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Destroyer " Caio Duilio "
Maine-class pre-dreadnought battleship USS Ohio (BB-12) making her way past the Cucaracha Slide in the Gaillard Cut, July 1915

USS Ohio (BB-12) in dry dock at the Mare Island Navy Yard, circa 1915. Directly astern, and also in the dry dock, is USS Newport (Gunboat No 12), and further back is the protected cruiser USS Raleigh (C-8). Both combat veterans of the Spanish-American War.
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The first Flight III Arleigh Burke class destroyer USS Jack H. Lucas (DDG-125) pulls in to it’s home port of San Diego. Oct 25, 2023



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Amphibious assault ship Tonnerre (L9014), right, and the Ticonderoga class guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey (CG-61), left, underway in the Arabian Sea on 23 January 2018
T class submarine HMS Thorough (P324), commissioned in 1944. On 16 December 1957 Thorough returned to HMS Dolphin, Portsmouth Dockyard, after completing the first circumnavigation by a submarine (not all submerged)
Review of the Reserve Fleet at Spithead , 13th August, 1878

Trom top left to right:
HMS Valiant (1863)
HMS Hercules (1868 - Two stacks)
HMS Hector (1862) <Sister ship to Valiant... so could be either one.>
HMS Resistance (1861)
HMS Warrior (1860) or HMS Lord Warden (1865)

Next row, single ship
HMS Tamar

Next row, Gunvessel and paddle steamer.
Ariel-Class or Britomart-Class gunvessel
HMS Helicon/Enchantress, paddle dispatch vessel

The hulk.
HMS Belvidera (1809) or HMS Blonde (1816)
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E-class submarine HMAS AE1 at sea in 1914.

HMAS AE1 with HMAS Australia and HMAS Yarra at a rendezvous off Rossel Island in September 1914, photographed from the bridge of HMAS Encounter.

At 07:00 on 14 September, AE1 departed Blanche Bay, Rabaul, to patrol off Cape Gazelle with HMAS Parramatta. When she had not returned by 20:00, several ships were dispatched to search for her. No trace of the submarine was found, and she was listed as lost with all hands. The disappearance was Australia's first major loss of World War I

After the discovery of the submarine in December 2017, Rear Admiral Peter Briggs, retired, said the likely cause of its loss was a diving accident. He added:

The submarine appears to have struck the bottom with sufficient force to dislodge the fin from its footing, forcing it to hinge forward on its leading edge, impacting the casing.
As of April 2018, the best-supported theory for the submarine's loss was that it went below its crush depth due to a mechanical failure. Later that year, a team of researchers headed by the National Maritime Museum director Kevin Sumption concluded their investigation into the sinking of AE1. They concluded that a ventilation valve, which was likely open to make the tropical conditions a little more bearable while the submarine was cruising on the surface near the Duke of York Islands, was insecure when the submarine dived, causing a flood of the submarine's engine room and total loss of control of the AE1. The submarine subsequently sank below 100 metres and imploded, killing everyone on board instantly
The City class (Type 26) frigate, future HMS Glasgow shortly after her launching, and prior to fitting out. Dec 2022
Type 002-class aircraft carrier Shandong (17) crossed the Bashi Channel, on October 26th, 2023, and entered the Western Pacific.
Fletcher class destroyer USS Isherwood (DD520) acting as callfire support for landings on Ie Shima, the morning of 16 April 1945. Around 0940 and at a range of 9,700 yards Isherwood engaged a Ki-43 'Oscar' dancing at around 100 feet altitude. The Oscar was shot down at 3,300 yds aft of battleship Texas (BB-35). In a short while Isherwood would be on her way to USS Laffey's RP station. The ship is painted in camouflage Measure 31, Design 16d.

Less than a week later on April 22nd the Isherwood would be hit by a Kamikaze.

Most fires were quickly brought under control; however, one fire around the aft depth charge rack continued until causing an explosion ~25 minutes later. 80 men were killed or wounded. The ships War History lists 43 sailors who were posthumously awarded the Purple Heart.

Here is an excerpt of a press release with details from the captain:
"The crew had finished its evening meal and the officers were Just sitting down when we received warnings that enemy planes were in the vicinity."
Officers and crewmen dashed to battle stations. A few minutes later keen eyes picked out three Jap planes bearing out of the gathering dusk off the starboard quarter. One of the planes picked out the twisting, speeding destroyer as its special prey and went into a long swooping dive.
"The Jap who hit us was an excellent pilot," Commander Schmidt commented. "He could just as easily have hit us with a bomb and lived to fight again....but they don't figure it that way. He crashed into us!"
The plane hit squarely on the No. 3 five-inch gun mount, killing or wounding a large percentage of the men on duty within the mount and its handling room.
Fed by spraying gasoline from the plane, eight fierce fires immediately broke out on the after part of the ship, one of them in the ruptured depth charge which was later to test to the fullest the heroism of the crew.
With exception of the depth charge blaze, all of the fires were put out in the almost unbelievable short time of four minutes!
It was this heroic and immediate action on the part of the fire-fighting crew directed by the ship's damage control officer, Lieutenant Roland G. Mayer, Jr., which drew a large share of the credit from Commander Schmidt for the ultimate saving of the ship.
But the depth charge fire, smoldering under tons of twisted steel from the shattered gun mount, making jettison operations impossible, refused to go out.
Despite the fact they knew the depth charge was likely to explode at any moment, the ISHERWOOD'S crew never faltered in its task. A rescue ship which pulled alongside to render assistance was signaled away while the ISHERWOOD deliberately stayed outside a harbor at Korama Retta for fear the explosion would damage vital shipping.
As Commander Schmidt explained it, it was strictly the ISHERWOOD'S battle. Not a man on board would have had it any other way.
Exactly 25 minutes after the plane had hit, the depth charge exploded with a terrific roar, its pent-up force turning the after engine-room into a mass of twisted piping and red-hot metal.
Not a man in the fire-fighting crew lived.......
Duke class (Type 23) frigate HMS Montrose (F236) firing a Harpoon anti-ship missile into a specially-designed target barge in the Scottish exercise area. 2 May 2013
Modified Arethusa class light cruiser ARA La Argentina used as training ship from the 40s to 1972


New York, winter 1950 (7th training trip)
Midway class USS Midway (CV-41) sailing in the wake of the battleship USS Iowa (BB-61). A Charles F Adams class guided missile destroyer, probably USS Towers (DDG9) is off the Midway's starboard side, December 1987.
Istanbul-class frigate TCG İstanbul (F-515), commissioning during 2023
The forward 14-inch gun turrets of KGV class battleship HMS Duke of York in some choppy North Atlantic weather. Dec 1941