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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: 371. Total items on page 34

Image Primary Country Name Type Period Number Completed First Commisioned ID
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 E-Boat Torpedo Boat World War II 163720
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 24 Destroyer World War II 8 1928 172289
Germany Type 39 Destroyer World War II 15 156518
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 German Destroyer Destroyer World War II 0 156700