This picture shows the Japanese battleship Mutsu as she was in the first half of 1943. The most obvious sign of her pre-war reconstruction is the unusual shape of the forward funnel. The Mutsu served as Hirohito's flagship on several occasions before the war, explaining why his photograph has been added to this picture. The Mutsu was sunk by an accidental explosion in a magazine on 8 June 1943, probably not long after this picture was taken.
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Rickard, J (31 December 2019), Mutsu, c.1943 , http://www.historyofwar.org/Pictures/pictures_mutsu_1943.html