Nagato class Battleships (1919)

Japanese Navy IJN Nagato, Mutsu.

The last IJN dreadnoughts

The Nagato and Mutsu (長門型戦艦, Nagato-gata senkan) when constructed were the first of their kind. Built as the fourth class of Dreadnoughts for the Imperial Japanese Navy, at their launch they were the fastest, largest, and best-armed ships in the world, and represented a new generation brought to life by the "6-6 plan". The class married excellent protection, a remarkable speed for the time, and the most powerful artillery available in decent numbers: eight 16-in (406mm) guns. They could be consider as the Japanese replica to British Queen Elizabeth class.

wow's rendition of IJN Nagato in 1945
wow's rendition of IJN Nagato in 1945

However, while they were laid down in August 1917 (Nagato) and June 1918 (Mutsu), they could only be launched in 1919 and 1920 and completed in November 1920 and October 1921, respectively. Quite active during the interwar, notably off China, they were reconstructed in 1933-36 quite extensively: ASW protection was dramatically improved, their powerplants were modernized, and a powerful AA battery was installed on their rebuilt superstructures. Perhaps the most remarkable points of their design have been the massive pagoda masts and ice-breaking bows.

Both would take an active part in WW2, though their roles would be diminished compared to other capital ships, perhaps because they were less "expandable". IJN Mutsu illustrated herself in the Battle of the Eastern Solomons but was rather inactive after 1943 until one of her ammo magazines blew up in port and she became a total constructive loss. IJN Nagato was long stationed in Truk but her most notable action was at the Battle of the Philippine Sea in mid-1944 and Leyte Gulf in October before she was left as an AA platform in Japan (Kure) until July 1945.


Nagato rendered in Warship today 1936

Genesis and development of the Nagato design

Brassey's diagram

The basis for their construction was the 1907 "8-8 plan" (8 battleships and 8 armoured cruisers). It evolved into eight battleships, and eight battlecruisers as the development of dreadnoughts progressed. This led to the construction of the Fuso, Ise, and the four Kongo as "capital ships" but also a third and fourth battleship classes FY 1917 and 1919. In 1915 the Japanese government rejected the IJN admiralty plan for four more battleships, and only one was authorized FY 1916: The future Nagato, as well as two battlecruisers (future Atago class). But later that year president Woodrow Wilson announced his plan for 10 more capital ships, the diet authorized three more battleships, including a second FY 1917 (Mutsu) and the future Tosa class.

In 1916, the Nagato class grew out of the design plan A-102, and the ship was designed by Yuzuru Hiraga, who had recently entered the Navy Technical Department (NTD). He chose to adopt the American "all or nothing" armor scheme, consisting in maximizing the protection of some areas while leaving others unprotected. Notably, he designed two armoured decks of medium thickness rather than the traditional single one, and he chose to add underwater protection able to defeat 200 kgs or 440 lbs of explosive, as found in torpedo warheads of the time, the defense consisting of deep watertight compartments backed by a torpedo bulkhead connected to the site and deck armor plates, and a deep fuel tank located just behind. This created a three-layered protective system, supported by an internal arrangement with many separate compartments under the waterline.

Another remarkable point in the design was the choice to develop 410 mm caliber guns (16.1) instead of 406 (16-in) guns as planned for future battleships. The idea was more to outclass in range and shell weight the British 381 mm (15 in), before the construction of the Colorado class (which was armed with 406mm guns) was announced. At launch, both battleships became the world's first armed with this artillery, though the Nagato had better range than the Colorado. Below are the steps of her design phases:
-A-102 - Nagato preliminary (British design) (1915)
-A-110 - Nagato preliminary (similar to the British design) (1916) 32.500tons 4x2 406mm
-A-112 - Nagato preliminary (after the lessons learned in the Battle of Jutland) (1916)
-A-114 - Nagato class as-built (1917)

Construction was approved in 1917 and the hull design was based on that of the Ise, however, the Nagato class had the edge in gun caliber and thus, by default the volume of fire. Their artillery was distributed in a very classical way in two groups of double turrets at the front and rear, along the central axis. The pieces, displaying a 410 mm caliber, were to form the base of the later 1918 plan (before it was condemned by the Washington Treaty). This artillery was to be supplemented by a secondary armament in barbettes, twenty 5.5 in (140 mm) guns in all, plus eight submerged torpedo tubes and four AA 3-in guns. However, on the 12th of June 1917, Hiraga announced he would revise the design according to the reports from the Battle of Jutland, nearly one year before, and thus would incorporate modifications in armour and integrate the best boiler technology available at the time. The project was renamed A-125 at that stage, and Nagato was laid down in Kure naval arsenal, though her sister ship, Mustu had nearly a year before she would be laid down at the Kure naval arsenal. The great change in design was the adoption of better boilers, smaller but more efficient, freeing space to install a fifth turret, which was not in the initial design.

The total number of boilers was reduced from 21 to 12 and the secondary armament lost four barbette guns, but they were raised in height (in two stages) for a better view and less disruption in heavy weather. He also revised IJN Mutsu's internal armour, making the belt angled outwards to create a slope, artificially increasing its thickness against horizontal fire. He also increased the thickness of the lower belt armor and bulkheads and planned to add anti-torpedo bulges, however, these changes would delay the ships's completion and were rejected by the navy ministry. But these ideas were applied to the next class, Kaga.

Nagato's hull and general arrangement


Nagato's rendition 1944 (CC)

Due to a year gap in construction, many modifications were made to IJN Mutsu, so both diverged in detail. Both had a length of 201.17 meters (660 ft) between perpendiculars, 215.8 meters (708 ft) overall, and a beam of 29.02 meters (95 ft 3 in), 9.08 meters (29 ft 9 in) draft. They displaced 32,720 metric tons (32,200 long tons) standard, up to 39,116 metric tons (38,498 long tons) fully loaded, and their peacetime crew was 1,333, 1,368 in 1935 and 1,734 men in wartime, in 1945.

Their main feature was the world's first heptapodal (seven legs or septempod) mast ever. This peculiar design was intended to offer maximum rigidity and less vibration for the heavy and sensitive range-finders mounted high on the masts. Also if one leg was broken in combat, the structure would hold firm. It was also intended to cope with typhoons that could blow up in the regions. There was a precise thick axial leg, in the center, with six outer legs around. The central leg accommodated an electric elevator, from the main deck to the foretop, which remained in place even by 1941 after many bridges has been built around the original structure. The top of the structure was reduced in November 1944 in order to improve the arcs of AA fire. This particular mast, unique to this battleship class, was considered significantly superior to the conventional tripods used in most navies and was never repeated. The future of bridge construction lay in massive bridge structures in solid blocks, with masts reduced to carry simpler rigging and antennae while heavy fire control towers now sat on these new structures.

Nagato's class protection design





The ships' general protection, for the first time on IJN battleships, was of the "all or nothing" type, protecting the vital parts of the ship only. But it was made thicker in these places: their waterline armor belt comprised Vickers cemented plating armor over 137.14 m (449.9 ft) of the hull's length, between the 'A' and 'Y' main guns barbettes, with a lower strake 305 mm (12 in) thick over 2.7 meters (8 ft 10 in) in height. It was tapered down to 100 mm (3.9 in) on its bottom edge and there was an upper strake of 229 mm (9 in), 1.7 meters high, while 1.77 meters was below the waterline.

The main turret faces were protected by 305 mm, but were sloped, to procure an artificial 330-350 mm against direct fire. Their sides were 230–190 mm (9.1–7.5 in) thick and the roof was 152–127 mm (6–5 in) thick. The main turret barbettes were protected 305 mm (12-in) walls, and the secondary armament's casemates were protected by 25 mm armored plates. The conning tower's walls however were the thickest, at 369 mm (14.5 in) of steel. Yet, these figures were below the amount of armour needed to stop a 16-inch shell, and can only be seen as a compromise, to deal with lighter caliber shells and save weight.

The main deck armor had an innovative three-layer thickness, with all the layers being made of high-tensile steel (HTS) at 69 mm (2.7 in) thick. The lowest layer was connected to the upper strake of the belt, and its flat portion was layered with Ducol steel (25 mm thick), sandwiched between two layers of high-tensile steel. This deck was situated 3 meters (9 ft 10 in) from the side of the hull, for a total of 75 mm (3 in) of thickness and was sloped downwards. Along the ends of the ship, it was reduced to 66 mm (3 in)) as connecting to the main armored belt and torpedo bulkhead. The latter was also made up of three 25 mm layers of HTS, curved up and outwards to meet the horizontal armored deck, enclosing a water-tight compartment 3.05 meters (10 ft 0 in) away from the side, backed by fuel oil tanks 3.13 meters (10 ft 3 in) deep. This arrangement was made to dissipate the torpedo warhead force and oil was supposed to stop fragments from penetrating the innermost bulkhead.

Nagato's class Powerplant


Nagato on sea trials, 30 september 1920

To carry all this weight, both ships received the same powerplant, with four Gihon geared steam turbines, each driving one 4.19-meter (13 ft 9 in) propeller. In total, they were designed to deliver an output of 80,000 shaft horsepower (60,000 kW). Steam was provided by 21 Kampon water-tube boilers, of which 15 were oil-fired, the remainder were coal-fired, with sprinklers of fuel oil to increase the burn rate. Their working pressure was 286 psi (1,972 kPa; 20 kgf/cm2). This power allowed them to reach their design speed of 26.5 knots (49.1 km/h; 30.5 mph). At the time of the ship's launch, this was battlecruiser speed. During sea trials, IJN Nagato reached 26.7 knots (49.4 km/h; 30.7 mph) at 85,500 shp (63,800 kW) while Mutsu reached the same with 87,500 shp. The USN was only informed of these figures in 1937 and beforehand it was assumed they could only reach 23 knots (43 km/h; 26 mph). Both ships carried 1,600 long tons (1,626 t) of coal and 3,400 long tons (3,455 t) of fuel oil. Their estimated range was 5,500 nautical miles (10,200 km; 6,300 mi) at 16 knots (30 km/h; 18 mph) cruising speed.

Nagato's class armament


Main:


Mutsu's main guns

The great novelty of the design compared to the relatively similar Fuso & Ise classes, was a brand new main armament of eight 45-caliber 41 cm (16.1 in) 3rd Year Type naval guns (as first planned) mounted in two pairs of superfiring turrets fore and aft. They were hydraulically operated, and their elevation range was −2 to +35 degrees. Their rate of fire was two rounds per minute. They fired the Type 91 armor-piercing capped shell, 1,020 kgs at a muzzle velocity of 780 mps (2,600 ft/s). They also fired a HE shell, 936-kilogram (2,064 lb) with a muzzle velocity of 805 mps (2,640 ft/s), and they were also equipped with the special Type 3 Sankaidan incendiary shrapnel exclusively for anti-aircraft use.

Secondary:

The ship's secondary armament consisted of twenty 50-caliber 14 cm (5.5 in) 3rd Year Type naval guns mounted in casemates on two levels, on the hull's upper deck and in the superstructure. Their elevation ranged from +20 to +25 degrees and their shells ranged from 15,800 meters to 17,000 meters (19,000 yd) respectively on these two levels. They were all provided with a unique 38 kgs (84 lb) HE shell and their rate of fire was 10 rounds per minute.

Anti-aircraft guns:

At the time aerial threats were still not taken seriously and the AA battery was limited to four 40-caliber 3rd Year Type 3-inch AA guns, all in single mounts. They elevated to +75 degrees and had a rate of fire of 13-20 rpm, firing a 6 kg (13 lb) shell at 680 m/s (2,200 ft/s). Their effective ceiling was 7,500 meters (24,600 ft).

