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The term blue-water navy is a colloquialism used to describe a maritime force capable of operating across the deep waters of open oceans. While what actually constitutes such a force remains undefined, there is a requirement for the ability to exercise sea control at wide ranges. The term used in the United Kingdom is expeditionary.
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German Kriegsmarine Type VII U-Boat - 1941 German Kriegsmarine Type VII U-Boat - 1941 [Clam Shell Packaging] (1:1100 Scale)

Type VII U-boats were the workhorses of the German World War II U-boot-waffe. Type VII was based on earlier German submarine designs, designed through the Dutch dummy company Ingenieurskantoor voor Scheepsbouw den Haag (I.v.S) (set up by Germany after World War I in order to maintain and develop German submarine know-how and to circumvent the limitations set by the Treaty of Versailles) and built by shipyards around the world; the Finnish Vetehinen class and Spanish Type E-1.

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German Kriegsmarine Type VIIB U-Boat German Kriegsmarine Type VIIB U-Boat (1:700 Scale)

Type VII U-boats were the workhorses of the German World War II U-boot-waffe. Type VII was based on earlier German submarine designs, designed through the Dutch dummy company Ingenieurskantoor voor Scheepsbouw den Haag (I.v.S) (set up by Germany after World War I in order to maintain and develop German submarine know-how and to circumvent the limitations set by the Treaty of Versailles) and built by shipyards around the world; the Finnish Vetehinen class and Spanish Type E-1.

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German Kriegsmarine Type IXC U-Boat - U-156, 1942 German Kriegsmarine Type IXC U-Boat - U-156, 1942 (1:700 Scale)

The Type IX U-boat was designed by Germany in 1935 and 1936 as a large ocean-going submarine for sustained operations far from the home support facilities. Type IX boats were briefly used for patrols off the eastern United States, in an attempt to disrupt the stream of troops and supplies bound for Europe.

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US GATO Class Submarine - USS GATO SS-212, 1941 US GATO Class Submarine - USS GATO (SS-212), 1941 (1:700 Scale)

The Gato-class submarine was the state of the art in American design at the start of World War II. Using the previous Tambor-class submarine as a basis, Gatos incorporated improvements to increase their overall patrol and combat abilities.

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US GATO Class Submarine - USS GATO SS-212, 1944 US GATO Class Submarine - USS GATO (SS-212), 1944 (1:700 Scale)

The Gato-class submarine was the state of the art in American design at the start of World War II. Using the previous Tambor-class submarine as a basis, Gatos incorporated improvements to increase their overall patrol and combat abilities.

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US GATO Class Submarine - USS Balao SS-285, 1944 US GATO Class Submarine - USS Balao (SS-285), 1944 (1:700 Scale)

The Gato-class submarine was the state of the art in American design at the start of World War II. Using the previous Tambor-class submarine as a basis, Gatos incorporated improvements to increase their overall patrol and combat abilities.

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German Kriegsmarine Type VIIB U-Boat - Mottled Camouflage German Kriegsmarine Type VIIB U-Boat - Mottled Camouflage (1:700 Scale)

Type VII U-boats were the workhorses of the German World War II U-boot-waffe. Type VII was based on earlier German submarine designs, designed through the Dutch dummy company Ingenieurskantoor voor Scheepsbouw den Haag (I.v.S) (set up by Germany after World War I in order to maintain and develop German submarine know-how and to circumvent the limitations set by the Treaty of Versailles) and built by shipyards around the world; the Finnish Vetehinen class and Spanish Type E-1.

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German Kriegsmarine Type VIIC U-Boat - 1941 German Kriegsmarine Type VIIC U-Boat - 1941 (1:700 Scale)

Type VII U-boats were the workhorses of the German World War II U-boot-waffe. Type VII was based on earlier German submarine designs, designed through the Dutch dummy company Ingenieurskantoor voor Scheepsbouw den Haag (I.v.S) (set up by Germany after World War I in order to maintain and develop German submarine know-how and to circumvent the limitations set by the Treaty of Versailles) and built by shipyards around the world; the Finnish Vetehinen class and Spanish Type E-1.

