Posted in Coldwar Soviet Ships

Soviet Missile Corvettes

250 Corvettes: Poti, Nanuchka, Tarantul, Pauk Introduction Corvettes are, yesterday like now, small warships designed for coastal defense or escort…

Posted in cold war us navy us submarines

Skate class SSN (1957)

Nuclear Attack Submarines: USS Skate, Swordfish, Sargo, Seadragon SSN-578, 579, 583, 584. 1957-1995. The first USN SSN class The Skate…

Posted in Cold war Australian Navy

HMAS Melbourne (R21)

RAN Light Fleet Aircraft Carrier (R21), ex-HMS Majestic (1942-82) Australia Day ! HMAS Melbourne (R21) was a Majestic-class light aircraft…

Posted in ww1 Italian Navy ww2 Italian Navy

Mirabello class scouts (1915)

Scouts (Cruisers, then destroyers) Carlo Mirabello, Carlo Alberto Racchia, Augusto Riboty 1916-1951 The Mirabello class were a group of three…

Posted in ww2 Royal Navy

HMS Activity (1942)

United Kingdom – Escort Aircraft Carrier HMS Activity is one of the many one-off converted British escort carrier converted from…

Posted in Coldwar Soviet Ships soviet submarines

Golf class submarines (1957)

Project 629 (NATO “GOLF”) conventional ballistic missile submarines 23 submarines, Projects 629, 629B, 629A, 601, 605, 619, 629R, 6631/031 (1956-1990)…

Posted in cold war us navy

Belknap class Cruisers (1963)

9 cruisers (1964-1995): Belknap, J. Daniels, Wainwright, Jouett, Horne, Sterett, William Standley, Fox, Biddle (DLG-26 to 34). The Belknap class…

Posted in ww2 italian naval aviation

CANT Z.506 Airone (1937)

Standard Observation Seaplane Aviazione Ausiliaria per la Regia Marina 356 built 1937-43 The CANT Z.506 Airone (“Heron”) was a trimotor…

Posted in cold war us navy us submarines

Grayback class submarines (1957)

Conventional Cruise Missile Attack Submarines: USS Grayback, Growler SSG-574, 577. 1958-1964. The first US cruise missile submarines Development In the…

Posted in ww1 Russian Navy

WW1 Russian minesweepers

WW1 Soviet Minesweepers, and Minelayers Russian Navy – 900+ minesweepers 1914-19 Introduction: Soviet Mine warfare WWI About early Russian naval…

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