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Town class cruiser HMS Edinburgh on the River Tyne after trials, 1939

Six Blackburn Skuas of No 800 Squadron Fleet Air Arm line up on deck before taking off from HMS ARK ROYAL. April 1941

HMS Vanguard

HMS Indefatigable escorted by the destroyers HMS Wizard and HMS Urchin, 1945
USS Mississippi (BB-41) operating at sea in the late 1930's. She has three Curtiss SOC Seagull aircraft on her catapults.

Armoured cruiser HMS Monmouth

She is best known for being one of the two ships that was sunk at the Battle of Coronel by von Spee's Ostasiengeschwader.

The ship itself was obsolescent, if not outright obsolete, and had no great value in the conflict ahead; however, it seems that more's the pity for the men that crewed her, or at least her captain, Frank Brandt. According to future Admiral Sir Roger Keyes, Brandt was

A most zealous officer, who has devoted the last 7 years to the Submarine Service. Always ready to share the risks & discomforts of the Submarine Service which owes much to him, particularly in regard to its development as an offensive arm. I consider that he lacks judgementt & sense of proportion, but he has given me most loyal service, I have a very high opinion of his grit & determination.
USS Thomas Hudner transited Bosphorus towards the Black Sea on March 20, 2021.

In company with USS Monterey
USS Charleston (C-22) arrives at Hoboken Port of Embarkation, New Jersey, from Brest with combat veterans of American Expeditionary Force onboard. She made 5 voyages between France and the USA in 1919 returning 7700 men home.
The destruction of battleship HMS Bulwark after she suffered a massive explosion caused by the aft 12'' magazine detonation with 741 lives lost. Photo taken from HMS Queen. November 26, 1914, 8:15 AM, 3.5 nmi West of Sheerness, UK.
Light cruiser Bahia sometime before her mid-1920s modernization, as indicated by her two funnels

Cruiser Bahia at an unknown date, but after a mid-1920s modernization (as indicated by the three funnels).

Bahia was extensively modernized in the mid-1920s. She received three new Brown–Curtis turbine engines and six new Thornycroft boilers, and she was converted from coal-burning to oil. The refit resulted in a striking aesthetic change, with the exhaust being trunked into three funnels instead of two. The armament was also modified, adding three 20 mm (0.79 in) Madsen guns, a 7 mm (0.28 in) Hotchkiss machine gun, and four 533 mm (21.0 in) torpedo tubes. In the 1930s, she served with government forces during multiple revolutions.

In the Second World War, Bahia was once again used as a convoy escort, sailing over 100,000 nautical miles (190,000 km; 120,000 mi) in the span of about a year. On 4 July 1945, she was acting as a plane guard for transport aircraft flying from the Atlantic to Pacific theatres of war. Bahia's gunners were firing at a kite for anti-aircraft practice when one aimed too low and hit depth charges stored near the stern of the ship, resulting in a massive explosion that incapacitated the ship and sank her within minutes. Only a few of the crew survived the blast, and fewer still (@32) were alive when their rafts were discovered days later.

The survivors of the blast endured four or five days of no food, high temperatures, and full exposure to the sun on their makeshift rafts. The New York Times reported that some were driven mad by these conditions and simply jumped into the water, where they were devoured by sharks
NRP Vasco da Gama (F-330) on it's visit to Tallinn between 27-31 March 2008.
during WW1 when was pressed into service as troop transport. Colorized by Daryl LeBlanc
HMS Queen Elizabeth passing the OPV HMS Spey as she arrives back in Portsmouth, March 22, 2021

HMS QE leaving Loch Long after loading munitions at Glen Mallen, 20th March 2021

HMS Royal Sovereign, during the Second World War

The Revenge class, sometimes referred to as the Royal Sovereign class or the R class, was a group of five superdreadnought battleships built for the Royal Navy in the 1910s. All of the ships were completed to see service during the First World War. There were originally to have been eight of the class, but two were later redesigned, becoming the Renown-class battlecruisers, while the other, which was to have been named HMS Resistance, was cancelled outright. The design was based on that of the preceding Queen Elizabeth class, but with reductions in size and speed to make them more economical to build.

Two of the ships, Revenge and Royal Oak, were completed in time to see action at the Battle of Jutland during the First World War, where they engaged German battlecruisers. The other three ships were completed after the battle, by which time the British and German fleets had adopted more cautious strategies, and as a result, the class saw no further substantial action. During the early 1920s, the ships were involved in the Greco-Turkish War and the Russian Civil War as part of the Mediterranean Fleet. They typically operated as a unit during the interwar period, also seeing stints in the Atlantic Fleet. All five members of the class were modernised in the 1930s, particularly to strengthen their anti-aircraft defences and fire-control equipment.

The ships saw extensive action during the Second World War, though they were no longer front-line units by this time and thus were frequently relegated to secondary duties such as convoy escort and naval gunfire support. Royal Oak was sunk at her moorings in Scapa Flow in October 1939 by a German U-boat, and two other ships of the class were torpedoed during the war; Resolution, hit by a Vichy French submarine off Dakar in 1940 and Ramillies, attacked by a Japanese submarine in Madagascar in 1943, both survived. Royal Sovereign ended the war in service with the Soviet Navy as Arkhangelsk, but she was returned to the Royal Navy in 1949, by which time her three surviving sister ships had been broken up for scrap. She, too, was dismantled that year.
HMS Bonaventure, a Dido class cruiser, at speed in 1941

C-class light cruiser HMS Carlisle at anchor in Plymouth Sound, 1942.

Two cruisers engaging the enemy during the fleet action off Sardinia. Photograph taken from HMS SHEFFIELD. One Italian cruiser and two Italian destroyers were damaged in this action. Probably HMS Manchester and HMS Southampton

Light cruisers HMS Birmingham and HMS Dido alongside in Copenhagen, the day after Victory in Europe - 9 May 1945
Marcílio Dias class destroyer "Mariz e Barros" (M1) at sea (probably in 1945)
Light cruiser HMS Neptune.

Neptune was part of Force K, with the other cruisers HMS Aurora and HMS Penelope. They were supported by the destroyers Kandahar, Lance, Lively and Hancock. On the afternoon of December 18th 1941 they departed Malta to intercept a convoy bound for Tripoli. At 01:06 on the 19th they encountered an uncharted minefield in a depth of water and distance from land that made it totally unexpected.

Neptune struck a mine first. Aurora and Penelope both struck mines shortly afterwards. Neptune, going astern to try and clear the minefield, struck another mine which wrecked her steering gear and propellers. A third mine detonated abaft the funnel. Aurora and Penelope managed to clear the minefield, although Aurora's maximum speed was reduced to 10 knots.

The destroyers Kandahar and Lively tried to enter the minefield to tow Neptune out, and Peneleope was also edging towards her. But Kandahar struck a mine at 03:18. Neptune warned the other ships to "Keep away". At 04:03 Neptune was struck by another mine amidships. She slowly turned over and sank.

Kandahar was crippled but stayed afloat the following day, although was half submerged. She managed to drift clear of the minefield and her surviving crew were rescued by HMS Jaguar the following day. Neptune was less fortunate. All but 2 of her survivors died of exposure or other causes before they were spotted by an aircraft 5 days later. These two were picked up by an Italian torpedo boat an hour later. One of these 2 died within a few hours.
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USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) and ITS Cavour (C 550), March 2021