Kure is a city in Hiroshima prefecture, Japan. As of October 1, 2010, the city has an estimated population of 240,820 and a population density of 681 persons per Square kilometer. The total area is 353.74 Square kilometers. The city was founded on October 1, 1902. Up until the end of World War II, it served as a military and naval center. Headquarters of Independent Field Records was situated there in 1956. Kure was the home base of the largest battleship ever built, the Yamato. There is still one of the bases of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) located there, its former center became the JMSDF Regional Kure District. While there is a hospital as a building of the Marine Self Defense Force, there are Escort Flotilla (Destroyers), Submarine Flotilla and the Training Squadron in the Kure District. A museum with a 1:10 scale model of the Yamato is located in the city.