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Evarts-class destroyer escorts USS Sederstrom (DE-31) and USS Fleming (DE-32) being outfitted at the Mare Island Naval Shipyard, California on 7 July 1943

Task Force 85 ("Cent" Force) en route to the landings at Scoglitti, Sicily, on 8 July 1943. Photographed from its flagship, USS Ancon (AGC-4).
USS Leonard Wood (APA-12) is at left. The next transport astern of her is USS James O'Hara (APA-90). The destroyer in the center is not identified; USS Parker (DD-604), Kendrick (DD-612), Laub (DD-613), Mackenzie (DD-614), Cowie (DD-632), Doran (DD-634), and Earle (DD-635) were assigned to this force.

Ships of Task Force 50 en route to the Gilberts and Marshalls to support the invasions of Makin and Tarawa, 12 November 1943. Ships are (l-r): USS Alabama (BB-60); USS Indiana (BB-58) in distance; and USS Monterey (CVL-26).

Essex class USS Hancock (CV-19) 1944

Essex-class USS Hornet (CV-12), 1944.


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USS Pinckney (DDG 91) undergoing a Depot Modernization Period at NASSCO shipyard San Diego. The SLQ-32(V)7/SEWIP Block 3 sponsons are pretty unmistakable. May 28, 2023


USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) and USS Gravely (DDG 107) conduct a replenishment-at-sea with USNS John Lenthall (T-AO 189) July 3, 2023

USS Lenah Sutcliffe Higbee (DDG 123) leaving San Diego. July 5, 2023
Battleship Duilio during an exercise, with her main guns trained to port, 13 August 1932

Battleship Littorio at Taranto, 1941
USS Hornet (CV-12) and friends, Bremerton inactive ship facility. Next up from Hornet is USS New Jersey (BB-62), Oriskany (CV-34), Bennington (CV-20), USS Midway (CV-41) and USS Nimitz (CVN-68). Plus subs, destroyers, transports, minesweepers, etc. circa mid 90s

USS Hornet (CV-12) and New Jersey (BB-62) relax pier-side in Bremerton, WA, circa mid 1990s. Fortunately both these incredible vessels were saved from the scrappers and are now excellent museum ships- Hornet in Alameda, CA, and New Jersey in Camden, NJ.
Renown-class battlecruiser HMS Repulse and Cambrian class light cruiser HMS Canterbury fitting out at John Brown & Co (April/May 1916)

Clemson-class destroyer USS McCalla (DD-253) circa the early 1920s.

Wickes-class destroyer USS Gamble (DD-123/DM-15) shortly after her conversion into a fast minelayer, early 1930s

A pre-WW1 dreadnought battleship, Wyoming served as a training ship throughout the 1930s, and in November 1941, she became a gunnery ship. She operated primarily in the Chesapeake Bay area, which earned her the nickname "Chesapeake Raider". In this capacity, she trained some 35,000 gunners for the hugely expanded US Navy during World War II. She continued in this duty until 1947.

USS Wyoming (AG-17) in May-June 1945. Note asymmetrical director arrangement by bridge: a Mk-37 to starboard, a Mk-33 to port.
Modified and streamlined T-class submarine HMS Token (S-28), seen after her re-commissioning at Malta. February 1962
Escort carrier USS Sangamon (CVE-26), hole in flight deck near after elevator caused by kamikaze attack on 4 May 1945 off Okinawa. Note elevator in background.

On 4 May 1945, at 19:33 hrs, USS Sangamon (CVE-26) was hit by a kamikaze. The next day, the crew is mustering at stations to see who is missing from the attack the night before. There is no one at the bridge: steering has been transferred to aft steering on the port side due to damage on the bridge from the kamikaze hit.

On 4 May, she put into Kerama Retto to rearm. Loading, frequently interrupted by the presence of bogies in the area, was not completed until evening. At 18:30, the CVE got underway. Japanese attackers, however, were soon reported only some 29 mi (47 km) off. Land-based fighters were vectored out to intercept the enemy planes and shot down nine. One got through and, at about 19:00, began circling toward a position on Sangamon's port quarter. The escort carrier went into a hard left turn to avoid the enemy and to maneuver into a position to launch her aircraft. She then opened fire and was joined by her escorts. The enemy crashed into the water some 25 ft (7.6 m) off the starboard beam.

Other enemy aircraft followed the first. At 19:25, another broke through the interceptor screen, ran into clouds to avoid anti-aircraft fire, then came out and, with increased speed, headed for Sangamon. At 19:33, the kamikaze dropped his bomb and crashed into the center of the flight deck. The bomb and parts of the plane penetrated the deck and exploded below. Initial damage was extensive, fires broke out on the flight deck, the hangar deck, and in the fuel deck, communications from the bridge were lost within 15 minutes, and the ship was soon out of control.

The action of Sangamon swinging through the wind caused the flames and smoke to change direction, spreading the fires. By 20:15, however, steering control had been established, and the ship was brought back to a course which helped the crew fight the many fires. But water pressure was low, as the firemain and risers had ruptured. Carbon dioxide bottles were brought into action. Nearby ships came alongside to assist. By 22:30, all fires were under control. Communication with other units had been regained; at first through the radio of Fullam, then by using a VHF channel in the sole remaining aircraft aboard. At 23:20, Sangamon – with 11 dead, 25 missing, and 21 seriously wounded – got underway to return to Kerama Retto for temporary repairs.
Victorious-class ocean surveillance ship USNS Effective (T-AGOS-21) sailing from Japan. July 6, 2023

America-class amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA-6) arrives in Townsville, Australia, for Talisman Sabre. July 2023


Seaplane tender USS Langley (CV-1/AV-3) being abandoned after being damaged by Japanese bombs, south of Java, 27 Feb 1942

Cannon-class destroyer escort USS Clarence L. Evans (DE-113) underway off Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on 7 July 1944
Hyuga class helicopter destroyer JS Hyūga (DDH-181), Akizuki class destroyer JS Fuyuzuki (DD-118) and an Atago or Kongo class DDG in Tateyama Bay, Japan. July 2023

Oyashio class submarine Yaeshio (SS-598) transits the Philippine Sea during Ex Pacific Vanguard 23. 4th July 2023

USN & Japan:
Ohio-class nuclear guided missile submarine USS Michigan (SSGN 727) leaving Yokosuka with Murasame-class destroyer JS Murasame (DD-101) on July 9, 2023
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The Iowa-class USS Wisconsin, the last battleships in service worldwide, in their latest configuration with Tomahawk cruise missiles, Harpoon anti-ship missiles, and CIWS Phalanx. She was removed in 1991 and today is a museum
Project 11551 Fregat-M (NATO Udaloy I) class destroyer RFS Severomorsk (619) and Project 667BDRM Delfin (NATO Delta IV) class SSBN Kareliya (K-18), 2016
You don’t often see the rear of PLA Navy’s imported Project 956E Sarych destroyer.

Below are DDG-136/137 Hangzhou/Fuzhou.

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