Torpedo Tubes:

Each battleship was fitted with eight 53.3-centimeter (21 in) torpedo tubes: Four fired along the beam, in two groups, two above water and two submerged per side. They were supplied with the 6th Year Type torpedo, carrying a 203-kilogram (448 lb) warhead of Shimose powder. They had three settings: 15,500 m/26 knots, 10,000 m/32 knots, 7,000 meters/37 knots. This was still relatively slow and they were removed in the 1920s as seen as an obsolete feature.

Fire control:

The main rangefinder was 10-meters (32 ft 10 in) wide, installed in the forward superstructure for the main artillery and it was completed by a six-meter (19 ft 8 in) telemeter and a three-meter (9 ft 10 in) secondary range finder, both for anti-aircraft purposes, added in 1924-25. The main model was the Type 13 fire-control system, a derivative of the Vickers WWI system delivered for the previous Fuso and Ise, but in 1925 it was replaced by the much-improved Type 14. The same unit controlled the main and secondary artillery. AA fire was only controlled by the Type 31 fire-control director installed in 1932.

Nagato and Mutsu's reconstructions

1924-25:

The first refit happened in 1923–25 and concerned the powerplant: The fore funnel was rebuilt to prevent smoke interference but after this proved not successful and it was eliminated in the 1930s reconstruction. In 1926, the four above-water torpedo tubes were removed, and the AA was reinforced by three additional 76 mm AA guns placed around the base of the foremast.

Also for the first time, onboard aviation was installed: IJN Nagato and already briefly tried an 18-meter aircraft flying-off platform on No. 2 turret in August 1925, launching Yokosuka Ro-go Ko-gata and a Heinkel HD 25 floatplane. In 1926 an additional boom was fitted to the mainmast, handling a Yokosuka E1Y. Alternatively, the Hansa-Brandenburg W.33 was tested on IJN Nagato. These were just put at sea when the weather was calm and retrieved by a shipboard crane.

1932:

Nakajima E4N2
Nakajima E4N2

In 1932 there was another upgrade: The old 3-in AA guns were removed and replaced by eight 40-caliber 12.7-centimeter in four twin dual-purpose Type 89 guns, installed abreast of the fore and aft superstructures. Their range for sea targets was 14,700 meters (16,100 yd) and they fired at 14 rounds a minute, though could only sustain 8 rpm. Two twin licenced Vickers 2-pdr light AA guns were also added, each capable of 200 rpm. In the same year, rangefinders in the two superfiring turrets were replaced by new 10-meter units.

In 1933, a catapult was fitted between the mainmast and X turret and a collapsible crane installed on a portside sponson; Facilities were built to house and maintain 2-3 floatplanes, although there was no true hangar. They first operated Nakajima E4N2 biplanes until 1938 and then Nakajima E8N2 biplanes. In November 1938 they also saw a newer, more powerful catapult installed. This enabled the launching of the much heavier and faster Kawanishi E7K in 1939–40. However, by February 1943, the E8Ns were replaced by Mitsubishi F1M biplanes. 1934-36:


IJN Nagato's 127 mm AADP battery

1934-36:

Type 96 Hotchkiss AA triple mount
Type 96 Hotchkiss AA triple mount


Nagato's 127 mm AADP

Nagato and Mutsu's major overhaul took place in 1934-36. They received new turbine engines and ten oil boilers instead of the original 21 mixed burning ones (coal and oil). Along with this, they also received a modified superstructure with large anti-torpedo bulges as originally planned by Hiraga, making a triple hull, while the old Vickers AA guns were replaced by four twin 3-in turrets and ten twin 25mm AA, at the cost of sacrificing two barbettes. Also, the remaining torpedo tubes were removed. Their boilers were replaced by modern Kampon models whose working pressure was 313 psi (2,158 kPa; 22 kgf/cm2) at 300 °C (572 °F) and the turbines were also of a new, lighter, and more powerful model, with new 4.3-meter (14 ft 1 in) propellers. Post-reconstruction trials showed a speed of 24.98 knots (46.26 km/h; 28.75 mph) with 82,300 shp. Additional fuel oil was stored in the torpedo bulge compartments, for a displacement of 5,560 long tons total, extending their range to 8,560 nmi (15,850 km; 9,850 mi) at 16 knots.

All of the remaining secondary guns received a new mount, allowing their elevation to be increased to +35 degrees, and their range to be increased to 20,000 m (22,000 yds). Around twelve or more Twin license-built 13.2-mm Hotchkiss HMGs (M1929, Type ??) were added too, but their range was limited to 6,500 meters (7,100 yd) and 700–1,500 m (770–1,640 yd) for effective AA fire, with a rof on paper of 425 and 475 rpm, adjustable. However, due to their small 30-round magazines, their effective rate was down to 250 rounds per minute even with a well-trained crew.

According to historian Mark Stille, the twenty twin and triple Type 96 mounts added also "lacked sufficient speed in train or elevation; the gun sights were unable to handle fast targets; the gun exhibited excessive vibration; the magazine was too small, and, finally, the gun produced excessive muzzle blast". They had an effective range of 1,500–3,000 meters (1,600–3,300 yd) and a maximum rpm of 110-120, working with even more compact 15-round magazines. Additional 25 mm guns were added on IJN Nagato, and on 10 July 1944, 98 of these were listed, in single, twin, and triple mounts, and later 30 more were added during a refit in Yokosuka in November 1944 and two more twin 127 mm gun mounts abreast the funnel. By 1945, all the remaining secondary 140 mm guns had been removed. This saved weight, crew, and space.

The main guns were also improved: New turrets from the discarded Tosa were installed during the 1935 reconstruction; They had better armour, the face reaching 460 mm (18 in), and the side 280 mm (11 in), roof 230–250 mm (9–10 in). The machinery and magazines' upper armour was increased by a layer of 38 mm (1.5 in) on the upper deck, and 25 mm on the upper armored deck. The newly added torpedo bulges were 13.5 meters (44 ft 3 in) high, 2.84 meters (9 ft 4 in) deep, and divided into four compartments: The lower two were filled with oil, and the remainder were left free for all kinds of storage. Eventually, these all increased displacement to an extra 13,032 metric tons (12,826 long tons) for the ship's armor, making up 32.6% of the ship's displacement in total. In early 1941, the uppermost bulge compartment was filled with sealed steel crushing tubes. The barbette armor was reinforced by 100 mm armor plates welded above the main deck and an extra layer of 215 mm (8.5 in) plates below the barbette armor.

Also, a modified Type 14 fire-control system was tested on IJN Nagato in 1935, before being approved for service and adopted as the Type 34, also fitted on IJN Mutsu shortly thereafter. The Type 94 AA fire director replaced the former one in 1937 and was used to control the 127 mm DP AA guns. The 25 mm AA guns were controlled by a Type 95 director installed the same year.

In May of 1943 while in drydock, IJN Nagato received a Type 21 air-search radar, on the roof of the main 10 m rangefinder. On 27 June 1944, two extra Type 22 surface-search radars were installed in the same spot, and two Type 13 early warning radars were placed on the mainmast. None were installed on Mutsu before her loss.

IJN Nagato
Author's HD profile illustration of the Nagato

Ise camouflaged
IJN Ise camouflaged in Kure 1945 - colorized by Hirootoko Jr
It gives clues about the look of Nagato's camouflage in July 1945.

Specifications

Displacement: 37,800 t. standard - 42,300 t. Full Load
Dimensions: 221 m long, 34.59 m wide, 9.50 m draft (full load)
Propulsion: 4 propellers, 4 Parsons turbines, 10 Kampon boilers, 80,000 hp, Maximum speed 27 knots
Shielding: Maximum (belt) 305 mm, turrets 508-356 mm, ammunition magazines 130 mm, citadel 350 mm.
Armament: 8 x 406 mm (4x2), 18 x 140 mm barbettes, 8 x 127 mm AA, 20 x 25 mm Type 96 AA (96 1944), 3 seaplanes Nakajima.


wow's rendtion of the IJN Nagato, stern view

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Nagato and Mutsu early career 1921-1934


Mutsu in the 1920s

IJN Mutsu was almost cancelled and broken up: While she was still fitting out, the Washington naval treaty was settled on 12 November, with the Americans proposing to scrap every capital ship under construction at that time, and IJN Mutsu's existence was brought into question even though she was just commissioned. The Japanese delegation found it totally unacceptable and the Americans accepted a compromise, giving a derogation in exchange for scrapping the IJN Settsu while on their side, they saved the Colorado-class.


IJN Nagato in 1927

Nagato and Mustu joined (and formed) the 1st Battleship Division, the best surface unit of the IJN with Nagato as the flagship of Rear Admiral Sōjirō Tochinai. In 1922, Nagato hosted Edward, Prince of Wales, and Louis Mountbatten during their visit to Japan. The 1923 Great Kantō earthquake provoked a reaction from the navy and both ships were quickly loaded with supplies from Kyushu, delivering them to affected areas on the 4th of September. On 7 September 1924 they underwent gunnery practice in Tokyo Bay, sinking the old Satsuma, forced to be turned into a target to reduce tonnage after the Washington Naval Treaty. In December 1925, IJN Nagato became the flagship of the Combined Fleet, with Admiral Keisuke Okada. The two sisters were modernized in 1923-25. IJN Mutsu in 1927 had the great honor of carrying the imperial mark, housing Emperor Hirohito for him to see the fleet maneuvers. This was repeated in 1933.


IJN Nagato at anchor in 1924 (HD photo)

After their major reconstruction in August 1937, both ships carried 3,749 troops (11th Infantry Division) to Shanghai as war broke out with China. Their floatplanes not only spotted Chinese positions, but they also strafed and bombed various targets in Shanghai on 24 August. Then, both ships departed for Sasebo. Nagato was used as a training ship on 1 December 1937 and once again became the flagship of the Combined Fleet a year and 15 days later in 1938. Both ships participated in the Imperial Fleet Review on 11 October 1940 and they were drydocked in 1941, in preparation for war. This included the fitting of external degaussing coils and additional barbette armor.

IJN Nagato and Mutsu's wartime career


Nagato's crew in 1937

Like the Yamato and Musashi, both battleships were relatively preserved, being used to give distant cover or on cancelled operations, and rarely shot in anger. Nagato had a long career but only was able to fire her main battery in anger against enemy surface ships at Leyte when she targeted Taffy 3's escort carriers and destroyers. Yet, her results were poor, partially due to local conditions. She also used AA shells on several occasions to repel air attacks with some success and was never severely damaged. In short, before she spent her remainder active life as a floating battery in Yokosuka, she never had been seriously tested and in 1946 was towed to Bikini atoll and survived two nuclear blasts. On the other hand Mutsu, apart from some action at Guadalcanal, was soon torn apart by a dramatic explosion that cut short her career.


IJN Nagato as depicted in popular Mechanics 1922

Japanese NavyIJN Nagato


IJN Fuso, and Nagato on the background, in the 1920s.

Bonin Islands
The first wartime task of IJN Nagato was to protect the Kido Butai, under the supervision of Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto on the 7th of December 1941, as the flagship. The famous code phrase "Niitaka yama nobore" was announced on the 2nd of December 1941 from IJN Nagato, then at anchor at Hashirajima. The 1st Air Fleet proceeded, and on 8 December, Nagato headed for the Bonin Islands with her sister ship and IJN Hyūga, Yamashiro, Fusō, Ise (Battleship Division 1 and 2), along with the light carrier Hōshō. They acted as distant cover for the fleet coming from Pearl Harbor. Yamamoto would later transfer his flag to the IJN Yamato on 12 February 1942. Nagato had a small refit in Kure from the 15th of March to the 9th of April 1942 and in June, she was back in operations under command of captain Hideo Yano.

