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HMS Formidable (67)
HMS Formidable was an Illustrious-class aircraft carrier
Illustrious-class aircraft carrier
ordered for the Royal Navy
Royal Navy
before the Second World War. After being completed in late 1940, she was briefly assigned to the Home Fleet
Home Fleet
before being transferred to the Mediterranean Fleet
Mediterranean Fleet
as a replacement for her crippled sister ship Illustrious
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Reserve Fleet
A reserve fleet is a collection of naval vessels of all types that are fully equipped for service but are not currently needed, and thus partially or fully decommissioned. A reserve fleet is informally said to be "in mothballs" or "mothballed"; an equivalent expression in unofficial modern U.S. naval usage is "ghost fleet". In earlier times, and especially in British usage, these ships were said to be laid up in ordinary.Contents1 Overview 2 Principal reserve fleets 3 Alternatives 4 Environmental concerns 5 See also 6 References 7 Further readingOverview[edit] Such ships are held in reserve against a time when it may be necessary to call them back into service, and they are usually tied up in backwater areas near naval bases or shipyards to speed the reactivation process. They may be modified, for instance by having rust-prone areas sealed off or wrapped in plastic or, in the case of sailing warships, the masts removed
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Operation Ironclad
 British Empire United Kingdom  India  Northern Rhodesia  Southern Rhodesia Tanganyika Australia (naval only)  South Africa Netherlands (naval only) Non-combatant Support: Belgium Belgian Congo Poland Vichy France Madagascar Japan (naval only) Non-combatant Support: GermanyCommanders and leaders Robert Sturges Edward Syfret Armand Annet Ishizaki NoboruStrength10,000–15,000 soldiers (land forces) Vichy France: 8,000 troops[1] 6 tanks 35 aircraft[2] 4 warships[3]Casualties and losses620 casualties in total (107 killed in action; 280 wounded; 108 died from disease)[2] 1 battleship heavily damaged 1 oil tanker sunk150 killed in action; 500 wounded (does not include any casualties caused by disease)[2] ~1,000 POW[4] 2 midget submarines destroyedLocation of Diego Suarez Bayv t eIndian Ocean Theater27 February 1941
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Bulkhead (partition)
A bulkhead is an upright wall within the hull of a ship or within the fuselage of an aeroplane. Other kinds of partition elements within a ship are decks and deckheads.Contents1 Etymology 2 History 3 Purpose 4 Requirements of bulkheads4.1 Fire-resistance 4.2 Prevention of damage from EMI and EMP5 Other uses of the term 6 See also 7 References 8 External linksEtymology[edit] The word bulki meant "cargo" in Old Norse. Sometime in the 15th century sailors and builders in Europe realized that walls within a vessel would prevent cargo from shifting during passage. In shipbuilding, any vertical panel was called a "head". So walls installed abeam (side-to-side) in a vessel's hull were called "bulkheads."[dubious – discuss] Now, the term bulkhead applies to every vertical panel aboard a ship, except for the hull itself. History[edit] See also: Naval history of China Bulkhead partitions are considered to have been a feature of Chinese junks, a type of ship
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Aircraft Catapult
An aircraft catapult is a device used to launch aircraft from ships, most commonly used on aircraft carriers, as a form of assisted take off. It consists of a track built into the flight deck, below which is a large piston or shuttle that is attached through the track to the nose gear of the aircraft, or in some cases a wire rope, called a catapult bridle, is attached to the aircraft and the catapult shuttle. Different means have been used to propel the catapult, such as weight and derrick, gunpowder, flywheel, air pressure, hydraulic, and steam power. The U.S. Navy is developing the use of Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch Systems with the construction of the Gerald R. Ford class aircraft carrier
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Home Fleet
The Home Fleet
Home Fleet
was a fleet of the Royal Navy
Royal Navy
that operated in the United Kingdom's territorial waters from 1902 with intervals until 1967. Before the First World War, it consisted of the four Port Guard ships.[which?] During the First World War, it comprised some of the older ships of the Royal Navy
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Mediterranean Fleet
The British Mediterranean Fleet
Mediterranean Fleet
was part of the Royal Navy. The Fleet was one of the most prestigious commands in the navy for the majority of its history, defending the vital sea link between the United Kingdom and the majority of the British Empire
British Empire
in the Eastern Hemisphere
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Sister Ship
A sister ship is a ship of the same class or of virtually identical design to another ship. Such vessels share a nearly identical hull and superstructure layout, similar size, and roughly comparable features and equipment. Often, sisters become more differentiated during their service as their equipment (in the case of naval vessels, their armament) are separately altered. For instance, the U.S. warships USS Iowa, USS New Jersey, USS Missouri, and USS Wisconsin are all sister ships, each being an Iowa-class battleship. The most famous sister ships were the White Star Line's RMS Olympic, RMS Titanic and HMHS Britannic. As with some other liners, the sisters worked as running mates.[1] Other sister ships include the Royal Caribbean International's Explorer of the Seas and Adventure of the Seas. Half-sister refers to a ship of the same class but with some significant differences
