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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: 370. Total items on page 94

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 30 1940 156479
United States Bogue Carrier World War II 45 1942 163102
United States Brooklyn Cruiser World War II 7 1938 156484
United States Buckley Destroyer World War II 148 1943 168846
United States Caldwell Destroyer World War I 6 1917 158340
United States Casablanca Carrier World War II 50 1943 165937
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 Cincinnati Cruiser World War I 2 1894 170899
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 Columbia Cruiser World War I 2 1894 170896
United States Commencement Bay Carrier World War II 19 1944 165938
United States Denver Cruiser World War I 6 1903 170895
United States Des Moines Cruiser Cold War 3 1948 158215
United States Enterprise Carrier Cold War 1 1961 165941
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 Forrestal Carrier Cold War 4 1955 165939
United States Gato Submarine World War II 77 1943 156537
United States Gearing Destroyer World War II 98 157686
United States Gerald R. Ford Carrier Modern 1 2017 165943
United States Gleaves Destroyer World War II 66 1940 157588
United States Gridley Destroyer World War II 4 1937 157550
United States Higgins PT 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 John C. Butler Destroyer World War II 83 1944 165378
United States John C. Butler Destroyer World War II 83 156694
United States Kidd Destroyer Cold War 4 1981 158790
United States Kitty Hawk Carrier Cold War 3 1961 165940
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 2 1927 156586
United States Liberty Auxilliary World War II 2,710 160460
United States LST Auxilliary 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 Montgomery Cruiser World War I 3 1893 170898
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 Nimitz Carrier Cold War 10 1975 165942
United States North Carolina Battleship World War II 2 156604
United States Northampton Cruiser World War II 6 1930 156605
United States Olympia Cruiser World War I 1 1895 170900
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 Pensacola Cruiser World War II 2 1929 167057
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 51 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 St. Louis (WW I) Cruiser World War II 3 1905 170893
United States Tambor Submarine World War II 12 1940 156665
United States Tennessee Battleship World War II 2 156667
United States Treasury Destroyer World War II 7 1936 168189
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 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