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Ship Photo of the Day

Ugh. 2 ETs and a re-fly.
It pains me that I still see O6s making that error.
Here's a picture of a plane in a hanger that you can shame them with. I use this at work occasionally.
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Got it

Oh yeah? Well how does the moon stay in the sky? It's pretty heavy and not full of superstructure and air. So..yeah. Explain that one.
Did you want the "approved" explanation that our government gives us or the proper flat earth one? ;)

Randy Daytona

Cold War Relic
Super Moderator
As Gatordev mentioned USS Long Beach, here she is (CGN-9). The first nuclear powered surface combatant, she was built on a cruiser hull with 2 reactors. It was a 1 ship class, in part as a test bed for future ships with phased array radars. The first commanding officer, Eugene Parks Wilkinson, was also the first CO of the USS Nautilus. One of the first ships to make extensive use of aluminum in the superstructure, she was nicknamed "Alcoa". Also, she was originally supposed to have all missile armament but under orders from President Kennedy, two 5" cannons were added. In 1964, along with USS Enterprise and the USS Bainbridge, the 3 nuclear powered ships completed a 58 day, 30,000 nm trip around the world - without stopping for supplies.

Length: 721', Beam: 72", Displacement: 15,540 tons. 2 Westinghouse nuclear reactors gave 30+ knots.
2 twin Terrier missile launchers (later replaced by Standard missiles), 1 Talos missile launcher, two 5" guns, ASROC, 12.75" ASW torpedos, Harpoons and Tomahawks later added.

Commissioned: 1961 Decommissioned: 1995

RIM-8 Talos missile launcher on USS Long Beach, July 1961

Operation "Sea Orbit" – USS Bainbridge, Long Beach, and Enterprise.

RIM-2 Terrier missile launch from USS Long Beach, October 1961

USS Long Beach c.1989.

Battleships USS New Jersey, USS Missouri, and guided missile cruiser USS Long Beach.

Randy Daytona

Cold War Relic
Super Moderator
Just saw the movie "Darkest Hour" about Winston Churchill coming to power - thought this would be the appropriate ship. (BTW - the movie is a must see.) USS Winston S Churchill. (DDG-81) One of only 4 Navy ships named after a non-American citizen, it is a Arleigh Burke class destroyer. According to wikipedia, it is the only US Navy ship to have a Royal Navy officer permanently assigned.

Length: 509', Beam: 66', Displacement: 9,200 tons. 4 GE gas turbines totalling 105,000 HP gives 30+ knots
1 x 32 cell VLS, 1 x 64 cell VLS, (Standard, Tomahawk or ASROC), 2 triple torpedo tubes, 1 - 5"/62 cal cannon, 2 x 25mm cannons, 2 x 20mm CIWS

Commissioned: 2001

USS Winston S. Churchill at the Portsmouth International Festival of the Sea in 2001 as an RAF Supermarine Spitfire flies past

USS Winston S. Churchill performing a breakaway manoeuver with HMS Manchester


Randy Daytona

Cold War Relic
Super Moderator
Perhaps the first true submarine, the electric powered Spanish Navy's Peral. It was launched 16 days ahead of the similar French Navy's Gymnote. The submarine was single-hulled, and the ballast tanks were located at the bottom of the hull, underneath the torpedo tube.

In 2013, Peral was restored and moved to the Cartagena Naval Museum.

Length: 72', Beam: 9', Displacement: 77 tons (surface), 85 tons (submerged)
Two 30 HP electric motors gave 8 knots on the surface, 3 knots submerged. Depth was about 30 meters
Armament: 2 torpedoes.
Commissioned: 1889, Decommissioned: 1890



Randy Daytona

Cold War Relic
Super Moderator
Continuing with submarines, the Russian Oscar II class submarine Kursk. Named after the city of Kursk (the site of the largest tank battle in history - 1943). According to reports, the fuel for one torpedo exploded, leading to a fire and then explosion of multiple torpedoes, killing all 118 personnel aboard. The submarine was raised on 9 Oct 2001 and transported back to Russia.

The Oscar class was designed to hunt US carrier battlegroups. 20 subs were planned, 13 were completed, the Kursk was lost.

