History RealLife / CoolBoat

27th Jun '17 5:12:56 PM nombretomado
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* And let's not forget the Great-Granmammy of all these [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal sweet sexy sea]] lassies: The ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H._L._Hunley_(submarine) H. L. Hunley]]''. Now, saddly she was a bit of a, ah... [[IncrediblyLamePun Sinking]] [[WalkingDisasterArea Disaster Area]] with sinking three times taking two and a half crews (and her financier/builder) with her, but she was the very ''first'' submarine to ''ever'' sink an enemy ship in combat. And don't let those images on TheOtherWiki fool you. When the wreck was finally lifted from the seafloor (and removed of the low visiblility), people were saying that, with the surprising knife-like bow and stern and flush rivets, the sub looks a lot more like a WWI-Era U-Boat than the boxy retrofitted boiler that everyone was expecting. Keep in mind that this thing was built during the height of the UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar by the industrially behind Confederacy, during a time when water-tight seals and pressure hulls intended to go under the surface for extended periods of time were beyond the cutting edge at best.

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* And let's not forget the Great-Granmammy of all these [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal sweet sexy sea]] lassies: The ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H._L._Hunley_(submarine) H. L. Hunley]]''. Now, saddly she was a bit of a, ah... [[IncrediblyLamePun Sinking]] [[WalkingDisasterArea Disaster Area]] with sinking three times taking two and a half crews (and her financier/builder) with her, but she was the very ''first'' submarine to ''ever'' sink an enemy ship in combat. And don't let those images on TheOtherWiki Wiki/TheOtherWiki fool you. When the wreck was finally lifted from the seafloor (and removed of the low visiblility), people were saying that, with the surprising knife-like bow and stern and flush rivets, the sub looks a lot more like a WWI-Era U-Boat than the boxy retrofitted boiler that everyone was expecting. Keep in mind that this thing was built during the height of the UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar by the industrially behind Confederacy, during a time when water-tight seals and pressure hulls intended to go under the surface for extended periods of time were beyond the cutting edge at best.
26th Jun '17 3:14:04 AM WikiGuardianAngel
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* The ''Shōkaku''-class aircraft carriers were the best carriers of the [[KatanasOfTheRisingSun Imperial Japanese Navy]], and arguably the best carriers in the world when the war started, with speed that was unmatched and a large air complement of what was then [[CoolPlane the most advanced carrier aircraft]] in the world. They were part of the strike force that [[AttackAtDawn assaulted Pearl Harbor]] and began the Pacific War, and after the [[CurbStompBattle disastrous Battle of Midway]] which saw 4 of the IJN's six fleet carriers sunk, they became to crux of Japan's naval air strength for the rest of the war until the IJN's carrier force was wiped out in 1944.

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* The ''Shōkaku''-class aircraft carriers were the best carriers of the [[KatanasOfTheRisingSun Imperial Japanese Navy]], and arguably the best carriers in the world when the war started, with speed that was unmatched and a large air complement of what was then [[CoolPlane the most advanced carrier aircraft]] in the world. They were part of the strike force that [[AttackAtDawn [[DawnAttack assaulted Pearl Harbor]] and began the Pacific War, and after the [[CurbStompBattle disastrous Battle of Midway]] which saw 4 of the IJN's six fleet carriers sunk, they became to crux of Japan's naval air strength for the rest of the war until the IJN's carrier force was wiped out in 1944.
26th Jun '17 3:09:41 AM WikiGuardianAngel
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* The carrier and class namer [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Yorktown_%28CV-5%29 USS Yorktown (CV-5)]] surely has to qualify. She sustained three bomb hits, one of which punched right through the flight deck armor and killed sixty-six of her crew, and another twelve damage-causing near-misses at the Battle of Coral Sea -- the first battle in which aircraft carriers directly opposed one another, and for that reason also the first in which neither side's ships sighted or fired directly upon the other. Initial repair estimate: three months. Upon arriving in Pearl Harbour 18 days later the estimate had shrunk to two weeks in drydock. The yard dogs turned her loose [[ScottyTime 48 hours later]] to participate in the Battle of Midway. At Midway on June 4, she took three severe bomb hits but was back underway in a hour, just in time to receive two torpedo hits. With a 26 degree list, she was deemed unsafe and abandoned. A salvage party arrived June 6 to right the ship and were making good progress when two more torpedoes struck. Finally, a sinking destroyer's magazine exploded, blowing equipment off the ship, sending internal fixtures flying about, and breaking bones among the salvage party. The USS ''Yorktown'' [[RasputinianDeath finally sank on June 7, 1942]] at 7:01 am before a second salvage attempt could be made. The near miraculous recoveries [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat convinced the Japanese they had sunk a different, undamaged carrier three times]] (thus actually believing at first that Midway was at least a stalemate, and reporting home that ''Yorktown'', ''Enterprise'' and ''Hornet'' had all been sunk[[note]]In fact, this would've made Midway something of a strategic victory for Japan had it been true, since it would've left USS ''Saratoga'' as the entirety of the US Pacific Fleet's carrier force...and she was out of commission for repairs until six months later.[[/note]]); once at Coral Sea and twice at Midway. "The Fighting Lady" was one tough mother.

