Posted in ww2 Italian Navy

Leone class Destroyers (1921)

Scouts (cruisers): Leone, Tigre, Pantera (+Leopardo, Lince cancelled 1920) 1921-1941 The last “Esploratori” (scouts) were ordered in 1917 but built…

Posted in WW1 Royal Navy

L class submersibles (1917-1919)

Patrol Submersibles 1917-45: 32 over the L1, L9 and L50 classes, 30+ cancelled 1918 The L class submersibles were the…

Posted in Website News

Cold War PLAN update

Major and last planned update for the Cold War PLAN (Popular Liberation Army Navy), 1949 to 1991, the end of…

Posted in WW1 French Navy

Dupleix class Armoured Cruisers (1900)

France (1899-1927) – Armored Cruiser:: Dupleix, Desaix, Kléber The Dupleix class consisted armored cruisers of the Marine Nationale were designed…

Posted in Cold war British Ships

HMS Victorious (cold war)

Fleet Aircraft Carrier 1939-1969: WW2 Veteran HMS Victorious, last of the 1936 carrier program, was the only armoured carrier of…

Posted in bundesmarine

Köln class frigates (1961)

Bundesmarine, Type 120. Built 1957-64, in service until 1989: Köln, Emden, Augsburg, Karlsruhe, Lübeck, Braunschweig These were all built in…

Posted in 1870 Fleets 1870 Spanish Armada

Tetuan (1863)

Spanish Broadside Ironclad (1863-1873) Tetuán was the first Spanish-built Ironclad, the second in service with the Armada (Spanish Navy), designed…

Posted in Coldwar Soviet Ships soviet submarines

Hotel class submarines (1959)

Project 658 nuclear missile attack submarines 8 submarines, Project 658, 658M, 701, 658S, 658U (Hotel I-III, 1959-1962) К-19, К-33/54, К-55,…

Posted in Uncategorized

New Fleet ! Azerbaidjan Navy

The Azeri Navy (Azərbaycan Hərbi Dəniz Qüvvələri) has just been released on the minor cold war/modern fleet page. Funded in…

Posted in cold war us navy

USS Truxtun (1963)

Nuclear-Powered Guided Missile Cruiser (CGN-35) 1967-1995. USS Truxtun was a nuclear-powered single-ended guided-missile cruiser (all aft) as she was a…

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