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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 Nationality Name Pennant/Designation Warship Class Type ID
Canada HMCS Algonquin R17 U and V Class Destroyer 156917
Canada HMCS Haida Tribal Destroyer 156918
Canada HMCS Ontario C53 Minotaur Cruiser 156919
Canada HMCS Saguenay D79 A and B Class Destroyer 156920
Canada HMCS Sioux R64 U and V Class Destroyer 158617
Canada HMCS Skeena D59 A and B Class Destroyer 159545
Canada HMCS St. Laurent H83 C and D Class Destroyer 156921
Canada HMCS Uganda Crown Colony Cruiser 156923