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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 Caldwell Destroyer World War I 6 1917 158340
United States Chester Cruiser World War I 3 1908 158208
United States Mississippi Battleship World War I 2 1908 156593
United States Nevada Battleship World War I 2 156601
United States New York Battleship World War I 2 157272
United States Sampson Destroyer World War I 6 1916 158341
United States Wickes Destroyer World War I 111 1918 156696
Germany Derfflinger Battleship World War I 3 1914 159533
Germany Deutschland WW1 Battleship World War I 5 156509
Germany Moltke Battleship World War I 2 159528
Germany Nassau Battleship World War I 4 157273
Germany Seydlitz Battleship World War I 1 1913 159532
Germany Von der Tann Battleship World War I 1 1910 159534
France Bretagne Battleship World War I 3 1916 156483
France Courbet Battleship World War I 4 1913 156503
Japan Chikuma Cruiser World War I 3 1912 158221
Japan Fusō Battleship World War I 2 1915 156531
Japan Ibuki Cruiser World War I 2 1909 160903
Japan Ise Battleship World War I 2 1917 156558
Japan Kongō Battleship World War I 4 1913 156572
Japan Tsukuba Cruiser World War I 2 1909 160904
United Kingdom Admiral Battleship World War I 1 156549
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 Renown Battleship World War I 2 1916 156622
United Kingdom Revenge Battleship World War I 5 1916 156623
United Kingdom V and W Class Destroyer World War I 67 1917 159246
Italy Pisa Cruiser World War I 3 1908 157232