Posted in War of 1898 ww1 US Navy

USS Iowa (1896)

USA (1893): Pre-dreadnought Battleship BB-4 1895-1923 USS Iowa marked an improvement over the previous Indiana-class with better seaworthiness due to…

Posted in ww2 Royal Navy ww2 UK Aircraft Carriers

HMS Archer (D78)

HMS Audacity (1941) United Kingdom, escort aircraft carrier (1939-1962) HMS Archer was a Long Island-class escort carrier based on a…

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New fleet ! – Haitian Navy

The Haitian Navy The Armed Forces of Haiti (Forces Armées d’Haïti) of the Republic of Haiti are now reduced to…

Posted in cold war us navy us submarines

USS Tullibee (1960)

Nuclear Powered Attack Submarine (SSN-597) (1960-1988) USS Tullibee (SSN-597), a unique SSN, second of the name and the smallest in…

Posted in Cold War Dutch Navy

Kortenaer class Frigates (1976)

Koninklijke Marine Frigates: Frigate 75 Programme, Built 1975-83. HNLMS Kortenaer, Egbert Bartholomeusz, Callenburgh, Van Kinsbergen, Banckert, Piet Hein, Peter Florisz,…

Posted in British Fleet Air Arm WW2 Naval Aviation

Fairey Barracuda (1942)

FAA, 2,602 built 1942-45 The Fairey Barracuda was a British torpedo and dive bomber used during World War II. It…

Posted in cold war us navy

USN Cold War Amphibious Ships

USN Assault and amphibious Forces and the USMC 160 ships, 2,500 aircraft, 1,500 vehicles The USMC in short The United…

Posted in Website News

New fleet ! The Portuguese Navy in the cold war

c80 ships 1947-today The Marinha do Portugal reflected in part the rule of Salazar for several decades, including its involvement…

Posted in 1870 Spanish Armada

Arapiles (1964)

Spanish Broadside Ironclad (1865-1882) Arapiles was a Spanish broadside ironclad, wooden hulled armoured frigate built in England, launched in 1864…

Posted in WW1 Royal Navy

Minotaur class Armoured Cruisers (1906)

HMS Minotaur, Defence, Shannon, Orion (cancelled) 1908-1920 The last British Armoured cruisers: The three Minotaur class marked an additional milestone…

Naval Encyclopedia

Naval Encyclopedia provides a one-stop place for everything related to naval warfare through ships classes, going back to antiquity to the present day, with particular focus on WW1, WW2 and the cold war, with weekly articles and new fleets every month. This is a long endeavour, with future entries in opacity both in the top and side menus. Naval encyclopedia also goes through some civilian aspects (clippers, liners, oil platforms, naval tech in general) and battles/tactics as well.

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