Admiral Charner class Armored Cruisers (1894)
The French Jeune Ecole, assuming the success of the Dupy de Lôme armored cruiser design, ordered in 1889, even before the first entered service, a class of four vessels usable as commerce raiders. They were the Amiral Charner, Bruix, Chanzy and Latouche-Tréville. Their post-completion trials were marred by problems and they barely reached their contracted speed while having also stability problems. Chanzy aground and was lost off China in 1907, but the other three actively took part in WWI, Amiral Charner being sunk by U-21 in 1916. #frenchnavy #marinenationale #WW1 https://bit.ly/3zQ9vZG
Nelson class Battleships (1925)
HMS Nelson and Rodney derived from the cancelled N3 class battleships. They were the first British battleships testing novel solutions for capital ships, exceptionally authorized by the treaty of Washington, but constrained in tonnage. They famously shown a new armor scheme dictacting the placement of the main artillery forward. Both fought actively during WW2 in Europe, the Mediterranean, Atlantic, and Indian Ocean. This is complete rewrite and expansion of the old 2007 article.
Wiesbaden class cruisers (1915)
These two light cruisers built for the Hochseeflotte to screen for its capital ships were closely derived from the previous Graudenz class, but for the first time upgraded with a 15 cm armament (6 inches) to face British cruisers and notably those of the 'Town' class. They fought at Jutland, in which Wiesbaden was sunk, and Frakfurt took part in more operations. #germannavy #hochseeflotte #kaiserlichesmarine #ww1 #jutland
The Royal Navy in the cold war, amphibious update
Today, a major update of the Royal Navy's cold war page: Amphibious warfare and assault ships, some of which were used in the Falklands war: The Fearless class Assault ships (1963), Sir Lancelot class Logistic Landing ships (1963), Ardennes class LSTs (1976) and the post-war HMS Sir Galahad Logistic Landing ship (1986). The fleet also deployed the Avon class, Arromanches class, LCM(9), LCVP Mk.4 and LCU Mk.9R types. But we will also have a sneak peak into the Ocean class assault ships planned during the #coldwar (launched 1995). #royalnavy #falklands
USS Long Beach (CGN-9), 1960
She was largest cruiser built in the cold war -aside the massive Soviet Kirov and Kiev class- and the world's first nuclear-powered all-missile armed cruiser. She also introduced a very innovative detection and guidance system called SCANFAR -shared with USS Enteprise, which she escorted many time in her career. She was also the last built with a WW2 style cruiser hull. She took part in Operation Sea Orbit, a world tour of the first all-nuclear powered fleet, reminiscent of the "Great white fleet" tour of 1907. She was also the first to shoot down MIGs with her SAMs in Vietnam, and had a well-filled 33 years of career on all oceans, ending after the Gulf War.
Chitose class aircraft carriers
The Imperial Japanese Navy "cheated" the Washington treaty with the IJN Ryujo and later an ambitious program of convertible auxiliaries (notably seaplane carriers), later transformed as light aircraft carriers. IJN Chitose and Chiyoda had an amazing, well filled career as Seaplane tenders already until late 1942. They were then converted until late 1943, but both were sunk during the battle of Leyte in October 1944. #IJN #imperialjapanesenavy #ww2 #pacificwar #leytebattle
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