Midway
She was assigned to the 1st Fleet and was deployed to act as distant cover for the attack on Midway. This fleet also comprised IJN Yamato, Mutsu, Hosho, the cruiser Sendai, nine destroyers, and four auxiliary ships. The battle of Midway played out without this force intervening and by its conclusion, the four carriers assigned to be the main strike force were lost. Even so, Yamamoto tried to attempt to lure the US forces west, within range of IJN air groups at Wake, before he would close and engage in a night engagement using his mighty surface forces, but the US carrier force withdrew. IJN Nagato would carry survivors of the aircraft carrier IJN Kaga back home. On 14 July, Nagato was now part of Battleship Division 2 but as the flagship of the 1st Fleet. Her captain was promoted to Rear Admiral on 1 November 1942, so he was replaced by Captain Yonejiro Hisamune and Nagato remained in Japanese waters for exercises until August 1943. Captain Mikio Hayakawa replaced Hisamune that month.

IJN Yasukuni Maru and Nagato in October 1941
IJN Yasukuni Maru and Nagato in October 1941

Truk
Still, in August, IJN Nagato departed to join IJN Yamato, Fusō, and the carrier Taiyō, along with two heavy cruisers and five destroyers at Truk. After the carrier raid on Tarawa (18 September), the fleet made a sweep to Eniwetok, looking for the American forces, but failed to do so and was back to Truk on 23 September 1943. American radio traffic was intercepted suggesting an attack on Wake Island, and thus on 17 October, the 1st Fleet headed again for Eniwetok and join a good interception position on 19 October. Eventually, this was never realized and the fleet was back in Truk on 26 October. Captain Hayakawa became a Rear Admiral on 1 November 1943 and was replaced on 25 December by Captain Yuji Kobe.

Akagi and Nagato
Akagi and Nagato

On 1 February 1944, Nagato and Fusō exited Truk to avoid one of the frequent American air raids, and were in Palau on 4 February, leaving on 16 February as another air raid was set to take place. On 21 February both were at Lingga Island near Singapore. By that time, IJN Nagato became the flagship of Vice-Admiral Matome Ugaki, Battleship Division's commander. On 5 May however he transferred his flag to Yamato and after a brief refit at Singapore, Nagato remained in Lingga for training until 11 May, when she travelled to Tawitawi on the 12th of May. The division teamed up with the 1st Mobile Fleet, (Vice Admiral Jisaburō Ozawa), ready for upcoming operations.

Mariana islands
On 10 June, Battleship Division 1 headed Batjan in preparation for Operation Kon, the planned attack of the invasion force over Biak. However the operation was cancelled by Admiral Soemu Toyoda, C-in-C of the Combined Fleet as a massive attack on Saipan took place. Ugaki's force then headed for the Mariana Islands, meeting Ozawa's force on 16 June. IJN Nagato then participated in the Battle of the Philippine Sea. She escorted the aircraft carriers Jun'yō, Hiyō, and the light carrier Ryūhō during the battle and fired its Type 3 Sankaidan incendiary anti-aircraft shrapnel shells at the USN aviation. These 410 mm "giant shotgun" shells proved their relative lethality against USS Belleau Wood air groups, claiming two Grumman TBF Avenger torpedo bombers. Although strafed, Nagato had only light damage and suffered no casulties. She could not protect Hiyō however and picked up her survivors, which were later transferred to Zuikaku at Okinawa on 22 June 1944. She was back to Kure for a refit, including additional radars and many more 25 mm AA guns. On 8 July she embarked a regiment of the 28th Infantry Division and landed them on Okinawa three days later before returning to Lingga on 20 July 1944.



Battle of Leyte Gulf
IJN Nagato firing
IJN Nagato firing

On 18 October IJN Nagato sailed for Brunei Bay in Borneo, joining the fleet in preparation for "Operation Sho-1", the attack on the American landings at Leyte. The plan was complex, comprising Ozawa's dummy carrier forces as a bait to draw out Hasley's American carrier fleets north of Leyte, allowing Vice Admiral Takeo Kurita's 1st Diversion Force to sneak out in Leyte Gulf and fall onto the unprotected American forces. Nagato departed on the 22nd of October and at the Battle of the Sibuyan Sea two days later she fended off many waves of USN dive bombers. However, at 14:16 she was hit by two bombs from aircraft from USS Franklin and Cabot. The first disabled several casemate guns and damaged the air intake for the No. 1 boiler room. This caused one shaft to be shut down for urgent repairs, which were done in 24 minutes. After the attack, Nagato had 52 KiA and many more wounded.

On 25 October at dawn, the 1st Diversion Force, at last, passed the San Bernardino Strait and deployed in the bay for what became the Battle off Samar. IJN Nagato at 06:01 commenced shelling the escort carriers of "Taffy 3" (the famous Task Group 77.4.3). This was the first time in this war she actually fired on another warship, but her shells missed the carriers. 54 minutes after the engagement started, however, the destroyer USS Heermann closed enough to launch its torpedoes on IJN Haruna; which missed, but in turn, ended up running towards Yamato and Nagato. They headed 10 miles (16 km) away to avoid them and went back to the brawl. IJN Nagato resumed firing and this time claimed to have damaged a cruiser, expending 45 main battery shells and 92 secondary ones. The fire was ineffective due to poor visibility in rain squalls compounding on smoke screens, aptly laid by the destroyers.


IJN Nagato in brunei, 1944

At 09:10 Kurita had enough and ordered a general withdrawal, heading north and one hour later south again, but was met by a massive air attack and ordered a general retreat at 12:36. An opportunity was missed for the Japanese. During one of these attacks, at 12:43 Nagato received two bomb hits to the bow, but the damage was light, and she made sharp turns to avoid further attacks, losing four men in the process. She was back in Brunei on 26 October 1944, enduring more air attacks. Both Nagato and Yamato again used their special AA Sankaidan shells, claiming many more planes, and in two days had fired 99 main and 653 secondary shells, with 38 KiA and 105 wounded.

The end: Floating battery at Yokosuka



Nagato in Yokosuka, aerial view by the USN in July 1945

By 15 November, IJN Nagato was assigned to Battleship Division 3, 2nd Fleet. She left Brunei on 16 November with Yamato and Kongō for Kure, losing en-route the latter and an escorting destroyer to the submarine USS Sealion. On 25 November, Nagato was in Yokosuka for a refit, but this dragged on due to the lack of fuel and materials. In the end, it was decided to use Nagato as a floating anti-aircraft battery. Completely immobilized, she saw her funnel and mainmast taken down to improve the arcs of fire of her light guns, before two more twin Type 89 and nine triple Type 96 mounts (31 in all) were added while her forward secondary guns were retired. Captain Kiyomi Shibuya took command in November and eventually Battleship Division 3 was disbanded in January 1945, the force remaining becoming part of Battleship Division 1, which disbanded in turn in February.

Until the end of the war, IJN Nagato served as a static defense ship, attached to the Yokosuka Naval District. She was moored permanently to a pier, with an auxiliary coal-burning boiler for heating and cooking and a converted submarine chaser providing steam and electricity. Her anti-aircraft guns were impressive on paper, but the 25 mm gun was lacking range and hitting power while the crew lacked training as ammunition was scarce. On 20 April IJN Nagato was placed in reserve under Rear Admiral Miki Otsuka (ret.). As a reserve ship which was stripped in part of her supplies and equipment as well as most of the crew. Only her AA gunners and a skeleton crew remained.

In June 1945, she was stripped of her secondary guns and half of her AA armament moved ashore. Her rangefinders and searchlights were also lifted out and carried away. Her crew was by then reduced to around 1,000 officers and sailors and by the 18th of July 1945, she had been heavily camouflaged, like Ise. Nevertheless, she was attacked by air forces from five American carriers (under Admiral William Halsey) which were hunting down the last IJN capital ships. Nagato was hit by two bombs, one destroying the bridge, killing rear admiral Otsuka his executive officer, along with twelve sailors and the other hitting the deck and killing 21 more. Her damage was left unrepaired and her ballast tanks were filled (to make her sit deeper in the water) in the hope the USN would believe that she was sunk in an attempt by her crew to see her spared.

Captain Shuichi Sugino took command on 24 July but arrived on 20 August and Rear Admiral Ikeguchi (ret.) was assigned in the meantime. On the night 1/2 August, a large convoy was spotted closing in on Sagami Bay. Nagato was prepared to attack, the ballast water was pumped out, the crew loaded shells for her 16-inch guns and she received fuel. However, eventually, no order came, as it proved to be a false alarm. The battleship was eventually captured just before the end of the war on 30 August by the crew of the battleship USS Iowa and Underwater Demolition Team 18.

She stayed in the harbor under USN control until selected to take part as a target ship in Operation Crossroads, the nuclear test on Bikini atoll which took place in the summer of 1946. She made a perilous voyage from Yokosuka to Eniwetok under command of Captain W. J. Whipple, with the remaining Japanese crew supplemented by an American crew, moving at 10 knots. She not only suffered from severe leaks but her hull's bottom was covered with barnacles. Later she tried to take in two IJN Sakawa, whose powerplant broke down, but she later had a boiler malfunction and lost the remaining of her fuel in heavy weather.

She had to be towed to Eniwetok before being, and reaching Bikini at 13 knots. The test took place while Nagato was just 1,500 meters (1,640 yd) from ground zero and though she only took light damage, she was heavily irradiated. A boarding skeleton crew assessed this, yet still entered the ship and was able to start her boilers. During Test Baker, in which the bomb was detonated underwater, she was positioned 870 meters (950 yd) from ground zero and hit without much damage by a tsunami wave, whose amplitude was low so close to the epicenter. She started listing and was not boarded as she was now thought to be dangerously radioactive. She eventually capsized and sank during the night of 29/30 July 1946, remaining there until today. As radiation levels dropped she became a popular scuba diving destination.





Various views of IJN Nagato at Yokosuka NyD in September 1945. She had been camouflaged at that point.


Operation crossroads, Baker test, 1946

Japanese NavyIJN Mutsu


IJN Mutsu underway in 1922

Before the war, after reconstruction, IJN Mutsu landed 2,000 men of the 11th Infantry Division in Shanghai while her seaplanes strafed and bombed various targets on 24 August. On 15 November 1938, Captain Aritomo Gotō took command but she remained in reserve for nearly one year, from 15 December 1938 to 15 November 1939 before being refitted in early 1941, fitted with external degaussing coils and additional barbette armour.

On 8 December 1941, she teamed up with her sister ship and headed for the Bonin Islands to act as distant support for the operation on Pearl Harbor, and on 18 January 1942, she towed the obsolete old Nisshin to serve as a target ship for IJN Yamato, which was freshly commissioned. In June 1942 (Rear Admiral Gunji Kogure) she was assigned to the 1st Fleet committed during the Battle of Midway and could have taken part in Yamamoto's planned night engagement, but the US forces withdrew.

Guadalcanal




Footage extract - Hawai_Mare_oki_kaisen, IJN Mutsu firing in exercises.

On 14 July 1942, IJN Mutsu joined Battleship Division 2, acting as an advance unit of the 2nd Fleet and in August and she joined up with IJN cruisers Atago, Takao, Maya, Haguro, Yura, Myōkō, and seaplane tender Chitose for the Guadalcanal Campaign. She dropped anchor in Truk on 17 August. She later met Vice-Admiral Chūichi Nagumo's 3rd Fleet and tried to locate the escort carrier USS Long Island.

