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- Imperial Japanese Navy : The part of the Japanese military responsible for naval warfare, 1868-1945
- Battleship : A heavily-armored, warship optimized for fighting other warships using large-caliber guns; certain armor requirements differentiated from cruisers; obsolete by end of World War II.
- IJN Yamato : Lead ship of the class of the biggest battleships ever built; sunk by U.S. carrier aircraft in 1945, while on a "do-or-die" tokko mission to reinforce Japanese forces at the Battle of Okinawa
- IJN Musashi : Battleship of the Imperial Japanese Navy, of the Yamato-class, sunk by U.S. aircraft during the Battle of Leyte Gulf; one of the two largest battleships ever built
- IJN Shinano : Imperial Japanese Navy vessel, laid down as a battleship of the Yamato-class but converted to an aircraft carrier; sunk on 29 November 1944 by the submarine USS Archerfish (SS-311) while still being finished and transferring to a safer shipyard
- Battle of Leyte Gulf : The largest naval battle in history, fought in October 1944 as Japan tried to interfere with U.S. amphibious landings in the Philippines
- Battle of Okinawa : The longest, bloodiest U.S. World War II battle in which the Japanese island of Okinawa was captured in the spring of 1945.
- Tokko : In the Second World War, a doctrine of "special attack" involving suicide attack; it included kamikaze aircraft, but also manned torpedoes (kaiten), explosive-laden speedboats, soldiers with explosives on their bodies or on poles, etc.
- USS Archerfish (SS-311) : Balao-class submarine of the United States Navy, built in 1943 and served through WWII, sinking the Japanese aircraft carrier IJN Shinano; served again between 1952-1955; as a research auxiliary; sunk as a target in 1960