Posted in 1870 Italian Fleet Industrial-era-Navies

Formidabile class ironclads (1861)

Italian Regia Marina, French Built 1860-1904: Formidabile, Terribile The very first Italian ironclads were the Formidabile class. They were at…

Posted in Coldwar Soviet Ships soviet submarines

Zulu class submarines (1952)

Project 611 (NATO “Zulu”) conventional attack submarines 26 submarines 1952-57 The Project 611 (NATO Zulu class) were an early postwar…

Posted in Website News

The Polish Navy in the Cold War

Polish Day ! The story of the cold war Polish Navy is both sad and revealing in general of what…

Posted in ww2 USN Aviation

Curtiss SC Seahawk (1944)

Catapult-launch observation floarplane, Curtiss 97B USN Carrier Fighter (1944-1949, 577 built) The USN last onboard floatplane The Curtiss SC Seahawk…

Posted in Coldwar Soviet Ships

Petya class Frigates (1960)

Project 159 class, Strozhevoi Korabl (light escort) Frigates 8 General Purpose Frigates 1948-1970: 54 completed. One aspect of the Soviet…

Posted in Cold war British Ships

HMS Hermes (1953)

Fleet Aircraft Carrier 1944-2017: HMS Elephant (1944), HMS Hermes (1959-85), INS Viraat (1986-2021) The story of HMS Hermes is one…

Posted in cold war Italian Navy

Impetuoso class destroyers (1952)

The first Italian postwar destroyers Built 1952-83: Impetuoso, Indomito Italy Army Day ! The Impetuso or Indomito class depending on…

Posted in cold war us navy

Leahy Class Cruisers (1963)

9 cruisers (1961-64): USS Leahy, Harry E Yarnell, Worden, Dale, Richmond K Turner, Gridley, England, Halsey, Reeves (DLG-16 to 25)….

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Halloween Special ! Ugliest Ship ever

The POLL is closed Results: -HMS Victoria (1887) (1) -french hotel warships (1)* -The round ship (1) -USS Choctaw (2)…

Posted in ww1 german navy

U1 (1906)

German Empire (1906-1919, preserved 1921) Experimental U-Boat The first U-Boat The path towards 1914 U-Boats started somewhat later than other…

Naval Encyclopedia

Naval Encyclopedia is now out of maintenance and refit, undergoing sea trials. The brave old ship is there to provide 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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About Naval Encyclopedia

Naval Encyclopedia is the first online warship museum. She was laid down in St Nazaire Yard back in September 1995, launched in December 1996 and completed in March 1997, with 1000+ crew for now, and counting. Dedicated to the history of all ships of the industrial era and 20th century, so 1820 to 1990, but also earlier times. The main difference for this early period is to study ships types through some famous examples. IS ("internet ship") Naval Encyclopedia is constantly modified and upgraded since years. This current version is #7. After her last refit in 2023, the present ship has been repainted anew, modernized and made more appealing, ready for even more extensive service, hopefully staying in the current state for the next five years of service. Further improvements will be made if practicable to regain full speed. Numerous additions over the years also led to a complete machinery overhaul, new steam turbines and propellers.

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