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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 35

Image Primary Country Name Type Period Number Completed First Commisioned ID
United States Balao Submarine World War II 120 1943 156473
United States Gato Submarine World War II 77 1943 156537
United States Mackerel Submarine World War II 2 1941 159701
United States Narwhal Submarine World War II 0 156599
United States S Electric Boat Submarine World War II 0 156631
United States Salmon Submarine World War II 6 1937 158471
United States Sargo Submarine World War II 10 1939 158460
United States Tambor Submarine World War II 12 1940 156665
Germany Type IA Submarine World War II 0 156676
Germany Type IIB Submarine World War II 20 156677
Germany Type IXC Submarine World War II 0 156678
Germany Type VIIB Submarine World War II 0 156679
Germany Type VIIC Submarine World War II 0 156680
Germany Type XB Submarine World War II 0 156681
Germany Type XIV Submarine World War II 0 156683
Germany Type XXI Submarine World War II 119 1943 156684
France Redoutable Submarine World War II 0 156621
France Saphir Submarine World War II 0 156632
France Surcouf Submarine World War II 0 156656
Japan B1 Class Submarine World War II 0 156471
Japan K6 Submarine World War II 0 156564
Japan ST Class Submarine World War II 0 156651
Japan STO Submarine World War II 0 156652
United Kingdom C Class (Spanish Submarine) Submarine World War I 6 1928 159834
United Kingdom C Class (UK Submarine) Submarine World War I 38 1906 159832
United Kingdom Shark Submarine World War II 0 156638
United Kingdom T Class Submarine World War II 53 1938 156658
United Kingdom U Class Submarine World War II 0 156687
Greece Proteus Submarine World War II 0 156617
Italy Adua Submarine World War II 0 156451
Italy Foca Submarine World War II 3 1936 159662
Italy Perla Submarine World War II 0 156611
Sweden Sjolejonet Submarine World War II 0 156644
Soviet Union K-Class (Cruiser) Submarine World War II 12 159493
Soviet Union S-Class (Srednyaya) Submarine World War II 0 156636