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Imperial Japanese Navy battleships Fusō (foreground) and Yamashiro (background) maneuver together off Aburaiyawan, Japan.

The IJN Fuso was the first of two Fuso-class battleships in service in the Imperial Japanese Navy from the 1910s to the 1940s. Launched in 1914 and commissioned in 1915, she initially patrolled off the coast of China, playing no part in World War I. In 1923, she assisted survivors of the Great Kanto Earthquake.

Fusō was modernized in 1930–35 and again in 1937–41, with improvements to her armor and machinery and a rebuilt superstructure in the pagoda mast style. With only 14-inch guns, she was outclassed by other Japanese battleships at the beginning of World War II, and played auxiliary roles for most of the war.

She along with her sister ship Yamashiro were both sunk in 1944 during the Battle of the South China Sea.