Yamato, the largest battleship in the world, and nine other Japanese warships embarked from Japan for a suicide attack on Allied forces engaged in the battle of Okinawa. The Japanese force was attacked by U.S. carrier-borne aircraft before it could reach Okinawa. Yamato and five other Japanese ships were sunk.
About Operation Ten-Go in brief
Operation Ten-Go was the last major Japanese naval operation in the Pacific Theater of World War II. In April 1945, the Japanese battleship Yamato, the largest battleship in the world, and nine other Japanese warships embarked from Japan for a suicide attack on Allied forces engaged in the battle of Okinawa. The Japanese force was attacked by U.S. carrier-borne aircraft before it could reach Okinawa. Yamato and five other Japanese ships were sunk. The battle demonstrated U. S. air supremacy in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and the vulnerability of surface ships without air cover to aerial attack. It also exhibited Japan’s willingness to make extreme sacrifices in kamikaze attacks aimed at slowing the Allied advance on the Japanese home islands. American victory Fifth FleetSecond Sino-Japanese War. The ships’ crews were briefed on the nature of the mission and given the opportunity to stay behind if desired. However, approximately 80 crew members who were new, sick, or infirm, were ordered off the ships, including sixty-seven naval cadets of Etajima Naval Academy No 74 who had arrived on the battleship No 74 just three days earlier. The last battleship to engage in some battleship battleship engagements was the battleships No 74, which engaged some Allied forces in the Battle of the Philippine Sea. The battleships were the last battleships to engage some Allied troops in the Battles of Leyte Gulf and the Battle for the Solomon Islands. The resulting engagement is also known as theBattle of the East China Sea.
It took place on April 25, 1945, off Mitajiri, off Yamaguchi, Japan, on the east coast of the island of Honshu. It was the only major naval operation of the war to be carried out by the Imperial Japanese Navy’s Combined Fleet. The fleet was reduced to just a handful of operational warships and a few remaining aircraft and aircrew. Most of the remaining Japanese warships in the Combined Fleet were stationed at ports in Japan, with most of the large ships at Kure, Hiroshima. As a final step before the planned invasion of Japan’s home islands, Allied forces invaded Okinawa on 1 April 1945. The Imperial Japanese Army was planning extensive air attacks, including the use of k Kamikaze. Now feeling pressured by the emperor to also mount some kind of attack, Japanese Navy commanders conceived a k amikaze-type mission for their remaining operational large ships, which included the battlesyship Yamato. The commander of the Ten- go force, Vice-Admiral Seiichi Itō, still refused to actually order his ships to carry it out, believing the plan to be futile and wasteful. Other commanders of the Imperial Japan Navy also had very negative feelings about the operation, believing that it was a waste of human life and fuel. Captain Atsushi Ōi, who commanded escort fleets, was critical as fuel and resources were diverted from his operation. He shouted: “this war is of our nation and why should the honor of our’surface fleet’ be more respected? Who cares about their glory? Damn fools!”