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Battleship Minas Geraes in a Brazilian port circa 1942
Destroyer HMS Havock, after it had ran aground and had been scuttled by its crew on 6 April 1942 off Cape Bon (Tunisia), photographed by an Italian recon plane

HMS Havock was a H-class destroyer, whose career was rather noteworthy. Even before World War II broke out, she was the subject of a diplomatic incident, as in the night of 30 August 1937 she was unsuccessfully attacked by torpedoes by the Italian submarine Iride (commanded by a Tenente di Vascello Junio Valerio Borghese).

After service in the North Sea, in May 1940 she was sent to the Mediterranean, and spent the rest of her career there. Damaged by Italian near-misses at the Second Battle of Sirte (you decide which ship did the deed, either the battleship Littorio or the heavy cruiser Gorizia), and harassed by Axis aircraft at Malta, she was sent to Gibraltar on the night of 5 April 1942.

In the early hours of next morning, as the destroyer was passing the dangerous shoals near Cape Bon, because of human error by 0358 h the Havock was firmly grounded; her captain, considering the situation hopeless, ordered her to be scuttled, by setting up charges and dropping cordite and fuel. This was done by 0415 h. The survivors were interned, and treated rather harshly, by Vichy French authorities, until freed after Operation Torch, in November 1942.

A singular witness to the happenings was the Italian submarine Aradam, that had fired a torpedo. After remaining in the area and seeing the destroyer immobilized and later badly damaged, the Italian commander reported the fact as a successful attack. The most logical reconstruction, though, based on the Italian account and that of the British survivors, does point to the Italian torpedo missing and the destroyer not even noticing it, and grounding itself.

It was not the end of the ship's involvement in the war, though. During Operation Harpoon, the rather inexperienced convoy escort would engage the wreck, believing it to be enemy craft trying to attack.
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"The Big Stick", USS Theodore Roosevelt, USS BunkerHill, USS Russell and the Shivalik-class INS Shivalik sail in formation in the Indian Ocean, April 3rd, 2021
Zelenodolsk built, Project 22160, Black Sea Fleet 184th Novorossiysk Coastal Defense Brigade, Patrol Ship Division’s Bykov class corvette Dmitry Rogachev returned from 78days’ Mediterranean deployment & transited Bosphorus towards the Black Sea. April 3, 2021

Admiral Kasatanov (431) in company with NF Oiler Vyazma and fleet support vessel Nikolay Chiker, currently off North west Spain


In 1911 the torpedo boat destroyer HMAS Warrego (I) was launched at Cockatoo Island Dockyard, Sydney, N.S.W. Warrego was fabricated in the UK, constructed, disassembled and then shipped to Australia.
Project 671, SSN K-147 (Nato Victor class), 2006

Sovremenny class destroyer Bystryy spewing mazut smoke (steam propulsion burning mazut oil)

Steregushchiy class corvette Stoikiy
USS Coronado at Changi Naval Base in Singapore on Oct. 16 2016
Battleship Roma is on the final stage of her fitting out, several weeks prior to commissioning. Officers' dining room appears to be completed. May 1942, Cantieri Riuniti dell'Adriatico shipyard, Trieste.
County class heavy cruiser HMS London in 1947

HMS London during her war service
USS Yorktown (CV-5) in Dry Dock No. 1 at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, receiving urgent repairs from damage received during the Battle of the Coral Sea, she left Pearl Harbor the next day to participate in the Battle of Midway. 29 May, 1942

October 21st 1944, USS New Mexico at Puget Sound Navy Yard.

USS Admiralty Islands (CVE-99) off the California coast, 30 August 1945

The Casablanca class is unusual and interesting from a postwar standard.

During WWII, these and the Bogue classes were considered the worst of the CVEs, and they were often assigned to transport and training duties (by July 1945, 22 combat, 10 training, and 25 transports). According to early 1944 aviation schedules Admiralty Islands, and all of the last eight Casablancas, was initially slated to be a combat carrier, but a month after completion she was assigned to the Carrier Transport Squadron, where she remained until the end of the war.

After the war, the US had 45 remaining Casablanca class carriers, and kept 34 in reserve until the late 1950s for potential use as helicopter carriers and aircraft transports (most struck en masse 1958-1960). Of the 11 struck and scrapped in 1946-1947, the reasons behind why certain ships were retired isn't clear. For example, of the four Taffy 3 CVEs to survive, Kalinin Bay (severely damaged and becoming a transport carrier after repairs) and Kitkun Bay (combat carrier to end of war despite a January 1945 kamikaze) were struck in 1946, but White Plains (which had major machinery damage form shellfire) and Fanshaw Bay stayed in reserve.

But Admiralty Islands history is clear. DANFS makes many constant references to machinery trouble, including one time when two of her four boilers were inoperative. While there were three different boiler manufacturers for the class, there is no obvious pattern of ships with Babcock and Wilcox boilers like Admiralty Islands being retired early: four of the 16 were struck in 1946-1947, compared to five of 15 Foster Wheeler ships and two of 14 Combustion Engineering ships.
01 March 1942, 11:35 am, 77 nm North-West of Island of Bawean. Heavy cruiser HMS Exeter is sinking after two Japanese torpedoes have hit her starboard side.

HMS Cambrian (R-85, later D-85), Oct 3, 1944
NRP Dom Francisco de Almeida (F334), Bartolomeu Dias-class frigate
Improved Atago-class destroyer HAGURO DDG180 leaving Yokosuka 3 April for her homeport of Sasebo. She was delivered and commissioned March 19 at Yokohama.
USS Aludra (AF-55), underway with USS Southerland (DD-743), and USS Yorktown (CV-10), off of Formosa, 1954