As the flagship of the United Fleet, the Yamato formally participated in the Battle of the Midway Atoll on June 4-6, 1942, but in fact did not clash with the enemy, as it was 300 miles behind the Japanese aircraft carriers. May 28, 1942 "Yamato" relocated to the island of Truk, where he spent about a year, performing the role of the floating headquarters of the United Fleet. On December 25, 1943, located north of Truk Island, Yamato received a torpedo hit (charge weight 270 kg) from the US submarine Skate and took about 3000 tons of water into the hole. The ship’s combat capability has seriously suffered due to the flooding of the main-caliber stern tower cellar. In January-April 1944, Yamato underwent repairs and modernization in Kure.