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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 25

Image Primary Country Name Type Period Number Completed First Commisioned ID
Italy Adua Submarine World War II 0 156451
Italy Andrea Doria Battleship World War I 2 1915 156463
Italy Andrea Gritti Auxilliary World War II 159526
Italy Aquila Carrier World War II 0 156465
Italy BB1936 Battleship World War II 170871
Italy Bolzano Cruiser World War II 1 156482
Italy Caracciolo Battleship World War II 156487
Italy Comandanti Medaglie d'Oro Destroyer World War II 0 156498
Italy Condottieri Cruiser World War II 12 156500
Italy Conte di Cavour Battleship World War I 3 1914 162849
Italy Dubrovnik Destroyer World War II 0 156512
Italy Foca Submarine World War II 3 1936 159662
Italy Gabbiano Destroyer World War II 165512
Italy Littorio Battleship World War II 3 1940 156588
Italy Marconi Submarine World War II 6 165513
Italy Navigatori Destroyer World War II 12 1929 162531
Italy Oriani Destroyer World War II 1937 164119
Italy Perla Submarine World War II 0 156611
Italy Pisa Cruiser World War I 3 1908 157232
Italy Soldati Destroyer World War II 17 1939 164117
Italy Sparviero Carrier World War II 163614
Italy Spica Destroyer World War II 0 156650
Italy Trento Cruiser World War II 2 1928 159595
Italy Turbine Destroyer World War II 8 1927 162532
Italy Zara Cruiser World War II 4 1931 156701