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  1. Bloodhound79

    [Guide] Basic CV gameplay

    A good read considering where im heading very insightful!
  2. Bloodhound79

    I found an interesting thing

    novadragon79, on 01 October 2013 - 04:20 AM, said: And then probably another year until open beta where most of us will get in :teethhappy: :teethhappy: pains me to say "i agree"
  3. Bloodhound79

    Dreadnought era - transformation of war navy

    another very good read, although ive read of mr fisher in a book about the dreadnoughts... i never knew his nickname was "jacky " :honoring:
  4. Bloodhound79

    What we know about Ships: Updated 05/04/2017

    yes great job again, "spot on" as usual :honoring:
  5. Bloodhound79

    German battleship Tirpitz

    blak3, on 17 May 2013 - 07:54 PM, said: Luftwaffe[73] i sense wiki :ohmy: joking aside another good read all the same! GJ
  6. Bloodhound79

    RML 497

    thanks guys :honoring:
  7. Bloodhound79

    RML 497

    Rescue Motor Launch 497 although a very small ship and without extensive achievments in WW2, this is a easy choice for me as i have sailed on this ship around 30 times and participated in a fundraising day or two for her every time i visit my holiday home in brixham (devon). hope you enjoy. a Fairmile B motor launch (not rml497) RML 497 was built to the standard Fairmile B motor launch design, and was one of around 650 of the class built. The design was very adaptable, being fitted with pre-drilled rails for different uses - the Rescue Motor Launch (RML) type of which around 50 were built, including RML497 were fitted with a sick-bay aft of the funnel. RML 497 was built in 1941, and commissioned in July 1942. She was originally stationed with the 62nd ML Flotilla, based at Portland, Dorset,then in January 1944 was transferred to Kirkwall, in the Orkney Islands, being used for anti-submarine target towing. In August of the same year she was sent to Appledore, North Devon. She was later transferred to the 69th Flotilla at Felixstowe, before being decommissioned at the end of the war, and sold at Itchenor in Chichester Harbour. She carried a crew of two officers and thirteen sailors. She saw service out of Scapa Flow, Appledore, Dartmouth and Felixstowe.Although she never fired her guns in anger she was involved in many clandestine missions and a commando raid on the Channel Isles following D-Day. Her main duty was to rescue downed aircraft crew, especially if the weather conditions were too rough for RAF Air Sea Rescue launches. Many vessels identical to her were used in the costly raids on Dieppe and St Nazaire acting as troop transports. 1941 Displacement: 108 tons Length: 111.9 ft (34.1 m) Beam: 18 ft 3 in (5.56 m) except Canadian built at 17 ft 0 in (5.18 m) or 17 ft 10 in (5.44 m) Draught: 4 ft 10 in (1.47 m) Propulsion: Two 650 bhp (480 kW) Hall-Scott Defender petrol engines Speed: 20 knots Range: 1,500 miles at 12 kt Complement: 15 Sensors and processing systems: ASDIC Armament: Armour: Wheelhouse plated 1960 - 2012 Class & type: Fairmile B motor launch Type: Twin-Screw Motor Vessel Displacement: 108 tons Length: 111.9 ft (34.1 m) Beam: 18.3 ft (5.56 m) Draught: 4.10 ft (1.47 m) Decks: 2 Propulsion: Twin Gardner 6LXB Diesels Speed: 14 knots Capacity: 175 Passengers 2013 to follow After the war Western Lady Ferry Service In 1946, Mr Edhouse of Totnes purchased four of the RMLs, and converted them for use as passenger vessels on a ferry service from Torquay to Brixham, across Torbay in South Devon. RML 535 ranamed to western lady RML 542 renamed to western lady II RML 497 renamed to western lady III RML 526 renamed to western lady IV western lady III 2005 All were re-engined, as their original engines used a fuel with too high an octane value for passenger service; in any case, the original Hall-Scott Defender Petrol engines had been removed prior to sale by the Admiralty and returned to the USA under the World War II lease-lend agreement. This reduced their top speed from 20 knots to 14 knots. (imagine sailing around uk waters in 1942 in wooden boat with a petrol engine!!! omg!) Western lady fleet aid up at dolphin boatyard Galampton, 26th december 2005 - From left to right western lady IV(ex RML 526) , Torbay princess (white hull, replaced western lady II). western lady (yellow hull ex RML 535) , Western lady III (ex RML 497). photo courtesy of paul britton. In 2003, the two remaining operational Fairmiles; Western Ladies III and IV were supplemented on the Torquay - Brixham ferry by the more modern MV Torbay Princess and MV Torbay Princess II. This arrangement lasted until the end of the 2006 season, when the Fairmiles were withdrawn. Swanage Service Western Lady III, by now the last Fairmile Passenger vessel (The Western Lady IV became a yacht), was bought in 2007 by Fairmile Classic Cruises, who operated her from Swanage in Dorset on circular cruises along the Jurassic Coast, and to Yarmouth, Isle of Wight.By early 2009, the company had run up debts, and the vessel had been impounded by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). The owners of Greenway Ferry inspected her, and were given less than 24 hours to buy her by the harbour master, to avoid her being sold at auction to pay off the debts. Greenway Ferry Service After a brief call in Brixham, Western Lady went to Polruan in Cornwall, where she was given a major (£35,000) refit, to return her to MCA standards, and to refurbish her passenger accommodation in Art Deco style. She was renamed The Fairmile to avoid confusion with the services of Western Lady Ferry Service, and to emphasise her history. In August 2009, she returned to Torbay, undertaking a series of 'Welcome Home' sailings, with the guest of honour being one of her wartime skippers, Eustace 'Mac' Mackmurdo, aged 93 2013 after a extensive £160,000 refit, the newly restored historic World War Two heritage ship has just undergone her largest refit since the family-run Greenway Ferry Company saved her in 2009 from being decommissioned in Poole returning her back to service in Torbay where she had plied during war and peacetime – now in her 72nd year. The whole saloon was removed and 75 per cent of her deck replaced. There are new deck shelves, deck beams, deck, floors and two brand new watertight double sheaved bulkheads and fully restored 1940's 'English Channel' camoflage scheme paintwork. If ever you are in the area i reccomend a ride on RML 497 ... still running today!
  8. Bloodhound79

