F16, F86, P51 flight
The HMS Camperdown, an Admiral-class battleship of the Royal Navy, commissioned in 1889.
Soviet Be-4 flying boat on board of the “Molotov” cruiser
Loaded with bombs, an A-7A Corsair II of Attack Squadron (VA) 27 prepares to be catapulted off the flight deck of the aircraft carrier Constellation (CVA 64) steaming in the waters of the Tonkin Gulf off North Vietnam. The first operational deployment of the A-7A was in combat operations over Vietnam on December 4, 1967.
into the sunset
Me 410 B-2/U-2/R-4 bomber destroyer, this aircraft carried a foward firing armament of four 20 mm canno, four 7.9 mm machine guns and four launchers for 21 cm mortars
With construction beginning in 1876, the HMS Ajax held a minor, but nevertheless notable distinction for the Royal Navy, being the first class of capital ship designed from the start to lack any sailing rigging (the masts are for signal flags and observation, not function). With four 12.5-inch guns, the Ajax-class (she was joined by the HMS Agamemnon) were a smaller, cheaper alternative to the HMS Inflexible class that had been lain down two years prior. the design proved unpopular, having as one observer termed it, ‘the defects of the larger ship and none of the virtues’.
The 13.5-inch guns of the HMS Rodney. One of the Admiral-class battleships of the early 1880s, the family of battleships utilized breech-loading guns. While other navies had already begun the switch in the 1870s, the Admiralty had been hesitant to follow suit, with the main armament of the HMS Inflexible and the following HMS Ajax-class using muzzle-loaders for the main armament entering the 1880s. The Colossus-class had been changed to breech-loaders in mid-construction in 1879 (and not to be commissioned until 1886), leaving the Admiral-class (laid down in 1880) to be the first purpose built battleships to have them for the primary guns, but they wouldn’t begin to be commissioned until 1887.
Armed to the teeth
A Slava-class cruiser Varyag of the Russian Federation Navy Pacific Fleet.
Gunnery aboard the HMS Anson.
Two U.S. Marine Corps CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters from Alpha Company, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, prepare to take off during a night helocast training exercise at Camp Pendleton, Calif., Feb. 1, 2012. The Marines trained with Japanese Rangers from the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force (JGSDF), as part of Exercise Iron Fist 2012, a bilateral training exercise between the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit and the JGSDF. (DoD photo by Lance Cpl. Timothy Childers, U.S. Marine Corps/Released)