On April 23 this year, when I returned to the United States for vacation, I had the opportunity to visit the USS Midway (CV-41) in San Diego. This is not the first time I have boarded the USS Midway, but it is indeed a distance from the last time. Return to the museum for the first time in 15 years since boarding the ship. The USS Midway Museum, which opened in 2004, has accumulated 1 million visitors by 2012 and is now the most popular surface ship museum in the United States and even the world.
The USS Midway was named the USS Midway, as the name suggests, in honor of the Battle of Midway, which took place from June 4 to June 7, 1942. However, the author's first impression of the aircraft carrier USS Midway comes from the spectacular photo retouching service picture of the USS Midway being sunk by the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force submarine Yamato in Kaiji Kawaguchi's comic "Silent Fleet". Using a submarine with the same name as the Japanese Imperial Navy battleship Yamato sunk by the US military, sinking an American aircraft carrier that symbolizes the victory of the Pacific naval battle.
How strong is the nationalism behind this cartoon? No matter how reluctant the Japanese right-wing was to accept the outcome of the Pacific War, the Yamato was sunk in the "Operation Kikusui" in March 1945, and the USS Midway served until after the Gulf War ended in 1992, when it was safely decommissioned. Today It has become a museum popular with military fans around the world. Although the ship Midway was named to commemorate the Battle of Midway, the ship commissioned on September 10, 1945 did not actually participate in World War II. But not participating in World War II or the Pacific War, it does not mean that the story of the Midway ship is not exciting enough.