Since I don't wish to hijack anyone else's photo thread, I'll create one of my own! Random photo's, interests of all kinds, hilarity, etc. I'll begin with a Homage to the greatest "make do with what you've got" Navy, the Republic of China Navy, or ROCN. No one wants to piss off the PRC, so taiwan has had a difficult time obtaining modern Naval ships from anyone besides us in the past, which made for a most interesting Fleet indeed! Behold. The Taiwanese took ships that were obsolete by the 1960/70's and keep them running and somewhat competitive(locally) into the late 90's, early 2000's with modern weapons and sensors, some of indigenous manufacture(Hsiung Feng II SSM's). Fascinating! All of these old Fletcher/Allen Sumner/Gearing class DD's have been decommissioned(The last, ROCN Sheng Yang, ex-USS Power DD-839 was decommissioned in late 2005 after 28 years in Taiwanese serviceand 60 years service total!). These two subs, the Hai Pao(ex-USS Tusk SS-426) and Hai Shih(ex-USS Cutlass SS-478) are Balao and Tench(respectively) class Guppy II conversion submarines commissioned in 1946 and 1945. Hai Shih is currently the oldest and longest serving submarine in the world at 64 years. An amazing feat considering most subs are designed to go for 30 years or less! What I wouldn't give to serve on a boat like that!