History RealLife / CoolBoat

21st Mar '17 8:15:26 PM kouta
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** Of the ten American dreadnaughts that preceeded the Standard-type, 8 had the required 20-21kt top speed and could operate along side them while 2 also had the required 14"+ main battery (but with an older turret design that could not be modified for longer ranges). Of them:
*** The oldest four 4 were scrapped in 1924
*** One was scrapped in 1931
*** One was converted to a target/training ship in 1932 that capsized during the Attack on Pearl Harbor. Her wreck is now a memorial, national monument, and war grave.
*** One became a training ship that was scrapped in 1947.
*** One spent WWII escorting convoys across the Atlantic, supported numerous Allied landings (including Normandy), and helped bring troops back to the US before being sunk in a 1946 nuclear weapons test.
*** Of the last two? Both survived WWII. One survived the aforesaid nuclear bomb test and was sunk as a target. The other, the ''USS Texas'', is currently a museum ship docked in Harris County, Texas.
12th Mar '17 12:50:59 PM kouta
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*** The USS Constitiuon and most of her sisters had Royals. They used four sails per mast and larger sails than most British battleships used. A late-18th century or early 19th-century American Frigate wasn't to be trifled with. The USS Constituion is an 18th century Frigate, still in commision, with more than twice the displacement of a WWI-era destroyer.
18th Feb '17 6:35:33 PM kouta
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** The ''Iowa'' class was built specifically to both out run and out gun the Japanese ''Kongō'' class. 30+ knots and nine 16" cannons was the requirement. Everything else was a blank cheque.
5th Jan '17 12:17:11 AM Orbiting
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* Really, any modern American sub is an exercise in [[BadAss BadAssery]]. See also: the ''Los Angeles'', ''Seawolf'' and ''Virginia'' classes of fast-attack SSN.

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* Really, any modern American sub is an exercise in [[BadAss BadAssery]].badassery. See also: the ''Los Angeles'', ''Seawolf'' and ''Virginia'' classes of fast-attack SSN.
12th Dec '16 7:43:11 PM Caps-luna
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* NS Savannah, the world's only nuclear powered cruise ship. Well technically she's a nuclear powered cargo liner, but still. She was however designed with AwesomeButImpractiacal in mind since she was built solely to impress people[[note]] Even the cargo handling equipment was built to look good. Also since she was built and operated by the US government, she would be breaking more than a few laws if she was striking a profit.[[/note]]. However this just meant that she looks more pimped out and impressive than most other luxury liners of the era, which is saying quite a lot.

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* NS Savannah, the world's only nuclear powered cruise ship. Well technically she's a nuclear powered cargo liner, but still. She was however designed with AwesomeButImpractiacal AwesomeButImpractical in mind since she was built solely to impress people[[note]] Even the cargo handling equipment was built to look good. Also since she was built and operated by the US government, she would be breaking more than a few laws if she was striking a profit.[[/note]]. However this just meant that she looks more pimped out and impressive than most other luxury liners of the era, which is saying quite a lot.
28th Nov '16 10:37:01 PM Caps-luna
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* NS Savannah, the world's only nuclear powered cruise ship. Well technically she's a nuclear powered cargo liner, but still. She was however designed with AwesomeButImpractiacal in mind since she was built solely to impress people[[note]] Even the cargo handling equipment was built to look good. Also since she was built and operated by the US government, she would be breaking more than a few laws if she was striking a profit.[[/note]]. However this just meant that she looks more pimped out and impressive than most other luxury liners of the era, which is saying quite a lot.
10th Oct '16 1:58:19 AM SSJMagus
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* USCGC ''Taney,'' a Treasury-class cutter and the only surviving vessel that fought at Pearl Harbor. Currently enjoying an honorable repose, alongside the second USS ''Constellation'' and the World War II submarine USS ''Torsk'', in Baltimore's Inner Harbor.

