Polishing Togo’s ride

Those appreciative of 20th Century naval history will find a slight bit of irony in this photo:

190824-N-HH215-1025YOKOSUKA, Japan (Aug. 24, 2019) Yokosuka area chief petty officer (CPO) selectees join members of the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) in a community relations event where the CPO selectees and JMSDF members cleaned the historic Japanese battleship, Mikasa. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tyler R. Fraser/Released)

Commissioned in 1902, the Vickers-built 15,000-ton Mikasa was notable as Adm. Togo’s flagship during the Russo-Japanese War including putting the capital “T” in Tsushima.

Rebuilt after a magazine explosion, she was later decommissioned to comply with the 1922 Washington Naval Treaty and preserved as a museum ship, somehow managing not to pick up a dozen 500-pound bombs during WWII only to be restored in a campaign championed by no less a figure than Adm. Nimitz.

Mikasa is the only pre-dreadnought battleship still around (as well as Japan’s last battlewagon) and predates the elderly dreadnought USS Texas (BB-35) by a decade.

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