    HMS Indefatigable

  9. Bloodhound79

    USS Wichita

    sorry smederevac, i must of missed this when i checked the previous pages :amazed: but just shows what good taste we have :teethhappy:
  10. Bloodhound79

    Zheng He

    you can most certainly not deny the beuaty of the ship! and a very intersting read +1
  11. Bloodhound79

    USS Wichita

    USS Wichita (CA-45) was a unique heavy cruiser of the United States Navy built in the 1930s. She was authorized by the 1929 Cruiser Act, laid down at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard in October 1935, launched in November 1937, and commissioned into the US Navy in February 1939. The last American cruiser built under the terms of the London Naval Treaty. Wichita was a heavy cruiser variant of the Brooklyn class of light cruisers, and formed the basis for the later Baltimore-class cruisers. She was armed with a main battery of nine 8-inch (200 mm) guns in three triple turrets. Following her commissioning, Wichita was assigned to neutrality patrols in the Atlantic. Class: Wichita Pennant: CA 45 Built by: Philadelphia Navy Yard (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.) Ordered: Laid down: 28th Oct 1935 Launched: 16th Nov 1937 Commissioned: 16th Feb 1939 End service: 3rd Feb 1947 Decommissioned: 3rd February 1947. Stricken: 1st March 1959. Sold: 14th August 1959 to be broken up for scrap. Displacement: Standard: 10,589 long tons (10,759 t) Full load: 13,015 long tons (13,224 t) Length: 608 ft 4 in (185.42 m) Beam: 61 ft 9 in (18.82 m) Draft: 23 ft 9 in (7.24 m) Propulsion: 4 Parsons steam turbines, 8 Babcock & Wilcox boilers, 4 screws - 100,000 shp (75 MW) Speed: 33 kn (61 km/h; 38 mph) Range: 10,000 nmi (19,000 km; 12,000 mi) at 15 kn (28 km/h; 17 mph) Crew: 929 officers and enlisted Armament: 9 × 8 in /55 Mk 12 guns 8 × 5 in /38 Mk 12 Main Battery Armament: Wichita was armed with a main battery of nine 8-inch /55 Mark 12 guns mounted in three 3-gun turrets. The guns fired a 335-poundprojectiles at a muzzle velocity of 2,500 feet per second . Maximum elevation of the guns was 41 degrees; this provided a maximum range of 30,050 yd (27,480 m). Rate of fire was approximately one shot every fifteen seconds. The turrets allowed each gun to elevate and fire individually.(pictured elow) Armor Belt armor: 6.4 in (160 mm) Deck: 2.25 in (57 mm) Turrets: 8 in (200 mm) Conning tower: 6 in (150 mm) Aircraft Aircraft carried: 4 scout planes Aviation facilities: 2 catapults Commanding Officers Capt. Thaddeus Austin Thomson, Jr 16th Feb 1939 - 27th Dec 1941 James Thomas Alexander, 27th Dec 1941 - 20th Feb 1942 Capt. Harry Wilbur Hill, 20th Feb 1942 - 3rd Sep 1942 Capt. Francis Stuart Low, 3rd Sep 1942 - 10th Mar 1943 Capt John Joseph Mahoney, 10th Mar 1943 - 11th Apr 1944 Capt. Douglas Ancrum Spencer, 11th Apr 1944 - 4th Jun 1945 Cdr. Charles Joseph Rend, 4th Jun 1945 - Dec 1945 Capt. William Hibbs, Dec 1945 - Apr 1946 William Dudley Wright, Jr. Apr 1946 - 15th Jul 1946 War Time Service After the United States entered World War II, the ship saw heavy service throughout the conflict. She was first assigned to convoy escort duty on the Murmansk Run in early 1942, and supported amphibious landings during Operation Torch in November 1942. During the Naval Battle of Casablanca, Wichita engaged several French coastal batteries and warships, including the battleship Jean Bart. In 1943, Wichita was transferred to the Pacific Theater, where she remained for the duration of the war. She frequently provided antiaircraft defense for