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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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Total items in collection: 329. Total items on page 15

Image Primary Country Name Type Period Number Completed First Commisioned ID
United States Arleigh Burke Destroyer Cold War 66 1991 158789
United States Charles F. Adans Destroyer Cold War 29 1960 158792
United States Des Moines Cruiser Cold War 3 1948 158215
United States Farragut (1958) Destroyer Cold War 10 1959 158793
United States Kidd Destroyer Cold War 4 1981 158790
United States Oregon City Cruiser Cold War 4 1946 158213
United States Saipan Carrier Cold War 2 1946 158779
United States Spruance Destroyer Cold War 31 1975 158791
France Surcouf Destroyer Cold War 12 1955 159845
United Kingdom Audacious Carrier Cold War 2 1951 158777
United Kingdom Invincible Carrier Cold War 3 1980 158778
United Kingdom Tiger Cruiser Cold War 3 1959 158220
Soviet Union Kiev Carrier Cold War 4 1975 163435
Soviet Union Kuznetsov Carrier Cold War 2 1982 163434
Soviet Union Moskva Carrier Cold War 2 1967 163438