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RDV 01 Crystal - World Naval Ships Directory

RDV 01 Crystal

Name : RDV 01 Crystal
Laid Down : December 1969
Launched : 22nd March 1971
Completed :
Type : Trials Vessel
Class :
Builder : Devonport
Country : UK
Pennants :
Fate : Sold 18th September 1992.

An unpowered Underwater Test Platform used during Sonar Research and Development at the Admiralty Underwater Weapons Establishment at Portland, Dorset.

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Last edited : 18:32, March 13, 2011
By : jbryce1437

First Added : 12:25, January 21, 2011
By : kc

 

 

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The Vulcan B2  of 50 Squadron heads to Ascension Island from its base at Waddington, where it had been completely overhauled, including the fitting of a refuelling probe, which had to be found from various stores at Catterick, Goosebay in Labrador, Canada, and Wright-Patterson Airfield in Ohio, USA. The Vulcan would take part in the seven planned bombing missions during the Falklands campaign codenamed Operation Black Buck. Each mission would require a solo Vulcan Bomber (plus an airborne reserve Vulcan in case of problems with the first) to fly and bomb the Argentinean airfield at Port Stanley, requiring the support of 12 Handley Page Victor K2 tankers of 55 and 57 squadron on the outward journey and 2 Victors and a Nimrod on the return journey.

Vulcan B.2, 50 Sqn, Waddington by Ivan Berryman. (GL)
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In 1944 Berlin was probably the most defended city in the world.  The Luftwaffe had kept what reserves it had for planes to defend Berlin.  On March 6th, 1944, The USAAF were involved in the massive air raid on Berlin, 69 B17s were lost - but the Luftwaffe lost 160 planes.  Whereas the US 8th Air Force could recover from these aircraft losses, the German Luftwaffe could not.  By the end of the war, the 8th Air Force and the Royal Air Force had destroyed 70% of Berlin.

Berlin Bound by Anthony Saunders.
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 Viewed from the cockpit, Lancasters of 617 Sqn <i>Dambusters</i> form up at the beginning of their perilous journey to the Ruhr Valley on the night of 16th May 1943 when the Möhne and Eder dams were breached under the codename <i>Operation Chastise</i>.

617 Squadron Outbound to the Ruhr by Ivan Berryman. (P)
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 Lockheed Vega PV-1 VB32 Squadron in the Santaren Channel. From this point on the U-boat was hunted and harassed only to be sunk in the Bay of Biscay.

The Hunt for U-Boat 134 by David Pentland.
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 Squadron Leader J R Baldwin passes above a section of Mulberry Harbour near Arromanches, late in June 1944, his personalised Hawker Typhoon bearing the codes JBII.

JBII - Hawker Typhoon of Wing Commander J R Baldwin by Ivan Berryman. (AP)
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 Lancaster V-RA, with its young Canadian crew, flew just a handful of operations. On the night of June 12, 1944, it was set afire by a JU88, forcing the crew to bale out. Seeing the rear gunner trapped Pilot Officer Andrew Mynarski vainly braved the inferno to help, losing his parachute to the flames. He was forced to jump without it. Miraculously the burning Lancaster pancaked, and the rear gunner survived. Andrew Mynarski was awarded the Victoria Cross posthumously. Mynarskis Lancaster is depicted setting out on that fateful night. Four of the crew members: Brophy, navigator Robert Bodie, radio operator James Kelly and pilot de Breyne were hidden by the French and, except for Brophy, returned to England shortly after the crash. Vigars and the wounded bomb aimer Friday were captured by the Germans and interned until they could be liberated by American troops. Pat Brophy joined French Resistance fighters and, after waging war on the ground behind enemy lines, made it back to London in September, 1944 where he learned of Mynarskis death. It was not until 1945 when Pat Brophy was reunited with Art de Breyne and the rest of the crew, that the details of his final moments on the aircraft were revealed. He related the story of the valiant efforts made by Mynarski to save him.

