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Published on Aug 10, 2008
IJN Battleship ISE wreck at Kure after World War II
24 July 1945 Ondo Seto.During the day's attacks, ISE suffers five direct hits and numerous near-misses. About 50 crewmen are killed and many others wounded. ISE settles by the bow and takes on water. Work begins to pump out her spaces.
27 July 1945: After three days of pumping ISE is restored to an even keel. It is planned to tow ISE to drydock.
28 July 1945: Ondo Seto. ISE is attacked by aircraft from Task Force 38's USS TICONDEROGA (CV-14), LEXINGTON (CV-16) and the HANCOCK (CV-17). ISE is hit by five 1,000-lb bombs dropped by F4U's from the HANCOCK's Air Group 6. During the day, ISE suffers 11 or more direct hits and many more near misses from other carrier-based aircraft. At 1400, 18 USAAF B-24 "Liberators" from Okinawa also bomb ISE, but they score no hits.
ISE founders with a 15 degree list to starboard and sinks by the bow in shallow water at 34-15N, 132-31E. At 1800, all attempts to salvage ISE are abandoned. Some of her AA guns are removed and added to nearby AA batteries.