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* The carrier and class namer nameship [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Yorktown_%28CV-5%29 USS Yorktown (CV-5)]] surely has to qualify. She sustained three bomb hits, one of which punched right through the flight deck armor and killed sixty-six of her crew, and another twelve damage-causing near-misses at the Battle of Coral Sea -- the first battle in which aircraft carriers directly opposed one another, and for that reason also the first in which neither side's ships sighted or fired directly upon the other. Initial repair estimate: three months. Upon arriving in Pearl Harbour 18 days later the estimate had shrunk to two weeks in drydock. The yard dogs turned her loose [[ScottyTime 48 hours later]] to participate in the Battle of Midway. At Midway on June 4, she took three severe bomb hits but was back underway in a hour, just in time to receive two torpedo hits. With a 26 degree list, she was deemed unsafe and abandoned. A salvage party arrived June 6 to right the ship and were making good progress when two more torpedoes struck. Finally, a sinking destroyer's magazine exploded, blowing equipment off the ship, sending internal fixtures flying about, and breaking bones among the salvage party. The USS ''Yorktown'' [[RasputinianDeath finally sank on June 7, 1942]] at 7:01 am before a second salvage attempt could be made. The near miraculous recoveries [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat convinced the Japanese they had sunk a different, undamaged carrier three times]] (thus actually believing at first that Midway was at least a stalemate, and reporting home that ''Yorktown'', ''Enterprise'' and ''Hornet'' had all been sunk[[note]]In fact, this would've made Midway something of a strategic victory for Japan had it been true, since it would've left USS ''Saratoga'' as the entirety of the US Pacific Fleet's carrier force...and she was out of commission for repairs until six months later.[[/note]]); once at Coral Sea and twice at Midway. "The Fighting Lady" was one tough mother.



* The ''Shōkaku''-class aircraft carriers were the best carriers of the [[KatanasOfTheRisingSun Imperial Japanese Navy]], and arguably the best carriers in the world when the war started, with speed that was unmatched and a large air complement of what was then [[CoolPlane the most advanced carrier aircraft]] in the world. They were part of the strike force that [[AttackAtDawn assaulted Pearl Harbor]] and began the Pacific War, and after the [[CurbStompBattle disastrous Battle of Midway]] which saw 4 of the IJN's six fleet carriers sunk, they became to crux of Japan's naval air strength for the rest of the war until the IJN's carrier force was wiped out in 1944.



* The ''Yamato-class'' Battleships. They were the largest battleships ever made (surpassed in military vessel size only by the Nimitz supercarriers), which automatically makes them {{Cool Boat}}s, even if they was sunk before causing much damage. Also, the anime ''[[Anime/UchuuSenkanYamato Space Battleship Yamato]]'' turned the nameship into a CoolStarship, which has to earn some extra points.

