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The launching of battlecruiser Kirishima at the Mitsubishi Naval Shipyard in Nagasaki, Japan, 1 Dec 1913Japanese battlecruiser Kirishima at Sasebo, Japan, 21 Dec 1915
The launching of battlecruiser Kirishima at the Mitsubishi Naval Shipyard in Nagasaki, Japan, 1 Dec 1913Japanese battlecruiser Kirishima at Sasebo, Japan, 21 Dec 1915
Japanese battlecruiser Kirishima undergoing maintenance and training at Sasebo, Japan, 4 May 1921Kirishima
Japanese battlecruiser Kirishima undergoing maintenance and training at Sasebo, Japan, 4 May 1921Kirishima's profile circa early 1930s, after her first major reconstruction
Kirishima, circa early 1930s, after her first major reconstructionKirishima near Beppu, Kyushu, Japan, mid-Oct 1932 after her first major reconstruction
Kirishima, circa early 1930s, after her first major reconstructionKirishima near Beppu, Kyushu, Japan, mid-Oct 1932 after her first major reconstruction
Battleships Nagato, Kirishima, Ise, and Hyuga, date unknownKirishima in Tsukumo Bay, Japan, 10 May 1937, after her 1935 modernization
Battleships Nagato, Kirishima, Ise, and Hyuga, date unknownKirishima in Tsukumo Bay, Japan, 10 May 1937, after her 1935 modernization
Kirishima off Amoy, China, photographed by USS Pillsbury (DD-227), 21 Oct 1938, photo 1 of 3; note battleship Ise in backgroundKirishima off Amoy, China, photographed by USS Pillsbury (DD-227), 21 Oct 1938, photo 2 of 3
Kirishima off Amoy, China, photographed by USS Pillsbury (DD-227), 21 Oct 1938, photo 1 of 3; note battleship Ise in backgroundKirishima off Amoy, China, photographed by USS Pillsbury (DD-227), 21 Oct 1938, photo 2 of 3
Kirishima off Amoy, China, photographed by USS Pillsbury (DD-227), 21 Oct 1938, photo 3 of 3Kirishima and Akagi in Tsukumo Bay, Japan, 27 Apr 1939
Kirishima off Amoy, China, photographed by USS Pillsbury (DD-227), 21 Oct 1938, photo 3 of 3Kirishima and Akagi in Tsukumo Bay, Japan, 27 Apr 1939
Battleship Kirishima at Kure, Japan, 10 Mar 1940Japanese battleship Kirishima, carrier Kaga, and battleship Hiei at Hitokappu Bay, Etorofu, Kurile Islands, 23 Nov 1941
Battleship Kirishima at Kure, Japan, 10 Mar 1940Japanese battleship Kirishima, carrier Kaga, and battleship Hiei at Hitokappu Bay, Etorofu, Kurile Islands, 23 Nov 1941
Carrier Akagi, battleship Hiei, and battleship Kirishima in the Pacific Ocean en route toward US Territory of Hawaii, 6 Dec 1941Aircraft carrier Akagi shortly after leaving Port Stirling, Celebes for the Indian Ocean, 26 Mar 1942; note B5N torpedo bombers on flight deck
Carrier Akagi, battleship Hiei, and battleship Kirishima in the Pacific Ocean en route toward US Territory of Hawaii, 6 Dec 1941Aircraft carrier Akagi shortly after leaving Port Stirling, Celebes for the Indian Ocean, 26 Mar 1942; note B5N torpedo bombers on flight deck
Kirishima and Takao underway, en route to the Guadalcanal area in the Solomon Islands, 14 Nov 1942; photograph taken from cruiser Atago part of which could be seen in foregroundUS Navy Office of Naval Intelligence drawing of the Kongo-class battleship, seen in publication ONI 222-J, Jun 1945
Kirishima and Takao underway, en route to the Guadalcanal area in the Solomon Islands, 14 Nov 1942; photograph taken from cruiser Atago part of which could be seen in foregroundUS Navy Office of Naval Intelligence drawing of the Kongo-class battleship, seen in publication ONI 222-J, Jun 1945
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