with the ship. 1200 lives where lost on that day in 1943. The Mutsu's Hull is largely still intact just off the coast. It was named after the province. This increased her overall length by 1.59 metres (5 ft 3 in) to 217.39 metres (713 ft 3 in). Completed in 1920 as the lead ship of her class, she carried supplies for the survivors of the Great Kantō earthquake in 1923. 1 Basic 2 Upgrade 3 Second Upgrade 4 Quotes 4.1 Hourly Notifications (Kai) 4.2 Seasonal Quotes 5 Notes 5.1 Nagato-class Kai Ni Special Cut-In 5.1.1 Activation Requirements 5.1.2 Cut-In Behavior 6 Character 6.1 Appearance 6.2 Personality 7 Trivia 8 CG 9 See Also Mutsu Nagato Class Battleship Statistics HP 80 (82) Firepower 82 (99) Armor 75 (89) Torpedo 0 Evasion 24 (49) AA 31 (89) Aircraft … Looming war clouds made the return trip fraught, but the French squadron survived without incident. According to historian Mark Stille, the twin and triple mounts "lacked sufficient speed in train or elevation; the gun sights were unable to handle fast targets; the gun exhibited excessive vibration; the magazine was too small, and, finally, the gun produced excessive muzzle blast". [13] The ship was also fitted with eight 533-millimetre (21 in) torpedo tubes, four on each broadside, two above water and two submerged. [8] Additional fuel oil was stored in the bottoms of the newly added torpedo bulges, which increased her capacity to 5,560 t (5,470 long tons) and thus her range to 8,560 nmi (15,850 km; 9,850 mi) at 16 knots. The ship had a length of 201.17 meters (660 ft) between perpendiculars and 215.8 meters (708 ft) overall. More than 1100 members of her crew died in the explosion and subsequent sinking. After the war the Italians refloated Leonardo but gave up on reconstructing her because of a lack of funds. [11] The barbettes of the turrets were protected by armour 305 mm thick, and the casemates of the 140 mm guns were protected by 25 mm armour plates. Face armour was increased to 460 mm (18 in), the sides to 280 mm (11 in), and the roof to 250–230 mm (10–9 in). During her 1934–1936 reconstruction, the ship's stern was lengthened by 7.55 metres (24 ft 9 in) to improve her speed, and her forward superstructure was rebuilt into a pagoda mast. The sides of the conning tower were 369 mm (14.5 in) thick. The two aft turrets were raised in 1970 and 1971. [24] The turrets were protected with an armour thickness of 305 mm on the face, 230–190 mm (9.1–7.5 in) on the sides, and 152–127 mm (6–5 in) on the roof. Type 3 "Sanshikidan" incendiary shrapnel anti-aircraft shells, "Imperial Japanese Navy: Battleship Mutsu", "Omi Village Hijiri Museum & Aviation Museum", Combinedfleet.com: service history – key dates, Shipwrecks and maritime incidents in June 1943, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Japanese_battleship_Mutsu&oldid=986640034, Second Sino-Japanese War naval ships of Japan, Ships sunk by non-combat internal explosions, World War II shipwrecks in the Pacific Ocean, Short description is different from Wikidata, Wikipedia articles with WORLDCATID identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, 8,650 nmi (16,020 km; 9,950 mi) at 16 knots (30 km/h; 18 mph). [2] July 1944: The oiled-starved IJN cut a hole in the bottom of MUTSU’s hulk and pump out 580-tons of fuel oil for use by their ships in Operation Take ("Bamboo"). [2], Mutsu's eight 45-calibre 41-centimetre (16.1 in) guns were mounted in two pairs of twin-gun, superfiring turrets fore and aft. [18] Two twin-gun mounts for licence-built Vickers 2-pounder (40 mm (1.6 in)) "pom-pom" light AA guns were also added to the ship in 1932. They did not merely represent national power; they were the physical manifestations of that power. The French navy commissioned France in July 1914 so that she could deliver the President of France on a state visit to St. Petersburg, Russia. Most of the wreck was salvaged for pre-nuclear detonation steel research after the war until the 80's. The survivors of Mutsu were dispersed across the fleet and sworn to secrecy; some of the families of the dead were not informed of the cause of the loss until after the war. Captain Seiichi Kurose assumed command on 18 November and the ship was assigned to the 1st Battleship Division on 1 December. [11], The ship's secondary armament of twenty 50-calibre 14-centimetre (5.5 in) guns was mounted in casemates on the upper sides of the hull and in the superstructure. On June 8, 1943, Mutsu exploded at anchor. The ship exceeded her designed speed of 26.5 knots (49.1 km/h; 30.5 mph) during her sea trials, reaching 26.7 knots (49.4 km/h; 30.7 mph) at 85,500 shp (63,800 kW). She was the second ship of the Nagato class. In 1995, the Mutsu Memorial Museum declared that no further salvage operations were planned. She went through an extensive modernization in … The ships name comes from the … [15] In 1933 a catapult was fitted between the mainmast and Turret No. On June 8, 1943, Mutsu exploded at anchor. "In regard to the continued absence of the battleship MUTSU from traffic, Honolulu now state they have some Jap prisoners of war who are definite that MUTSU was torpedoed in Home waters when on passage south and returned to Japan but her magazines blew up on arrival." 