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* The ''Yamato-class'' ''Yamato''-class Battleships. They were the largest battleships ever made (surpassed in military vessel size only by the Nimitz supercarriers), which automatically makes them {{Cool Boat}}s, even if they was sunk before causing much damage. Also, the anime ''[[Anime/UchuuSenkanYamato Space Battleship Yamato]]'' turned the nameship into a CoolStarship, which has to earn some extra points.



** The ''Yamato''-class didn't get that much action because they were so crucial to the IJN's naval strategy, as the most powerful battleships in existence[[note]]at least in raw stats in surface warfare[[/note]], that they were TooAwesomeToUse for anything less than the decisive battle to end the war, and therefore sat in port until it was too late.
** [[http://www.amazon.com/The-World-Wonderd-Really-Happened-ebook/dp/B00KN1I09O Some]] have argued that the ''Yamato'' actually had the crown of the longest range gunnery hit, or at least damaging shot, to another moving target, with her salvo damaging the escort carrier ''White Plains'' (the very same same ship that would eventually defeat the heavy cruiser ''Choukai'' in a gun duel) from ''31 kilometers away''. While technically it's not a direct hit, the shell ended up causing damage by detonating under the ''White Plains''' keel, which means that it's one of the few times where her Type 1 shell, which were designed for diving shot (and thus has less than stellar performance on a direct hit), worked ''perfectly''.

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** The ''Yamato''-class didn't get that much action because they were so crucial to the IJN's naval strategy, as the most powerful battleships in existence[[note]]at least in raw stats in surface warfare[[/note]], that they were TooAwesomeToUse for anything less than the decisive battle to end the war, and therefore sat in port awaiting the opportunity until it was too late.
** [[http://www.amazon.com/The-World-Wonderd-Really-Happened-ebook/dp/B00KN1I09O Some]] have argued that the ''Yamato'' actually had the crown of the longest range gunnery hit, or at least damaging shot, to another moving target, with her salvo damaging the escort carrier ''White Plains'' (the very same same ship that would eventually defeat the heavy cruiser ''Choukai'' in a gun duel) enough to send her back to the continent for repairs from ''31 kilometers away''. While technically it's not a direct hit, the shell ended up causing enough damage by detonating under the ''White Plains''' keel, keel[[note]]modern torpedoes intentionally do this to break a ship's keel[[/note]], which means that it's one of the few times where her Type 1 shell, which were designed for diving shot (and thus has less than stellar performance on a direct hit), worked ''perfectly''.
26th Jun '17 2:36:15 AM WikiGuardianAngel
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* The nuclear-powered USS ''Enterprise'' (CVN-65) was the eighth naval ship to bear the name. The previous ''Enterprise'' (CV-6, often referred to as "The Grey Ghost" and "The Big E") remains the most decorated vessel in the history of the United States Navy, and one of the few carriers built before the war to fight to nearly the end -- she was damaged by a kamikaze strike, and would have returned to action had the war not ended while she was in dry dock.
** USS ''Enterprise'' (CV-6) had about the most {{badass crew}} in WWII; her her aircraft fought in the Battle of Pearl Harbor, and played a major role in the Battle of Midway. "The Big E" herself was one of three ''Yorktown''-class carriers; the defining trait of her badassery is that, by 1943, she was the only American aircraft carrier still fighting in the Pacific Theater, in which aircraft carriers were the ''sine qua non'' of a meaningful naval presence. Her crew hung a sign on the flight deck: "''Enterprise'' vs Japan". ''Enterprise'' won.
** ''Enterprise'' also has the distinction of being the first fleet aircraft carrier equipped for night operations, ''and'' for proving just how invaluable they are. After being temporarily knocked out of commission during the Battle of Okinawa by a kamikaze pilot crashing into the ship's hull, ''Enterprise'' launched a night raid on the Kyushu, Sasebo, and Nagasaki air fields. The next day, her task force did not encounter a ''single'' kamikaze pilot.
*** If you were wondering why [[Franchise/StarTrek Roddenberry]] chose this ship's name to make famous -- well, now you know.
** Sadly, efforts to preserve CV-6 as a museum ship fell through, despite it being perhaps the most worthy ship of preservation ever. Instead, she met the ignominious fate of being torn up for scrap metal. And due to the sheer bulk of CVN-65's early nuclear reactors, removing them won't leave enough of a ship to preserve. There is, however, talk of removing her distinctive square island for preservation. Hopefully (unlike the broken promise by the Navy to preserve CV-6's tripod mast outside the Naval Academy football stadium), this will actually happen.
** In honor of the late Enterprises(CV-6 and CVN-65) the third Gerald R. Ford class aircraft will named Enterprise, number 9 in the U.S. Navy to be named Enterprise



