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This Tiny U.S. Navy Warship Sank the Most Submarines in History

Destroyer escorts were the econo-warships of the U.S. Navy in World War II. Designed to be smaller and cheaper alternatives to Navy destroyers, destroyer escorts weren't designed to slug it out in a fleet battle like their bigger brothers. Instead theirs was the dreary but vital duty of escorting convoys of slow merchant ships across the oceans.

Battleships, Aircraft Carriers and Super Tanks: 5 Crazy Weapons of War Russia Never Built

The Soviet military combined grandiose vision and global aspiration with a defense-industrial base that had severe limitations.

For nearly seven decades, the defense-industrial complex of the Soviet Union went toe-to-toe with the best firms that the West had to offer.  In some cases, it surprised the West with cheap, innovative, effective systems.  In others, it could barely manage to put together aircraft that could remain in the air, and ships that could stay at sea.

In 1999, America Destroyed China's Embassy in Belgrade (And Many Chinese Think It Was on Purpose)

During NATO’s 1999 air war over Yugoslavia, the Atlantic alliance struck hundreds of targets over Serbia and Kosovo. Most were uncontroversial: air-defense sites, army headquarters and other military targets. The destruction of one target in particular, however, set off a wave of anti-Western—and anti-American in particular—protests half a world away. That target was the Chinese embassy in Belgrade.

Why Russia and China Fear America's Ohio-Class Submarines

Nine years after the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Ishirō Honda’s Godzilla depicted a monster awakened from the depths of the ocean to wreak havoc on Japanese cities. A giant fire-breathing reptile, however, was less horrifying than what was to come. In less than a decade’s time, there would be dozens of real undersea beasts capable of destroying multiple cities at a time. I’m referring, of course, to ballistic-missile submarines, or “boomers” in U.S. Navy parlance.

France's Only Nuclear-Powered Aircraft Carrier: A Military Juggernaut or a Complete Joke?

Of all the countries that have aircraft carriers, only two have constructed ships powered by nuclear energy. The United States is one country, but the second one might surprise: France. The French carrier Charles de Gaulle, also known as R91, is France’s first nuclear-powered surface vessel and its only carrier, making it the principal long-range striking arm of the French armed forces.