Mynarskis Lanc by Nicolas Trudgian.
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Lieutenant Leefe-Robinsons BE2C, converted to single-seater night-fighter configuration, destroying the German SL11 over Hertfordshire on the night of 2/3 September, 1916. Robinson attacked the SL11 from below, raking it with incendiary fire, before turning and diving past the airship for another attack. As he did so, the airship exploded into flames and crashed into a field near Cuffley, killing all sixteen crew. For this action, Leefe-Robinson was awarded the VC.

William Leefe-Robinson by Ivan Berryman. (GS)
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 Flt. Lt. John Alexander Cruickshank in his consolidated Catalina. Winning his Victoria Cross for sinking U-347.

Sinking of U-Boat 347 by Tim Fisher (GS)
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 At Dawn on 9th March 1862, as the American Civil War raged on, an extraordinary combat took place in Hampton Roads, a naval exchange that was to herald a new age and completely change the concept and design of modern warships.  Having already destroyed the two Federal warships <i>Cumberland</i> and <i>Congress</i> the previous day, the Confederate ironclad <i>CSS Virginia</i> readied herself for another day's work, her target this time being the grounded <i>Minnesota</i>.  As the <i>Virginia</i> approached her target, she was confronted by the much smaller Union ironclad <i>Monitor</i> which had just arrived after a fraught journey from New York.  Thus began an exchange of fire that lasted more than three hours, each ship's shot merely bouncing and deflecting off its opponent without inflicting any serious damage.  With her smokestack shot away, the <i>Virginia</i> now concentrated her shot on the <i>Monitor'</i>s tiny wheelhouse where a direct hit blinded the Union ship's commander, necessitating a temporary withdrawal.  By the time <i>Monitor</i> was ready to re-engage, the <i>Virginia</i> was limping away, the result of this fierce encounter being nothing more than stalemate.  Neither ship could claim any form of victory and neither had sustained any meaningful damage.  Though clumsy and difficult to handle, the thick iron plating and low profiles of these very different vessels signaled a direction in warship design that lasted until the Second World War, eighty years later.

Battle of the Ironclads by Ivan Berryman. (P)
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 Wearing her unusual black and white disruptive colour scheme, HMS Repulse is pictured as part of Force Z in company with HMS Prince of Wales and the destroyer Vampire. These two mighty battleships were to be lost within hours of each other, the victims of intense Japanese air strikes. Vampire and the destroyer Electra were on hand to pick up survivors from both ships.

HMS Repulse by Ivan Berryman (GS)
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In February 1945, 850 square miles of volcanic rock became the most strategically important island in the South Pacific. From Iwo Jima heavy bombers would be able to raid Japanese cities almost at will. Even with its overwhelming military might, the Americans would have to pay a heavy price for such a seemingly small island.

USS Tennessee During the Landings at Iwo Jima by Anthony Saunders. (P)
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B111AP. The Pursuit of the Graf Spee by Ivan Berryman.

The Pursuit of the Graf Spee by Ivan Berryman (AP)
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DHM1747GL. Roma by Randall Wilson.

Roma by Randall Wilson. (GL)
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Vittorio Veneto at Anchor in Naples, 1941 by Randall Wilson. (GL)
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 None among Rackams crew were more resolute or ready to board or undertake anything that was hazardous. Quote taken from Captain C. Johnsons book. A General History of the Robberies and murders of the Most Notorious Pirates. (1724)

Anne Bonney, Mary Reid and Calico Jack Rackam by Chris Collingwood (GL)
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 Just minutes from opening fire, HMS Royal Sovereign, carrying the flag of Vice-Admiral Lord Cuthbert Collingwood, approaches the Franco-Spanish line at Trafalgar, prior to breaking through and delivering a devastating broadside into the black-painted Santa Ana.  Royal Sovereign had already taken terrible punishment as it had approached the enemy line, unable to bring her own guns to bear.  Ships depicted, left to right, are: Indomptable  (Fr) Rhin (Fr) Santa Ana (Sp) Royal Sovereign (Br) and Fougeux (Fr)

Trafalgar: HMS Royal Sovereign Prepares to Break the Line by Ivan Berryman. (GS)
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DHM822GL.  Confederate Bugler by Chris Collingwood.