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German Kriegsmarine Type VIIC U-Boat - 1944 German Kriegsmarine Type VIIC U-Boat - 1944 (1:700 Scale)

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German Kriegsmarine Type IXB U-Boat - U-124, 1943 German Kriegsmarine Type IXB U-Boat - U-124, 1943 (1:700 Scale)

The Type IX U-boat was designed by Germany in 1935 and 1936 as a large ocean-going submarine for sustained operations far from the home support facilities. Type IX boats were briefly used for patrols off the eastern United States, in an attempt to disrupt the stream of troops and supplies bound for Europe.

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Imperial Japanese Navy Nagato Class Battleship - Nagato [With Collector Magazine] Imperial Japanese Navy Nagato Class Battleship - Nagato [Clamshell Packaging] (1:1100 Scale)

Nagato, named for Nagato Province, was a dreadnought battleship built for the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) during the 1910s. The lead ship of her class, she carried supplies for the survivors of the Great Kantō earthquake in 1923.

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US Navy Iowa Class Battleship US Navy Iowa Class Battleship - USS Missouri (BB-63) (1:1250 Scale)

Missouri arrived at Ulithi on May 9th, 1945, and thence proceeded to Apra Harbor, Guam, on the 18th. That afternoon Admiral William F. Halsey, Jr., Commander 3d Fleet, broke his flag in Missouri.

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Imperial Japanese Navy Yamato Class Super Battleship - Yamato Imperial Japanese Navy Yamato Class Super Battleship - Yamato (1:1250 Scale)

The Yamato class battleships were battleships of the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) constructed and operated during World War II.

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Royal Navy Ark Royal Class Aircraft Carrier Royal Navy Ark Royal Class Aircraft Carrier - HMS Ark Royal (91) (1:1250 Scale)

HMS Ark Royal (pennant number 91) was an aircraft carrier of the Royal Navy that served during the Second World War.

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US Navy Pennsylvania Class Battleship - USS Arizona (BB-39) US Navy Pennsylvania Class Battleship - USS Arizona (BB-39) (1:1250 Scale)

Japanese aircraft appeared in the skies over Pearl Harbor just before 8:00 am on Sunday morning, December 7th, 1941. The color detail was on deck in anticipation of raising the flag at the stern at 8:00.

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German Kriegsmarine Deutschland Class Heavy Cruiser - DKM Admiral Graf Spee German Kriegsmarine Deutschland Class Heavy Cruiser - DKM Admiral Graf Spee (1:1250 Scale)

Admiral Graf Spee was a Deutschland-class heavy cruiser (originally termed Panzerschiff or armoured ship, sometimes referred to as "pocket battleship") which served with the Kriegsmarine of Nazi Germany during World War II.

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German Kriegsmarine Scharnhorst Class Battleship - DKM Scharnhorst German Kriegsmarine Scharnhorst Class Battleship - DKM Scharnhorst (1:1250 Scale)

Scharnhorst was a German capital ship, alternatively described as a battleship and battlecruiser, of Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine. She was the lead ship of her class, which included one other ship, Gneisenau.

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US Navy Yorktown Class Aircraft Carrier - CV-8 USS Hornet US Navy Yorktown Class Aircraft Carrier - USS Hornet (CV-8) (1:1250 Scale)

The seventh Hornet (CV-8) launched 16 Army B-25s to strike the Japanese home islands in one of the most daring raids in the history of warfare -- the "Doolittle Raid." She went on to fight at the Battle of Midway and was subsequently lost to an overwhelming air attack at the Battle of Santa Cruz in late 1942.

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Royal Navy Renown Class Battlecruiser - HMS Repulse Royal Navy Renown Class Battlecruiser - HMS Repulse (1:1250 Scale)

HMS Repulse was a Renown-class battlecruiser of the Royal Navy built during the First World War. Originally laid down as an improved version of the Revenge-class battleships, her construction was suspended on the outbreak of war because she would not be ready in a timely manner.

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German Kriegsmarine Admiral Hipper Class Heavy Cruiser - DKM Prinz Eugen German Kriegsmarine Admiral Hipper Class Heavy Cruiser - DKM Prinz Eugen (1:1250 Scale)

Prinz Eugen was an Admiral Hipper-class heavy cruiser, the third member of the class of five vessels. She served with the German Navy (Kriegsmarine) during World War II.

