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Warship Classes

Warships Throughout Time

A warship or combatant ship is a naval ship that is built and primarily intended for naval warfare. Usually they belong to the armed forces of a state. As well as being armed, warships are designed to withstand damage and are usually faster and more maneuverable than merchant ships. Unlike a merchant ship, which carries cargo, a warship typically carries only weapons, ammunition and supplies for its crew. Warships usually belong to a navy, though they have also been operated by individuals, cooperatives and corporations.

In wartime, the distinction between warships and merchant ships is often blurred. In war, merchant ships are often armed and used as auxiliary warships, such as the Q-ships of the First World War and the armed merchant cruisers of the Second World War. Until the 17th century it was common for merchant ships to be pressed into naval service and not unusual for more than half a fleet to be composed of merchant ships. Until the threat of piracy subsided in the 19th century, it was normal practice to arm larger merchant ships such as galleons. Warships have also often been used as troop carriers or supply ships, such as by the French Navy in the 18th century or the Japanese Navy during the Second World War.

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Image Primary Country Name Type Period Number Completed First Commisioned ID
United States 36-gun Frigate Frigate Napoleonic Wars 2 1797 158225
United States 44-gun Frigate Frigate Napoleonic Wars 4 1797 158224
United States Alaska Cruiser World War II 2 1944 156458
United States Allen M. Sumner Destroyer World War II 58 1945 156460
United States Arleigh Burke Destroyer Cold War 66 1991 158789
United States Atlanta Cruiser World War II 8 1941 156469
United States Bagley Destroyer World War II 8 156472
United States Balao Submarine World War II 120 1943 156473
United States Baltimore Cruiser World War II 14 1943 156474
United States Benham Destroyer World War II 10 1939 156478
United States Benson Destroyer World War II 0 1940 156479
United States Bogue Carrier World War II 45 1942 163102
United States Brooklyn Cruiser World War II 7 1938 156484
United States Caldwell Destroyer World War I 6 1917 158340
United States Charles F. Adans Destroyer Cold War 29 1960 158792
United States Chester Cruiser World War I 3 1908 158208
United States Cimarron Auxilliary World War II 1939 160965
United States Clemson Destroyer World War II 156 1919 156494
United States Cleveland Cruiser World War II 27 1942 156495
United States Colorado Battleship World War II 3 156496
United States Des Moines Cruiser Cold War 3 1948 158215
United States Essex Carrier World War II 24 1942 156522
United States Farragut (1934) Destroyer World War II 8 1934 156525
United States Farragut (1958) Destroyer Cold War 10 1959 158793
United States Fletcher Destroyer World War II 175 1942 156529
United States Gato Submarine World War II 77 1943 156537
United States Gearing Destroyer World War II 98 157686
United States Gleaves Destroyer World War II 66 1940 157588
United States Gridley Destroyer World War II 4 1937 157550
United States Higgins Torpedo Boat World War II 0 156545
United States Independence Carrier World War II 9 156556
United States Iowa Battleship World War II 4 156557
United States Kidd Destroyer Cold War 4 1981 158790
United States Landing Ship, Tank Auxilliary World War II 163147
United States Langley Carrier World War II 1 1913 156580
United States Lexington Carrier World War II 0 156586
United States Liberty Auxilliary World War II 2,710 160460
United States LST Auxiliary World War II 0 156589