Confederate Bugler by Chris Collingwood (GL)
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 Private Wassall, whilst escaping the debacle of Isandhlwana, was being pursued by Zulu warriors as he made his way down the Buffalo River, the border between Zululand and Natal. Wassall rode his Basuto pony into the river, but upon hearing a cry for help and seeing a man from his own regiment drowning, he turned and made his way back to the Zulu side of the river, Quickly dismounting he tied his horse to a tress, swam into the river and rescued a private called Westwood as the Zulus were sweeping along the riverbank just at the moment the Zulus rushed forward. For his act of valour in the face of the enemy Private Samuel Wassall was awarded the first of the Zulu War Victoria Crosses.

Private Samuel Wassall of the 80th Regiment of Foot (Staffordshire Volunteers) at Fugitives Drift by Jason Askew. (GS)
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DHM134GL.  Un Jour de Revue sons L Empire en 1810 by H Bellange.
Un Jour de Revue sons L Empire en 1810 by H Bellange (GL)
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March - April 2003.  1st Battalion The Royal Irish Regiment deployed in the Rumaylah oilfields in order to secure the Gas Oil Separation Plants and clear the area of any remaining enemy forces
Operation TELIC, Iraq by David Rowlands (GS)
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 Major Sankovsky, commander of the new SU-152 battery of 1442nd SP Art Regiment, assigned to the 13th Army was in support of the 307th Rifle Division around Ponyri Station when the XXXXI Panzer Corp attacked with 200 panzers.  Leading the way were Tiger Is of Schwere Panzer Abteilung 505, and the Borgward BIV remote control mine clearance tanks.  On this day it is believed the major himself knocked out 10 enemy tanks, and in the ensuing three weeks of combat at Kursk the battery accounted for some 12 Tigers and 7 Ferdidnands.  It was this units results which the SU152 the nickname of Zwieroboj - Animal Hunter.

Zwieroboj - Animal Hunters - Ponyri Station, Kursk, 7th July 1943 by David Pentland. (GS)
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GIBA0544GS.  Embarquement de Lafayette a Passages Pour Son Premier Voyage en Amerique 1880 by Wenceslao de la Guardia.
Embarquement de Lafayette a Passages Pour Son Premier Voyage en Amerique 1880 by Wenceslao de la Guardia. (GS)
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 Panzer v Ausf. D Panthers of SS Panther Division Das Reich make their debut during the initial stages of the German summer offensive for Kursk. This unit with others of the SS Panzer Korps made the deepest advances into the well-prepared Soviet lines. Complete success however, was to elude them when outrunning their supporting divisions at Prokhorovka they were forced to halt for six days.

Operation Zitadelle by David Pentland. (GS)
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GIAA2341GS.  Egyptian Theatre by Van Hamme.
Egyptian Theatre by Van Hamme (GS)
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Adelaide, Australia, the final race of the 1993 Formula 1 season.  Ayrton Senna was tragically killed at Imola, Italy, in May the following year.

Sennas Final Victory by Ivan Berryman.
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Winning yet another G1, the Lockinge Stakes at Newbury in what was to be her last race.
Russian Rythm by Stephen Smith.
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 The Minstrel, 1977, Shergar, 1981, Golden Fleece, 1982, .Teenoso, 1983, Reference Point, 1987, Nashwan, 1989.

Derby Winners by Peter Deighan.
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SP4.  Desert Orchid by Mark Churms.

Desert Orchid by Mark Churms.
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B452.  Sandown Park by Paul Hart.

Sandown Park by Paul Hart.
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 Jean Alesi drove the number 11 Sauber in the 1999 Formula One season.  With just seven finishes that year, his only points-scoring races were at San Marino and Japan, where he finished in 6th place.

Jean Alesi - Sauber by Ivan Berryman. (GS)
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 Ferrari F310.  1996.
Eddie Irvine by Michael Thompson.
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GIJH0810GS.  The Death, by Henry Alken.
The Death, by Henry Alken. (GS)
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