Photos Navies Of All Nations

America’s second and third aircraft carriers began life as a pair of battle cruisers, but after the Washington Naval Conference, which limited the number and size of capital ships, the vessels were finished to serve a different purpose. The relatively new ships were photographed at Puget Sound Navy Yard in September 1928. USS Lexington (CV-2), moored on the left, and USS Saratoga (CV-3) were nearly identical except for a walkway across the funnel on the latter. (National Archives/U.S. Navy.)

USS Pennsylvania (BB-38) a view of the battleship's forward 14/45 guns and her forward superstructure, circa the early 1930s

10 January 1946, Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. Dismantling of light cruiser USS Omaha (CL-4) nears its end.
USS Katahdin (1893)

Although Katahdin's engines were more powerful than specified, Katahdin failed to reach the contracted speed of 17 knots, requiring the passing of special legislation to allow her to be accepted by the Navy. Conditions aboard the ship were extremely uncomfortable, as it was cramped and had very poor ventilation, leading to almost intolerable temperatures being recorded.

Katahdin departed New York Harbor 4 March 1897, the day of President William McKinley's first inauguration, and sailed to Norfolk, Virginia, before decommissioning at Philadelphia Naval Yard on 17 April.

Katahdin was stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 9 July 1909 and designated "Ballistic Experimental Target 'A'". Katahdin was sunk by gunfire at Rappahannock Spit, Virginia, that September.
Kirov-class battlecruiser, Admiral Lazarev, awaits scrapping after de-commissioning due to a cracked reactor

Sailors clear snow from the covers of the P-700 Granit silos on Pyotr Velikiy. Photo by Pavel Lvov.

Project 266M Natya-class minesweeper RFS Kovrovets (913) having a slight engineering issue
France & USN:
LHD Tonnerre being replenished by USNS Big Horn during Operation Aeto, May 2021
Imperial Germany:
Battlecruiser SMS Moltke on the Hudson River, New York, USA, 1912
Battleship ARA Rivadavia in Boston circa 1914
USS Iowa (BB-61) steaming into Pearl Harbor with rails manned, 28 October 1952, while en route to the U.S. following her first Korean War deployment. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command.
Frigate Antonio Marceglia launches an Aster 30 SAM during exercise Formidable Shield 2021
Imperial Japan:
Aircraft carrier Akagi and battleship Nagato at Yokusuka, August 1930

Heavy cruiser Ashigara at Spithead U.K, May 1937
PORTSMOUTH, Va. (May 12, 2021) USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) transits the Elizabeth River as it departs Norfolk Naval Shipyard after completing a 10-month scheduled extended carrier incremental availability. USN photo.
Battleship Bismarck photographed from the heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen on 24 May 1941, following the Battle of the Denmark Strait and before the two ships separated.
VSTOL carrier HMS Illustrious leaving Grand Harbour, Malta, overlooked by the old cannon of the Saluting Battery
PACIFIC OCEAN (May 15, 2013) A Standard Missile – 3 (SM-3) Block 1B interceptor is launched from guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Erie (CG 70) during a Missile Defense Agency and U.S. Navy test in the mid-Pacific. The SM-3 Block 1B successfully intercepted a target missile that had been launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility, Barking Sands, Kauai, Hawaii. Following target launch, Lake Erie detected and tracked the target with its onboard AN/SPY-1 radar. The ship, equipped with the second-generation Aegis BMD weapon system, developed a fire control solution and launched the SM-3 Block 1B. The intercept occurred a few minutes later. Today’s event was the third consecutive successful intercept test of the SM-3 Block IB missile. (Missile Defense Agency photo)
Frigates TCG Kemalreis (F247) and TCG Yavuz, May 2021
18 May 1943, Kuluk Bay, Alaska. Having just arrived from Pearl Harbor to support the liberation of the Aleutian Islands, USS Mississippi (BB-41) prepares to shell Japanese fortifications on the Kiska Island.

Battleship USS Indiana underway at sea in the Marshall Islands, 24 Jan 1944; note Camouflage Measure 32 Design 1B
Aircraft carrier HMS Victorious, codename 'Robin', refuels from the USS Cimarron, in the Pacific, 1943
Museum ship USS Lexington CV-16 in Corpus Christi, TX.
New Zealand:
Late July 1943, Auckland. Light cruiser HMNZS Leander shows her port side damage caused by a Japanese Type 93 torpedo hit in the Battle of Kolombangara.

On 13 July 1943, Leander was with Rear Admiral Walden Lee Ainsworth's Task Group 36.1 of three light cruisers: Leander and the US ships Honolulu and St. Louis. The task group also included ten destroyers. At 01:00 the Allied ships established radar contact with the Japanese cruiser Jintsu, which was accompanied by five destroyers near Kolombangara in the Solomon Islands. In the ensuing Battle of Kolombangara, Jintsu was sunk and all three Allied cruisers were hit by torpedoes and disabled. Leander was hit by a single torpedo just abaft 'A' boiler room. 26 crew from the boiler room and the No.1 4-inch gun mount immediately above were killed or posted missing. The ship was so badly damaged that she took no further part in the war. She was first repaired in Auckland, then proceeded to a full refit in Boston.

She returned to the Royal Navy on 27 August 1945. She was scrapped in 1950.
Formidable Shield 2021. HMS Lancaster (l), HMS Dragon (c) and HMS Argyll (r)


CO of USS The Sullivans watches as his ship passes HMS Queen Elizabeth during Exercise Steadfast Defender