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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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Image Primary Country Name Type Period Number Completed First Commisioned ID
United States Colorado Battleship World War II 3 156496
United States Iowa Battleship World War II 4 156557
United States Mississippi Battleship World War I 2 1908 156593
United States Montana Battleship World War II 0 156595
United States Nevada Battleship World War I 2 156601
United States New Mexico Battleship World War II 3 156602
United States New York Battleship World War I 2 157272
United States North Carolina Battleship World War II 2 156604
United States Pennsylvania Battleship World War II 156610
United States South Dakota Battleship World War II 4 156646
United States Tennessee Battleship World War II 2 156667
Germany Bismarck Battleship World War II 2 156481
Germany Derfflinger Battleship World War I 3 1914 159533
Germany Deutschland WW1 Battleship World War I 5 156509
Germany H-Class Battleship Battleship World War II 0 156542
Germany Moltke Battleship World War I 2 159528
Germany Nassau Battleship World War I 4 157273
Germany Scharnhorst Battleship World War II 2 156633
Germany Seydlitz Battleship World War I 1 1913 159532
Germany Von der Tann Battleship World War I 1 1910 159534
France Alsace Battleship World War II 0 156461
France Bretagne Battleship World War I 3 1916 156483
France Courbet Battleship World War I 4 1913 156503
France Dunkerque Battleship World War II 2 1937 156513
France Richelieu Battleship World War II 2 1940 156625
Japan Amagi Battleship World War II 0 156462
Japan Fusō Battleship World War I 2 1915 156531
Japan Ise Battleship World War I 2 1917 156558
Japan Kongō Battleship World War I 4 1913 156572
Japan Nagato Battleship World War II 2 1920 156598
Japan Tosa Battleship World War II 0 156566
Japan Type B-65 Battleship Battleship World War II 0 156675
Japan Yamato Battleship World War II 2 1941 156697
The Netherlands De Zeven Provencien Battleship World War II 1910 156507
The Netherlands Gouden Leeuw Battleship World War II 156540
United Kingdom Admiral Battleship World War I 1 156549
United Kingdom King George V Battleship World War II 156570
United Kingdom Lion Battleship World War II 156587
United Kingdom Nelson Battleship World War II 156600
United Kingdom Queen Elizabeth Battleship World War II 156618
United Kingdom Renown Battleship World War I 2 1916 156622
United Kingdom Revenge Battleship World War I 5 1916 156623
United Kingdom Vanguard Battleship World War II 0 160458
Italy Andrea Doria Battleship World War II 156463
Italy Caracciolo Battleship World War II 0 156487
Italy Cavour Battleship World War II 156489
Italy Littorio Battleship World War II 156588
Soviet Union Gangut Battleship World War II 156536
Soviet Union Sovyetskiy Soyuz Battleship World War II 0 156648