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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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Imperial Japanese Navy Ise Class Battleship - Hyuga [Clam Shell Packaging] Imperial Japanese Navy Ise Class Battleship - Hyuga [Clam Shell Packaging] (1:1100 Scale) (1:1100 Scale)

Hyūga, named for Hyūga Province in Kyūshū, was an Ise-class battleship of the Imperial Japanese Navy laid down by Mitsubishi on May 6th, 1915, launched on January 27th, 1917, and completed on 30 April 1918.

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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, 1943 US GATO Class Submarine - USS Balao (SS-285), 1943 (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)

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

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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-123, 1941 German Kriegsmarine Type IXB U-Boat - U-123, 1941 (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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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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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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Imperial Japanese Navy Sen Toku I-400 Aircraft Carrying Submarine Imperial Japanese Navy Sen Toku I-400 Aircraft Carrying Submarine (1:700 Scale)

The Sen Toku I-400-class submarines of the Imperial Japanese Navy were the largest submarines of World War II, and remained the largest ever built prior to the development of nuclear ballistic missile submarines in the 1960s.

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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 [With Collector Magazine] US Navy Iowa Class Battleship - USS Missouri (BB-63) [With Collector Magazine] (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 [With Collector Magazine] Imperial Japanese Navy Yamato Class Super Battleship - Yamato [With Collector Magazine] (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 [With Collector Magazine] Royal Navy Ark Royal Class Aircraft Carrier - HMS Ark Royal (91) [With Collector Magazine] (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) [With Collector Magazine] US Navy Pennsylvania Class Battleship - USS Arizona (BB-39) [With Collector Magazine] (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 - SMS Admiral Graf Spee [With Collector Magazine] German Kriegsmarine Deutschland Class Heavy Cruiser - SMS Admiral Graf Spee [With Collector Magazine] (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 - SMS Scharnhorst [With Collector Magazine] German Kriegsmarine Scharnhorst Class Battleship - SMS Scharnhorst [With Collector Magazine] (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 [With Collector Magazine] US Navy Yorktown Class Aircraft Carrier - USS Hornet (CV-8) [With Collector Magazine] (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 [With Collector Magazine] Royal Navy Renown Class Battlecruiser - HMS Repulse [With Collector Magazine] (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 - SMS Prinz Eugen [With Collector Magazine] German Kriegsmarine Admiral Hipper Class Heavy Cruiser - SMS Prinz Eugen [With Collector Magazine] (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) [With Collector Magazine] US Navy Lexington Class Aircraft Carrier - USS Lexington (CV-2) [With Collector Magazine] (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 Admiral Class Battlecruiser - HMS Hood [With Collector Magazine] Royal Navy Admiral Class Battlecruiser - HMS Hood [With Collector Magazine] (1:1100 Scale)

HMS Hood (pennant number 51) was the last battlecruiser built for the Royal Navy. One of four Admiral-class battlecruisers ordered in mid-1916, her design - although drastically revised after the Battle of Jutland and improved while she was under construction - still had serious limitations. For this reason she was the only ship of her class to be completed. She was named after the 18th-century Admiral Samuel Hood.

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Imperial Japanese Navy Yamato Class Super Battleship - Yamato [With Collector Magazine] Imperial Japanese Navy Yamato Class Super Battleship - Yamato [With Collector Magazine] (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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US Navy Yorktown Class Aircraft Carrier - USS Enterprise (CV-6) [With Collector Magazine] US Navy Yorktown Class Aircraft Carrier - USS Enterprise (CV-6) [With Collector Magazine] (1:1100 Scale)

USS Enterprise (CV-6), was the seventh U.S. Navy vessel to bear the name. Colloquially referred to as the "Big E", she was the sixth aircraft carrier of the United States Navy. A Yorktown class carrier, she was launched in 1936 and was one of only three American carriers commissioned prior to World War II to survive the war (the others being Saratoga and Ranger).

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Imperial Japanese Navy Akagi Class Aircraft Carrier - Akagi [With Collector Magazine] Imperial Japanese Navy Akagi Class Aircraft Carrier - Akagi [With Collector Magazine] (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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Imperial Japanese Navy Ise Class Battleship - Ise [With Collector Magazine] Imperial Japanese Navy Ise Class Battleship - Ise [With Collector Magazine] (1:1100 Scale)

Ise was the lead ship of the two-vessel Ise-class battleship of the Imperial Japanese Navy, which saw combat service during the Pacific War. Ise was named after Ise Province, one of the traditional provinces of Japan, now part of Mie Prefecture.

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