She was present at the Battle of the Eastern Solomons on 27 August: Assigned to the support force, she fired at enemy reconnaissance aircraft, the only time in this war she would fire her guns in anger. Back to Truk on 2 September, her AA officers were landed to act as instructors for ground-based naval AA gunners in Rabaul. In October 1942, she off-loaded surplus fuel oil to the fleet oil tanker Kenyo Maru and on 7 January 1943, she sailed to Saipan and then back home, escorting the carrier Zuikaku and heavy cruiser Suzuya. She left Hashirajima for Kure on 13 April 1943 and prepared for a sortie to in the Aleutian Islands after the Battle of the Komandorski Islands. However, the operation was cancelled.

Tragic loss

IJN Battleships, including Nagato 410 mm shells in a museum

On 8 June 1943, while IJN Mutsu was moored in Hashirajima, she carried 113 flying cadets and 40 instructors from the Tsuchiura Naval Air Group, in order to familiarize them with the ship. Suddenly at 12:13 the No. 3 turret magazine exploded. The blast destroyed all the adjacent structures of the ship, effectively cutting her in half. Water gushed into the machinery rooms and the whole forward section of the ship, some 150 m (490 ft) long, capsized to starboard and sank, carrying with her trapped survivors. While the 45 m (148 ft) aft section remained afloat until 02:00 hours, 9 June, it sunk as well. Nearby Fusō launched two boats to try to rescue survivors, as did destroyers Tamanami and Wakatsuki, as well as the cruisers Tatsuta and Mogami. Together, they managed to rescue 353 survivors. But 1,121 men were killed in the explosion and sinking, and 13 cadet aviators survived.

It was believed at first Allied submarines were in the area, but after a wide hunt, none was spotted or detected. To avoid the inevitable morale hit, Mutsu's loss was declared a state secret and sailors swore to keep it under the death penalty. The surviving members of the crew were quickly reassigned to various garrisons in the Pacific Ocean, like Truk in the Caroline Islands or Saipan in the Mariana Islands. Mass cremations followed and Captain Teruhiko Miyoshi's body was recovered on 17 June, with his wife only being notified on 6 January 1944. With Captain Koro Oono, both were posthumously promoted to rear admiral.

After it was established this was not due to an allied attack, an inquiry commenced. Soon the 16-inch Type 3 "Sanshikidan" incendiary shrapnel AA shells came under suspicion as they had already caused a massive fire at the Sagami arsenal several years earlier. The problem identified was improper storage. The minister of the navy Admiral Shimada Shigetaro, ordered the removal of Type 3 shells from all IJN ships, waiting for the conclusions of the inquiry.

A commission was led by Admiral Kōichi Shiozawa and gradually estimated but ruled out various causes: Sabotage by enemy secret agents, a disgruntled crewman, and possibly a malfunction in the No. 3 turret. Indeed one had recently been accused of theft and was believed to be suicidal. Also ruled out was the action of an allied midget or fleet submarine attack. The board found that an accidental explosion probably caused by mishandling of the Type 3 anti-aircraft shell caused the explosion. The "sanshiki-dan" was a Japanese AA "secret weapon" with 900 to 1,200 25 mm diameter steel tubes containing an incendiary charge each. Tests at Kamegakubi Naval Proving Ground were unable to induce the shells to explode under normal conditions. The commission concluded on 25 June, before divers completed their investigation, leaning to the hypothesis of a disgruntled seaman and closed the case.

Post-war, some authors also investigated. Observers of the time noted smoke coming from the vicinity of the No. 3 turret just before the explosion. IJN warships were known for loose safety measures and carried loads of flammable materials like wooden decking, furniture, insulation, cotton, and wool bedding. The original electrical wiring also was kept in part, causing potential shorting or sparks, and a fire could have heated the sensitive black-powder primers stored in the magazine. After, it was envisioned briefly to raise and rebuild the Mutsu, but she was struck from the Navy List on 1 September 1943. Her armament was salvaged, reused, and partly restored and preserved after the war: Her no.4 main turret is still on display at the Imperial Japanese Naval Academy, Eta Jima, and a secondary casemate gun at the Yasukuni Museum.


IJN Mutsu aft deck main turret, Imperial Japanese Naval Academy, Eta Jima.


Type 3 410 mm gun from IJN Mutsu in a museum

Updated by Coltin Chao 19/06/2022

Naval History

❢ Abbrev. & acronyms
AAAnti-Aircraft
AAW// warfare
AASAmphibious Assault Ship
AdmAdmiral
AEWAirbone early warning
AGAir Group
AFVArmored Fighting Vehicle
AMGBarmoured motor gunboat
APArmor Piercing
APCArmored Personal Carrier
ASAntisubmarine
ASMAir-to-surface Missile
ASMDAnti Ship Missile Defence
ASROCASW Rockets
ASW// Warfare
ASWRL/// rocket launcher
ATWahead thrown weapon
avgasAviation Gasoline
awAbove Waterline
AWACSAirborne warning & control system
BBBattleship
bhpbrake horsepower
BLBreach-loader (gun)
BLRBreach-loading, Rifled (gun)
BUBroken Up
ccirca
CAArmoured/Heavy cruiser
Capt.Captain
CalCaliber or ".php"
CGMissile Cruiser
CICCombat Information Center
C-in-CCommander in Chief
CIWSClose-in weapon system
CECompound Expansion (engine)
ChChantiers ("Yard", FR)
CLCruiser, Light
cmcentimeter(s)
CMBCoastal Motor Boat
CMSCoastal Minesweeper
CNOChief of Naval Operations
CpCompound (armor)
CoCompany
COBCompound Overhad Beam
CODAGCombined Diesel & Gas
CODOGCombined Diesel/Gas
COGAGCombined Gas and Gas
COGOGCombined Gas/Gas
commcommissioned
compcompleted
convconverted
convlconventional
COSAGCombined Steam & Gas
CRCompound Reciprocating
CRCRSame, connecting rod
CruDivCruiser Division
CPControlled Pitch
CTConning Tower
CTLconstructive total loss
CTOLConv. Take off & landing
CTpCompound Trunk
cucubic
CylCylinder(s)
CVAircraft Carrier
CVA// Attack
CVE// Escort
CVL// Light
CVS// ASW support
cwtHundredweight
DADirect Action
DASHDrone ASW Helicopter
DCDepht Charge
DCT// Track
DCR// Rack
DCT// Thrower
DDDestroyer/drydock
DEDouble Expansion
DEDestroyer Escort
DDE// Converted
DesRonDestroyer Squadron
DFDouble Flux
D/FDirection(finding)
DPDual Purpose
DUKWAmphibious truck
DyDDockyard
EOCElswick Ordnance Co.
ECMElectronic Warfare
ESMElectronic support measure
FFarenheit
FCSFire Control System
FFFrigate
fpsFeet Per Second
ftFeets
FYFiscal Year
galgallons
GMMetacentric Height
GPMGGeneral Purpose Machine-gun
GRPFiberglass
GRTGross Tonnage
GUPPYGreater Underwater Prop.Pow.
HAHigh Angle
HCHorizontal Compound
HCR// Reciprocating
HCDA// Direct Acting
HCDCR// connecting rod
HDA// direct acting
HDAC// acting compound
HDAG// acting geared
HDAR// acting reciprocating
HDMLHarbor def. Motor Launch
H/FHigh Frequency
HF/DF// Directional Finding
HMSHer Majesty Ship
HNHarvey Nickel
HNCHorizontal non-condensing hp
HPHigh Pressure
hphorizontal
HQHeadquarter
HRHorizontal reciprocating
HRCR// connecting rod
HSHarbor Service
HS(E)Horizontal single (expansion)
HSET// trunk
HTHorizontal trunk
HTE// expansion
ICInverted Compound
IDAInverted direct acting
IFFIdentification Friend or Foe
ihpindicated horsepower
IMFInshore Minesweeper
inInche(s)
ircironclad
KCKrupp, cemented
kgKilogram
KNC// non cemented
kmKilometer
kt(s)Knot(s)
kwkilowatt
ibpound(s)
LALow Angle
LCLanding Craft
LCA// Assault
LCAC// Air Cushion
LFC// Flak (AA)
LCG// Gunboat
LCG(L)/// Large
LCG(M)/// Medium
LCG(S)/// Small
LCI// Infantry
LCM// Mechanized
LCP// Personel
LCP(R)/// Rocket
LCS// Support
LCT// Tanks
LCV// Vehicles
LCVP/// Personal
LCU// Utility
locolocomotive (boiler)
LSCLanding ship, support
LSD// Dock
LSF// Fighter (direction)
LSM// Medium
LSS// Stern chute
LST// Tank
LSV// Vehicle
LPlow pressure
lwllenght waterline
mmetre(s)
MModel
MA/SBmotor AS boat
maxmaximum
MGMachine Gun
MGBMotor Gunboat
MLSMinelayer/Sweeper
MLMotor Launch
MMSMotor Minesweper
MTMilitary Transport
MTBMotor Torpedo Boat
HMGHeavy Machine Gun
MCM(V)Mine countermeasure Vessel
minminute(s)
MkMark
MLMuzzle loading
MLR// rifled
MSOOcean Minesweeper
mmmillimetre
NCnon condensing
nhpnominal horsepower
nmNautical miles
Number
NBC/ABCNuc. Bact. Nuclear
NSNickel steel
NTDSNav.Tactical Def.System
NyDNaval Yard
oaOverall
OPVOffshore Patrol Vessel
PCPatrol Craft
PDMSPoint Defence Missile System
pdrpounder
ppperpendicular
psipounds per square inch
PVDSPropelled variable-depth sonar
QFQuick Fire
QFC// converted
RAdmRear Admiral
RCRadio-control/led
RCRreturn connecting rod
recRectangular
revRevolver
RFRapid Fire
RPCRemote Control
rpgRound per gun
SAMSurface to air Missile
SARSearch Air Rescue
sbSmoothbore
SBShip Builder
SCSub-chaser (hunter)
SSBNBallistic Missile sub.Nuclear
SESimple Expansion
SET// trunk
SGSteeple-geared
shpShaft horsepower
SHsimple horizontal
SOSUSSound Surv. System
SPRsimple pressure horiz.
sqsquare
SSSubmarine (Conv.)
SSMSurface-surface Missile
subsubmerged
sfsteam frigate
SLBMSub.Launched Ballistic Missile
spfsteam paddle frigate
STOVLShort Take off/landing
SUBROCSub.Fired ASW Rocket
tton, long (short in bracket)
TACANTactical Air Nav.
TBTorpedo Boat
TBD// destroyer
TCTorpedo carriage
TETriple expansion
TER// reciprocating
TFTask Force
TGBTorpedo gunboat
TGTask Group
TLTorpedo launcher
TLC// carriage
TNTTrinitroluene
TSTraining Ship
TTTorpedo Tube
UDTUnderwater Demolition Team
UHFUltra High Frequency
VadmVice Admiral
VCVertical compound
VCE// expansion
VDE/ double expansion
VDSVariable Depth Sonar
VIC/ inverted compound
VLFVery Low Frequency
VQL/ quadruple expansion
VSTOLVertical/short take off/landing
VTE/ triple expansion
VTOLVertical take off/landing
VSE/ Simple Expansion
wksWorks
wlwaterline
WTWireless Telegraphy
xnumber of
YdYard
Organizations
GIUKGreenland-Iceland-UK
BuShipsBureau of Ships
DBMGerman Navy League
GBGreat Britain
DNCDirectorate of Naval Construction
EEZExclusive Economic Zone
FAAFleet Air Arm
FNFLFree French Navy
JMSDFJap.Mar.Self-Def.Force
MDAPMutual Def.Assistance Prog.
MSAMaritime Safety Agency
NATO
RAFRoyal Air Force
RANRoyal Australian Navy
RCNRoyal Canadian Navy
R&DResearch & Development
RNRoyal Navy
RNZNRoyal New Zealand Navy
USSRUnion of Socialist Republics
UE/EECEuropean Union/Comunity
UNUnited Nations Org.
USNUnited States Navy
WaPacWarsaw Pact

