The Yamato, the biggest warship ever built, was constructed in Kure during the second World War. It was sunk in 1945 by US airplanes during the suicide operation Ten-Go, after being sent to protect the island of Okinawa from the invasion of American troops. Today, it stands as a symbol of honor and perseverance, and its history can be learned in Kure's Maritime Museum, located in the city port overlooking the Seto Inland Sea. Its main attraction is a 1:10 scale model of the famous craft that once was the lead ship of the Imperial Japanese Navy.
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