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HMS Illustrious (87)
Illustrious may refer to:HMS Illustrious, five ships in the Royal Navy Illustrious (album), a 2008 hip hop album by Big Noyd Illustrious class aircraft carrier, a class of aircraft carrier of the Royal Navy Mari Illustrious Makinami, fictional character of Rebuild of EvangelionSee
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Axis Powers
The Axis powers
Axis powers
(German: Achsenmächte, Italian: Potenze dell'Asse, Japanese: 枢軸国 Sūjikukoku), also known as the Axis and the Rome–Berlin–Tokyo Axis, were the nations that fought in World War II against the Allied forces. The Axis powers
Axis powers
agreed on their opposition to the Allies, but did not completely coordinate their activity. The Axis grew out of the diplomatic efforts of Germany, Italy, and Japan to secure their own specific expansionist interests in the mid-1930s. The first step was the treaty signed by Germany and Italy in October 1936
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Dive Bomber
A dive bomber is a bomber aircraft that dives directly at its targets in order to provide greater accuracy for the bomb it drops. Diving towards the target simplifies the bomb's trajectory and allows the pilot to keep visual contact throughout the bomb run. This allows attacks on point targets and ships, which were difficult to attack with conventional level bombers, even en masse.[citation needed] Glide bombing is a similar technique using shallower dive angles that does not require a sharp pull-up after dropping the bombs
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Eastern Fleet
The British Eastern Fleet
Eastern Fleet
(also known after 1944 as the East Indies Fleet and the Far East
Far East
Fleet) was a fleet of the Royal Navy
Royal Navy
which existed between 1941 and 1971. In 1904, the British First Sea Lord, Sir John Fisher, ordered that in the event of war the three main commands in the Far East, the East Indies Squadron, the China
China
Squadron, and the Australian Squadron, should all come under one command called the Eastern Fleet
Eastern Fleet
based in Singapore. The Commander-in-Chief on the China Station
China Station
would then take command. During the First World War, the squadrons retained their distinct identities and 'Eastern Fleet' was used only as a general term
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Vichy France
Vichy France (French: Régime de Vichy) is the common name of the French State (État français) headed by Marshal Philippe Pétain during World War II. It represented the unoccupied "Free Zone" (zone libre) in the southern part of metropolitan France and the French colonial empire. From 1940 to 1942, while the Vichy regime was the nominal government of all of France except Alsace-Lorraine, the German militarily occupied northern France. While Paris remained the de jure capital of France, the government chose to relocate to the town of Vichy, 360 km (220 mi) to the south in the zone libre, which thus became the de facto capital of the French State. Following the Allied landings in French North Africa in November 1942, southern France was also militarily occupied by Germany and Italy. Petain's regime remained in Vichy as the nominal government of France, albeit one that clearly operated as a de facto client state of Nazi Germany from November 1942 onward
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Flight Deck
The flight deck of an aircraft carrier is the surface from which its aircraft take off and land, essentially a miniature airfield at sea. On smaller naval ships which do not have aviation as a primary mission, the landing area for helicopters and other VTOL
VTOL
aircraft is also referred to as the flight deck. The official U.S. Navy term for these vessels is "air-capable ships".[1]Contents1 Evolution1.1 Early flight decks 1.2 Full length decks 1.3 Armored decks2 Landing on flight decks 3 Modern innovations3.1 Angled flight deck 3.2 Ski-jump 3.3 Flexible decks4 Other 5 See also 6 ReferencesEvolution[edit]Eugene Ely's first landing, on the armored cruiser USS PennsylvaniaEarly flight decks[edit] The first flight decks were inclined wooden ramps built over the forecastle of warships
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Madagascar
Madagascar
Madagascar
(/ˌmædəˈɡæskər/; Malagasy: Madagasikara), officially the Republic of Madagascar
Madagascar
(Malagasy: Repoblikan'i Madagasikara [republiˈkʲan madaɡasˈkʲarə̥]; French: République de Madagascar), and previously known as the Malagasy Republic, is an island country in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of East Africa. The nation comprises the island of Madagascar
Madagascar
(the fourth-largest island in the world), and numerous smaller peripheral islands. Following the prehistoric breakup of the supercontinent Gondwana, Madagascar
Madagascar
split from the Indian peninsula
Indian peninsula
around 88 million years ago, allowing native plants and animals to evolve in relative isolation. Consequently, Madagascar
Madagascar
is a biodiversity hotspot; over 90% of its wildlife is found nowhere else on Earth
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Sortie
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. This template will no longer automatically categorize articles as candidates to move to Wiktionary.This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (December 2009) (Learn how and when to remove this template message)A sortie (from the French word meaning exit) is a deployment or dispatch of one military unit, be it an aircraft, ship, or troops, from a strongpoint
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