* The ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pocket_battleship Deutschland]]''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pocket_battleship -class heavy cruisers]] of the Reichsmarine (later the Kriegsmarine). Due to restrictions imposed by the post-WWI Treaty of Versailles, the Germans basically did everything they could to pack a battleship's power onto a boat the size of a cruiser. While this resulted in a ship with several design compromises (such as relatively thin armor), its power and capabilities were so terrifying to the British that they started referring to the ships as "pocket battleships." The other ships of the class were called ''Admiral Scheer'' and the infamous ''Admiral Graf Spee'' (which, to cut a long story short, was scuttled by her captain to avoid what he thought would be a losing battle). ''Deutschland'' was later renamed to ''Lützow'', in part to conceal from Allied intelligence that the under-construction cruiser ''Lützow'' had been sold to the Soviet Union during their very brief peace treaty with Nazi Germany and in part because having a ship named "Germany" get sunk would've been quite embarassing.



* The ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pocket_battleship Deutschland]]''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pocket_battleship -class heavy cruisers]] of the Reichsmarine (later the Kriegsmarine). Due to restrictions imposed by the post-WWI Treaty of Versailles, the Germans basically did everything they could to pack a battleship's power onto a boat the size of a cruiser. While this resulted in a ship with several design compromises (such as relatively thin armor), its power and capabilities were so terrifying to the British that they started referring to the ships as "pocket battleships." The other ships of the class were called ''Admiral Scheer'' and the infamous ''Admiral Graf Spee'' (which, to cut a long story short, was scuttled by her captain to avoid what he thought would be a losing battle). ''Deutschland'' was later renamed to ''Lützow'', in part to conceal from Allied intelligence that the under-construction cruiser ''Lützow'' had been sold to the Soviet Union during their very brief peace treaty with Nazi Germany and in part because having a ship named "Germany" get sunk would've been quite embarassing.
* Though never passing beyond the experimental stage, the ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Habbakuk Habbakuk]]'' would have qualified in both senses, being a ship constructed out of ice.
* ''Yamato-class'' Battleships. The largest ever made (surpassed in military vessel size only by the Nimitz supercarriers), which automatically makes them {{Cool Boat}}s, even if they was sunk before causing much damage. Also, the anime ''Anime/UchuuSenkanYamato'' turned the nameship into a CoolStarship, which has to earn some extra points.

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* The ''[[http://en.nuclear-powered USS ''Enterprise'' (CVN-65) was the eighth naval ship to bear the name. The previous ''Enterprise'' (CV-6, often referred to as "The Grey Ghost" and "The Big E") remains the most decorated vessel in the history of the United States Navy, and one of the few carriers built before the war to fight to nearly the end -- she was damaged by a kamikaze strike, and would have returned to action had the war not ended while she was in dry dock.
** USS ''Enterprise'' (CV-6) had about the most {{badass crew}} in WWII; her her aircraft fought in the Battle of Pearl Harbor, and played a major role in the Battle of Midway. "The Big E" herself was one of three ''Yorktown''-class carriers; the defining trait of her badassery is that, by 1943, she was the only American aircraft carrier still fighting in the Pacific Theater, in which aircraft carriers were the ''sine qua non'' of a meaningful naval presence. Her crew hung a sign on the flight deck: "''Enterprise'' vs Japan". ''Enterprise'' won.
** ''Enterprise'' also has the distinction of being the first fleet aircraft carrier equipped for night operations, ''and'' for proving just how invaluable they are. After being temporarily knocked out of commission during the Battle of Okinawa by a kamikaze pilot crashing into the ship's hull, ''Enterprise'' launched a night raid on the Kyushu, Sasebo, and Nagasaki air fields. The next day, her task force did not encounter a ''single'' kamikaze pilot.
*** If you were wondering why [[Franchise/StarTrek Roddenberry]] chose this ship's name to make famous -- well, now you know.
** Sadly, efforts to preserve CV-6 as a museum ship fell through, despite it being perhaps the most worthy ship of preservation ever. Instead, she met the ignominious fate of being torn up for scrap metal. And due to the sheer bulk of CVN-65's early nuclear reactors, removing them won't leave enough of a ship to preserve. There is, however, talk of removing her distinctive square island for preservation. Hopefully (unlike the broken promise by the Navy to preserve CV-6's tripod mast outside the Naval Academy football stadium), this will actually happen.
** In honor of the late Enterprises(CV-6 and CVN-65) the third Gerald R. Ford class aircraft will named Enterprise, number 9 in the U.S. Navy to be named Enterprise
* The carrier and class namer [[http://en.
wikipedia.org/wiki/Pocket_battleship Deutschland]]''[[http://en.org/wiki/USS_Yorktown_%28CV-5%29 USS Yorktown (CV-5)]] surely has to qualify. She sustained three bomb hits, one of which punched right through the flight deck armor and killed sixty-six of her crew, and another twelve damage-causing near-misses at the Battle of Coral Sea -- the first battle in which aircraft carriers directly opposed one another, and for that reason also the first in which neither side's ships sighted or fired directly upon the other. Initial repair estimate: three months. Upon arriving in Pearl Harbour 18 days later the estimate had shrunk to two weeks in drydock. The yard dogs turned her loose [[ScottyTime 48 hours later]] to participate in the Battle of Midway. At Midway on June 4, she took three severe bomb hits but was back underway in a hour, just in time to receive two torpedo hits. With a 26 degree list, she was deemed unsafe and abandoned. A salvage party arrived June 6 to right the ship and were making good progress when two more torpedoes struck. Finally, a sinking destroyer's magazine exploded, blowing equipment off the ship, sending internal fixtures flying about, and breaking bones among the salvage party. The USS ''Yorktown'' [[RasputinianDeath finally sank on June 7, 1942]] at 7:01 am before a second salvage attempt could be made. The near miraculous recoveries [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat convinced the Japanese they had sunk a different, undamaged carrier three times]] (thus actually believing at first that Midway was at least a stalemate, and reporting home that ''Yorktown'', ''Enterprise'' and ''Hornet'' had all been sunk[[note]]In fact, this would've made Midway something of a strategic victory for Japan had it been true, since it would've left USS ''Saratoga'' as the entirety of the US Pacific Fleet's carrier force...and she was out of commission for repairs until six months later.[[/note]]); once at Coral Sea and twice at Midway. "The Fighting Lady" was one tough mother.
** Others have already mentioned the other two ''Yorktown''-class carriers but what about the [[http://en.
wikipedia.org/wiki/Pocket_battleship -class heavy cruisers]] of org/wiki/USS_Hornet_(CV-8) USS ''Hornet'']]. She was the Reichsmarine (later one who carried out the Kriegsmarine). Due to restrictions imposed by daring [[AirstrikeImpossible Doolittle raid]] [[DarkestHour at a time when America was losing against the post-WWI Treaty of Versailles, Japanese onslaught]]. She was also there during the Germans basically did everything they could to pack a battleship's power onto a boat Battle of Midway alongside her sister ship(s) up until Guadalcanal. Unfortunately, during the size Battle of a cruiser. While this resulted in a ship with several design compromises (such as relatively thin armor), its power and capabilities were so terrifying to the British that they started referring to the ships as "pocket battleships." The other ships of the class were called ''Admiral Scheer'' Santa Cruz, ''Hornet'' was severely damaged by Japanese bombers, and the infamous ''Admiral Graf Spee'' (which, crew were forced to cut a long story short, was scuttled by her captain abandon, with the Navy having to avoid what he thought would be a losing battle). ''Deutschland'' was later renamed give the order to ''Lützow'', in part to conceal from Allied intelligence [[MercyKill eventually scuttle her]]. However, before that could take place, Japanese destroyers, whose crew members had recognized her as the under-construction cruiser ''Lützow'' had been sold to one who carried out the Soviet Union same Doolittle raid months earlier, finished her off with torpedoes. Of note is that ''Hornet'' was actually the last fleet carrier lost during their very brief peace treaty with Nazi Germany and in part because having a ship named "Germany" get sunk would've been quite embarassing.
the Pacific war. All subsequent US carrier losses were either Light or Escort carriers.
* Though never passing beyond the experimental stage, the ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Habbakuk Habbakuk]]'' would have qualified in [[{{Pun}} both senses, senses]], being a ship constructed out of ice.
* The ''Yamato-class'' Battleships. The They were the largest battleships ever made (surpassed in military vessel size only by the Nimitz supercarriers), which automatically makes them {{Cool Boat}}s, even if they was sunk before causing much damage. Also, the anime ''Anime/UchuuSenkanYamato'' ''[[Anime/UchuuSenkanYamato Space Battleship Yamato]]'' turned the nameship into a CoolStarship, which has to earn some extra points.points.
-->''"[[Anime/UchuuSenkanYamato Uchuu senkan Yamatoooo!]]"''



** The ''Yamato''-class didn't get that much action because they were so crucial to the IJN's naval strategy, as the most powerful battleships in existence[[note]]at least in raw stats in surface warfare[[/note]], that they were TooAwesomeToUse for anything less than the decisive battle to end the war, and therefore sat in port until it was too late.



* For all the flak that HMS ''Hood'' gets for blowing up minutes after engaging ''Bismarck'', ''Hood'' is still a CoolShip. When she was built, she was ''the'' largest and fastest battleship of the interwar years, and would not be equaled until her nemesis ''Bismarck'' was commissioned in 1940. Her pleasing aesthetics add icing to her title of being the pride of the Royal Navy.



*** Also, as modern anti-ship missiles have little armor-penetration capability and bunker-busters (which have plenty) don't work very well against a target that moves. This is the very reason why the ''Iowa''-class fast battleships were modernized and reactivated in the 1980s: even the biggest carrier-killer missiles in the Soviet arsenal couldn't defeat battleship armor, and the battleships could still fight effectively with their electronics disabled by EMP. The Bikini Atoll tests also proved that battleships could withstand even a near-miss by a large nuke and remain operational.[[note]]The ''Crossroads'' "Able" test showed that a battleship (specifically, the IJN ''Nagato'') could remain afloat after being hit at close range by an air-burst nuclear weapon. The subsequent "Baker" test showed that the same could not be said of surviving a close-range underwater nuclear detonation... which was likely also part of the reason the Sovs kept a large stock of nuclear-tipped torpedoes for their attack submarines.[[/note]] The Russians also knew this, and it ''scared the crap out of them''.

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*** Also, as modern anti-ship missiles have little armor-penetration capability and bunker-busters (which have plenty) don't work very well against a target that moves. This is the very reason why the ''Iowa''-class fast battleships were modernized and reactivated in the 1980s: even the biggest carrier-killer missiles in the Soviet arsenal couldn't defeat battleship armor, and the battleships could still fight effectively with their electronics disabled by EMP. The Bikini Atoll tests also proved that battleships could withstand even a near-miss by a large nuke and remain operational.[[note]]The ''Crossroads'' "Able" test showed that a battleship (specifically, the IJN ''Nagato'') could remain afloat after being hit at close range by an air-burst nuclear weapon. The subsequent "Baker" test showed that the same could not be said of surviving a close-range underwater nuclear detonation... which was likely also part of the reason the Sovs kept a large stock of nuclear-tipped torpedoes for their attack submarines.[[/note]] The Russians also knew this, and it ''scared the crap out of them''.them''[[note]]They actually referred to the Iowas as 'cockroaches' because they were so hard to stamp out in their naval simulations[[/note]].



* The carrier [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Yorktown_%28CV-5%29 USS Yorktown (CV-5)]] surely has to qualify. She sustained three bomb hits, one of which punched right through the flight deck armor and killed sixty-six of her crew, and another twelve damage-causing near-misses at the Battle of Coral Sea -- the first battle in which aircraft carriers directly opposed one another, and for that reason also the first in which neither side's ships sighted or fired directly upon the other. Initial repair estimate: three months. Upon arriving in Pearl Harbour 18 days later the estimate had shrunk to two weeks in drydock. The yard dogs turned her loose [[ScottyTime 48 hours later]] to participate in the Battle of Midway. At Midway on June 4, she took three severe bomb hits but was back underway in a hour, just in time to receive two torpedo hits. With a 26 degree list, she was deemed unsafe and abandoned. A salvage party arrived June 6 to right the ship and were making good progress when two more torpedoes struck. Finally, a sinking destroyer's magazine exploded, blowing equipment off the ship, sending internal fixtures flying about, and breaking bones among the salvage party. The USS ''Yorktown'' [[RasputinianDeath finally sank on June 7, 1942]] at 7:01 am before a second salvage attempt could be made. The near miraculous recoveries [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat convinced the Japanese they had sunk a different, undamaged carrier three times]] (thus actually believing at first that Midway was at least a stalemate, and reporting home that ''Yorktown'', ''Enterprise'' and ''Hornet'' had all been sunk[[note]]In fact, this would've made Midway something of a strategic victory for Japan had it been true, since it would've left USS ''Saratoga'' as the entirety of the US Pacific Fleet's carrier force...and she was out of commission for repairs until six months later.[[/note]]); once at Coral Sea and twice at Midway. "The Fighting Lady" was one tough mother.
** Others have already mentioned the other two ''Yorktown''-class carriers but what about the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Hornet_(CV-8) USS ''Hornet'']]. She was the one who carried out the daring [[AirstrikeImpossible Doolittle raid]] [[DarkestHour at a time when America was losing against the Japanese onslaught]]. She was also there during the Battle of Midway alongside her sister ship(s) up until Guadalcanal. Unfortunately, during the Battle of Santa Cruz, ''Hornet'' was severely damaged by Japanese bombers, and the crew were forced to abandon, with the Navy having to give the order to [[MercyKill eventually scuttle her]]. However, before that could take place, Japanese destroyers, whose crew members had recognized her as the one who carried out the same Doolittle raid months earlier, finished her off with torpedoes. Of note is that ''Hornet'' was actually the last fleet carrier lost during the Pacific war. All subsequent US carrier losses were either Light or Escort carriers.
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!When men and women sailed the seas, using literal sails, there was still cool. These are examples of [[{{Pun}} Epic Sails]]...

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23rd Jun '17 11:31:56 PM OtakuMage
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* The I-400 series of submarines of late-war [[KatanasoftheRisingSun Imperial Japan]] were the largest submarines until the decades-later Soviet Typhoons. Each had a rated underwater speed of 12 knots when the average for WW2 subs was 10, could circumnavigate the globe nearly one and a half times on one tank of gas and were intended to knock out the Panama Canal and other strategic East Pacific targets had the war not ended when it did. What truly sets the I-400 class apart from every submarine before or since was its capability to launch and recover the 3 float planes stored in its hangar. Making it more like an underwater-capable submarine-shaped escort carrier with 8 torpedo tubes. Or as it was eventually intended to use them, a [[SuicideAttack submarine-shaped kamikaze carrier]]. Up to 17 were planned, with only I-400, I-401 and I-402 being completed. 400 and 401 were captured by the US after the Japanese surrender and sunk as practice targets, while 402 was converted to a tanker submarine in June 1945 before being sunk post-war for target practice like her sisters.
** Preceded by the Type AM submarine carriers. Each held two of the M6A Seiran float-plane bombers later given to the I-400 class. Seven were ordered, but only two, I-13 and I-14, were completed and deployed. I-13 was sunk mid-July 1945, while I-14 surrendered at war's end and was scuttled off Oahu in '46.

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* The I-400 series of submarines of late-war [[KatanasoftheRisingSun Imperial Japan]] were the largest submarines until the decades-later Soviet Typhoons. Each had a rated underwater speed of 12 knots when the average for WW2 subs was 10, could circumnavigate the globe nearly one and a half times on one tank of gas and were intended to knock out the Panama Canal and other strategic East Pacific targets had the war not ended when it did. What truly sets the I-400 class apart from every submarine before or since was its capability to launch and recover the 3 float planes stored in its hangar. Making it more like an [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot underwater-capable submarine-shaped escort carrier carrier]] with 8 torpedo tubes. Or as it was eventually intended to use them, a [[SuicideAttack submarine-shaped kamikaze carrier]]. Up to 17 were planned, with only I-400, I-401 and I-402 being completed. 400 and 401 were captured by the US after the Japanese surrender and sunk as practice targets, while 402 was converted to a tanker submarine in June 1945 before being sunk post-war for target practice like her sisters.
** Preceded by the Type AM submarine carriers. Each held two of the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aichi_M6A M6A Seiran Seiran]] [[DeathFromAbove float-plane bombers bombers]] later given to the I-400 class. Seven were ordered, but only two, I-13 and I-14, were completed and deployed. I-13 was sunk mid-July 1945, while I-14 surrendered at war's end and was scuttled off Oahu in '46.
23rd Jun '17 11:23:40 PM OtakuMage
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**Preceded by the Type AM submarine carriers. Each held two of the M6A Seiran float-plane bombers later given to the I-400 class. Seven were ordered, but only two, I-13 and I-14, were completed and deployed. I-13 was sunk mid-July 1945, while I-14 surrendered at war's end and was scuttled off Oahu in '46.
20th Jun '17 6:32:43 PM zypzaex
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* Good' ol ''Samuel B. Roberts''. Heck, she's got the nickname, "The destroyer escort that fought like a battleship." During the Battle off Samar, she charged a heavy cruiser 11 TIMES HER SIZE (IJN''Chōkai''[[note]] which later had to be scuttled thanks to a combination of damage from the ''Roberts'' and the escort carriers the former was protecting[[/note]]), and beat her!
** She got so close that ''Chōkai'''s guns could not depress enough to hit her, leaving her free to shred ''Chōkai'''s superstructure with her anti-aircraft guns!

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* Good' ol ''Samuel B. Roberts''. Heck, she's got the nickname, "The destroyer escort that fought like a battleship." During the Battle off Samar, she charged a heavy cruiser 11 TIMES HER SIZE (IJN''Chōkai''[[note]] (IJN ''Chōkai''[[note]] which later had to be scuttled thanks to a combination of damage from the ''Roberts'' and the escort carriers the former was protecting[[/note]]), and beat her!
** She got so close that ''Chōkai'''s ''Chōkai''s guns could not depress enough to hit her, leaving her free to shred ''Chōkai'''s the superstructure with her anti-aircraft guns!
20th Jun '17 6:31:21 PM zypzaex
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* Good' ol ''Samuel B. Roberts''. Heck, she's got the nickname, "The destroyer escort that fought like a battleship." During the Battle off Samar, she charged a heavy cruiser 11 TIMES HER SIZE(AKA Chokai[[note]] which later had to be scuttled thanks to a combination of damage from the ''Roberts'' and the escort carriers the former was protecting[[/note]]), and beat her!

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* Good' ol ''Samuel B. Roberts''. Heck, she's got the nickname, "The destroyer escort that fought like a battleship." During the Battle off Samar, she charged a heavy cruiser 11 TIMES HER SIZE(AKA Chokai[[note]] SIZE (IJN''Chōkai''[[note]] which later had to be scuttled thanks to a combination of damage from the ''Roberts'' and the escort carriers the former was protecting[[/note]]), and beat her!her!
** She got so close that ''Chōkai'''s guns could not depress enough to hit her, leaving her free to shred ''Chōkai'''s superstructure with her anti-aircraft guns!
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