Unusual Warships of the U.S. Navy

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Sun, Feb 1st, 2015 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

On the U.S. Navy Institute website, a collection of the most unusual warships which have seen service. Above, the USS Baylander, billed as the "world's smallest aircraft carrier."

Billed as the US Navy's "smallest aircraft carrier" it was until recently based in Pensacola, Florida. This 131-foot vessel has provided a cost-effective training platform for underway single-spot deck landing qualifications (both day and night ops) for the US Navy, Marine, Air Force, Coast Guard, and the National Guard from many states. It was designed to provide a deck with the same dimensions as an Oliver Hazard Perry class frigate. Since it began service as a helicopter trainer in 1986, it has completed 120,000 error-free helicopter landings, with the record being 346 landings in one day on June 10, 1988.

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