Queen Elizabeth Class Carrier

The Queen Elizabeth Class is a series of two new aircraft carriers, which are still under construction by BAE System for the British Royal Navy. With a length of 280 m (920ft) and a beam of 39 m (128ft), they will be much larger than the former Invincible Class carriers. The two Queen Elizabeth Class carriers will displace 65,000 tons, and will be able to carry up to 40 F-35 fighter aircraft, plus attack and anti-submarine helicopters; the F-35 fighters will take off a forward sky-jump flying deck. They will be fitted with two bridges: the aft one will control take-off and landing of aircraft, the forward one will take care of the ship functions. Powered by two Rolls-Royce Marine Trent MT30 gas turbine generator units, they will be able to sail at the maximum speed of 26 knots (47km/h), with a range of 10,000 nautical miles (19,000 km). Their defensive armament will consist of Phalanx CIWS guns, 7,62mm miniguns, and 30mm cannons. The first of the carriers, HMS Queen Elizabeth R08, will be delivered to the Royal Navy in 2016, and the second, HMS Prince of Wales R09, in 2018.

DDG-1000 Stealth Destroyer

The Stealth Destroyer is a US Navy project of a light, fast, an stealth warship which will have the capacity of approaching enemy coasts practically undetected and unleash a rain of projectiles on military installations and communication facilities. The DDG-1000 Destroyer will be armed with an electromagnetic railgun, using magnetic field and electric current to fire a projectile, which will travel several times the speed of sound. It will also be armed with anti-shipping and surface to air missiles. Having a different profile from classic destroyers and built with special materials, the stealth destroyer will be detected by enemy radars as a very small fishing boat. Powered by electric motors, the new warship will have a range of 6,500 nautical miles and the capacity to carry on board a Super Cobra helicopter and/or reconnaissance helicopter. The first DDG-1000 destroyers will entered service with the US Navy in early 2015.

USS Enterprise (CV-6)

USS Enterprise (CV-6) was the sixth aircraft carrier of the United States Navy. She was a ship of the Yorktown class and was launched in 1936. The USS Enterprise (CV-6) was one of only three American carriers commissioned prior to the Second World War to survive the war as she took part in more major military engagements of the war against Japan than did any other US ship. She participated in the Battle of Midway, the Battle of the Eastern Solomons, the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands, various other air-sea engagements during the Guadalcanal campaign, etc. She decommissioned in 1947.

The USS Enterprise CV-6 was built by Newport News Shipbuilding. She was laid down in 1934 and launched in 1936. This aircraft carrier was 824 feet long, displaced 19,500 tons of water, and had a draft of 25 feet. The USS Enterprise CV-6 had 9 Babcock & Wilcox boilers, and was propelled by 4 Parsons geared turbines. She had 3 elevators, two flight hydrolic catapults, and could carry 90 aircraft. On 8 April 1942, she departed to meet the Hornet and sail west escorting Hornet on the mission to launch 16 Army B-25 Mitchells in the "Doolittle Raid" on Tokyo.

USS Yorktown (CV-5)

The USS Yorktown (CV-5) was an American aircraft carrier, which was a lead ship of her class. It sailed in the Pacific waters and was sunk at the Battle of Midway, during World War II. The USS Yorktown CV-5 was laid down on May 21, 1934, at Newport News, Virginia, by the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co. Sponsored by Eleanor Roosevelt, the Yorktown was launched on April 4, 1936, and was commissioned at the Naval Operating Base, Norfolk, Virginia, on September 30, 1937. Her first commander was Captain Ernest D. McWhorter.

The Yorktown aircraft carrier trained in Hampton Roads, Virginia and in the southern drill grounds off the Virginia capes into January 1938. After performing naval exercises along with her sister-ship USS Enterprise (CV-6) in February 1939, the USS Yorktown (CV-5) sailed for the Pacific on April 20, 1939, but two years later sailed back to the Atlantic where it conducted four four patrol. After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the undamaged American carriers assumed great importance, as there were only three in the Pacific: USS Enterprise (CV-6), USS Lexington (CV-2), and USS Saratoga (CV-3). The USS Yorktown departed Norfolk on December 16, 1941 for the Pacific, her secondary gun galleries studded with new Oerlikon 20 mm guns. She reached San Diego 30 December 1941 and soon became flagship for Rear Admiral Frank Jack Fletcher’s newly formed Task Force 17.

After having been supplied, the Yorktown put to sea on February, 1942, bound for the Coral Sea. Between May 4 and May 8, 1942, she successfully participated in the Battle of the Coral Sea in which her planes sank and seriously damaged Japanese ships. But, on the afternoon of June 4, 1942, near Midway Atoll, after her planes had sunk the Japanese aircraft carrier Soryu, the USS Yorktown (CV-5) was hit on the port side by two torpedos fired by Japanese planes and was mortally wounded.

The USS Yorktown was 770 ft long, weighed 19,800 tons, and had a draft of 25 ft 11.5 in (7.91 m). She was propelled by 4 Parsons geared turbines, 120,000 shp (89 MW) and had a top speed of 32.5 knots. The Yorktown could carry 90 aircraft, and was fitted with 8 × 5 in/38 cal gun mounts, 4 × Quad 1.1 in/75 cal gun mounts, and 30 × 20 mm Oerlikon cannons.