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US Navy Lexington Class Aircraft Carrier - USS Lexington (CV-2) US Navy Lexington Class Aircraft Carrier - USS Lexington (CV-2) (1:1250 Scale)

USS Lexington (CV-2), nicknamed "Lady Lex", was an early aircraft carrier built for the United States Navy. She was the lead ship of the Lexington class; her only sister ship, Saratoga, was commissioned a month earlier.

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Royal Navy Nelson Class Battleship - HMS Rodney Royal Navy Nelson Class Battleship - HMS Rodney (1:1250 Scale)

HMS Rodney (pennant number 29) was one of two Nelson-class battleships built for the Royal Navy in the mid-1920s. The ship was named after Admiral Lord Rodney.

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Royal Navy Queen Elizabeth Class Battleship - HMS Warspite Royal Navy Queen Elizabeth Class Battleship - HMS Warspite (1:1250 Scale)

HMS Warspite was a Queen Elizabeth-class battleship built for the Royal Navy during the early 1910s. Her thirty-year career covered both world wars and took her across the Atlantic, Indian, Arctic and Pacific Oceans.

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Royal Navy  Class Heavy Cruiser - HMS Exeter Royal Navy Class Heavy Cruiser - HMS Exeter (1:1250 Scale)

HMS Exeter, pennant number 68, was a York-class heavy cruiser of the Royal Navy that served in World War II. She was laid down on 1 August 1928 at the Devonport Dockyard, Plymouth, Devon.

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German Kriegsmarine Bismarck Class Battleship - DKM Tirpitz German Kriegsmarine Bismarck Class Battleship - DKM Tirpitz (1:1250 Scale)

Tirpitz was the second Bismarck class battleship of the German Kriegsmarine, sister ship of Bismarck, named after Admiral Alfred von Tirpitz. She was the largest battleship ever built in Europe, with dimensions slightly exceeding those of her sister ship.

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German Kriegsmarine Deutschland Class Heavy Crusier - DKM Admiral Scheer German Kriegsmarine Deutschland Class Heavy Crusier - DKM Admiral Scheer (1:1250 Scale)

Admiral Scheer was a Deutschland-class heavy cruiser (often termed a pocket battleship) which served with the Kriegsmarine of Nazi Germany during World War II.

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Royal Navy Revenge Class Battleship - HMS Ramillies Royal Navy Revenge Class Battleship - HMS Ramillies (1:1250 Scale)

HMS Ramillies (pennant number: 07) was one of five Revenge-class battleships built for the Royal Navy during World War I. She was completed after the Battle of Jutland in 1916 and saw no combat during the war.

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Imperial Japanese Navy Yamato Class Super Battleship - Yamato [Clamshell Packaging] Imperial Japanese Navy Yamato Class Super Battleship - Yamato [Clamshell Packaging] (1:1100 Scale)

The Yamato class battleships were battleships of the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) constructed and operated during World War II.

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Imperial Japanese Navy Taiho Class Aircraft Carrier - Taiho [Clamshell Packaging] Imperial Japanese Navy Taiho Class Aircraft Carrier - Taiho [Clamshell Packaging] (1:1100 Scale)

Taihō was an aircraft carrier of the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II. Possessing heavy belt armor and featuring an armored flight deck (a first for any Japanese carrier), she represented a major departure in Japanese carrier design and was expected to not only survive multiple bomb, torpedo or shell hits but also continue fighting effectively. Her name means "Great Phoenix".

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Imperial Japanese Navy Akagi Class Aircraft Carrier - Akagi [Clamshell Packaging] Imperial Japanese Navy Akagi Class Aircraft Carrier - Akagi [Clamshell Packaging] (1:1100 Scale)

Akagi (Japanese: "Red Castle") was an aircraft carrier of the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN), named after Mount Akagi in present-day Gunma Prefecture. Though she was laid down as an Amagi-class battlecruiser, Akagi was converted to an aircraft carrier while still under construction to comply with the terms of the Washington Naval Treaty.

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