United States Mackerel Submarine World War II 2 1941 159701
United States Mahan Destroyer World War II 18 1936 157532
United States Midway Carrier World War II 3 1945 156592
United States Mississippi Battleship World War I 2 1908 156593
United States Montana Battleship World War II 156595
United States Narwhal Submarine World War II 0 156599
United States Nevada Battleship World War I 2 156601
United States New Mexico Battleship World War II 3 156602
United States New Orleans Cruiser World War II 7 1934 156603
United States New York Battleship World War I 2 157272
United States North Carolina Battleship World War II 2 156604
United States Northampton Cruiser World War II 6 1930 156605
United States Omaha Cruiser World War II 10 1923 156606
United States Oregon City Cruiser Cold War 4 1946 158213
United States Pennsylvania Battleship World War II 0 156610
United States Pensacola Cruiser World War II 2 1929 158216
United States Porter Destroyer World War II 8 1936 156614
United States Portland Cruiser World War II 2 1932 156615
United States Ranger Carrier World War II 161193
United States S Electric Boat Submarine World War II 0 156631
United States Saipan Carrier Cold War 2 1946 158779
United States Salmon Submarine World War II 6 1937 158471
United States Sampson Destroyer World War I 6 1916 158341
United States Sargo Submarine World War II 10 1939 158460
United States Sims Destroyer World War II 12 156643
United States Somers Destroyer World War II 5 157555
United States South Dakota Battleship World War II 4 156646
United States Spruance Destroyer Cold War 31 1975 158791
United States St. Louis Cruiser World War II 2 1942 158023
United States Tambor Submarine World War II 12 1940 156665
United States Tennessee Battleship World War II 2 156667
United States Vestal Auxilliary World War II 0 156691
United States Victory Auxilliary World War II 531 160459
United States Wasp Carrier World War II 0 156693
United States WGT Class Destroyer World War II 0 156694
United States Wichita Cruiser World War II 1 1939 158214
United States Wickes Destroyer World War I 111 1918 156696
United States Wyoming Battleship World War I 2 163127
United States Yorktown Carrier World War II 3 1937 156698
Germany Admiral Hipper Cruiser World War II 5 156546
Germany Bismarck Battleship World War II 2 156481
Germany Derfflinger Battleship World War I 3 1914 159533
Germany Deutschland Cruiser World War II 3 1933 156508
Germany Deutschland WW1 Battleship World War I 5 156509
Germany Dithmarschen Auxilliary World War II 0 156511
Germany Elbing Destroyer World War II 15 156518
Germany Emden Cruiser World War II 1 1925 156519
Germany Europa Carrier World War II 0 156523
Germany Graf Zeppelin Carrier World War II 156541
Germany H-Class Battleship Battleship World War II 156542
Germany Königsberg Cruiser World War II 3 1929 156573
Germany Kormoran Auxilliary World War II 0 156574
Germany Leipzig Cruiser World War II 2 1931 156584
Germany M-Class Cruiser Cruiser World War II 158326
Germany M-Class Minesweeper (1935) Minesweeper World War II 69 156590
Germany Moltke Battleship World War I 2 159528
Germany Nassau Battleship World War I 4 157273
Germany P-Class Cruiser World War II 0 156609
Germany Scharnhorst Battleship World War II 2 156633
Germany Seydlitz Battleship World War I 1 1913 159532
Germany Spahkreuzer Cruiser World War II 156649
Germany Type IA Submarine World War II 0 156676
Germany Type IIB Submarine World War II 20 156677
Germany Type IXC Submarine World War II 0 156678
Germany Type VIIB Submarine World War II 0 156679
Germany Type VIIC Submarine World War II 0 156680
Germany Type XB Submarine World War II 0 156681
