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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 17

Image Primary Country Name Type Period Number Completed First Commisioned ID
Soviet Union Derzky Destroyer World War I 9 1913 169209
Soviet Union Gangut Battleship World War II 0 156536
Soviet Union Gnevnyi Destroyer World War II 0 156539
Soviet Union K-Class (Sub) Submarine World War II 12 159493
Soviet Union Kiev Carrier Cold War 4 1975 163435
Soviet Union Kirov Cruiser World War II 0 156571
Soviet Union Krasnyi Kavkaz Cruiser World War II 0 156575
Soviet Union Kuznetsov Carrier Cold War 2 1982 163434
Soviet Union Leningrad Destroyer World War II 0 156585
Soviet Union Moskva Carrier Cold War 2 1967 163438
Soviet Union Novik Destroyer World War I 1 1913 169210
Soviet Union Orfey Destroyer World War I 16 1914 164392
Soviet Union Profintern Cruiser World War II 0 156616
Soviet Union S-Class (Srednyaya) Submarine World War II 0 156636
Soviet Union Sovyetskiy Soyuz Battleship World War II 156648
Soviet Union Storozhevoi Destroyer World War II 0 156653
Soviet Union Tashkent Destroyer World War II 0 156666