26 May, 2009

Submarine base at Kure city, Hiroshima

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    The miniature(1/10 scale) of the battle ship "YAMATO"

The used submarine is displaying at Kure museum
(Japan maritime self- defense force).

Kure city, Hiroshima was famous as Kure Naval Arsenal, one of the largest naval
base and shipyards in the imperial Japanese Navy. The battle ship YAMATO, the
biggest battle ship ever built, was constructed here.

During the World War II, the population of Kure city was more than 400,000
(Now 250,000) . In 1945, the facilities of navy base were heavily bombard by
US air forces and 70% of the city were destroyed.

In May 27th~28th,1905. the Imperial Japanese Navy completely defeated Russia's
Baltic Fleet in Sea of Japan Naval Battle (the battles of Tsushima) .   However, in 
WWII, the Navy succeeded the attack on US Navy base on Pearl harbor in December,
1941. and then six months later, defeated by US in the Battle of Midway in June,1942 .

After WWII, the navy was renamed as Maritime Self-Defense Force and have been
restricted its force. The minesweeper is the best in the World and had been active in
removing the naval mines, laid in Persian Gulf in 1991.

Below are the photos of the submarine base at Kure city, Hiroshima.