On August 8th 1940 the Yamato was launchedand it was completed on the 16th December 1941. The most characteristicfeature of the Yamato was the nine 46cm guns, the biggest ever mounted on a ship. For camouflage the guns were called 40cm guns of type 94. They had a maximum range of 41,000 meters and could penetrate a 43cm armour plate from a distance of 30,000 meters. The rate of fire was two rounds per minute. An armour piercing projectile of type 91 weighed 1.4 tons. The gun barrel weighed about 166 tons and the revolving part of the turret was as heavy as 2,265 tons. In addition to the powerful 46cm guns, the Yamato carried twelve 15.5 guns. The Yamato had excellent protection. Its hull was short and broad for its displacement. The turrets, bridge, machinery, etc. were disposed near the centre w the armour protection was concentrated. Of nearly 43,000 tons of steel, 21,266 tons was armour plating- more than 30% of the load displacement. The length of the Yamato was 256 metres, the breadth 34.6 metes and it had a draft of 10 metres. To gauge how huge the Yamato was, the height from keel to top of bridge was more than 50 metres, the hull contained six decks and the bridge structure thirteen decks. T were about 400 speaking tubes, 750 telephones and eight generators with a total output of no less than 4,800 kw, enough to supply a small town.
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