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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 64

Image Primary Country Name Type Period Number Completed First Commisioned ID
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 Destroyer World War II 32 1944 172212
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 15 1944 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 Grampus Submarine World War II 6 1933 171483
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 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 (Frigate) Destroyer World War II 0 156626
United Kingdom River (Submarine) Submarine World War II 3 1932 168079
United Kingdom Ruler Carrier World War II 0 156627
United Kingdom S and T Class Destroyer World War II 16 1942 156629
United Kingdom Shark Submarine World War II 0 156638
United Kingdom Southampton Cruiser World War II 0 156647
United Kingdom T Class Sub (UK) 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 Sub (UK) Submarine World War II 49 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 MTB Torpedo Boat World War II 1943 166293
United Kingdom W and Z Class Destroyer World War II 16 1943 172211
United Kingdom York Cruiser World War II 2 1930 156524