The background of Mikasa’s construction
Mikasa is one of Japan’s most famous battleships.
As the flagship of the Combined Fleet led by Admiral Heihachiro Togo, Mikasa was used in the Battle of Tsushima, one of the largest naval battles of the Russo-Japanese war (1904-1905).
In this battle that took place on Tsushima Strait, Japan’s Combined Fleet all but annihilated the Russian fleet that was considered the strongest in the world at the time. While the Russian fleet lost virtually all ships in this battle, the Japanese fleet lost only a few small ships.
The victory was overwhelming to a degree rarely seen in the history naval battles. This victory drastically improved Japan’s international position, causing European countries and the United States to recognize Japan as one of the great powers.