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* USCGC ''Taney,'' a Treasury-class cutter and the only surviving vessel that fought at Pearl Harbor. Harbor, having been docked at nearby Honolulu Harbor during the Japanese attack. Afterward she fought in both the Pacific and Atlantic theaters of World War II, the Korean War ''and'' the Vietnam War. Currently enjoying an honorable repose, repose as a museum ship, alongside the second USS ''Constellation'' and the World War II submarine USS ''Torsk'', in Baltimore's Inner Harbor.Harbor.
* USCGC ''Ingham'', another Treasury-class cutter and the longest-serving ship of the class (commissioned 1936, decomissioned 1988). She was the last ship in commission to have a confirmed U-boat kill, and the only Coast Guard cutter to ever be awarded two Presidential Unit Citations. Like her sister, she is preserved as a museum ship, in Key West, Florida.
10th Oct '16 1:34:34 AM SSJMagus
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** The second USS ''Laffey'' (DD-724), an ''Allen M. Sumner''-class destroyer named in honour of the first one. During her service in the Pacific, she took damage from ''four'' bombs, ''six'' kamikaze crashes, and was set on fire, but still managed to survive, earning her the nickname, "The Ship That Would Not Die." She managed to get repaired, participated in Operation Crossroads, then served well into the sixties, and is now a museum ship at Patriot Point, North Carolina.

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** The second USS ''Laffey'' (DD-724), an ''Allen M. Sumner''-class destroyer named in honour of the first one. During her service in the Pacific, she took damage from ''four'' bombs, ''six'' kamikaze crashes, and was set on fire, but still managed to survive, earning her the nickname, "The Ship That Would Not Die." She managed to get repaired, participated in Operation Crossroads, then served well into the sixties, and is now a museum ship at Patriot Point, North South Carolina.
29th Aug '16 9:54:01 PM PaulA
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* Speaking of the RMS Olympic, she was a badass LongRunner in her own right too. Launched in 1910 with her maiden voyage in 1911, the Titanic's elder sister seemed to have all the luck in the world compared to the RMS Titanic and Britannic. While not built for speed compared to the Cunard Line's Lusitania and Mauretania, the Olympic and Titanic oozed luxury from every rivet and every plate. The Olympic also had the mishap of smacking her stern into the HMS Hawke, but proved to the world that her revolutionary watertight compartments could hold her from sinking. It got better for the Olympic going into UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, serving as a dazzle-painted troop transport that not only was able to rescue the sunken crew from the mine-struck HMS Audacious but [[CrazyAwesome RAM A GODDAMN U-BOAT]] in her war service! It's no wonder the elder White Star Sister came to be known as "Old Reliable" and lasted in regular service until 1935, when Cunard and White Star were forced to merge.

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* Speaking of the RMS Olympic, she was a badass LongRunner in her own right too.right. Launched in 1910 with her maiden voyage in 1911, the Titanic's elder sister seemed to have all the luck in the world compared to the RMS Titanic and Britannic. While not built for speed compared to the Cunard Line's Lusitania and Mauretania, the Olympic and Titanic oozed luxury from every rivet and every plate. The Olympic also had the mishap of smacking her stern into the HMS Hawke, but proved to the world that her revolutionary watertight compartments could hold her from sinking. It got better for the Olympic going into UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, serving as a dazzle-painted troop transport that not only was able to rescue the sunken crew from the mine-struck HMS Audacious but [[CrazyAwesome RAM A GODDAMN U-BOAT]] in her war service! It's no wonder the elder White Star Sister came to be known as "Old Reliable" and lasted in regular service until 1935, when Cunard and White Star were forced to merge.
29th Aug '16 11:05:48 AM Morgenthaler
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* The new [[WeAreNotTheWehrmacht German]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Type_212_submarine Type-212 U-Boat]], arguably the stealthiest submarine in the world. While much smaller than British or American nuclear submarines, this vessel is non-nuclear - instead, it uses hydrogen fuel-cell arrays for propulsion, which are even quieter than nuclear fission reactors and can be turned off if tactics call for it.

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* The new [[WeAreNotTheWehrmacht [[UsefulNotes/WeAreNotTheWehrmacht German]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Type_212_submarine Type-212 U-Boat]], arguably the stealthiest submarine in the world. While much smaller than British or American nuclear submarines, this vessel is non-nuclear - instead, it uses hydrogen fuel-cell arrays for propulsion, which are even quieter than nuclear fission reactors and can be turned off if tactics call for it.
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