3 turret formerly on display at the, A rudder and a section of propeller shaft were on display at the Arashiyama Art Museum until it closed around 1991. Mutsu displaced 32,720 metric tons (32,200 long tons) at standard load and 39,116 metric tons (38,498 long tons) at full load. Vanguard served with the Grand Fleet for most of the war, surviving Jutland and several other less consequential actions. She had a beam of 28.96 metres (95 ft) and a draught of 9 metres (29 ft 6 in). [30], Mutsu, named for Mutsu Province,[31] was laid down at the Yokosuka Naval Arsenal on 1 June 1918 and launched on 31 May 1920. [16], During the war Mutsu saw limited action, spending much of her time in home waters. 4 turret, anchors, and other parts of the ship — including her bow — were successfully recovered in the 1970s. [3], During a refit in 1924 the fore funnel was rebuilt in a serpentine shape in an unsuccessful effort to prevent smoke interference with the bridge and fire-control systems. [16], On 14 July, Mutsu was transferred to Battleship Division 2 and then to the advance force of the 2nd Fleet on 9 August. Description. The ship was placed in reserve on 15 November and began her lengthy reconstruction. Novorossiysk was used primarily for training operations after her transfer. Contributor: C. Peter Chen ww2dbase Mutsu was the second of two Nagato-class battleships of the Japanese Navy; her construction was the responsibility of naval architect Commander Hiraga Yuzuru. The accident cut France’s capital ship fleet by 1/7th, however, and resulted in the peculiar national humiliation that results when a nation’s namesake ship sinks after hitting a rock (Spain would experience the same heartache a year to the day later, when Espana ran aground and was lost). HMS Vanguard was one of the St. Vincent class, itself one of a series of classes of battleship very similar to HMS Dreadnought. [21], The two-pounders were replaced by 1941 by 20 licence-built Hotchkiss 25 mm (1 in) Type 96 light AA guns in five twin-gun mounts. On August 26, 1922 France struck an uncharted rock reef in Quiberon Bay and quickly began to sink. [25] The armour over the machinery and magazines was increased by 38 mm on the upper deck and 25 mm on the upper armoured deck. After rendezvousing with the remnants of the striking force on 6 June, about half of the survivors from the sunken aircraft carriers of the 1st Air Fleet were transferred to Mutsu. [21], The ship's waterline armour belt was 305 mm (12 in) thick and tapered to a thickness of 100 mm (3.9 in) at its bottom edge; above it was a strake of 229 mm (9 in) armour. She was not yet quite complete and was certainly not ready for battle. Mutsu was specifically listed among those to be scrapped even though she had been commissioned a few weeks earlier. These changes increased her overall length to 224.94 m (738 ft), her beam to 34.6 m (113 ft 6 in) and her draught to 9.49 metres (31 ft 2 in). [29], Mutsu was initially fitted with a Type 13 fire-control system derived from Vickers equipment received during World War I, but this was replaced by an improved Type 14 system around 1925. Only after completing the exploration of MUTSU's wreck, do the Japanese decide that, indeed, the explosion must have occurred from within the magazine itself. To avert the potential damage to morale from the loss of a battleship coming so soon after the string of recent setbacks in the war effort, Mutsu ' s destruction was declared a state secret. Robert Farley, a frequent contributor to TNI, is a Visiting Professor at the United States Army War College. The crew remained in good order, and in the end only three men died. The ship was transferred to the reserve on 1 December 1925. The Navy leadership initially gave serious consideration to raising the wreck and rebuilding her, although these plans were dropped after the divers completed their survey of the ship on 22 July. Sinking History On June 8, 1943 Mutsu suffered an internal magazine explosion and sank off Hashirajima in Hiroshima Bay. The highest portion of the ship is 12 metres (39 ft 4 in) below the surface.