Settsu was disarmed in Kure in 1922 under the terms of the Washington Naval Treaty, and its weaponry and armor was removed. It was officially stricken from the Navy list on 1 October 1924.
In 1924, the hulk of Settsu was converted into a 16 kn (30 km/h; 18 mph), 16,130 ton target ship, with the removal of one boiler room (and funnel), and increased armor to be able to absorb hits from 203 mm (8 in) shells and 30 kg (66 lb) practice bombs. Between October 1935 and 1937, radio-control was added, allowing it to be maneuvered by operators on (the destroyer Yakaze as "mother ship"). Armor on the deck, funnels, and bridge were increased to enhance its ability to survive hits. During the Pacific War, the target ship was stationed in the Inland Sea, and used for bombing and torpedo training. It was sunk by US Navy aircraft on 24 July 1945 at Etajima; its hulk was raised and scrapped in 1947.
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