⚑ 1870 Fleets
Spanish Navy 1870 Armada Espanola
Numancia (1863)
Tetuan (1863)
Vitoria (1865)
Arapiles (1864)
Zaragosa (1867)
Sagunto (1869)
Mendez Nunez (1869)

Spanish wooden s. frigates (1861-65)
Frigate Tornado (1865)
Frigate Maria de Molina (1868)
Spanish sail gunboats (1861-65)

Austro-Hungarian Navy 1870 K.u.K. Kriegsmarine
Ironclad Kaiser (1850-70)
Drache class BD. Ironclads (1861)
Kaiser Max class BD. Ironclads (1862)
Erzherzog F. Max class BD. Ironclads (1865)
SMS Lissa Ct. Bat. Ships (1869)

SMS Novara Frigate (1850)
SMS Schwarzenberg Frigate (1853)
Radetzky class frigates (1854)
SMS Helgoland Sloop (1867)

Danish Navy 1870 Dansk Marine
Lindormen (1868)

Hellenic Navy 1870 Nautiko Hellenon
Basileos Giorgios (1867)
Basilisa Olga (1869)
Sloop Hellas (1861)

Koninklije Marine 1870 Koninklije Marine
Dutch Screw Frigates & corvettes
De Ruyter Bd Ironclad (1863)
Prins H. der Neth. Turret ship (1866)
Buffel class turret rams (1868)
Skorpioen class turret rams (1868)
Heiligerlee class Monitors (1868)
Bloedhond class Monitors (1869)
Adder class Monitors (1870)
A.H.Van Nassau Frigate (1861)
A.Paulowna Frigate (1867)
Djambi class corvettes (1860)
Amstel class Gunboats (1860)

Marine Française 1870 Marine Nationale
Screw 3-deckers (1850-58)
Screw 2-deckers (1852-59)
Screw Frigates (1849-59)
Screw Corvettes (1846-59)
Screw Fl. Batteries (1855)
Paddle Frigates
Paddle Corvettes
screw sloops
screw gunboats
Sailing ships of the line
Sailing frigates
Sailing corvettes
Sailing bricks

Gloire class Bd. Ironclads (1859)
Couronne Bd. Ironclad (1861)
Magenta class Bd. Ironclads (1861)
Palestro class Flt. Batteries (1862)
Arrogante class Flt. Batteries (1864)
Provence class Bd. Ironclads (1864) Embuscade class Flt. Batteries (1865)
Taureau arm. ram (1865)
Belliqueuse Bd. Ironclad (1865)
Alma Cent. Bat. Ironclads (1867)
Ocean class CT Battery ship (1868)

French converted sailing frigates (1860)
Cosmao class cruisers (1861)
Talisman cruisers (1862)
Resolue cruisers (1863)
Venus class cruisers (1864)
Decres cruiser (1866)
Desaix cruiser (1866)
Limier class cruisers (1867)
Linois cruiser (1867)
Chateaurenault cruiser (1868)
Infernet class Cruisers (1869)
Bourayne class Cruisers (1869)
Cruiser Hirondelle (1869)

Curieux class sloops (1860)
Adonis class sloops (1863)
Guichen class sloops (1865)
Sloop Renard (1866)
Bruix class sloops (1867)
Pique class gunboats (1862)
Hache class gunboats (1862)
Arbalete class gunboats (1866)
Etendard class gunboats (1868)
Revolver class gunboats (1869)

Marinha do Brasil 1870 Marinha do Brasil
Barrozo class (1864)
Brasil (1864)
Tamandare (1865)
Lima Barros (1865)
Rio de Janeiro (1865)
Silvado (1866)
Mariz E Barros class (1866)
Carbal class (1866)

Turkish Ottoman navy 1870 Osmanlı Donanması
Osmanieh class Bd.Ironclads (1864) Assari Tewfik (1868) Assari Shevket class Ct. Ironclads (1868)
Lufti Djelil class CDS (1868)
Avni Illah class cas.ironclads (1869)
Fethi Bulend class cas.ironclads (1870)
Barbette ironclad Idjalleh (1870)
Messudieh class Ct.Bat.ships (1874)
Hamidieh Ct.Bat.Ironclads (1885)
Abdul Kadir Batleships (project)

Ertrogul Frigate (1863)
Selimieh (1865)
Rehberi Tewkik (1875)
Mehmet Selim (1876)
Sloops & despatch vessels

Marina do Peru Marina Do Peru
Monitor Atahualpa (1865)
CT. Bat Independencia (1865)
Turret ship Huascar (1865)
Frigate Apurimac (1855)
Corvette America (1865)
Corvette Union (1865)

Regia Marina 1870 Regia Marina 1870
Formidabile class (1861)
Pr. de Carignano class (1863)
Re d'Italia class (1864)
Regina maria Pia class (1863)
Roma class (1865)
Affondatore turret ram (1865)
Palestro class (1865)
Guerriera class (1866)
Cappelini class (1868)
Sesia DV (1862)
Esploratore class DV (1863)
Vedetta DV (1866)
Imperial Japanese navy 1870 Nihhon Kaigun
Ironclad Ruyjo (1864)
Ironclad Kotetsu (1868)
Frigate Fujiyama (1864)
Frigate Kasuga (1863)
Corvette Asama (1869)
Gunboat Raiden (1856)
Gunboat Chiyodogata (1863)
Teibo class GB (1866)
Gunboat Mushun (1865)
Gunboat Hosho (1868)
Prussian Navy 1870 Preußische Marine
Prinz Adalbert (1864)
Arminius (1864)
Friedrich Carl (1867)
Kronprinz (1867)
K.Whilhelm (1868)
Arcona class Frigates (1858)
Nymphe class Frigates (1863)
Augusta class Frigates (1864)
Jäger class gunboats (1860)
Chamaleon class gunboats (1860)
Russian mperial Navy 1870 Russkiy Flot
Ironclad Sevastopol (1864)
Ironclad Petropavlovsk (1864)
Ironclad Smerch (1864)
Pervenetz class (1863)
Charodeika class (1867)
Admiral Lazarev class (1867)
Ironclad Kniaz Pojarski (1867)
Bronenosetz class monitors (1867)
Admiral Chichagov class (1868)
S3D Imperator Nicolai I (1860)
S3D Sinop (1860)
S3D Tsessarevich (1860)
Russian screw two-deckers (1856-59)
Russian screw frigates (1854-61)
Russian screw corvettes (1856-60)
Russian screw sloops (1856-60)
Varyag class Corvettes (1862)
Almaz class Sloops (1861)
Opyt TGBT (1861)
Sobol class TGBT (1863)
Pishtchal class TGBT (1866)
Swedish Navy 1870 Svenska marinen
Ericsson class monitors (1865)
Frigate Karl XIV (1854)
Frigate Stockholm (1856)
Corvette Gefle (1848)
Corvette Orädd (1853)
Norwegian Navy 1870 Søværnet
Skorpionen class (1866)
Frigate Stolaf (1856)
Frigate Kong Sverre (1860)
Frigate Nordstjerna (1862)
Frigate Vanadis (1862)
Glommen class gunboats (1863)
⚑ 1890 Fleets
Argentinian Navy 1898 Armada de Argentina
Parana class (1873)
La Plata class (1875)
Pilcomayo class (1875)
Ferre class (1880)

Austro-Hungarian Navy 1898 K.u.K. Kriegsmarine

Custoza (1872)
Erzherzog Albrecht (1872)
Kaiser (1871)
Kaiser Max class (1875)
Tegetthoff (1878)

Radetzky(ii) class (1872)
SMS Donau(ii) (1874)
SMS Donau(iii) (1893)

Erzherzog Friedrich class (1878)
Saida (1878)
Fasana (1870)
Aurora class (1873)

Chinese Imperial Navy 1898 Imperial Chinese Navy

Hai An class frigates (1872)
Danish Navy 1898 Dansk Marine

Tordenskjold (1880)
Iver Hvitfeldt (1886)
Skjold (1896)
Cruiser Fyen (1882)
Cruiser Valkyrien (1888)

Hellenic Navy 1898 Nautiko Hellenon
Haitian Navy 1914Marine Haitienne

Gunboat St Michael (1970)
Gunboat "1804" (1875)
Gunboat Dessalines (1883)
Gunboat Toussaint Louverture (1886)
Koninklije Marine 1898 Koninklije Marine
Konigin der Netherland (1874)
Draak, monitor (1877)
Matador, monitor (1878)
R. Claeszen, monitor (1891)
Evertsen class CDS (1894)
Atjeh class cruisers (1876)
Cruiser Sumatra (1890)
Cruiser K.W. Der. Neth (1892)
Banda class Gunboats (1872)
Pontania class Gunboats (1873)
Gunboat Aruba (1873)
Hydra Gunboat class (1873)
Batavia class Gunboats (1877)
Wodan Gunboat class (1877)
Ceram class Gunboats (1887)
Combok class Gunboats (1891)
Borneo Gunboat (1892)
Nias class Gunboats (1895)
Koetei class Gunboats (1898)
Dutch sloops (1864-85)

Marine Française 1898 Marine Nationale
Friedland CT Battery ship (1873)
Richelieu CT Battery ship (1873)
Colbert class CT Battery ships (1875)
Redoutable CT Battery ship (1876)
Courbet class CT Battery ships (1879)
Amiral Duperre barbette ship (1879)
Terrible class barbette ships (1883)
Amiral Baudin class barbette ships (1883)
Barbette ship Hoche (1886)
Marceau class barbette ships (1888)
Cerbere class Arm.Ram (1870)
Tonnerre class Br.Monitors (1875)
Tempete class Br.Monitors (1876)
Tonnant ironclad (1880)
Furieux ironclad (1883)
Fusee class Arm.Gunboats (1885)
Acheron class Arm.Gunboats (1885)
Jemmapes class (1892)
Bouvines class (1892)

La Galissonière Cent. Bat. Ironclads (1872)
Bayard class barbette ships (1879)
Vauban class barbette ships (1882)
Prot. Cruiser Sfax (1884)
Prot. Cruiser Tage (1886)
Prot. Cruiser Amiral Cécille (1888)
Prot. Cruiser Davout (1889)
Forbin class Cruisers (1888)
Troude class Cruisers (1888)
Alger class Cruisers (1891)
Friant class Cruisers (1893)
Prot. Cruiser Suchet (1893)
Descartes class Cruisers (1893)
Linois class Cruisers (1896)
D'Assas class Cruisers (1896)
Catinat class Cruisers (1896)

R. de Genouilly class Cruisers (1876)
Cruiser Duquesne (1876)
Cruiser Tourville (1876)
Cruiser Duguay-Trouin (1877)
Laperouse class Cruisers (1877)
Villars class Cruisers (1879)
Cruiser Iphigenie (1881)
Cruiser Naiade (1881)
Cruiser Arethuse (1882)
Cruiser Dubourdieu (1884)
Cruiser Milan (1884)

Parseval class sloops (1876)
Bisson class sloops (1874)
Epee class gunboats (1873)
Crocodile class gunboats (1874)
Tromblon class gunboats (1875)
Condor class Torpedo Cruisers (1885)
G. Charmes class gunboats (1886)
Inconstant class sloops (1887)
Bombe class Torpedo Cruisers (1887)
Wattignies class Torpedo Cruisers (1891)
Levrier class Torpedo Cruisers (1891)

Marinha do Brasil 1898 Marinha do Brasil
Siete de Setembro class (1874)
Riachuleo class (1883)
Aquidaban class (1885)

Marina de Mexico 1898 Mexico
GB Indipendencia (1874)
GB Democrata (1875)