the Fast Carrier Task Force during operations in the central Pacific, including the Battles of the Philippine Sea and Leyte Gulf in 1944. During the latter engagement, Wichita assisted in the sinking of the Japanese aircraft carrier Chiyoda. Noteable Events Operation Torch assigned to Task Group 34.1, under the command of Rear Admiral H. Kent Hewitt, and including the battleship Massachusetts and Tuscaloosa.The ships were assigned to provide gunfire support for Operation Torch, the invasion of French North Africa. Wichita participated in the Naval Battle of Casablanca, which began early on the morning of 8 November. The ships were tasked with neutralizing the primary French defenses, which included coastal guns on El Hank, several submarines, and the incomplete battleship Jean Bart which lay at anchor in the harbor. Wichita and Tuscaloosa initially engaged the French batteries on El Hank and the French submarine pens, while Massachusetts attacked Jean Bart. French naval forces, led by the cruiser Primauguet, put up a stubborn defense. In response, the French launched a pair of attacks to break up the American landings. During the first French attack, either Wichita or Tuscaloosa damaged the French destroyer Milan and forced it aground. A second French attack was also defeated; one of the two cruisers sank the destroyer Fougueux and damaged Frondeur. Wichita, Tuscaloosa, and Massachusetts also Jean Bart. At 11:28, Wichita was hit by a 194 mm (7.6 in) shell, fired by a gun on El Hank. The shell penetrated her deck and exploded below, injuring fourteen men. Hewitt broke off the attack temporarily, but by 13:12, several American warships began firing on French vessels exiting the harbor. Pacific Theatre Invasion of Okinawa Wichita arrived in Ulithi on 20 March, and was assigned to Task Force 54 the next day. She put to sea to take part in the invasion of Okinawa. The ship was placed in Task Unit 54 to cover minesweepers off Okinawa on 25 March. On the afternoon of the following day, Wichita bombarded Japanese positions on the island, from 13:50 to 16:30. Japanese aircraft attacked the ships early the next morning; Wichita's gunners shot down one of the aircraft. Later that day, the ship resumed bombardment duties in preparation for the amphibious invasion. She continued to shell the island through 28 March. The next day, she retired to Kerama Retto to replenish her ammunition. The ship then returned to Okinawa later that day to cover underwater demolition teams as they cleared beach obstacles. Wichita continued to support the demolition teams the next day, as well as shelling targets ashore. On 31 March, Wichita bombarded the sea wall to create a breach in preparation for the landings. A close call Late on 6 April, an A6M Zero attempted to attack Wichita. The fighter came down through a break in the clouds on Wichita's port side. The ship's anti-aircraft gunners immediately opened fire; a burst from one of the 20 mm guns shot away the Zero's tail. The plane veered away, out of control, and dropped its 500-pound (230 kg) bomb, which fell approximately 50 feet (15 m) from the ship. The Zero's wing clipped the deck before the plane crashed into the sea. Eleven men were wounded in the attack, though the ship remained undamaged. Wichita continued to provide gunfire support to the troops on Okinawa through July, as part of Task Unit 2. On 15 August, the ship's crew received word that the war with Japan was over. Wichita was awarded 13 battle stars for her service during World War II.
  12. Bloodhound79

