Stories and Battle Histories of the IJN's Battleships

(Updated 10 January 2020)

By Bob Hackett, Sander Kingsepp and Lars Ahlberg

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(YAMATO on sea trials 30 October 1941 - colorized digital photo by Irootoko Jr)

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Japanese Battleships: Tabular Records of Movement (TROMs)

(Class types link to specification summaries)


Yamato (revised 8/1/2016)
Musashi (revised 12/1/2017)

Nagato Class

Nagato (revised 11/1/2016)
Mutsu (revised 11/1/2017)


Kongo (revised 5/4/2016)
Hiei (revised 5/1/2017)
Kirishima (revised 7/1/2016)
Haruna (revised 11/1/2017)

Ise Class

Ise (revised 1/1/2017)
Hyuga (revised 1/1/2017)

Fuso Class

Fuso (revised 1/10/2020)
Yamashiro(revised 1/10/2020)

Bibliography of Sources

About the Authors

Bob Hackett is a military historian and researcher. Retired from the United States Air Force and later from the aerospace industry, he resides in the United States. In collaboration with Mr. Kingsepp, he prepared the TROMs for the IJN's battleships, cruisers, submarines and other IJN warships presented on this and other pages on this website.

Sander Kingsepp, a native of Estonia, is also a military historian and researcher. He is an editor of a construction magazine. A talented linguist, Sander's translations of Japanese source materials have added immeasurably to these TROMs.

Lars Ahlberg is retired from the Swedish Air Defence Regiment. He resides in Halmstad, Sweden and is a military historian by avocation. He has written monographs about NAGATO, MUTSU and carrier TAIHÔ.

Questions to the authors concerning these TROMs should be posted on the Discussion and Questions board.

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