Turkish Ottoman navy 1898 Osmanlı Donanması
Cruiser Heibtnuma (1890)
Cruiser Lufti Humayun (1892)
Cruiser Hadevendighar (1892)
Shadieh class cruisers (1893)
Turkish TBs (1885-94)

Regia Marina 1898 Regia Marina Pr. Amadeo class (1871)
Caio Duilio class (1879)
Italia class (1885)
Ruggero di Lauria class (1884)
Carracciolo (1869)
Vettor Pisani (1869)
Cristoforo Colombo (1875)
Flavio Goia (1881)
Amerigo Vespucci (1882)
C. Colombo (ii) (1892)
Pietro Micca (1876)
Tripoli (1886)
Goito class (1887)
Folgore class (1887)
Partenope class (1889)
Giovanni Bausan (1883)
Etna class (1885)
Dogali (1885)
Piemonte (1888)
Staffeta (1876)
Rapido (1876)
Barbarigo class (1879)
Messagero (1885)
Archimede class (1887)
Guardiano class GB (1874)
Scilla class GB (1874)
Provana class GB (1884)
Curtatone class GB (1887)
Castore class GB (1888)

Imperial Japanese navy 1898 Nihhon Kaigun
Ironclad Fuso (1877)
Kongo class Ironclads (1877)

Cruiser Tsukushi (1880)
Cruiser Takao (1888)
Cruiser Yaeyama (1889)
Cruiser Chishima (1890)
Cruiser Tatsuta (1894)
Cruiser Miyako (1898)

Frigate Nisshin (1869)
Frigate Tsukuba (acq.1870)
Kaimon class CVT (1882)
Katsuragi class SCVT (1885)
Sloop Seiki (1875)
Sloop Amagi (1877)
Corvette Jingei (1876)
Gunboat Banjo (1878)
Maya class GB (1886)
Gunboat Oshima (1891)
German Navy 1898 Kaiserliche Marine

Ironclad Hansa (1872)
G.Kurfürst class (1873)
Kaiser class (1874)
Sachsen class (1877)
Ironclad Oldenburg (1884)

Ariadne class CVT (1871)
Leipzig class CVT (1875)
Bismarck class CVT (1877)
Carola class CVT (1880)
Corvette Nixe (1885)
Corvette Charlotte (1885)
Schwalbe class Cruisers (1887)
Bussard class (1890)

Aviso Zieten (1876)
Blitz class Avisos (1882)
Aviso Greif (1886)
Wacht class Avisos (1887)
Meteor class Avisos (1890)
Albatross class GBT (1871)
Cyclop GBT (1874)
Otter GBT (1877)
Wolf class GBT (1878)
Habitch class GBT (1879)
Hay GBT (1881)
Eber GBT (1881)
Rhein class Monitors (1872)
Wespe class Monitors (1876)
Brummer class Arm.Steamers (1884)
Russian Imperial Navy 1898 Russkiy Flot

Petr Velikiy (1872)
Ekaterina class ICL (1886)
Imperator Alexander class ICL (1887)
Ironclad Gangut (1890)
Admiral Ushakov class (1893)
Navarin (1893)
Petropavlovsk class (1894)
Sissoi Veliky (1896)

Minin (1866)
G.Admiral class (1875)
Pamiat Merkuria (1879)
V.Monomakh (1882)
D.Donskoi (1883)
Adm.Nakhimov (1883)
Vitiaz class (1884)
Pamiat Azova (1886)
Adm.Kornilov (1887)
Rurik (1895)
Svetlana (1896)

Gunboat Ersh (1874)
Kreiser class sloops (1875)
Gunboat Nerpa (1877)
Burun class Gunboats (1879)
Sivuch class Gunboats (1884)
Korietz class Gunboats (1886)
Kubanetz class Gunboats (1887)
TGBT Lt.Ilin (1886)
TGBT Kp.Saken (1889)
Kazarski class TGBT (1889)
Grozyaschi class AGBT (1890)
Gunboat Khrabri (1895)
T.Gunboat Abrek (1896)
Amur class minelayers (1898)
Marina do Peru Marina Do Peru

Lima class Cruisers (1880)
Chilean TBs (1879)

Swedish Navy 1898 Svenska Marinen
Monitor Loke (1871)
Svea class CDS (1886)
Berserk class (1873)
Sloop Balder (1870)
Blenda class GB (1874)
Urd class GB (1877)
Gunboat Edda (1885)
Norwegian Navy 1898 Søværnet
Lindormen (1868)
Gorm (1870)
Odin (1872)
Helgoland (1878)
Tordenskjold (1880)
Iver Hvitfeldt (1886)

Royal Navy 1898 Royal Navy
HMS Hotspur (1870)
HMS Glatton (1871)
Devastation classs (1871)
Cyclops class (1871)
HMS Rupert (1874)
Neptune class (1874)
HMS Dreadnought (1875)
HMS Inflexible (1876)
Agamemnon class (1879)
Conqueror class (1881)
Colossus class (1882)
Admiral class (1882)
Trafalgar class (1887)
Victoria class (1890)
Royal Sovereign class (1891)
Centurion class (1892)
HMS Renown (1895)

HMS Shannon (1875)
Nelson class (1876)
Iris class (1877)
Leander class (1882)
Imperieuse class (1883)
Mersey class (1885)
Surprise class (1885)
Scout class (1885)
Archer class (1885)
Orlando class (1886)
Medea class (1888)
Barracouta class (1889)
Barham class (1889)
Pearl class (1889)

Spanish Navy 1898 Armada 1898
Ironclad Pelayo (1887)

Infanta Maria Teresa class (1890)
Emperador Carlos V (1895)
Cristobal Colon (1897)
Princesa de Asturias (1896)
Aragon class (1879)
Velasco class (1881)
Isla de Luzon (1886)
Alfonso XII class (1887)
Reina Regentes class (1887)

Destructor class (1886)
Temerario class (1891)
TGunboat Filipinas (1892)
De Molina class (1896)
Furor class (1896)
Audaz class (1897)
Spanish TBs (1878-87)
Fernando class gunboats (1875)
Concha class gunboats (1883)

US Navy 1898 1898 US Navy
USS Maine (1889)
USS Texas (1892)
Indiana class (1893)
USS Iowa (1896)

Amphitrite class (1876)
USS Puritan (1882)
USS Monterey (1891)

Atlanta class (1884)
USS Chicago (1885)
USS Charleston (1888)
USS Baltimore (1888)
USS Philadelphia (1889)
USS San Francisco (1889)
USS Newark (1890)
USS New York (1891)
USS Olympia (1892)
Cincinatti class (1892)
Montgomery class (1893)
Columbia class (1893)
USS Brooklyn (1895)

USS Vesuvius (1888)
USS Katahdin (1893)
USN Torpedo Boats (1886-1901)
GB USS Dolphin (1884)
Yorktown class GB (1888)
GB USS Petrel (1888)
GB USS Bancroft (1892)
Machias class GB (1891)
GB USS Nashville (1895)
Wilmington class GB (1895)
Annapolis class GB (1896)
Wheeling class GB (1897)
Small gunboats (1886-95)
St Louis class AMC (1894)
Harvard class AMC (1888)
USN Armoured Merchant Cruisers
USN Armed Yachts

WW1

☉ Entente Fleets

British ww1 Royal Navy
WW1 British Battleships
Centurion class (1892)
Majestic class (1894)
Canopus class (1897)
Formidable class (1898)
London class (1899)
Duncan class (1901)
King Edward VII class (1903)
Swiftsure class (1903)
Lord Nelson class (1906)
HMS Dreadnought (1906)
Bellorophon class (1907)
St Vincent class (1908)
HMS Neptune (1909)
Colossus class (1910)
Orion class (1911)
King George V class (1911)
Iron Duke class (1912)
Queen Elizabeth class (1913)
HMS Canada (1913)
HMS Agincourt (1913)
HMS Erin (1915)
Revenge class (1915)
N3 class (1920)

WW1 British Battlecruisers
Invincible class (1907)
Indefatigable class (1909)
Lion class (1910)
HMS Tiger (1913)
Renown class (1916)
Courageous class (1916)
G3 class (1918)

ww1 British cruisers
Blake class (1889)
Edgar class (1890)
Powerful class (1895)
Diadem class (1896)
Cressy class (1900)
Drake class (1901)
Monmouth class (1901)
Devonshire class (1903)
Duke of Edinburgh class (1904)
Warrior class (1905)
Minotaur class (1906)
Hawkins class (1917)

Apollo class (1890)
Astraea class (1893)
Eclipse class (1894)
Arrogant class (1896)
Pelorus class (1896)
Highflyer class (1898)
Gem class (1903)
Adventure class (1904)
Forward class (1904)
Pathfinder class (1904)
Sentinel class (1904)
Boadicea class (1908)
Blonde class (1910)
Active class (1911)
'Town' class (1909-1913)
Arethusa class (1913)
'C' class series (1914-1922)
'D' class (1918)
'E' class (1918)

WW1 British Seaplane Carriers
HMS Ark Royal (1914)
HMS Campania (1893)
HMS Argus (1917)
HMS Furious (1917)
HMS Vindictive (1918)
HMS Hermes (1919)

WW1 British Destroyers
River class (1903)
Cricket class (1906)
Tribal class (1907)
HMS Swift (1907)
Beagle class (1909)
Acorn class (1910)
Acheron class (1911)
Acasta class (1912)
Laforey class (1913)
M/repeat M class (1914)
Faulknor class FL (1914)
T class (1915)
Parker class FL (1916)
R/mod R class (1916)
V class (1917)
V class FL (1917)
Shakespeare class FL (1917)
Scott class FL (1917)
W/mod W class (1917)
S class (1918)

WW1 British Torpedo Boats
125ft series (1885)
140ft series (1892)
160ft series (1901)
27-knotters (1894)
30-knotters (1896)
33-knotters (1896)

WW1 British Submarines
Nordenfelt Submarines (1885)
WW1 British Monitors
Flower class sloops
British Gunboats of WWI
British P-Boats (1915)
Kil class (1917)
British ww1 Minesweepers
Z-Whaler class patrol crafts
British ww1 CMB
British ww1 Auxiliaries

✠ Central Empires

⚑ Neutral Countries

Europe
Bulgarian Navy Bulgaria
Cruiser Nadezhda (1898)
Drski class TBs (1906)
Danish Navy 1914 Denmark
Skjold class (1896)
Herluf Trolle class (1899)
Herluf Trolle (1908)
Niels Iuel (1918)
Hekla class cruisers (1890)
Valkyrien class cruisers (1888)
Fyen class crusiers (1882)
Danish TBs (1879-1918)
Danish Submarines (1909-1920)
Danish Minelayer/sweepers

Greek Royal Navy Greece
Kilkis class
Giorgios Averof class

Dutch Empire Navy 1914 Netherlands
Eversten class (1894)
Konigin Regentes class (1900)
De Zeven Provincien (1909)
Dutch dreadnought (project)

Holland class cruisers (1896)
Fret class destroyers
Dutch Torpedo boats
Dutch gunboats
Dutch submarines
Dutch minelayers

Norwegian Navy 1914 Norway
Almirante Grau class (1906)
Ferre class subs. (1912)

Portuguese navy 1914 Portugal
Coastal Battleship Vasco da Gama (1875)
Cruiser Adamastor (1896)
Sao Gabriel class (1898)
Cruiser Dom Carlos I (1898)
Cruiser Rainha Dona Amelia (1899)
Portuguese ww1 Destroyers
Portuguese ww1 Submersibles
Portuguese ww1 Gunboats