[52]. Several other battleships experienced serious accidents; the above-mentioned Espana was a total loss in 1923 after running aground, HIJMS Kawachi experienced a magazine explosion in 1918 that sank the ship and killed six hundred men, the Soviet Poltava burned down (yes, indeed) in 1919, the Russian Imperatritsa Mariya suffered a magazine explosion in 1916, and USS Iowa was nearly lost due to a turret explosion in 1989. A modified Type 14 fire-control system was tested aboard her sister ship Nagato in 1935 and later approved for service as the Type 94. Although she had been modernized in the 1930s, some of the Mutsu's original electrical wiring may have remained in use. The battle ship was named after Mutsu Province, which was the largest city in Japan at the time of its founding in 16th century. Captain Zengo Yoshida relieved Captain Teikichi Hori on 10 December 1928. The Imperial Japanese Navy quickly launched an investigation and discounted the possibility of an enemy attack. [2], The new 41 cm turrets installed during Mutsu's reconstruction were more heavily armoured than the original ones. Mutsu was placed in reserve from 15 December 1938 to 15 November 1939. Last week while diving Oshima Island the topic of the Mutsu came up and now several of my dive buddie and I are planning a couple dives to the wreck this summer/spring. Nearby ships were able to rescue 353 survivors from the 1,474 crew members and visitors aboard Mutsu, meaning that 1,121 men were killed in the explosion. Mutsu was the second and last Nagato-class dreadnought battleship built for the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) at the end of World War I. [12] Anti-aircraft defence was provided by four 40-calibre 8-centimetre (3 in) 3rd Year Type[Note 1] AA guns in single mounts. Mutsu met a very undignified fate, being destroyed by a massive explosion in 1943 after a fire, which was believed to have been caused deliberately by a disaffected crewman, who was among the 1200 or so of her complement who lost their… Mutsu was struck from the Navy List on 1 September 1943. The ship was operating Nakajima E4N2 biplanes until they were replaced by Nakajima E8N2 biplanes in 1938. Commissioned in 1910, she displaced twenty thousand tons, could make twenty-one knots, and carried ten 12-inch guns in five twin turrets. Battleship Mutsu Mutsu was the second and last Nagato-class dreadnought battleship built for the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) at the end of World War I. In addition to the 140 mm gun donated to the Yasukuni Shrine, now on display at the Yasukuni Museum,[53] the following items recovered over the years can be viewed at various museums and memorials in Japan: According to Skwiot, two single mounts were added in 1932–1934 and another pair, mounted near the aft funnel, were added in 1934. [3] The crew totalled around 1,475 men in 1942. In 1943, Hyuga was converted into a hybrid battleship/ aircraft carrier. A new anti-aircraft director, also called the Type 94, used to control the 127 mm AA guns, was introduced in 1937, although when Mutsu received hers is unknown. [17] When firing at surface targets, the guns had a range of 14,700 metres (16,100 yd); they had a maximum ceiling of 9,440 metres (30,970 ft) at their maximum elevation of +90 degrees. In 1923, a year after commissioning, she carried supplies for the survivors of the Great Kantō earthquake. This made it especially heart-breaking when battleships were sunk in action. To further prevent rumours from spreading, healthy and recovered survivors were reassigned to various garrisons in the Pacific Ocean. A commission led by Admiral Kōichi Shiozawa was convened three days after the sinking to investigate the loss. A massive influx of water into the machinery spaces caused the 150-metre (490 ft) forward section of the ship to capsize to starboard and sink almost immediately. One of the 140 mm casemate guns was raised in 1963 and donated to the Yasukuni Shrine. Mass cremations of recovered bodies began almost immediately after the sinking. Her number three turret had begun to smoke, and shortly thereafter a magazine detonated, cutting the ship in half. [47] Historian Mike Williams put forward an alternative theory of fire: A number of observers noted smoke coming from the vicinity of No. [20] They had a maximum rate of fire of 200 rounds per minute. In the early 1970's, salvage operations were conducted that removed large portions of Mutsu’s wreck from the ocean. These guns had a maximum elevation of +75 degrees, and a rate of fire of 13 to 20 rounds per minute. Mutsu had a length of 201.17 metres (660 ft) between perpendiculars and 215.8 metres (708 ft) overall. Given the heavy security at the anchorage and lack of claims of responsibility by the Allies, this could be discounted. On 18 January 1942, Mutsu towed the obsolete armoured cruiser Nisshin as a target for the new battleship Yamato, which promptly sank Nisshin. Second World War 1939-1945, ship wreck, battleship The Mutsu was the sister ship of the battleship Nagato. The IJN investigation into the cause of her loss concluded that it was the work of a disgruntled crew member. [4], In 1927, Mutsu's bow was remodelled to reduce the amount of spray produced when steaming into a head sea. 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