Were there any Japanese ships at the surrender ceremony?

The battleship Nagato was one of the only Japanese ships at the surrender ceremony on September 2, 1945.  She was the only battleship from the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN)to make it to the end of WWII.

Nagato, Japanese ship at Surrender

USS Horace A. Bass alongside Nagato in August 1945 before the surrender ceremony.

Commissioned in 1920 she was one of the last of the Japanese battleships. They had to put a freeze on battleship development due to the Washington Naval Treaty.

Nagato was at many important battles during the war. She was the flagship of Kido Butai, the strike force that attacked Pearl Harbor. In fact, Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto was on the battleship Nagato when he gave the final order to attack Pearl Harbor.

When the surrender ceremony took place on the USS Missouri on September 2, 1945, Nagato was there in Tokyo Bay.  Some of the fleet was concerned about an attack from rebellious sailors on Nagato as they entered the Bay. Fortunately, no such attack took place.

After the war, Nagato was taken by the United States a war prize. She was old and damaged so she was of no use as a capital ship. Instead she was used as target practice. In July 1946, Nagato was sunk during an atomic bomb test at Bikini Atoll.

Nagato at Bikini Atoll

The Baker shot of Operation Crossroads, Bikini Atoll, July 25, 1946. As the spray column collapses a 900-foot-tall “base surge” of radioactive mist envelops the target ships. Ship in the foreground (left) is the Japanese battleship Nagato.

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