Romanian Navy 1914 Romania

Elisabeta (1885)
Spanish Armada Spain
España class Battleships (1912)
Velasco class (1885)
Ironclad Pelayo (1887)
Alfonso XII class (1887)
Cataluna class (1896)
Plata class (1898)
Estramadura class (1900)
Reina Regentes class (1906)
Spanish Destroyers
Spanish Torpedo Boats
Spanish Sloops/Gunboats
Spanish Submarines
Spanish Armada 1898
Swedish Navy 1914 Sweden
Svea classs (1886)
Oden class (1896)
Dristigheten (1900)
Äran class (1901)
Oscar II (1905)
Sverige class (1915)
J. Ericsson class (1865)
Gerda class (1871)
Berserk (1873)
HMS Fylgia (1905)
Clas Fleming class (1912)
Swedish Torpedo cruisers
Swedish destroyers
Swedish Torpedo Boats
Swedish gunboats
Swedish submarines


WW2

✪ Allied ww2 Fleets

US ww2 US Navy
WW2 American Battleships
Wyoming class (1911)
New York class (1912)
Nevada class (1914)
Pennsylvania class (1915)
New Mexico class (1917)
Tennessee Class (1919)
Colorado class (1921)
North Carolina class (1940)
South Dakota class (1941)
Iowa class (1942)
Montana class (cancelled)

WW2 American Cruisers
Omaha class cruisers (1920)
Pensacola class heavy Cruisers (1928)
Northampton class heavy cruisers (1929)
Portland class heavy cruisers (1931)
New Orleans class cruisers (1933)
Brooklyn class cruisers (1936)
USS Wichita (1937)
Atlanta class light cruisers (1941)
Cleveland class light Cruisers (1942)
Baltimore class heavy cruisers (1942)
Alaska class heavy cruisers (1944)

WW2 USN Aircraft Carriers
USS Langley (1920)
Lexington class CVs (1927)
USS Ranger (CV-4)
USS Wasp (CV-7)
Yorktown class aircraft carriers (1936)
Long Island class (1940)
Independence class CVs (1942)
Essex class CVs (1942)
Bogue class CVEs (1942)
Sangamon class CVEs (1942)
Casablanca class CVEs (1942)
Commencement Bay class CVEs (1944)
Midway class CVs (1945)
Saipan class CVs (1945)

WW2 American destroyers
Wickes class (1918)
Clemson class (1920)
Farragut class (1934)
Porter class (1935)
Mahan class (1935)
Gridley class (1936)
Bagley class (1936)
Somers class (1937)
Benham class (1938)
Sims class (1938)
Benson class (1939)
Fletcher class (1942)
Sumner class (1943)
Gearing class (1945)

GMT Evarts class (1942)
TE Buckley class (1943)
TEV/WGT Rudderow classs (1943)
DET/FMR Cannon class
Asheville/Tacoma class

WW2 American Submarines
Barracuda class
USS Argonaut
Narwhal class
USS Dolphin
Cachalot class
Porpoise class
Shark class
Perch class
Salmon class
Sargo class
Tambor class
Mackerel class
Gato Class

USS Terror (1941)
Raven class Mnsp (1940)
Admirable class Mnsp (1942)
Eagle class sub chasers (1918)
PC class sub chasers
SC class sub chasers
PCS class sub chasers
YMS class Mot. Mnsp
PT-Boats
ww2 US gunboats
ww2 US seaplane tenders
USS Curtiss ST (1940)
Currituck class ST
Tangier class ST
Barnegat class ST

US Coat Guardships
Lake class
Northland class
Treasury class
Owasco class
Wind class
Algonquin class
Thetis class
Active class

US Amphibious ships & crafts
US Amphibious Operations
Doyen class AT
Harris class AT
Dickman class AT
Bayfield class AT
Windsor class AT
Ormsby class AT
Funston class AT
Sumter class AT
Haskell class AT
Andromeda class AT
Gilliam class AT
APD-1 class LT
APD-37 class LT
LSV class LS
LSD class LS
Landing Ship Tank
LSM class LS
LSM(R) class SS
LCI(L) LC
LCT(6) LC
LCV class LC
LCVP class LC
LCM(3) class LC
LCP(L) class LC
LCP(R) class SC
LCL(L)(3) class FSC
LCS(S) class FSC
British ww2 Royal Navy

WW2 British Battleships
Queen Elisabeth class (1913)
Revenge class (1915)
Nelson class (1925)
King Georges V class (1939)
Lion class (Started)
HMS Vanguard (1944)
Renown class (1916)
HMS Hood (1920)

WW2 British Cruisers
British C class cruisers (1914-1922)
Hawkins class cruisers (1917)
British D class cruisers (1918)
Enterprise class cruisers (1919)
HMS Adventure (1924)
County class cruisers (1926)
York class cruisers (1929)
Surrey class cruisers (project)
Leander class cruisers (1931)
Arethusa class cruisers (1934)
Perth class cruisers (1934)
Town class cruisers (1936)
Dido class cruisers (1939)
Abdiel class cruisers (1939)
Fiji class cruisers (1941)
Bellona class cruisers (1942)
Swiftsure class cruisers (1943)
Tiger class cruisers (1944)

WW2 British Aircraft Carriers
Courageous class aircraft carriers (1928)
HMS Ark Royal (1937)
HMS Eagle (1918)
HMS Furious (1917)
HMS Hermes (1919)
Illustrious class (1939)
HMS Indomitable (1940)
Implacable class (1942)
Malta class (project)
HMS Unicorn (1941)
Colossus class (1943)
Majestic class (1944)
Centaur class (started 1944)

HMS Archer (1939)
HMS Argus (1917)
Avenger class (1940)
Attacker class (1941)
HMS Audacity (1941)
HMS Activity (1941)
HMS Pretoria Castle (1941)
Ameer class (1942)
Merchant Aircraft Carriers (1942)
Vindex class (1943)
WW2 British Destroyers
Shakespeare class (1917)
Scott class (1818)
V class (1917)
S class (1918)
W class (1918)
A/B class (1926)
C/D class (1931)
G/H/I class (1935)
Tribal class (1937)
J/K/N class (1938)
Hunt class DE (1939)
L/M class (1940)
O/P class (1942)
Q/R class (1942)
S/T/U//V/W class (1942)
Z/ca class (1943)
Ch/Co/Cr class (1944)
Battle class (1945)
Weapon class (1945)
WW2 British submarines
L9 class (1918)
HMS X1 (1923)
Oberon class (1926)
Parthian class (1929)
Rainbow class (1930)
Thames class (1932)
Swordfish class (1932)
HMS Porpoise (1932)
Grampus class (1935)
Shark class (1934)
Triton class (1937)
Undine class (1937)
U class (1940)
S class (1941)
T class (1941)
X-Craft midget (1942)
A class (1944)
WW2 British Amphibious Ships and Landing Crafts
WW2 British MTB/gunboats.
WW2 British Gunboats

WW2 British Sloops
WW2 British Frigates
WW2 British Corvettes
WW2 British Misc.
Roberts class monitors (1941)
Halcyon class minesweepers (1933)
Bangor class minesweepers (1940)
Bathurst class minesweepers (1940)
Algerine class minesweepers (1941)
Motor Minesweepers (1937)
ww2 British ASW trawlers
Basset class trawlers (1935)
Tree class trawlers (1939)
HMS Albatross seaplane carrier
WW2 British river gunboats

HMS Guardian netlayer
HMS Protector netlayer
HMS Plover coastal mines.
Medway class sub depot ships
HMS Resource fleet repair
HMS Woolwhich DD depot ship
HMS Tyne DD depot ship
Maidstone class sub depot ships
HmS Adamant sub depot ship

Athene class aircraft transport
British ww2 AMCs
British ww2 OBVs
British ww2 ABVs
British ww2 Convoy Escorts
British ww2 APVs
British ww2 SSVs
British ww2 SGAVs
British ww2 Auxiliary Mines.
British ww2 CAAAVs
British ww2 Paddle Mines.
British ww2 MDVs
British ww2 Auxiliary Minelayers
British ww2 armed yachts

✙ Axis ww2 Fleets

Japan ww2 Imperial Japanese Navy
WW2 Japanese Battleships
Kongō class Fast Battleships (1912)
Fuso class battleships (1915)
Ise class battleships (1917)
Nagato class Battleships (1919)
Yamato class Battleships (1941)
B41 class Battleships (project)

WW2 Japanese cruisers
Tenryū class cruisers (1918)
Kuma class cruisers (1919)
Nagara class (1921)
Sendai class Cruisers (1923)
IJN Yūbari (1923)
Furutaka class Cruisers (1925)
Aoba class heavy cruisers (1926)
Nachi class Cruisers (1927)
Takao class cruisers (1930)
Mogami class cruisers (1934)
Tone class cruisers (1937)
Katori class cruisers (1939)
Agano class cruisers (1941)
Oyodo (1943)

Seaplane & Aircraft Carriers
IJN Hōshō (1921)
IJN Akagi (1925)
IJN Kaga (1927)
IJN Ryujo (1931)
IJN Soryu (1935)
IJN Hiryu (1937)
Shokaku class (1940)
Zuiho class (1937)
Ruyho (1933)
Hiyo class (1941)
Chitose class (comp. 1943)
IJN Taiho (1944)
IJN Shinano (1944)
Unryu class (1944)
IJN Ibuki (1942)

Taiyo class (1940)
IJN Kaiyo (1938)
IJN Shinyo (1934)

Notoro (1920)
Kamoi (1922)
Chitose class (1936)
Mizuho (1938)
Nisshin (1939)

IJN AMCs
IJN Aux. Seaplane tenders
Akistushima (1941)
Shimane Maru class (1944)
Yamashiro Maru class (1944)

Imperial Japanese Navy Aviation

WW2 Japanese Destroyers
Mutsuki class (1925)
Fubuki class (1927)
Akatsuki class (1932)
Hatsuharu class (1932)
Shiratsuyu class (1935)
Asashio class (1936)
Kagero class (1938)
Yugumo class (1941)
Akitsuki class (1941)
IJN Shimakaze (1942)

WW2 Japanese Submarines
KD1 class (1921)
Koryu class
Kaiten class
Kairyu class
IJN Midget subs

WW2 Japanese Amphibious ships/Crafts
Shinshu Maru class (1935)
Akistu Maru class (1941)
Kumano Maru class (1944)
SS class LS (1942)
T1 class LS (1944)
T101 class LS (1944)
T103 class LS (1944)
Shohatsu class LC (1941)
Chuhatsu class LC (1942)
Moku Daihatsu class (1942)
Toku Daihatsu class (1944)

WW2 Japanese minelayers
IJN Armed Merchant Cruisers
WW2 Japanese Escorts
Tomozuru class (1933)
Otori class (1935)
Matsu class (1944)
Tachibana class (1944)
Ioshima class (1944)
WW2 Japanese Sub-chasers
WW2 Japanese MLs
Shinyo class SB

⚑ Neutral Navies

✈ Naval Aviation

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Naval Aircraft Factory PT (1922)
Loening OL (1923)
Huff-Daland TW-5 (1923)
Martin MO (1924)
Consolidated NY (1926)
Vought FU (1927)
Vought O2U/O3U Corsair (1928)
Berliner-Joyce OJ (1931)
Curtiss SOC seagull (1934)
Grumman FF (1931)
Grumman F2F (1933)
Grumman F3F (1935)
Northrop BT-1 (1935)
Vultee V-11 (1935)
Grumman J2F Duck (1936)
Curtiss SBC Helldiver (1936)
Vought SB2U Vindicator (1936)
Brewster F2A Buffalo (1937)
Douglas TBD Devastator (1937)
Vought Kingfisher (1938)
Curtiss SO3C Seamew (1939)
Cessna AT-17 Bobcat (1939)
Douglas SBD Dauntless (1939)
Grumman F4F Wildcat (1940)
Northrop N-3PB Nomad (1941)
Brewster SB2A Buccaneer (1941)
Grumman TBF/TBM Avenger (1941)
Consolidated TBY Sea Wolf (1941)
Grumman F6F Hellcat (1942)
Vought F4U Corsair (1942)
Curtiss SB2C Helldiver (1942)
Curtiss SC Seahawk (1944)
Douglas BTD Destroyer (1944)
Grumman F7F Tigercat (1943)
Grumman F8F Bearcat (1944)
Ryan FR-1 Fireball (1944)
Douglas XTB2D-1 Skypirate (1945)
Douglas AD-1 Skyraider (1945)

