SS America / USS West Point shipwreck

The SS America, completed in 1939 for the United States Lines, was a beautiful ocean liner. Graceful sweeping curves and two flared funnels with small winged caps gave her an art-deco styling, like other great liners of the era. Until the construction of the SS United States, in the early 1950s, she was the biggest … Continue reading “SS America / USS West Point shipwreck”

South African Navy – Auxiliaries and Other Ships

Auxiliaries and Other Ships Return to Mine Warfare Ships Replenishment / Resupply SAS DrakensbergA-301 (1987) LOA 482′ TDISP 12,500 tons. Largest warship to be built in South Africa SAS Outeniqua A-302 (1992-2004) LOA 546′ TDISP 21,025 tons. Built in the Ukraine. Commercial service before and after South African naval service. Ice-breaking capability. Scrapped 2013. Hydrographic Survey … Continue reading “South African Navy – Auxiliaries and Other Ships”

Iranian Navy – Frigates

Frigates Moudge Class LOA 312’ TDISP 1,500 tons (2 active, 1 lost) IRIS Sahand 74 (2018) reuses the pennant number of the Alvand class frigate destroyed by US forces during 1988. This new Sahand is reportedly an upgraded Moudge variant. IRIS Jamaran 76 (2010) IRIS Damavand 77 (2015-2018) this ship appears to have ran aground … Continue reading “Iranian Navy – Frigates”

The Strange Lives of a Fake Iranian Carrier

A brief history and satellite imagery exploration of what shipsearcher staff like to call the USS Potemkin Maru!

Royal Thai Navy – Landing Ships

 Continue to Landing Ships Landing Ships Return to Corvettes and Patrol Ships LST MK.2 Class LST-511 sub-class LOA 328′ TDISP 3,800 tons (ca. 1000 built over 3 sub-classes, at least 5 transferred to Royal Thai Navy) for other sister-ships and more information see USN retired landing ships listing.HTMS Phangan LST-713 (1966-ca.2005) formerly USS Stark County … Continue reading “Royal Thai Navy – Landing Ships”

A Thousand Shipsearcher satellite views launched, and some highlights!

The Elizabethan playwright Christopher Marlowe, in his celebrated play, Dr. Faustus, wrote of a mythic age, when a thousand warships were launched to grab back Helen, the most beautiful woman. Here at Shipsearcher, the Ship Identification Section (SIS) can’t tell you if any of that happened in distant antiquity – satellite imagery of the Trojan … Continue reading “A Thousand Shipsearcher satellite views launched, and some highlights!”

104 year old Russian Salvage Ship found to be doing just fine!

The Komunna has been salvaging Russian subs since the time of the last Czar, Nicholas II. She was loosely modeled on the Imperial German ship, SMS Vulkan. Shipsearcher staff located the catamaran-style vessel, with four enormous connecting trusses, in a bay near Sevastopol, in the Crimea. This specialized ship is the oldest operational warship in … Continue reading “104 year old Russian Salvage Ship found to be doing just fine!”

French Navy – Submarines

French Navy Submarines Back to French Navy Frigates Ballistic Missile Nuclear-Powered Submarines (SSBN) Triomphant Class LOA 453′ TDISP 14,350 tons submerged (4 active, service since 1997) Redoutable Class LOA 420′ TDISP 8,000 tons submerged (6 built, all retired, 1 preserved). Five of the decommissioned submarines have been taken to Cherbourg and dismantled, which as a … Continue reading “French Navy – Submarines”

Royal Canadian Navy – Frigates

Royal Canadian Navy Frigates Back to Royal Canadian Navy Destroyers Halifax Class FFH LOA 440′ TDISP 4,700 tons (12 active) HMCS Halifax FFH-330 (1992) HMCS Vancouver FFH-331 (1993)HMCS Ville de Québec FFH-332 (1994) satellite image not yet located. HMCS Toronto FFH-333 (1993) HMCS Regina FFH-334 (1993)HMCS Calgary FFH-335 (1995)HMCS Montreal FFH-336 (1994)HMCS Fredericton FFH-337 (1994)HMCS … Continue reading “Royal Canadian Navy – Frigates”

Royal Australian Navy – Auxiliaries and Other Ships

Royal Australian Navy Auxiliaries and Other Ships Back to Royal Australian Navy Mine Warfare Vessels Replenishment / Resupply HMAS Sirius O-266 (2006 – present) LOA 648′ TDISP 46,750 tons full load HMAS Success OR-304 (1986 – 2019) Durance Class fleet oiler LOA 516′ TDISP 18,200 tons full load Boom Defence Ships HMAS Karangi Bar-Class (1941-ca. 1952) LOA … Continue reading “Royal Australian Navy – Auxiliaries and Other Ships”