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August 22, 2006

Fighting ship pr0n

I am posting this link to the horrifying end of the Austro-Hungarian battleship Szent István mainly because I am astonished there is newsreel footage of the event. Also, to put an end to all the unfair remarks directed toward Captain Georg von Trapp from The Sound of Music. Landlocked, perhaps... but they so to did have a navy. Along similar lines, I had also never seen imagery of the post-WWII Japanese fleet. Haunting stuff. There is quite a bit of death in the following links so best not to get too gung ho about any of it (excepting this brutal footage of a Deutschland vs Iowa engagement).

Military Channel, YouTube user kcmmdr and the Flea are delighted to present somebody's idea of the top ten* fighting ship classes:

KylieBulletS.jpg No 10, the Hood class battlecruiser;

KylieBulletS.jpg No 9, the Deutschland class "pocket" battleship;

KylieBulletS.jpg No 8, the Essex class aircraft carrier;

KylieBulletS.jpg No 7, the Bismarck class battleship;

KylieBulletS.jpg No 6, the North Carolina class battleship;

KylieBulletS.jpg No 5, the Fletcher class destroyer;

KylieBulletS.jpg No 4, the Ticonderoga class missile cruiser;

KylieBulletS.jpg No 3, the Queen Elizabeth class dreadnaught;

KylieBulletS.jpg No 2, the Nimitz class aircraft carrier, and;

KylieBulletS.jpg No 1, the Iowa class fast battleship.

But wait, there's more!

Nimitz carrier operations, USS Wisconsin 16" guns considered, Russian carrier Admiral Kuznetsov doing its thing and some unavoidably sinister Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force footage should be more than sufficient for your immediate cubicle-enhanced naval-viewing needs.

*Minus the Los Angeles class nuclear-propelled fast attack submarine which could put an end of most of the list and then break for tea or whatever it is the Yanks drink in the afternoon.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at August 22, 2006 10:47 AM


I saw that show and the list is unaccountably weighted in favour of big-gun battleships. Even the refitted 1990-vintage Iowa BB (and every other ship on that list) would have its clock cleaned quite soundly by a VLS-equipped Tico CG. Hell the Tico could engage every ship on that list simultaneously (through the magic of AEGIS), shoot down incoming aircraft and missiles, and destroy the launching ship before they got within range to fire their own main batteries. The only one that might give it a run for its money is the Nimitz because of its strike aircraft range (and sheer numbers).

Posted by: Chris Taylor [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 22, 2006 12:51 PM

Even given the mitigating circumstances of "longevity" and "fear factor" this list should actually have "of the 20th century" appended to it. Otherwise, Phoenician triremes and Spanish galleons should probably elbow out a couple of the top ten. Not to mention the Viking longship fear factor.

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 22, 2006 01:07 PM

Excellent point. HMS Victory should likewise have earned a nod, still being in commission and having had more than a few Spanish and French admirals on the run throughout her extended service.

Posted by: Chris Taylor [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 22, 2006 01:16 PM

The music for the Japanese Fleet footage makes me think of something from Space Cruiser Yamato....

Seen Yamato Mechanics yet?

Posted by: Montieth [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 22, 2006 03:29 PM

I wonder if 100% of everyone who visit the Yamato Mechanics site immediately click through to the Mori Yuki information...

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 22, 2006 04:49 PM

They always overlook the minelayer.

Posted by: Gareth Igloliorte [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 22, 2006 09:00 PM

I see no youtubery for this particular class, but I would nominate the Tribal (1936) class destroyer, of which Cossack was the most famous son.

Posted by: The_Campblog [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 23, 2006 08:46 AM

... daughter?

Posted by: The_Campblog [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 23, 2006 08:46 AM