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Hornblower
2014-Aug-04, 01:21 AM
I saw this ship a few miles offshore at Virginia Beach.

http://i1344.photobucket.com/albums/p641/Dulinite/DSCF6806_zps37bfeeb1.jpg

If I had seen only the aft half I would have said an aircraft carrier, but that large forward superstructure says otherwise. It was nearly stationary for over an hour. Does anybody knowledgeable about Navy or Coast Guard ships know what type it is?

John Mendenhall
2014-Aug-04, 01:50 AM
Looks lik a guided middle cruiser. Aegis, maybe?

Jim
2014-Aug-04, 01:57 AM
Harpers Ferry-class dock landing ship?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harpers_Ferry-class_dock_landing_ship

Torsten
2014-Aug-04, 02:05 AM
Harpers Ferry-class dock landing ship?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harpers_Ferry-class_dock_landing_ship

Hey, look who's back!

Moose
2014-Aug-04, 02:35 AM
Looks like a Whidbey Island (http://fas.org/man/dod-101/sys/ship/lsd-41.htm) class landing ship, or a Harper's Ferry (http://fas.org/man/dod-101/sys/ship/lsd-49.htm) class.

Ara Pacis
2014-Aug-04, 05:52 AM
I clicked on that link and it tried to load some sort of malware.

Moose
2014-Aug-04, 12:21 PM
Which one, Ara, mine or Hornblower's photobucket link?

Hornblower
2014-Aug-04, 12:47 PM
I think we have clinched it with those landing ships. My guess now is that the aft end is topped by a flight deck for helicopters.

Ivan Bilic
2014-Aug-04, 02:22 PM
I think we have clinched it with those landing ships. My guess now is that the aft end is topped by a flight deck for helicopters.

It might be Iranian moudge class frigate Jamaran....:)

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jamaran_(frigate)
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4486019,00.html

Hornblower
2014-Aug-04, 03:13 PM
It might be Iranian moudge class frigate Jamaran....:)

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jamaran_(frigate)
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4486019,00.html
Please take a good look at my photo alongside that of the Iranian frigate. Not even close.

Ivan Bilic
2014-Aug-04, 03:33 PM
Please take a good look at my photo alongside that of the Iranian frigate. Not even close.

Yes, i know. What i posted was a half joke. It is probably that Harper's class landing ship. However, observed from distance(as in your photo) it has some similarities with Jamaran. Jamaran also has long rear helipad....Or it could be USS Ponce (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/12/world/middleeast/the-navy-ship-ponce-reflects-the-new-united-states-way-of-war.html?_r=0):)

USS Ponce-img (http://www.worldtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/AFSBI15-130225-NAVCENT-1332.jpg)

Ara Pacis
2014-Aug-04, 04:49 PM
Which one, Ara, mine or Hornblower's photobucket link?

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