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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: 329. Total items on page 45

Image Primary Country Name Type Period Number Completed First Commisioned ID
United States Bogue Carrier World War II 45 1942 163102
United States Essex Carrier World War II 24 1942 156522
United States Independence Carrier World War II 9 156556
United States Langley Carrier World War II 1 1913 156580
United States Lexington Carrier World War II 0 156586
United States Midway Carrier World War II 3 1945 156592
United States Ranger Carrier World War II 161193
United States Saipan Carrier Cold War 2 1946 158779
United States Wasp Carrier World War II 0 156693
United States Yorktown Carrier World War II 3 1937 156698
Germany Europa Carrier World War II 0 156523
Germany Graf Zeppelin Carrier World War II 156541
France Bearn Carrier World War II 0 156477
France Joffre Carrier World War II 156563
Japan Akagi Carrier World War II 0 156454
Japan Hiryū Carrier World War II 1 1939 158342
Japan Hiyo Carrier World War II 0 156548
Japan Hōshō Carrier World War II 1 156550
Japan Kaga Carrier World War II 1 1928 156565
Japan Ryūjō Carrier World War II 1 1931 156628
Japan Shinano Carrier World War II 0 156640
Japan Shōkaku Carrier World War II 2 1941 156642
Japan Sōryū Carrier World War II 0 1937 156645
Japan Taiho Carrier World War II 0 156662
Japan Taiyo Carrier World War II 0 156663
Japan Unryū Carrier World War II 3 1944 156689
Japan Zuiho Carrier World War II 1 156702
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 Colossus Carrier World War II 0 156497
United Kingdom Courageous Carrier World War II 3 158773
United Kingdom Eagle Carrier World War II 1 1918 163110
United Kingdom Hermes Carrier World War II 0 156544
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 Ruler Carrier World War II 0 156627
United Kingdom Unicorn Carrier World War II 0 156688
Italy Aquila Carrier World War II 0 156465
Italy Sparviero Carrier World War II 163614
Soviet Union Kiev Carrier Cold War 4 1975 163435
Soviet Union Kuznetsov Carrier Cold War 2 1982 163434
Soviet Union Moskva Carrier Cold War 2 1967 163438