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by José M. Rico
Sat Feb 01, 2014 3:59 am
Forum: World Navies Today
Topic: USNS Spearhead (JHSV-1) in Rota Naval Base
Replies: 0
Views: 2050

USNS Spearhead (JHSV-1) in Rota Naval Base

This impressive vessel is currently at Naval Station Rota, Spain.

Some data on the USNS Spearhead (JHSV-1):

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USNS_Spearhead_(JHSV-1)

by José M. Rico
Thu Jan 02, 2014 7:04 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Denmark Strait and RN Articles of War
Replies: 1949
Views: 77231

Re: Denmark Strait and RN Articles of War

I haven't followed this thread much, but I have to agree with Dave Saxton. I realize English is not the first language of many of us, but accusing these men of being "liars" or "falsifying documents" is not the most appropriate way to try to reconstruct a 70+ year old unsolved pu...
by José M. Rico
Sun Dec 29, 2013 6:53 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Denmark Strait and RN Articles of War
Replies: 1949
Views: 77231

Re: Denmark Strait and RN Articles of War

Paul C Looking at the high quality Schmalenbach film on you tube I believe PoW fires only forward turrets and the white spot aft resolves clearly as a shell splash- opinion? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hU76vVM6lWY WoW! Sean, I've never seen that so clearly before! You are absolutely right that i...
by José M. Rico
Sun Dec 22, 2013 7:31 pm
Forum: World Navies Today
Topic: Principe de Asturias Decommissioned
Replies: 4
Views: 2228

Re: Principe de Asturias Decommissioned

The hull of the Trieste was towed to Ferrol where it was drydocked and inspected by group of technicians. However, the idea to convert the old hull into a carrier was soon discarded because of the enormous cost and the lack of experience in the construction of this type of ships. The hull remained i...
by José M. Rico
Fri Dec 20, 2013 7:42 pm
Forum: World Navies Today
Topic: Izumo-class Helicopter Destroyer
Replies: 0
Views: 1635

Izumo-class Helicopter Destroyer

What do you people think of the new Izumo-class "helicopter destroyer" currently under construction for the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force? These vessels are considerably larger than the previous Hyūga-class and have become a cause for concern in China.
by José M. Rico
Fri Dec 20, 2013 7:10 pm
Forum: The Wreck of the Bismarck
Topic: Expedition Bismarck 2012
Replies: 32
Views: 12030

Re: Expedition Bismarck 2012

Just to let you know that in the end there was no expedition to the wreck in 2012.
It was canceled.
by José M. Rico
Wed Dec 18, 2013 12:46 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Bismarck final battle and German main battery accuracy Qs.
Replies: 5
Views: 1063

Re: Bismarck final battle and German main battery accuracy Q

It was a combination of everything. Still when considering the hopeless position the ship was, Bismarck's fire was not that bad at all, and even managed to straddle the Rodney during the early stages of the battle. However, very soon turrets Anton and Bruno were put out of action and after that it w...
by José M. Rico
Wed Dec 18, 2013 12:28 am
Forum: Books and Reference
Topic: Bismarck - Pride of the German Navy
Replies: 24
Views: 5430

Re: Bismarck - Pride of the German Navy

Any opinions on this one? Yes, but unfortunately not very good. The text on this book contains a considerable number of excerpts and quotes that have been taken from kbismarck.com website. In some cases directly copied verbatim, in others simply changing the sentence structure to try to conceal any...
by José M. Rico
Wed Dec 11, 2013 12:25 pm
Forum: Announcements, News and Updates
Topic: Battleship Bismarck on Facebook
Replies: 6
Views: 5292

Re: Battleship Bismarck on Facebook

On the way to 9,000!!! :D

Like us on Facebook. :ok:

https://www.facebook.com/battleshipbismarck
by José M. Rico
Wed Dec 04, 2013 11:25 pm
Forum: Ship Models, Plans and Drawings
Topic: 1/200 Hood from Trumpeter!
Replies: 2
Views: 4330

Re: 1/200 Hood from Trumpeter!

... so, very soon we will have both titans in 1/200!!! :D
by José M. Rico
Sat Nov 09, 2013 10:47 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Denmark Strait : the airplanes !
Replies: 9
Views: 1641

Re: Denmark Strait : the airplanes !

Antonio. I think I have that somewhere but I can't find it right now. Lockheed Hudson G/269 (Flying Officer A.J. Pinhorn) took off from Kaldaðarnes at 0400 hours on the 24th, (five minutes before the arrival of L/269) and although it later watched the battle at the Denmark Strait and the Hood blowin...
by José M. Rico
Wed Sep 18, 2013 8:21 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Japanese victory at Midway
Replies: 2
Views: 712

Re: Japanese victory at Midway

Check the link below:

viewtopic.php?f=14&t=1811
by José M. Rico
Thu Aug 22, 2013 10:23 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: O Class Battlecruisers
Replies: 8
Views: 1580

Re: O Class Battlecruisers

The actual ships may have been a little heavier, but those are the design figures. The "O" Class was certainly lighter than the Scharnhorst.
by José M. Rico
Wed Aug 21, 2013 9:43 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: O Class Battlecruisers
Replies: 8
Views: 1580

O Class Battlecruisers

Hello all, I would like to hear what are your opinions on the German "O" Class battlecruisers . How would you compare them with, let's say, the USN Alaskas, considering both types would have had almost identical displacement and similar commissioning periods? I think we could have a good c...
by José M. Rico
Sun Aug 04, 2013 7:20 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: No rudder torpedo hit
Replies: 10
Views: 1412

Re: No rudder torpedo hit

I've been thinking about the cripling torpedo hit that Bismarck suffered. What if that hit wouldn't have come at all, but, say, 1-2 hits would have been made on the ship's sides.. ? Bismarck would have taken on more seawater and her speed reduced a few more knots depending on the compartments affec...

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