Germany Type XIV Submarine World War II 0 156683
Germany Type XXI Submarine World War II 119 1943 156684
Germany Von der Tann Battleship World War I 1 1910 159534
Germany Z Class Destroyer World War II 0 156700
France Aigle Destroyer World War II 6 1932 156453
France Algérie Cruiser World War II 1 1934 156459
France Alsace Battleship World War II 156461
France Bearn Carrier World War II 0 156477
France Bourrasque Destroyer World War II 12 163078
France Bretagne Battleship World War I 3 1916 156483
France Chacal Destroyer World War II 6 156491
France Commandant Teste World War II 0 156499
France Courbet Battleship World War I 4 1913 156503
France Duguay-Trouin Cruiser World War II 3 1926 158218
France Dunkerque Battleship World War II 2 1937 156513
France Duquesne Cruiser World War II 2 156514
France Émile Bertin Cruiser World War II 1 1935 156521
France Guépard Destroyer World War II 6 1929 163080
France Guerrière Frigate Napoleonic Wars 1 1800 158226
France Jeanne d'Arc Cruiser World War II 1 1931 158219
France Joffre Carrier World War II 156563
France l'Adroit Destroyer World War II 14 1928 156578
France La Galissonniere Cruiser World War II 6 1937 156579
France Le Fantasque Destroyer World War II 6 1933 156581
France Le Hardi Destroyer World War II 8 1938 163079
France Mogador Destroyer World War II 2 1939 159842
France Pluton Cruiser World War II 1 1932 156613
France Redoutable Submarine World War II 0 156621
France Richelieu Battleship World War II 2 1940 156625
France Saint Louis Cruiser World War II 158217
France Saphir Submarine World War II 0 156632
France Suffren Cruiser World War II 4 1937 156654
France Surcouf Submarine World War II 0 156656
France Surcouf Destroyer Cold War 12 1955 159845
Spain Canarias Cruiser World War II 0 156486
Spain Cervera Cruiser World War II 0 156490
Spain Churruca Destroyer World War II 0 156493
Japan Agano Cruiser World War II 4 156452
Japan Akagi Carrier World War II 0 156454
Japan Akatsuki Destroyer World War II 4 156455
Japan Akitsu Maru World War II 0 156456
Japan Akitsuki Destroyer World War II 0 156457
Japan Akizuki Destroyer World War II 12 1942 159954
Japan Amagi Battleship World War II 156462
Japan Aoba Cruiser World War II 2 1927 156464
Japan Asashio Destroyer World War II 10 1939 159953
Japan B1 Class Submarine World War II 0 156471
Japan Chikuma Cruiser World War I 3 1912 158221
Japan Chitose World War II 0 156492
Japan Daihatsu Auxiliary World War II 0 156505
Japan Fubuki Destroyer World War II 24 1928 158344
Japan Furutaka Cruiser World War II 2 1925 156530
Japan Fusō Battleship World War I 2 1915 156531
Japan Hatsuharu Destroyer World War II 6 1933 158345
Japan Hiryū Carrier World War II 1 1939 158342
Japan Hiyo Carrier World War II 0 156548
Japan Hōshō Carrier World War II 1 156550
Japan Ibuki Cruiser World War I 2 1909 160903
Japan Idzumo Cruiser World War II 0 156552
Japan Ise Battleship World War I 2 1917 156558
Japan K6 Submarine World War II 0 156564
Japan Kaga Carrier World War II 1 1928 156565
Japan Kagerō Destroyer World War II 19 1939 156567
Japan Kamikaze Destroyer World War II 9 1921 156568
Japan Kinai Maru World War II 0 156569
Japan Kongō Battleship World War I 4 1913 156572
Japan Kuma Cruiser World War II 5 1920 156576
Japan Matsu Destroyer World War II 0 156591
Japan Mogami Cruiser World War II 4 1935 156594
Japan Mutsuki Destroyer World War II 12 1928 159955
Japan Myōkō Cruiser World War II 4 1928 156596
Japan Nagara Cruiser World War II 6 1920 156597
Japan Nagato Battleship World War II 2 1920 156598
Japan No.1-class landing ship World War II 0 156660
Japan Oyodo Cruiser World War II 1 156607
Japan Ryūjō Carrier World War II 1 1931 156628