Naval Aircraft Factory PN (1925)
Douglas T2D (1927)
Consolidated P2Y (1929)
Hall PH (1929)
Douglas PD (1929)
Douglas Dolphin (1931)
General Aviation PJ (1933)
Consolidated PBY Catalina (1935)
Fleetwings Sea Bird (1936)
Sikorsky VS-44 (1937)
Grumman G-21 Goose (1937)
Consolidated PB2Y Coronado (1937)
Beechcraft M18 (1937)
Sikorsky JRS (1938)
Boeing 314 Clipper (1938)
Martin PBM Mariner (1939)
Grumman G-44 Wigeon (1940)
Martin Mars (1943)
Goodyear GA-2 Duck (1944)
Edo Ose (1945)
Hugues Hercules (1947)

⚔ WW2 Naval Battles


The Cold War

Royal Navy Royal Navy
Cold War Aircraft Carriers
Centaur class (1947)
HMS Victorious (1950)
HMS Eagle (1946)
HMS Ark Royal (1950)
HMS Hermes (1953)
CVA-01 class (1966 project)
Invincible class (1977)

Cold War Cruisers
Tiger class (1945)

Destroyers
Daring class (1949)
1953 design (project)
Cavendish class (1944)
Weapon class (1945)
Battle class (1945)
FADEP program (1946)
County class GMD (1959)
Bristol class GMD (1969)
Sheffield class GMD (1971)
Manchester class GMD (1980)
Type 43 GMD (1974)

British cold-war Frigates
Rapid class (1942)
Tenacious class (1941)
Whitby class (1954)
Blackwood class (1953)
Leopard class (1954)
Salisbury class (1953)
Tribal class (1959)
Rothesay class (1957)
Leander class (1961)
BB Leander class (1967)
HMS Mermaid (1966)
Amazon class (1971)
Broadsword class (1976)
Boxer class (1981)
Cornwall class (1985)
Duke class (1987)

British cold war Submarines
T (conv.) class (1944)
T (Stream) class (1945)
A (Mod.) class (1944)
Explorer class (1954)
Strickleback class (1954)
Porpoise class (1956)
Oberon class (1959)
HMS Dreanought SSN (1960)
Valiant class SSN (1963)
Resolution class SSBN (1966)
Swiftsure class SSN (1971)
Trafalgar class SSN (1981)
Upholder class (1986)
Vanguard class SSBN (started)

Assault ships
Fearless class (1963)
HMS Ocean (started)
Sir Lancelot LLS (1963)
Sir Galahad (1986)
Ardennes/Avon class (1976)
Brit. LCVPs (1963)
Brit. LCM(9) (1980)

Minesweepers/layers
Ton class (1952)
Ham class (1947)
Ley class (1952)
HMS Abdiel (1967)
HMS Wilton (1972)
Hunt class (1978)
Venturer class (1979)
River class (1983)
Sandown class (1988)

Misc. ships
HMS Argus ATS (1988)
Ford class SDF (1951)
Cormorant class (1985)
Kingfisger class (1974)
HMS Jura OPV (1975)
Island class OPVs (1976)
HMS Speedy PHDF (1979)
Castle class OPVs (1980)
Peacock class OPVs (1982)
MBT 538 class (1948)
Gay class FACs (1952)
Dark class FACs (1954)
Bold class FACs (1955)
Brave class FACs (1957)
Tenacity class PCs (1967)
Brave class FPCs (1969)
Sovietskaya Flota Sovietskiy flot
Cold War Soviet Cruisers (1947-90)
Chapayev class (1945)
Kynda class (1961)
Kresta I class (1964)
Kresta II class (1968)
Kara class (1969)
Kirov class (1977)
Slava class (1979)

Moksva class (1965)
Kiev class (1975)
Kusnetsov class aircraft carriers (1988)

Cold War Soviet Destroyers
Skoryi class destroyers (1948)
Neustrashimyy (1951)
Kotlin class (1953)
Krupny class (1959)
Kashin class (1963)
Sovremenny class (1978)
Udaloy class (1980)
Project Anchar DDN (1988)

Soviet Frigates
Kola class (1951)
Riga class (1954)
Petya class (1960)
Mirka class (1964)
Grisha class (1968)
Krivak class (1970)
Koni class (1976)
Neustrashimyy class (1988)

Soviet Missile Corvettes
Poti class (1962)
Nanuchka class (1968)
Pauk class (1978)
Tarantul class (1981)
Dergach class (1987)
Svetlyak class (1989)

Cold War Soviet Submarines
Whiskey SSK (1948)
Zulu SSK (1950)
Quebec SSK (1950)
Romeo SSK (1957)
Foxtrot SSK (1963)
Tango class (1972)
November SSN (1957)
Golf SSB (1958)
Hotel SSBN (1959)
Echo I SSGN (1959)
Echo II SSGN (1961)
Juliett SSG (1962)
Yankee SSBN (1966)
Victor SSN I (1965)
Alfa SSN (1967)
Charlie SSGN (1968)
Papa SSGN (1968)
Delta I SSBN (1972)
Delta II SSBN (1975)
Delta III SSBN (1976)
Delta IV SSBN (1980)
Typhoon SSBN (1980)
Victor II SSN (1971)
Victor III SSN (1977)
Oscar SSGN (1980)
Sierra SSN (1982)
Mike SSN (1983)
Akula SSN (1984)
Kilo SSK (1986)

Soviet Naval Air Force
Kamov Ka-10 Hat
Kamov Ka-15 Hen
Kamov Ka-18 Hog
Kamov Ka-25 Hormone
Kamov Ka-27 Helix
Mil Mi-8 Hip
Mil Mi-14 H?
Mil Mi-4 Hound

Yakovlev Yak-38
Sukhoi Su-17
Sukhoi Su-24

Ilyushin Il-28 Beagle
Myasishchev M-4 Bison
Tupolev Tu-14 Bosun
Tupolev Tu-142
Ilyushin Il-38
Tupolev Tu-16
Antonov An-12
Tupolev Tu-22
Tupolev Tu-95
Tupolev Tu-22M
Tupolev Tu-16
Tupolev Tu-22

Beriev Be-6 Madge
Beriev Be-10 Mallow
Beriev Be-12
Lun class Ekranoplanes
A90 Orlan Ekranoplanes

Soviet MTBs/PBs/FACs
P2 class FACs
P4 class FACs
P6 class FACs
P8 class FACs
P10 class FACs
Komar class FACs (1960)
Project 184 FACs
OSA class FACs
Shershen class FACs
Mol class FACs
Turya class HFL
Matka class HFL
Pchela class FACs
Sarancha class HFL
Babochka class HFL
Mukha class HFL
Muravey class HFL

MO-V sub-chasers
MO-VI sub-chasers
Stenka class sub-chasers
kronstadt class PBs
SO-I class PBs
Poluchat class PBs
Zhuk clas PBs
MO-105 sub-chasers

Project 191 River Gunboats
Shmel class river GB
Yaz class river GB
Piyavka class river GB
Vosh class river GB
Saygak class river GB

Soviet Minesweepers
T43 class
T58 class
Yurka class
Gorya class
T301 class
Project 255 class
Sasha class
Vanya class
Zhenya class
Almaz class
Sonya class
TR40 class
K8 class
Yevgenya class
Olya class
Lida class
Andryusha class
Ilyusha class
Alesha class
Rybak class
Baltika class
SChS-150 class
Project 696 class

Soviet Amphibious ships
MP 2 class
MP 4 class
MP 6 class
MP 8 class
MP 10 class
Polocny class
Ropucha class
Alligator class
Ivan Rogov class
Aist class HVC
Pomornik class HVC
Gus class HVC
T-4 class LC
Ondatra class LC
Lebed class HVC
Tsaplya class HVC
Utenov class
US Navy USN (1990)
Aircraft carriers
United States class (1950)
Essex SBC-27 (1950s)
Midway class (mod)
Forrestal class (1954)
Kitty Hawk class (1960)
USS Enterprise (1960)
Nimitz Class (1972)

Cruisers
Salem Class (1947)
Worcester Class (1948)
USS Norfolk (1953)
Boston Class (1955)
Galveston Class (1958)
Albany Class (1962)
USS Long Beach (1960)
Leahy Class (1961)
USS Bainbridge (1961)
Belknap Class (1963)
USS Truxtun (1964)
California Class (1971)
Virginia Class (1974)
CSGN Class (1976)
Ticonderoga Class (1981)

Destroyers
Mitscher class (1952)
Fletcher DDE class (1950s)
Gearing DDE class (1950s)
F. Sherman class (1956)
Farragut class (1958)
Charles s. Adams class (1958)
Gearing FRAM I class (1960s)
Sumner FRAM II class (1970s)
Spruance class (1975)

Frigates
Dealey class (1953)
Claud Jones class (1958)
Bronstein class (1962)
Garcia class (1963)
Brooke class (1963)
Knox class (1966)
OH Perry class (1976)

Submarines
Guppy class Submarines (1946-59)
Barracuda class SSK (1951)
Tang class SSK (1951)
USS Darter SSK (1956)
Mackerel class SSK (1953)
USS Albacore SSK (1953)
USS X1 Midget subs (1955)
Barbel class SSK (1958)

USS Nautilus SSN (1954)
USS Seawolf SSN (1955)
Skate class SSN (1957)
Skipjack class SSN (1958)
USS Tullibee SSN (1960)
Tresher/Permit class SSN (1960)
Sturgeon class SSN (1963)
Los Angeles class SSN (1974)
Seawolf class SSN (1989)

USS Grayback SSBN (1954)
USS Growler SSBN (1957)
USS Halibut SSBN (1959)
Gato SSG (1960s)
E. Allen class SSBN (1960)
G. Washington class SSBN (1969)
Lafayette class SSBN (1962)
Ohio class SSBN (1979)

Migraine class RP (1950s)
Sailfish class RP (1955)
USS Triton class RP (1958)

Amphibious/assault ships
Iwo Jima class HC (1960)
Tarawa class LHD (1973)
Wasp class LHD (1987)
Thomaston class LSD (1954)
Raleigh class LSD (1962)
Austin class LSD (1964)
Anchorage class LSD (1968)
Whibdey Island class LSD (1983)
Parish class LST (1952)
County class LST (1957)
Newport class LST (1968)
Tulare class APA (1953)
Charleston class APA (1967)
USS Carronade support ship (1953)

Mine warfare ships
Agile class (1952)
Ability (1956)
Avenger (1987)
USS Cardinal (1983)
Adjutant class (1953)
USS Cove (1958)
USS Bittern (1957)
Minesweeping boats/launches

Misc. ships
USS Northampton CS (1951)
Blue Ridge class CS (1969)
Wright class CS (1969)
PT812 class (1950)
Nasty class FAC (1962)
Osprey class FAC (1967)
Asheville class FACs (1966)
USN Hydrofoils (1962-81)
Vietnam Patrol Boats (1965-73)

Coastguard
Hamilton class (1965)
Reliance class (1963)
Bear class (1979)
cold war CG PBs


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