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Japanese Imperial Navy, WWII: Pagoda mast of battleship Fuso, pictured in Such superstructure made ships inherently unstable.

Japanese carrier Zuikaku

The Japanese aircraft carrier Zuikaku, seen in September of The Zuikaku would soon sail toward Hawaii, one of six aircraft carriers used in the attack by the Imperial Japanese Navy. Naval Historical Center) J

Japanese Battleship IJN Nagato, during the war.

16 in Japanese battleship Nagato in looking significantly different after reconstruction in the she was Admiral Yamamoto's flagship during the Pearl Harbor attack in She survived to be expended as a US nuclear test target in

Zuikaku (瑞鶴) was a Shōkaku-class aircraft carrier of the Imperial Japanese Navy.

Zuikaku (瑞鶴) was a Shōkaku-class aircraft carrier of the Imperial Japanese Navy.

IJN Hyuga in her battleship configuration 日向

battleship Hyuga before and after the refit that added her a typical pagoda mast like the Fuso and kongo classes. Posteriorly she was converted in a hybrid Battleship/aircraft carrier.

HMS Exeter after refit in 1941. This heavy cruiser, one of only two "York Class" heavy cruisers built, suffered major damage in the Battle of the Rio Plata against the German pocket battleship, Admiral Graf Spee. Lest we forget: 61 RN officers and ratings were killed aboard HMS Exeter during that battle. Photo courtesy of Imperial War Museum posted by Charles McCain

HMS Exeter after refit in This heavy cruiser, suffered major damage in…

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