Photos Navies Of All Nations

Cruiser Raimondo Montecuccoli, with Sydney Harbour Bridge in the background, 1956

Montecuccoli, in its role as a training ship, sailed around the globe (unplanned at first, but imposed by the 1956 Suez Crisis) between the autumn of 1956 and the spring of 1957; during this cruise, she came to Australia as the 16th Olympic Games took place.

She had already shown up in Australian waters, in a previous goodwill cruise in the 1930s.
Imperial Japan:
Kongo class battlecruiser Haruna at Kōbe on 24 April 1915
Patrol boat Sloviansk (P190) (ex USCGC Cushing) was sunk by missile attack 6th march 2022.
Sailors busy doing repairs on one of the main turrets of the battleship Tirpitz
Battleship Dunkerque, date and location u/k.

La Galissonnière class light cruiser Jean de Vienne. Note the Loire 130 flying boat on her aft turret. 1941
5"/54 calibre Mark 42 gun aboard the Forrest Sherman–class destroyer USS Barry (DD-933) during a Med Cruise circa 1962-1963.
Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) transits the Philippine Sea, Nov. 22, 2021.
RN & Denmark:
Type 23 frigate HMS Northumberland (F238) exercising with Joint Expeditionary Force partners in the Baltic with Iver Huitfeldt class frigate HDMS Niels Juel (F363) ahead, 5th March, 2022


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Austal workers prepare to attach the bow of a littoral combat ship (LCS) under construction Friday, May 27, 2011 in Mobile, Alabama.
Iowa class battleship USS Wisconsin (BB-64) coming along side oiler USS Taluga (AO-62) for fuelling. January 1945

Ex-USS Stewart (DD-224) under attack while being sunk as a target on 24 May 1946. Airplanes seen include an F4U Corsair in the lead, followed by two F6F Hellcats

Stewart was one of the better variants of the WWI-era Clemson class destroyers (suffice to say some built good ships and others bad ones), and spent almost her entire 22 year service life as part of the Asiatic Fleet based in the Philippines, including several operations in Chinese waters to protect Americans from the various warring factions in the country, especially Japan. As of late 1941, the 13 Asiatic Fleet Clemsons were the only flush deck destroyers still in front-line service, with others modified for anti-submarine duty, attached to naval districts (including Ward), or modified into a few different specialized variants. Along with the heavy cruiser Houston, the old light cruiser Marblehead, and 29 submarines (23 of them among the most modern available), this was the primary combat arm of the Asiatic Fleet. The US expected a Japanese attack and did not want to put more units in Chinese waters that had a low chance of survival (hence the heavy submarine presence).

As war alerts came, Stewart and her fellow ships left the Philippines to avoid being caught in a surprise attack. She was in the Dutch East Indies when the Japanese attacked, and as part of the combined American-British-Dutch-Austalian Command fought a heroic series of delaying actions against the Japanese. Most of these resulted in a Japanese victory, and ultimately losses were heavy, especially among the Dutch forces.

Stewart was badly damaged at the Battle of Badung Strait and returned to Surabaya for repairs. As the most damaged ship she was the first to enter the floating drydock on 22 February, and also the last Allied ship as she fell off the blocks and onto her side. With even more severe damage and an imminent threat of falling into Japanese hands, the drydock and the destroyer in it were scuttled. Stewart was stricken from the Naval Vessel Register and her name assigned to a brand new destroyer escort, DE-238.

The Japanese found the ship and raised her in February 1943. While completely unsuitable as a destroyer, she could still serve as a patrol boat, and on 20 September 1943 she was commissioned as Patrol Boat No. 102 (one of nine Allied ships designated patrol boats, though not all became operational). She operated as a convoy escort in the southwest Pacific for the rest of the war, often plagued with boiler troubles as the long immersion in.

On 6 May 1944 the submarine USS Gunard spotted the Japanese Take Convoy, which included PB-102 as an escort. Three ships are ultimately sunk, and Gunard survives the 98 depth charges from the convoy escorts. On 14 June 1944, Rasher sank another of PB-102's charges, and on 23 August she was sent to protect another convoy attacked by three US submarines. Haddo departed before PB-102 arrived (out of torpedoes), but Hake and Harder remained. Hake did not like the setup and broke off, but Harder remained and attacked CD-22: both torpedoes missed, and the escort eventually sank the submarine with all hands. Meanwhile, PB-102 escorted the damaged Niyo Maru to Manila. Commander Samuel D. Dealey, the Destroyer Killer, was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.

More submarines sank PB-102's charges and fellow escorts in November and December, but escape. Arriving in Japan in January 1945 for refit, in 1945 PB-102 had to fight off bombers, and was damaged by PBYs on 27 and 28 April, losing steering control for a time. She returned to Japan, made a couple more runs, and survived the war relatively intact. US inspectors found her rat-infested and decrepit, but clean the ship and hoist the American Flag over her once again. on 29 October 1945 she was recommissioned in the US Navy, as DD-224 thanks to the still-extant destroyer escort (which still survives today in Galveston, Texas). It takes four months to reach the US, much of that under tow, but once she reaches California she is briefly opened for local tours. Soon decommissioned and stricken (again), she was sunk in this life fire exercise.
One of the last images of carriers INS Viraat (Ex HMS Hermes) and INS Vikramaditya together, TROPEX 2015

Talwar-class frigate INS Trikand entering the port at Valencia on August 28, 2015
Dido class light cruiser HMS Euryalus leaving Grand Harbour, Malta, circa 1950
Imperial Germany:
Battlecruiser Hindenburg following her scuttling at Scapa Flow, June 1919

Dreadnought battleship SMS Ostfriesland, ceded to the United States following WWI, suffering a hit off of her bow from a bomb dropped by Brig. Gen. Billy Mitchell. Occurred off the Virginia Capes, July 21, 1921.
Battleship HMS King George V as seen at Scapa Flow. WW2
Battleship USS Utah (BB-31) c. 1910-1915

USS Utah (BB-31) possibly just after commissioning in 1911.

Battleship USS Arizona in New York, 1918. Colourised by Irootoko Jr.
Type 052DL destroyer (NATO Luyang III) class destroyer) Baotou (DDG-133), commissioned 28th Dec 2021
Gearing class destroyer USS Keppler (DD-765) in Roosevelt Roads, 1965

Keppler was decommissioned on 1 July 1972 and sold to Turkey. Renamed TCG Tınaztepe (D 355). On 2 May 1984, she and a civilian petrol tanker that was named "Aygaz-3" collided in the Izmit gulf; in this accident, four sailors of Tınaztepe died. After the accident, the destroyer could not be repaired and she was decommissioned on 31 October 1984. Subsequently she was scrapped.
USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) gets underway from Naval Base Guam
Aquitaine-class FREMM frigate Normandie deployed in the Mediterranean with the Charles de Gaulle CSG. She currently in Corfu for a port visit.
Minelayer Nusrat. On 8 March 1915 Nusrat mined the Dardanelles. On 18 March 1915 HMS Irresistible, HMS Ocean and French Battleship Bouvet sunk and HMS Inflexible badly damaged