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HMS Hermes British Aircraft Carrier: World War II

HMS Hermes was the first purpose-designed aircraft carrier built for the Royal Navy and fitted with an off-centre island containing the funnel and operations spaces. Although very narrow, the island was quite long and massive for a ship this size. The island located forward of amidships made the ship trim by the bow, the weight of the off-set island also caused a list to starboard. This imbalance had to [...]

By | 2018-01-14T17:11:45+00:00 January 14th, 2018|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

HMS Formidable British Aircraft Carrier: World War II

HMS Formidable was an Illustrious-class aircraft carrier ordered for the Royal Navy before the Second World War. After being completed in late 1940, she was briefly assigned to the Home Fleet before being transferred to the Mediterranean Fleet as a replacement for her crippled sister ship Illustrious. Formidable's aircraft played a key role in the Battle of Cape Matapan in early 1941, and they subsequently provided cover for Allied [...]

By | 2018-01-11T14:45:04+00:00 January 8th, 2018|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Béarn, French Aircraft Carrier: World War II

Béarn was a French aircraft carrier. It served with the Marine nationale (French Navy) in World War II and later. Béarn was commissioned in 1927, and was the only aircraft carrier France produced until after World War II, and the only ship of its class built. She was to be an experimental ship, and was slated for replacement in the 1930s by two new ships of the Joffre class. [...]

By | 2017-12-26T15:56:46+00:00 December 26th, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Admiral Kuznetsov: Russian Aircraft Carrier

Due to historical and political considerations, carrier development such as Admiral Kuznetsov got off to a slow start in the Soviet Union. The debate over large decked carriers has been ongoing for decades starting the 1930's with Stalin; however, two carriers were planned but canceled with the start of WW II with the ground war being a major consideration. After the war, the Soviet Navy saw how the aircraft carrier [...]

By | 2017-10-30T01:36:59+00:00 August 23rd, 2017|Categories: Modern War|Tags: , , |0 Comments

USS Princeton American Light Carrier: World War II

A tremendous explosion in Leyte Gulf on October 24, 1944, broke the American light carrier USS Princeton in two and devastated the light cruiser USS Birmingham. The 600-foot light carrier USS Princeton (CVL23) was commissioned at the Philadelphia Navy Yard on February 25, 1943, and was sunk 20 months later, on October 24, 1944, in Leyte Gulf during heroic efforts to retake the Philippines from the Japanese. One of [...]

By | 2017-10-30T01:46:19+00:00 August 6th, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Cold War: USS Enterprise (CVN-65)

The world's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, USS Enterprise (CVN-65) was laid down at Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock Company on February 4, 1958. The eighth ship of the US Navy to carry the name Enterprise, CVN-65 inherited it from the CV-6 which had seen extensive action in the Pacific during World War II. The new Enterprise was intended as the lead vessel of a new class of six carriers. As [...]

By | 2016-12-28T16:40:05+00:00 October 2nd, 2016|Categories: Modern War, Wars|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

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