Battles of the Deep

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  • 2014
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From U-boats to the USS Intrepid, dive deep into the best of water warfare.

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USS Indianapolis/Collison At Sea: Queen Mary
31. USS Indianapolis/Collison At Sea: Queen Mary
November 13, 1992
When the U.S. cruiser Indianapolis is torpedoed, the crew is left struggling in shark-infested waters. Then: The Queen Mary cuts an escorting cruiser in two.
30. Shipyards
November 5, 2003
Examine the history of the shipyard from ancient days through the Industrial Revolution and Pearl Harbor. Will the craftsmanship and practical knowledge of ship-building disappear in the 21st century?
Ocean Liners
29. Ocean Liners
February 18, 1996
With technological advances, our ancient struggle against the sea has turned into a luxurious holiday. Come aboard the modern ocean liner for a peek at the elegant life on these floating resorts.
Royal Navy, The: The King's Ships
28. Royal Navy, The: The King's Ships
October 17, 2002
From the creation of a Royal Navy under orders of the powerful King Henry VIII, the groundwork is laid for the dramatic rise of English naval power, and Britannia's Rule of the Seas in the years to come.
The Tankers
27. The Tankers
September 27, 1998
Examine how the development of gigantic oil-transporting ships has paralleled the history of oil itself, from its discovery in 1859 to its evolution into one of the linchpins of the world's industrial economies.
The Submarines
26. The Submarines
November 13, 1992
Submarines reign supreme in the undersea world. Trace the evolution of submarines from the hand-cranked submersibles of the Civil War to the nuclear-powered warships prowling the oceans today.
The Destroyers
25. The Destroyers
September 16, 1997
Although they first took to the sea over one hundred years ago, Destroyers played a key role in the Allied victory of World War II and have participated in every major naval conflict of the 20th century.
The Battleships
24. The Battleships
May 24, 2000
Picking up where the Dreadnoughts left off, these massive vessels carried the largest, most powerful guns ever to be put on a warship, serving with distinction throughout World War II and beyond.
Royal Navy, The: The Sun Never Sets
23. Royal Navy, The: The Sun Never Sets
October 18, 2002
After WWII, the Empire and the Royal Navy decline as a world force. But the 1982 Falklands War revives the Navy, and today, its nuclear subs and jump-jet carriers attest to its centuries-old history and tradition.
Aircraft Carriers
22. Aircraft Carriers
November 12, 1996
The modern aircraft possesses a more powerful tactical air force than most nations. Experience a privileged tour of the sea's mightiest craft.
21. Submarines
September 16, 2003
Join former Navy fighter pilot and series host Hunter Ellis as he explores the technology that led from the submarine to handheld sonar devices that help tourists catch that "big" fish.
Spy Ships And Submarines
20. Spy Ships And Submarines
June 15, 2000
Take a look at the role played by intelligence-collection ships in all the major conflicts in the 20th century, from equipment transport to participation in international disputes.
Unsung Heroes Of Wwii: Swede Momsen: Submarine Savior
19. Unsung Heroes Of Wwii: Swede Momsen: Submarine Savior
June 1, 2000
On May 23rd, 1939, America's newest submarine met disaster on a crash dive test during its sea trials. The surviving crew knew their only hope of rescue lay with the greatest submariner who ever lived.
Royal Navy, The: England's Wooden Walls
18. Royal Navy, The: England's Wooden Walls
October 17, 2002
A manual called "The Fighting Instructions" transforms naval battles from uncontrollable melees into linear chess games on water.
Navy Corpsmen: The Blood Angels
17. Navy Corpsmen: The Blood Angels
December 5, 2001
When a U.S. marine or sailor is wounded in combat, his odds of getting to a doctor are close to nothing. But his chances of staying alive are superb due to the Navy Hospital Corpsmen.
Battle History Of The Navy: Steel Walls Of Freedom
16. Battle History Of The Navy: Steel Walls Of Freedom
November 8, 2000
Victories at the Battle of the Philippine Sea and Leyte Gulf crush the Japanese fleet, pushing it back toward the homeland. Then, following WWII, politicians cut back the Navy.
Battle History Of The Navy: Fire And Water
15. Battle History Of The Navy: Fire And Water
