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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: 318. Total items on page 80

Image Primary Country Name Type Period Number Completed First Commisioned ID
United States Allen M. Sumner Destroyer World War II 58 1945 156460
United States Arleigh Burke Destroyer Cold War 66 1991 158789
United States Bagley Destroyer World War II 8 156472
United States Benham Destroyer World War II 10 1939 156478
United States Benson Destroyer World War II 0 1940 156479
United States Caldwell Destroyer World War I 6 1917 158340
United States Charles F. Adans Destroyer Cold War 29 1960 158792
United States Clemson Destroyer World War II 156 1919 156494
United States Farragut (1934) Destroyer World War II 8 1934 156525
United States Farragut (1958) Destroyer Cold War 10 1959 158793
United States Fletcher Destroyer World War II 175 1942 156529
United States Gearing Destroyer World War II 98 157686
United States Gleaves Destroyer World War II 66 1940 157588
United States Gridley Destroyer World War II 4 1937 157550
United States Kidd Destroyer Cold War 4 1981 158790
United States Mahan Destroyer World War II 18 1936 157532
United States Porter Destroyer World War II 8 1936 156614
United States Sampson Destroyer World War I 6 1916 158341
United States Sims Destroyer World War II 12 156643
United States Somers Destroyer World War II 5 157555
United States Spruance Destroyer Cold War 31 1975 158791
United States WGT Class Destroyer World War II 0 156694
United States Wickes Destroyer World War I 111 1918 156696
Germany Elbing Destroyer World War II 15 156518
Germany Z Class Destroyer World War II 0 156700
France Aigle Destroyer World War II 6 1932 156453
France Bourrasque Destroyer World War II 12 163078
France Chacal Destroyer World War II 6 156491
France Guépard Destroyer World War II 6 1929 163080
France l'Adroit Destroyer World War II 14 1928 156578
France Le Fantasque Destroyer World War II 6 1933 156581
France Le Hardi Destroyer World War II 8 1938 163079
France Mogador Destroyer World War II 2 1939 159842
France Surcouf Destroyer Cold War 12 1955 159845
Spain Churruca Destroyer World War II 0 156493
Japan Akatsuki Destroyer World War II 4 156455
Japan Akitsuki Destroyer World War II 0 156457
Japan Akizuki Destroyer World War II 12 1942 159954
Japan Asashio Destroyer World War II 10 1939 159953
Japan Fubuki Destroyer World War II 24 1928 158344
Japan Hatsuharu Destroyer World War II 6 1933 158345
Japan Kagerō Destroyer World War II 19 1939 156567
Japan Kamikaze Destroyer World War II 9 1921 156568
Japan Matsu Destroyer World War II 0 156591
Japan Mutsuki Destroyer World War II 12 1928 159955
Japan Shimakaze Destroyer World War II 0 156639
Japan Shiratsuyu Destroyer World War II 10 1933 156641
Japan Yūgumo Destroyer World War II 19 1941 160038
The Netherlands Admiralen Destroyer World War II 8 1928 163135
The Netherlands Gerard Callenburgh Destroyer World War II 2 156538
United Kingdom A and B Class Destroyer World War II 0 156449
United Kingdom Battle Destroyer World War II 0 156475
United Kingdom C and D Class Destroyer World War II 14 1932 156485
United Kingdom E and F Class Destroyer World War II 18 1934 156515
United Kingdom G-H-I Class Destroyer World War II 24 156533
United Kingdom Hunt II Destroyer World War II 0 156551
United Kingdom J-K-N Class Destroyer World War II 24 1939 156561
United Kingdom L and M Class Destroyer World War II 0 156577
United Kingdom O and P Class Destroyer World War II 16 160149
United Kingdom Q and R Class Destroyer World War II 16 160150
United Kingdom River Destroyer World War II 0 156626
United Kingdom S and T Class Destroyer World War II 0 156629
United Kingdom Tribal Destroyer World War II 0 156671
United Kingdom U and V Class Destroyer World War II 49 156685
United Kingdom V and W Class Destroyer World War I 67 1917 159246
Australia Scott Destroyer World War II 0 156634
Australia V and W Class Destroyer World War II 0 156690
Italy Comandanti Medaglie d'Oro Destroyer World War II 0 156498
Italy Dubrovnik Destroyer World War II 0 156512
Italy Navigatori Destroyer World War II 12 1929 162531
Italy Spica Destroyer World War II 0 156650
Italy Turbine Destroyer World War II 8 1927 162532
Poland Wicher Destroyer World War II 0 156695
Romania Aquila (Romanian Destroyer) Destroyer World War II 0 156466
Soviet Union Gnevnyi Destroyer World War II 0 156539
Soviet Union Leningrad Destroyer World War II 0 156585
Soviet Union Storozhevoi Destroyer World War II 0 156653
Soviet Union Tashkent Destroyer World War II 0 156666
Thailand Tachin Destroyer World War II 0 156661
Thailand Trad Destroyer World War II 0 156670