August 06, 2013
Because the international dateline can lead to some confusion on dates, I just checked and yes indeed, when the vessel was launched it was Tuesday in Japan.
So. Japan launched its largest warship since WW2...on August 6.
China is not the only nation being sent messages.
"In the Battle off Ulsan on 14 August 1904, six Japanese cruisers defeated the Russian cruiser squadron, sinking Rurik, and severely damaging Rossia and Gromoboi. During the battle, Izumo was hit more than 20 times, and suffered from two crewmen killed...During the crucial Battle of Tsushima on 26 May 1905 Izumo continued to serve as Kamimura’s flagship, taking nine hits during the battle, with 34 crewmen killed."
Izumo served honorably in WWI, but its record in WWII was a lot more memorable to certain parties:
"Designated as flagship... during the Japanese invasion of China during the Second Sino-Japanese War, Izumo was attacked during the Battle of Shanghai by a Chinese torpedo boat, which it sank. Izumo was also attacked on 14 August 1937 by Chinese Air Force aircraft led by Captain (later Major General) Claire Lee Chennault. During the attack, his floatplane was shot down.
Still in Shanghai after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor at about 0400 on 8 December 1941, Izumo opened fire on the United States Navy gunboat USS Wake, forcing its surrender, and sank the Royal Navy gunboat HMS Peterel* (whose crew refused to surrender). This was one of the first combat actions of the Pacific War following Pearl Harbor."
* "At the time she was acting as a communications station manned only by a skeleton crew." Her commanding officer was a "temporary lieutenant," even.
Posted by: Suburbanbanshee at Sun Aug 11 09:07:16 2013 (cvXSV)
So yeah, absolutely no belligerence there. Noopers.
Posted by: Suburbanbanshee at Sun Aug 11 09:20:57 2013 (cvXSV)
Posted by: Suburbanbanshee at Sun Aug 11 09:24:26 2013 (cvXSV)
Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Sun Aug 11 15:12:23 2013 (F7DdT)
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