IJN Settsu Class Battleships
The design of the Settsu class battleships was based off the Aki of the Satsuma class. The Settsu represented the second series of domestically built battleships. Only twenty percent of construction material was required imported, as opposed to three times the amount needed for the Satsuma class. Due to the lack of uniform length of the class's weaponry, they could not be technically classified as drednoughts.
The Kawachi blew up in Tokuyama Bay when her magazine ignited, killing more than seventy percent of her crew. The damage was severe enough that no attempts were made to repair her, and she was scrapped. Her sister ship, the Settsu was disarmed in accordance to the Washington Naval Treaty and converted in 1924 into a radio controlled bombing target. She served in this purpose until 1940 when after modifications, she was used to train carrier pilots. American TF-38 aircraft sunk her 24 July 1945. She was later scrapped at Harima.
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