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MT Navy Series #6 - USS Gilbert Islands?
« on: April 30, 2007, 10:41:03 PM »
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Okay, I give up trying to figure out Micro-Trains...

When they started the Navy series, they said they were going to be doing PROMINENT naval vessels both past and present, so WTF is up with this months release, the USS Gilbert Islands?  Looking at it's history, I can't figure out for the life of me what qualifies it as "prominent".  Commissioned in 1945, served in a few WWII battles and the Korean War, then converted to a communications ship.  Huh?

Some of the others have been questionable; the only thing I could figure out that they all had in common was that they were all preserved as museum ships, which I guess made them famous to some degree.  Even that thread falls apart with this month's release...

Wonder what we'll get in July?  LCU-1124?

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Re: MT Navy Series #6 - USS Gilbert Islands?
« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2007, 12:09:26 AM »
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I'm hoping for the USS Fort Snelling (LSD-30).

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Re: MT Navy Series #6 - USS Gilbert Islands?
« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2007, 04:09:46 AM »
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I'm waiting for the USS Bonefish (SS 582).

It uh.. um... oh yea, it did a lot of training missions and refresher exercises.
Then it did some more.
After that, even more.
Last but not least, more training and refresher exercises.
Wait, wait, I forgot.  It caught fire once too... leading to it's demise.

I agree, their choice of ships makes one wonder.
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Re: MT Navy Series #6 - USS Gilbert Islands?
« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2007, 05:14:57 AM »
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the Wiki says about the Gilbert Islands:

"She became the first of her class to have jets make touch-and-go landings on the flight deck"

impressive indeed !  ;D


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Re: MT Navy Series #6 - USS Gilbert Islands?
« Reply #4 on: May 01, 2007, 09:51:13 AM »
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"She became the first of her class to have jets make touch-and-go landings on the flight deck"

Wow! That is impressive. And next they'll honor "the first ship to make a right hand turn."?
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Re: MT Navy Series #6 - USS Gilbert Islands?
« Reply #5 on: May 01, 2007, 01:32:02 PM »
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  How about "The Monitor" and "The Merrimac". Now those were ships we could really appreciate as model railroaders.    Nate Goodman (Nato). Salt Lake, Utah.

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Re: MT Navy Series #6 - USS Gilbert Islands?
« Reply #6 on: May 03, 2007, 09:11:35 PM »
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They could have Derfflinger, Friedrich Der Grosse, Ostfriesland and Von Der Tann as "ships that executed the 'battle-turn-away' manouevre'.  Oh, wait a minute, they were in the Imperial German Navy.  Still, Ostfriesland was turned over to the United States in 1919 and Mitchell did sink it with bombs from aeroplanes.

Or how about the boat that inspired:

'Our farmers on the seacoast,
May their cornfields ever be,
Protected from the ravages,
Of Gunboat Number Three!'

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Re: MT Navy Series #6 - USS Gilbert Islands?
« Reply #7 on: May 03, 2007, 09:38:34 PM »
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Trivia Quiz

What was the name of the first US Navy ship sunk by the Japanese?

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Re: MT Navy Series #6 - USS Gilbert Islands?
« Reply #8 on: May 03, 2007, 09:42:45 PM »
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Trivia #2

What was the only Navy ship to surrender in WW2?

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Re: MT Navy Series #6 - USS Gilbert Islands?
« Reply #9 on: May 03, 2007, 10:21:20 PM »
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If your talking WWII, the USS ARIZONE was the first one sunk.  There was a gunboat that surrender but don't remember the name.  I spent 24 years in the Navy and I forgot most of this stuff over the years.  For info the following website might be of interest:
http://www.history.navy.mil/danfs/

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Re: MT Navy Series #6 - USS Gilbert Islands?
« Reply #10 on: May 04, 2007, 06:45:59 AM »
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  How about "The Monitor" and "The Merrimac". Now those were ships we could really appreciate as model railroaders.    Nate Goodman (Nato). Salt Lake, Utah.
Why would MT do the Merrimac?  The only thing significant about her is that she had bad engines.  Now, if you want an important ship to go with the Monitor, why not the Virgina?

Or how about the third CSS North Carolina?  First ship in the word that could be called a 'battle ship.'  She had turrets like the Monitor in an ocean-going package.  To bad she never fired her guns under the Confederate flag.

How about the CSS H. L. Hunly

Need I go on?
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Re: MT Navy Series #6 - USS Gilbert Islands?
« Reply #11 on: May 04, 2007, 09:45:40 AM »
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Let's face it, if you want notable ships you need to look to the RN!  ;D ;)

HMS Perseus - First ship with a steam catapult
HMS Hermes - First ship designed as an aircraft carrier (although not the first launched)
HMS Dreadnought - Precusor of the ultimate style of battleships
HMS Warrior - World's first ocean-going iron-hulled armoured warship
HMS Viper - The first turbine-powered destroyer (1899)

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Re: MT Navy Series #6 - USS Gilbert Islands?
« Reply #12 on: May 04, 2007, 09:55:59 AM »
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What was the name of the first US Navy ship sunk by the Japanese?

Gunboat U.S.S. Panay, Dec 12, 1937.

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What was the only Navy ship to surrender in WW2?

The Gunboat U. S. S. Wake. in China Dec. 8, 1941.

The Destroyer Stewart was salvaged by the Japanese in the Dutch East Indies after being scuttled in harbor.

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Re: MT Navy Series #6 - USS Gilbert Islands?
« Reply #13 on: May 04, 2007, 02:28:47 PM »
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What was the name of the first US Navy ship sunk by the Japanese?

Gunboat U.S.S. Panay, Dec 12, 1937.

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What was the only Navy ship to surrender in WW2?

The Gunboat U. S. S. Wake. in China Dec. 8, 1941.

The Destroyer Stewart was salvaged by the Japanese in the Dutch East Indies after being scuttled in harbor.

Frank



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