    USS Delaware (BB-28)

    nice read smederevac!
  13. Bloodhound79

    HMS Indefatigable

    HMS Indefatigable HMS Indefatigable was an Implacable-class aircraft carrier of the British Royal Navy. Indefatigable was present at the formal surrender of the Japanese on 2 September in Tokyo Bay. She later helped to repatriate Allied POWs held in Japan and was used as a spotting ship for later US nuclear tests in the Pacific ocean. Indefatigable was scrapped in 1956. Construction was halted in 1940 by order of Winston Churchill, and even after it was resumed little priority was given to their completion.HMS Implacable took 5 years to build, and by the time she was completed HMS Indefatigable her sister was fully operational and already at sea in combat. After a short period of operations with the Home Fleet, both ships went to the Pacific, where their larger air groups were responsible for the majority of sorties flown by the carriers of the British Pacific Fleet. Builder: John Brown & Company Laid down: 3 November 1939 Launched: 8 December 1942 Commissioned: 3 May 1944 Decommissioned: December 1946 Commissioned: 1950 Decommissioned: September 1954 Identification: Pennant number: R10 Fate: Scrapped in November 1956 Class & type: Implacable class aircraft carrier Displacement: 23,825 tons standard 32,624 tons full load Length: 766.5 ft (233.6 m) Beam: 95.75 ft (29.18 m) Draught: 29 ft (8.8 m) Propulsion: Steam Turbines (8 Admiralty 3-drum boilers, 4 shafts, Parsons geared turbines), 148,000 shp. Speed: 32 knots (59 km/h) Range: 11,000 nautical miles (20,000 km) at 14 knots (26 km/h) Complement: 1,400 (including air group) Armament: 8 × twin QF 4.5 inch naval guns 42 × QF 2 pounder naval guns 40 × Oerlikon 20 mm guns Aircraft carried: 73 in 1944 with a permanent deck park. Squadrons carried The ship's squadrons operated a number of aircraft types including the Supermarine Seafire, TBF Avenger and Fairey Firefly. In November 1944 Indefatigable carried 73 aircraft: 40 Seafires, 21 Avengers and 12 Fireflies. (as seen on the flight deck below in 1944) SQDN Embarked Dates Aircraft type 894 May 1944-March 1946 Seafire II-III 1770 May 1944-June 1945 Firefly I 820 June-Sept 1944 Barracuda II 826 June-Sept 1944 Barracuda II 887 July 1944-march 1946 Seafire F.III/L.III 1840 Aug 1944 Hellcat I 820 Oct 1944-March 1946 Avenger I 888 Dec 1944-Jan 1945 Hellcat II 1772 July 1945-Dec 1946 Firefly I Battle Honours Norway 1944, Palembang 1945, Okinawa 1945, Japan 1945 Commander Capt. Quintin [edited] Graham, DSO, RN 1st Sep 1943 - 1st Nov 1945 Noteable Events July 1944 HMS Indefatigable joined the Home Fleet , to take part in the attacks on the German Battleship Tirpitz in Norway, with Operaytion Mascot of 17 July 1944, then subsequently a further series of attacks on the Tirpitz on 22, 24 and 29 August 1944 as part of Operation Goodwood October-November 1944 HMS Indefatigable was modified for Pacific service and then joined the Eastern Fleet in November 1944. November 1944 She led air strikes against an oil refinery at Medan with HMS Indomitable and HMS Victorious on 4 January 1945, then in air strikes against Palembang on 24 and 29 January 1945. Following a period at Sydney in February 1945, she took part in air strikes against Sakishima Gunto and Formosa in March-April 1945. She was the first British ship to be hit by a Kamikaze when serving with the British Pacific Fleet on 1 April 1945. However, however she quickly recovered and became fully operational within 1 hour. She subsequently took part in further strikes against Sakishima Gunto in May 1945. By the end of these operations Indefatigable had contributed one-third of the Fleet Air Arm sorties flown between 26 March and 25 May 1945. June 1945 she was at Sydney - machinery breakdown delayed sailing. She then took part in air strikes against Japanese home islands between 24 July-10 August 1945. August 1945 Indefatigable operated with the American Third Fleet in Japanese waters between 10 August-2 September and her aircraft flew what was officially the last sortie of the war on 15 August 1945, where her seafires shot down 8 enemy aircraft. Post War Post war in December 1945 she sailed for New Zealand and return to Sydney, finally departing Sydney at the end of January 1946 for the UK where she arrived on 15 March 1946. She was paid off and put into reserve in December 1946. Post war Indefatigable was recommissioned as a boys training ship in 1950, had her hangars converted to classrooms and accommodation space. Neither ship was significantly modernised, and both were only 10 years old when paid off in August 1954. She was towed to Dalmuir late 1956 for scrapping. Broken up at Troon.
  14. Bloodhound79

    HMCS Haida

    Smederevac94, on 14 May 2013 - 07:02 PM, said: Well done, nice post, thanks! :honoring: thanks :eyesup: