History RealLife / CoolBoat

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.
23rd Aug '16 7:47:51 PM MadCat221
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** Don't know why they thought the "old" armament needed help. The nine 16-inch guns could each fire a 2,000-pound projectile over 20 miles, leaving an impact crater the size of a ''football field''. [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/2e/Uss_iowa_bb-61_pr.jpg Looks as cool as it sounds]].
*** Because the old armament is completely helpless against even small missile boats which would laugh at ''only'' 20 miles of range. Small missile boats can pack missiles with ranges over ''three times that much'', at least. It needed those upgrades to not be a complete sitting duck against modern weaponry. Not to mention that the 20 anti ship missiles of the Kirov class missile cruisers, which the Iowas were supposed to counter, had a range about 12 times as great as the Harpoon anti ship missiles used by the Iowas, were supersonic and were designed to be fired in salvos of 4 or 8 with all missiles in a salvo cooperating to destroy the target.
23rd Aug '16 7:43:39 PM MadCat221
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** ''Constitution'' and her sister ships were designed to be [[LightningBruiser Lightning Bruisers]], able to significantly outmatch the Royal Navy's ships of the same class, and outrun anything that outclassed them in gunnery (such as [[MightyGlaciers Ships of The Line]]). They were built with reinforced hulls made of exceptionally hard southern live oak. Since the ''Constitution'' and the other 5 frigates in her class constituted the ''entire'' US Navy, (most major navies at the time had 200 ships; the Royal Navy had more than 600) it was essential that the ships could defeat any other frigate and sail away from anything larger.

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** ''Constitution'' and her sister ships were designed to be [[LightningBruiser Lightning Bruisers]], able to significantly outmatch the Royal Navy's ships of the same class, and outrun anything that outclassed them in gunnery (such as [[MightyGlaciers [[MightyGlacier Ships of The Line]]). They were built with reinforced hulls made of exceptionally hard southern live oak. Since the ''Constitution'' and the other 5 frigates in her class constituted the ''entire'' US Navy, (most major navies at the time had 200 ships; the Royal Navy had more than 600) it was essential that the ships could defeat any other frigate and sail away from anything larger.
23rd Aug '16 7:43:26 PM MadCat221
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** ''Constitution'' and her sister ships were designed to out match by a significant margin the Royal Navy's ships of the same class, and were built with reinforced hulls made of exceptionally hard southern live oak. Since the ''Constitution'' and the other 5 frigates in her class constituted the ''entire'' US Navy, (most major navies at the time had 200 ships; the Royal Navy had more than 600) it was essential that the ships could defeat any other frigate and sail away from anything larger.

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** ''Constitution'' and her sister ships were designed to out match by a significant margin be [[LightningBruiser Lightning Bruisers]], able to significantly outmatch the Royal Navy's ships of the same class, and outrun anything that outclassed them in gunnery (such as [[MightyGlaciers Ships of The Line]]). They were built with reinforced hulls made of exceptionally hard southern live oak. Since the ''Constitution'' and the other 5 frigates in her class constituted the ''entire'' US Navy, (most major navies at the time had 200 ships; the Royal Navy had more than 600) it was essential that the ships could defeat any other frigate and sail away from anything larger.
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