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Ohio-class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine USS Tennessee (SSBN-734) outbound HMNB Clyde on 22 July 2023



“Operation Road’s End", 1946. submarines I-156 and Ha-203 are prepared for scuttling, off Sasebo, Japan, 1 April 1946
Pacific Ocean, 20 February 2012 - SEALs and divers from SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team (SDVT) 1 swim back to the Ohio-class nuclear-powered guided-missile submarine USS Michigan (SSGN-727) during an exercise for certification on SEAL delivery vehicle operations in the southern Pacific Ocean.
The exercises educate operators and divers on the techniques and procedures related to the delivery vehicle and its operations. Photo by by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kristopher Kirsop.
Trafalgar-class nuclear submarine HMS Talent conducting surfacing drills in the Kyle of Lochalsh Scotland, 2009
Brin-class submarine Galvani leaves Taranto for sea trials, 1938

Galvani, named after a 18th century physicist, was a modern ocean-going boat of the Brin class. At the outbreak of World War II she was stationed in the Red Sea, based in Massawa, Eritrea; her career was short and unlucky, as the was lost on her first patrol.

Under the command of Lieutenant Commander Renato Spano, Galvani sailed from Massawa on 10 June 1940 with orders to patrol the entrance of the Gulf of Oman, in order to attack British tankers carrying oil from the Persian Gulf. She reached her patrol area on 23 June, but unfortunately for her another submarine of the Red Sea flotilla, Galileo Galilei, had been captured four days earlier after a fierce gunfight off Aden, in which one-quarter of its crew, including the commander and most officers, had been killed. The British boarding party had recovered some documents, which gave away the patrol areas of other Italian submarines – including Galvani. (Though not everyone believes this account; some historians, and even the Galvani survivor Antonio Mondaini, then executive officer of this submarine and later an admiral in the postwar Italian Navy, believed that Galilei carried no such documents and that the British made up this story in order to cover their spy network in Italian East Africa). All tanker traffic had thus been deviated from the Gulf of Oman, and two warships, destroyer HMS Kimberley and sloop HMS Falmouth, had been dispatched to intercept Galvani.

A few hours after reaching her patrol area, indeed, Galvani was found by Falmouth while she was sailing surfaced in the darkness. At 23:08 Falmouth opened fire with her guns from a distance of a few hundred meters; Lieutenant Commander Spano gave order to crash dive, but before being able to submerge, Galvani was hit twice in the conning tower and once in the hull, in the aft torpedo room. The latter hit quickly caused extensive flooding, which threatened to sink the submarine if the damaged room was not sealed off immediately; 28-year-old leading torpedoman Pietro Venuti, who was on watch in the aft torpedo room, closed the watertight door at the cost of trapping himself in the rapidly flooding compartment, thus sacrificing his life for the rest of the crew.

Galvani dived to thirty meters, but three depth charges dropped by Falmouth caused further damage and rendered the situation desperate enough that Spano concluded the only thing left to do was resurfacing so that at least the crew could have a chance to survive. Galvani came back to the surface and was immediately taken again under fire by Falmouth, while both the deck gun and machine guns of the submarine were found inoperable due to the depth charging. The order to abandon ship was given, but only half of the crew were able to jump overboard before Galvani slipped back under the waves, this time forever. Only two minutes had passed since the moment she had resurfaced.

Of a crew of seven officers and fifty enlisted men, Falmouth picked up thirty-one, including Spano, Mondaini and another two officers; twenty-six had gone down with Galvani, among them chief engineer Aldo Terzuoli, his deputy Rodolfo Bassetti and chief mechanic Emanuele Perrone, who had remained below in the attempt to keep the boat afloat as long as possible, as well as Ensign Pietro Gemignani, who had gone back inside to make sure all secret documents had been destroyed, and had never come up again.

And Pietro Venuti, of course. His sacrifice was honored by a posthumous Gold Medal for Military Valor, Italy's highest decoration; one of Italy's newest submarines, commissioned in 2016, is named after him.
Submarine U 20 grounded on the Danish coast south of Vrist, a little north of Thorsminde after suffering damage to its engines. Her crew attempted to destroy her with explosives the following day, succeeding, however, only in damaging the boat's bow (see picture) but making it effectively inoperative as a warship.

The U-20 remained on the beach until 1925 when the Danish government blew it up in a "spectacular explosion". The Danish navy removed the deck gun and made it unserviceable by cutting holes in vital parts. The gun was kept in the naval stores at Holmen in Copenhagen for almost 80 years. The conning tower was removed and placed on the front lawn of the local museum Strandingsmuseum St. George Thorsminde, where it still is today.
Lightning strikes the water behind the superstructure of the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) 1990s-2000s
Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) conducts routine operations in the Atlantic Ocean.
USS Yorktown (CV-5) underway during builders trials, April, 1937.

In July of 1944, members of the flight deck crew on the USS Lexington pose for a picture with the carrier’s ace, Alexander Vraciu, in his Grumman F6F Hellcat.

USS Franklin (CV-13) in New York for repairs on April 28th, 1945





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Type 052B destroyer Guangzhou (DDG 168) at sea, after her MLU, which among other things saw integration of VLS for HQ-16 and removal of launcher for Shtil-launcher & magazine.
From left: Pacific Fleet's Project 877 Paltus/Kilo-class diesel-electric attack submarine and two Project 06363/Improved Kilo-class diesel-electric attack submarines Volkhov (B-603) and Magadan (B-602) preparing for the Navy Day, photo taken yesterday

Today’s Naval Day parade at the Northern Fleet. Project 955A Borey-A/Borei II-class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine K-549 Knyaz Vladimir
Light cruiser HNLMS De Ruyter’s main armament, circa late 1930s
Battlecruiser HMS Hood at Scapa Flow, late 1940

Battleship HMS Anson plunging through the seas off the North-East coast of the United Kingdom.

Battleship HMS Queen Elizabeth after her repair work at the Norfolk Navy Yard, 1943. She is moored at the Craney Island Fuel Terminal at Portsmouth, VA.
Devastation-class mastless turret ship HMS Devastation, circa 1896
HMS Queen Elizabeth and other battleships of the Grand Fleet steam out into the North Sea to rendezvous with the German High Seas Fleet on "Der Tag", Nov 21st, 1918. QE is flying the flag of Admiral David Beatty from her topmast.
Project 949A Antey (NATO Oscar II) cruise missile submarine (SSGN)
Medal of Honor recipient Col. Harvey Barnum, Jr. (USMC) at the christening ceremony of the future USS Harvey C. Barnum, Jr. (DDG 124) Bath Iron Works, Maine July 29, 2023.


Battlecruiser SMS Seydlitz capsized at Scapa Flow, probably shortly after she was scuttled by her crew on 21 June 1919.