Length: 508', Beam: 60' Displacement: 14,700 tons (surface), 19,400 tons (submerged)
2 reactors producing 98,000 HP gave 32 knots
4 x 21" torpedo tubes, 2 x 26" torpedo tubes, and 24 x SS-19 "Shipwreck" missiles
Commissioned: 1994, Lost at sea: 12 August 2000


Related in the news, was the discussion of the possibility of a Russian nuclear powered and armed torpedo: Kanyon. A 100MT warhead? The biggest nuclear weapon ever exploded was the Tsar bomb of 50MT in 1961.


Wreck of K-141 Kursk in a floating dock at Roslyakovo


Randy Daytona

Cold War Relic
Super Moderator
IJN Kirishima. One of the 4 Kongo class battlecruisers designed by British naval engineer George Thurston and launched in 1913, she was reconstructed twice as a fast battleship (1927 and 1934). That said, she still featured the older distributed armor scheme which was less effective than the "all or nothing" scheme of modern battleships. Another problem was the fuse timing of Japanese shells - many of which were much longer than the US Navy's choice which resulted in many of the Japanese shells passing directly through the South Dakota without exploding.

In the Second Battle of Guadalcanal, the Kirishima led 2 heavy cruisers, 2 light cruisers and 9 destroyers against a US Navy force of 2 new battleships (Washington and South Dakota) and 4 destroyers. Although the excellent fire control of the Kirishima hit the South Dakota with multiple salvos from both the main 14" and secondary 6" rifles, "Battleship X" heavy armor was able to absorb the damage, meanwhile the Washington closed to point blank range (5,800) yards and unleashed the 16" superheavy 2,700 lb shells on the Kirishima. The Kirishima capsized early on the morning of 15 November.

Length: 728', Beam: 102', Displacement: 37,200 tons. 4 steam turbines gave 30.5 knots.
Armament: 8 (4x2) Vickers 14" x 45 cal main guns firing 1,500 lb shells, 14 6" and 8 5" secondaries.
Commissioned: 1915. Sunk at Guadalcanal: 15 Nov 1942


Imperial Japanese Navy battleship Kirishima at Tsukumowan, Japan.

Kirishima and the fast carrier Akagi off Tsukumo, April 1939

Kirishima in 1932, following her first reconstruction

Washington fires upon Kirishima during the battle on 15 November.

The battle damage inflicted on the USS South Dakota during the battle.

Randy Daytona

Cold War Relic
Super Moderator
USS White Plains (CVE-66). One of the 50 (not a typo) Casablanca class escort carriers produced between 1943 and 1944, it was one on the escort carriers in Taffy-3, under assault by Admiral Kurita's surface force at Leyte Gulf. The massive battleship Yamato opened fired at 34,000+ yards, straddling the carrier. The near misses caused minor damage but massive amounts of black smoke, resulting in the Yamato thinking the carrier was hit and shifting fire.

As the escort carriers fled south with the Japanese surface force in pursuit, the range closed enough whereby the White Plains lone 5"/38 cal gun began firing on the approaching Japanese cruisers. Evidence suggests that one lucky shot hit the heavy cruiser Chokai amidship - directly on the the launcher for its huge Long Lance torpedoes. The 8 torpedoes exploded, taking out the rudder and engines of the 15,800 ton heavy cruiser and leaving it easy prey for aircraft.

Length: 512 ft, Beam: 65 ft (hull), 108 ft (flight deck), Displacement: 10,400 tons, 9,000 HP gave 20 knots
Armament: 1 5"/38 cal cannon, 16 (8x2) 40mm Bofors, 20 20mm Oerkilons, 28 aircraft.
Commissioned: 1943, Decommissioned: 1946, Struck: 1958

White Plains attack by Tokkotai unit 25 October 1944. The aircraft in the photograph missed the carrier and struck the water.

File:USS White Plains (CVE-66) during Battle of Samar 1944.

Chōkai at anchor in the Chuuk Islands, November 20, 1942. Battleship Yamato can be seen in the left background.

Randy Daytona

Cold War Relic
Super Moderator
The fastest destroyer of WW2, the French Navy's Le Terrible. One of the 6 Le Fantasque class large destroyers, she reached 45.1 knots on trials.

Length: 434 ft, Beam: 39 ft, Displacement: 2,570 tons, 81,000HP gave 45 knots
Armament: 5 5.4" main guns, 9 torpedoes.
Commissioned: 1936, Scrapped: 1962

Sister ship Le Fantasque, on trials after re-fitting, in Casco Bay, Maine, on 13 June 1943