Japan Sendai Cruiser World War II 3 1924 156635
Japan Shimakaze Destroyer World War II 0 156639
Japan Shinano Carrier World War II 0 156640
Japan Shiratsuyu Destroyer World War II 10 1933 156641
Japan Shōkaku Carrier World War II 2 1941 156642
Japan Sōryū Carrier World War II 0 1937 156645
Japan ST Class Submarine World War II 0 156651
Japan STO Submarine World War II 0 156652
Japan Taiho Carrier World War II 0 156662
Japan Taiyo Carrier World War II 0 156663
Japan Takao Cruiser World War II 4 1932 156664
Japan Tenryū Cruiser World War II 2 1919 156668
Japan Tone Cruiser World War II 2 1938 156669
Japan Tosa Battleship World War II 156566
Japan Tsukuba Cruiser World War I 2 1909 160904
Japan Type B-65 Battleship Battleship World War II 156675
Japan Unryū Carrier World War II 3 1944 156689
Japan Yamato Battleship World War II 2 1941 156697
Japan Yubari Cruiser World War II 0 156699
Japan Yūgumo Destroyer World War II 19 1941 160038
Japan Zuiho Carrier World War II 1 156702
The Netherlands Admiralen Destroyer World War II 8 1928 163135
The Netherlands De Zeven Provencien Battleship World War II 0 1910 156507
The Netherlands Gerard Callenburgh Destroyer World War II 2 156538
The Netherlands Gouden Leeuw Battleship World War II 0 156540
The Netherlands Java Cruiser World War II 2 1925 156655
The Netherlands Tromp Cruiser World War II 2 156674
United Kingdom A and B Class Destroyer World War II 0 156449
United Kingdom Abdiel World War II 0 156450
United Kingdom Admiral Battleship World War I 1 156549
United Kingdom Arethusa Cruiser World War II 0 156467
United Kingdom Argus Carrier World War II 1 1918 159495
United Kingdom Ark Royal Carrier World War II 0 1938 156468
United Kingdom Attacker Carrier World War II 0 156470
United Kingdom Audacious Carrier Cold War 2 1951 158777
United Kingdom Battle Destroyer World War II 0 156475
United Kingdom Bay World War II 0 156476
United Kingdom C and D Class Destroyer World War II 14 1932 156485
United Kingdom C Class (Spanish Submarine) Submarine World War I 6 1928 159834
United Kingdom C Class (UK Submarine) Submarine World War I 38 1906 159832
United Kingdom Carlisle Cruiser World War II 0 156488
United Kingdom Colossus Carrier World War II 0 156497
United Kingdom County Cruiser World War II 13 1928 156502
United Kingdom Courageous Carrier World War II 3 158773
United Kingdom Crown Colony Cruiser World War II 11 1940 156527
United Kingdom D Class (C/E/F) Cruiser World War II 0 156504
United Kingdom Dido Cruiser World War II 16 1940 156510
United Kingdom E and F Class Destroyer World War II 18 1934 156515
United Kingdom Eagle Carrier World War II 1 1918 163110
United Kingdom Emerald Cruiser World War II 0 156520
United Kingdom G-H-I Class Destroyer World War II 24 156533
United Kingdom Halcyon Auxilliary World War II 21 163144
United Kingdom Hawkins Cruiser World War II 5 156543
United Kingdom Hermes Carrier World War II 0 156544
United Kingdom Hunt II Destroyer World War II 0 156551
United Kingdom Illustrious Carrier World War II 4 1940 156553
United Kingdom Implacable Carrier World War II 2 1944 156555
United Kingdom Invincible Carrier Cold War 3 1980 158778
United Kingdom J-K-N Class Destroyer World War II 24 1939 156561
United Kingdom King George V Battleship World War II 0 156570
United Kingdom L and M Class Destroyer World War II 0 156577
United Kingdom Leander Cruiser World War II 8 1933 156583
United Kingdom Lion Battleship World War II 0 156587
United Kingdom Minotaur Cruiser World War II 3 1944 156657
United Kingdom Nelson Battleship World War II 2 1927 156600
United Kingdom O and P Class Destroyer World War II 16 160149
United Kingdom Q and R Class Destroyer World War II 16 160150