November 7, 2000
By the time America enters WWI, the Navy boasts a powerful line of battleships - that arrive too late to fight. Examine how the Navy builds itself back up and battles the Axis from the Atlantic to the Pacific.
Battle History Of The Navy: Born Into War
14. Battle History Of The Navy: Born Into War
November 6, 2000
The Continental Navy is literally born fighting, its few ramshackle ships thrown against the juggernaut of the Royal Navy, and that scrappy spirit perseveres through the start of the 20th century.
Battle History of the Coast Guard
13. Battle History of the Coast Guard
November 11, 2004
In its third century of service, the U.S. Coast Guard's reputation as the worldwide emblem of rescue at sea overshadows the unbelievable scope of its feats as America's fifth armed service.
Raise The Monitor!: Host: Roger Mudd
12. Raise The Monitor!: Host: Roger Mudd
December 11, 2000
The Civil War's most advanced warship rests on the ocean floor 16 miles off the coast of North Carolina. The National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration works with the Navy to try to recover its engine.
Ancient Super Navies
11. Ancient Super Navies
February 4, 2008
Using the latest scientific techniques, our team of modelmakers, underwater detectives, and elite naval commandos investigate lethal weaponry of the past to solve the greatest mysteries of the ancient world's naval technology.
Impossible Naval Engineering
10. Impossible Naval Engineering
October 30, 2008
There's little room for errors at sea. Relive the most extraordinary Naval ambitions of antiquity, from Nero's collapsible death yacht to Greek chemical bomb fire ships.
Fighting I, The: The Story Of The Uss Intrepid
9. Fighting I, The: The Story Of The Uss Intrepid
January 12, 1996
One of the Navy's most storied ships, the USS Intrepid played major roles in World War II, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Vietnam War, and the Space Race.
The Russian Navy
8. The Russian Navy
December 12, 2006
Explore the history of the Russian navy's defeats and victories, from its birth in the late 17th century through the 1960s, when its naval innovations nearly tipped the balance of power during the Cold War.
USS Constellation:  Battling For Freedom
7. USS Constellation: Battling For Freedom
February 10, 2007
This special recreates the horror of the slave trade and the heroic effort of the USS Constellation in 1859 to stop slave smugglers off the coast of Africa.
Sinking The Tirpitz
6. Sinking The Tirpitz
June 18, 2002
Deep into World War II, the largest and fastest battleship cruising European waters is the German Tirpitz. Winston Churchill obsessed efforts to sink her are unsuccessful -- until he employs the massive 12,000-pound Tallboy bomb.
USS Midway
5. USS Midway
December 19, 2005
The USS Midway served the United States for a staggering 47 years. One of the first aircraft carriers used in Vietnam, the Midway was a stabilizing force in the first Gulf War and has been a museum ship since 1992.
WWII Sub Rescue
4. WWII Sub Rescue
May 27, 2005
Based on Steven Trent Smith's book. In 1944, a plane goes down in the Philippines carrying a copy of Japan's strategy to win the war in the Pacific. The papers fall into the hands of pro-American guerrilla forces.
The War Of 1812: The Chesapeake And The Shannon
3. The War Of 1812: The Chesapeake And The Shannon
December 23, 2005
With just under 11 minutes of fighting, why was the battle between Britain's HMS Shannon and the USS Chesapeake at Boston Harbor so ferocious and bloody? Scientists and historians combine efforts to solve the mystery.
The Hunley: New Revelations
2. The Hunley: New Revelations
September 10, 2007
Join Hunter Ellis and Kara Cooney as they research the mystery of the H.L. Hunley, a 40-foot submarine with a primitive torpedo launched by the Confederate Army that destroyed a mighty Union warship but never made it home.
Underwater Killers
1. Underwater Killers
July 26, 2014
The Atlantic Ocean became a killing field as German submarines took on the might of the dominant British Navy. The stealthy silent killers were able to sink 5,200 ships by war's end, and nearly brought Britain to its knees.

From U-boats to the USS Intrepid, dive deep into the best of water warfare.Battles of the Deep is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (31 episodes). The series first aired on July 26, 2014.

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  • Premiere Date
    July 26, 2014