USS Maryland, first commissioned of the Colorado class the most graceful American battleships produced: the hull a smooth sweeping curve from clipper bow to cut-down quater-deck; the slim angular twin turrets; the lack of hull casemates; the tall cage-masts capped with their fighting tops; all give the ships a surprisingly airy look and balance similar to a tall ship while losing none of the dreadnought's solidity and stability.
The first of class littoral combat ships USS Freedom and USS Independence maneuver together during an exercise off the coast of Southern California. by Official U.S. Navy Imagery
BAY OF BENGAL (April 14, 2012) USS Topeka (SSN 754) leads USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), USS Bunker Hill (CG 52), USS Halsey (DDG 97), USNS Bridge (T-AOE 10) and ships of the Indian navy in formation during Malabar, an annual bilateral naval field training exercise between the two navies. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James R. Evans)
Oct 12, 1946. Heavy cruiser IJNS AOBA [one of the ships that destroyed HMAS CANBERRA] on the bottom of Kure Harbour.HMAS CANBERRA [I] was the first ship lost, wrecked without being able to return fire. The American cruisers USS QUINCY, VINCENNES and ASTORIA were sunk soon after , as Mikawa's force sped down 'The Slot,' raking the confused and disordered Allied forces as it did so. The Battle of Savo Island was a costly avoidable disaster which is still controversial.
USS Enterprise by FrigateRN This is the ship my grandfather served on, being decommissioned. He was one of the first few crew members on board the ship and is lucky enough to make the trip down to VA to go to the ceremonies tomorrow. Go Navy !