United Kingdom Queen Elizabeth Battleship World War II 0 156618
United Kingdom Queen Mary World War II 0 156619
United Kingdom Rapana Auxilliary World War II 0 156620
United Kingdom Renown Battleship World War I 2 1916 156622
United Kingdom Revenge Battleship World War I 5 1916 156623
United Kingdom River Destroyer World War II 0 156626
United Kingdom Ruler Carrier World War II 0 156627
United Kingdom S and T Class Destroyer World War II 0 156629
United Kingdom Shark Submarine World War II 0 156638
United Kingdom Southampton Cruiser World War II 0 156647
United Kingdom T Class Submarine World War II 53 1938 156658
United Kingdom Tiger Cruiser Cold War 3 1959 158220
United Kingdom Town Cruiser World War II 10 1937 156516
United Kingdom Tribal Destroyer World War II 0 156671
United Kingdom U and V Class Destroyer World War II 49 156685
United Kingdom U Class Submarine World War II 0 156687
United Kingdom Unicorn Carrier World War II 0 156688
United Kingdom V and W Class Destroyer World War I 67 1917 159246
United Kingdom Vanguard Battleship World War II 160458
United Kingdom Vosper Torpedo Boat World War II 0 156692
United Kingdom York Cruiser World War II 2 1930 156524
Australia Birmingham Cruiser World War II 0 156480
Australia Perth Cruiser World War II 0 156612
Australia Scott Destroyer World War II 0 156634
Australia V and W Class Destroyer World War II 0 156690
Finland Ilmarinen Cruiser World War II 0 156554
Greece Proteus Submarine World War II 0 156617
Italy Adua Submarine World War II 0 156451
Italy Andrea Doria Battleship World War I 2 1915 156463
Italy Andrea Gritti Auxilliary World War II 159526
Italy Aquila Carrier World War II 0 156465
Italy Bolzano Cruiser World War II 1 156482
Italy Caracciolo Battleship World War II 156487
Italy Comandanti Medaglie d'Oro Destroyer World War II 0 156498
Italy Condottieri Cruiser World War II 0 156500
Italy Conte di Cavour Battleship World War I 3 1914 162849
Italy Dubrovnik Destroyer World War II 0 156512
Italy Foca Submarine World War II 3 1936 159662
Italy Littorio Battleship World War II 0 156588
Italy Navigatori Destroyer World War II 12 1929 162531
Italy Perla Submarine World War II 0 156611
Italy Pisa Cruiser World War I 3 1908 157232
Italy Spica Destroyer World War II 0 156650
Italy Trento Cruiser World War II 2 1928 159595
Italy Turbine Destroyer World War II 8 1927 162532
Italy Zara Cruiser World War II 4 1931 156701
New Zealand Bird Auxilliary World War II 3 159840
Norway Eidsvold Cruiser World War II 0 156517
Sweden Sjolejonet Submarine World War II 0 156644
Poland Danae Cruiser World War II 0 156506
Poland Wicher Destroyer World War II 0 156695
Romania Aquila (Romanian Destroyer) Destroyer World War II 0 156466
Romania Dacia Auxilliary World War II 159699
Soviet Union Gangut Battleship World War II 0 156536
Soviet Union Gnevnyi Destroyer World War II 0 156539
Soviet Union K-Class (Cruiser) Submarine World War II 12 159493
Soviet Union Kiev Carrier Cold War 4 1975 163435
Soviet Union Kirov Cruiser World War II 0 156571
Soviet Union Krasnyi Kavkaz Cruiser World War II 0 156575
Soviet Union Kuznetsov Carrier Cold War 2 1982 163434
Soviet Union Leningrad Destroyer World War II 0 156585
Soviet Union Moskva Carrier Cold War 2 1967 163438
Soviet Union Profintern Cruiser World War II 0 156616
Soviet Union S-Class (Srednyaya) Submarine World War II 0 156636
Soviet Union Sovyetskiy Soyuz Battleship World War II 156648
Soviet Union Storozhevoi Destroyer World War II 0 156653
Soviet Union Tashkent Destroyer World War II 0 156666
Thailand Tachin Destroyer World War II 0 156661
Thailand Trad Destroyer World War II 0 156670
Chile Esmeralda Cruiser Victorian 1 1883 158222