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”
A lifesaving Bren Gun carrier wrecked on Sable Island?!
Where have all the three-decker line-of-battleships gone? A visual history of these massive floating fortresses, and views of all remaining first rate ships of the line!
Frigates Almirante Mariscal Sucre / Lupo class (variant) LOA 371′ TDISP 2,560 tons (6 built, as many as 3 active, service since 1980) Italian Fincantieri built. Almirante Clemente class Destroyer Escorts LOA 325′ TDISP 1,500 tons (6 retired, service 1956-2011). Italian-built by Ansaldo. After several refits these were transferred to the Coast Guard in the … Continue reading “Venezuela – Frigates”
Landing Ships Return to Corvettes and Patrol Ships Azerbaijan – Polnocny A and B class landing ships – Project 770/771 LOA ca. 240′ TDISP 800 tons (6 active, service since 1992) Transferred from Russia, originally built in Poland the late 1960s Equatorial Guinea – Capitan David Eyama Angue Osa 106 (2009) LOA 300′ TDISP 2,800 … Continue reading “Small Navies of the World – Landing Ships”
Corvettes and Patrol Ships Return to Submarines Bahrain – FPB 62 Lurssen corvette design LOA 207′ TDISP 650 tons (2 active, service since 1987) Bahrain – TNC 45 Lurssen FAC-missile design LOA 147′ TDISP 265 tons (4 active, service since 1984) Bahrain – FPB 38 Lurssen FAC-Gun LOA 126′ TDISP 210 (2 active, service since … Continue reading “Small Navies of the World – Corvettes and Patrol Ships”
Frigates Jose Rizal Class LOA 353′ TDISP 2,900 tons (1 active, 1 fitting out) heavily modified Incheon-class frigate, built in South Korea. Del Pilar Class Patrol Frigates, LOA 378′ TDISP 3,250 tons formerly US Coast Guard Hamilton class cutters. (3 active) Cannon class Destroyer Escort LOA 306′ TDISP 1,600 tons (3 transferred to Philippine Navy, … Continue reading “Philippine Navy – Frigates”
The Vietnamese navy, officially the People’s Army of Vietnam Navy (PAVN), is the 45th navy documented by the Shipsearcher Identification Section (SIS). The variety of ships, as well as the extraordinary breadth of service of some of the units, makes the PAVN page a must-see, and adds 21 ship types and 35 Google Earth captures … Continue reading “The People’s Army of Vietnam Navy (PAVN)”
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”
Auxiliaries and Other Ships Back to Mine Warfare Ships High-speed Catamaran IRIS Shahid Nazeri (ca. 2018) LOA 180′ TDISP about 800 tons. Built at Busherh shipyards. Not much is known about this vessel. Part of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Navy. It can carry a light helicopter, and go as fast as 28 knots. Forward … Continue reading “Iranian Navy – Auxiliaries and Other Ships”
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”
A brief history and satellite imagery exploration of what shipsearcher staff like to call the USS Potemkin Maru!
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 Langa LST-4 (1970-ca. 2010)formerly USS Stone … Continue reading “Royal Thai Navy – Landing Ships”
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!”
Historic Ships Return to Auxiliaries and Other Ships VOC Batavia (1995 replica of a 1628 ship, which had been shipwrecked off Western Australia) LOA 186′ TDISP 1,200 tons at Lelystad. Although the original vessel did not belong to the Dutch Navy, the Dutch East Indies Company (VOC) was, in its own right, a powerful navy … Continue reading “Royal Netherlands Navy – Historic Ships”