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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 81

Image Primary Country Name Type Period Number Completed First Commisioned ID
United States Alaska Cruiser World War II 2 1944 156458
United States Atlanta Cruiser World War II 8 1941 156469
United States Baltimore Cruiser World War II 14 1943 156474
United States Brooklyn Cruiser World War II 7 1938 156484
United States Chester Cruiser World War I 3 1908 158208
United States Cleveland Cruiser World War II 27 1942 156495
United States Des Moines Cruiser Cold War 3 1948 158215
United States New Orleans Cruiser World War II 7 1934 156603
United States Northampton Cruiser World War II 6 1930 156605
United States Omaha Cruiser World War II 10 1923 156606
United States Oregon City Cruiser Cold War 4 1946 158213
United States Pensacola Cruiser World War II 2 1929 158216
United States Portland Cruiser World War II 2 1932 156615
United States St. Louis Cruiser World War II 2 1942 158023
United States Wichita Cruiser World War II 1 1939 158214
Germany Admiral Hipper Cruiser World War II 5 156546
Germany Deutschland Cruiser World War II 3 1933 156508
Germany Emden Cruiser World War II 1 1925 156519
Germany Königsberg Cruiser World War II 3 1929 156573
Germany Leipzig Cruiser World War II 2 1931 156584
Germany M-Class Cruiser Cruiser World War II 158326
Germany P-Class Cruiser World War II 0 156609
Germany Spahkreuzer Cruiser World War II 156649
France Algérie Cruiser World War II 1 1934 156459
France Duguay-Trouin Cruiser World War II 3 1926 158218
France Duquesne Cruiser World War II 2 156514
France Émile Bertin Cruiser World War II 1 1935 156521
France Jeanne d'Arc Cruiser World War II 1 1931 158219
France La Galissonniere Cruiser World War II 6 1937 156579
France Pluton Cruiser World War II 1 1932 156613
France Saint Louis Cruiser World War II 158217
France Suffren Cruiser World War II 4 1937 156654
Spain Canarias Cruiser World War II 0 156486
Spain Cervera Cruiser World War II 0 156490
Japan Agano Cruiser World War II 4 156452
Japan Aoba Cruiser World War II 2 1927 156464
Japan Chikuma Cruiser World War I 3 1912 158221
Japan Furutaka Cruiser World War II 2 1925 156530
Japan Ibuki Cruiser World War I 2 1909 160903
Japan Idzumo Cruiser World War II 0 156552
Japan Kuma Cruiser World War II 5 1920 156576
Japan Mogami Cruiser World War II 4 1935 156594
Japan Myōkō Cruiser World War II 4 1928 156596
Japan Nagara Cruiser World War II 6 1920 156597
Japan Oyodo Cruiser World War II 1 156607
Japan Sendai Cruiser World War II 3 1924 156635
Japan Takao Cruiser World War II 4 1932 156664
Japan Tenryū Cruiser World War II 2 1919 156668
Japan Tone Cruiser World War II 2 1938 156669
Japan Tsukuba Cruiser World War I 2 1909 160904
Japan Yubari Cruiser World War II 0 156699
The Netherlands Java Cruiser World War II 2 1925 156655
The Netherlands Tromp Cruiser World War II 2 156674
United Kingdom Arethusa Cruiser World War II 0 156467
United Kingdom Carlisle Cruiser World War II 0 156488
United Kingdom County Cruiser World War II 13 1928 156502
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 Emerald Cruiser World War II 0 156520
United Kingdom Hawkins Cruiser World War II 5 156543
United Kingdom Leander Cruiser World War II 8 1933 156583
United Kingdom Minotaur Cruiser World War II 3 1944 156657
United Kingdom Southampton Cruiser World War II 0 156647
United Kingdom Tiger Cruiser Cold War 3 1959 158220
United Kingdom Town Cruiser World War II 10 1937 156516
United Kingdom York Cruiser World War II 2 1930 156524
Australia Birmingham Cruiser World War II 0 156480
Australia Perth Cruiser World War II 0 156612
Finland Ilmarinen Cruiser World War II 0 156554
Italy Bolzano Cruiser World War II 1 156482
Italy Condottieri Cruiser World War II 12 156500
Italy Pisa Cruiser World War I 3 1908 157232
Italy Trento Cruiser World War II 2 1928 159595
Italy Zara Cruiser World War II 4 1931 156701
Norway Eidsvold Cruiser World War II 2 1901 156517
Poland Danae Cruiser World War II 0 156506
Soviet Union Kirov Cruiser World War II 0 156571
Soviet Union Krasnyi Kavkaz Cruiser World War II 0 156575
Soviet Union Profintern Cruiser World War II 0 156616
Chile Esmeralda Cruiser Victorian 1 1883 158222