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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.

Warship Class:
Total items in collection: 1346. Total items on page 44

Image Nationality Name Pennant/Designation Warship Class Type ID
France Aigle Aigle Destroyer 158013
France Albatros Aigle Destroyer 158015
France Algérie Algérie Cruiser 156837
France Alsace Alsace Battleship 156838
France Bearn Bearn Carrier 156851
France Beveziers Redoutable Submarine 156852
France Brestois l'Adroit Destroyer 156856
France Brestois l'Adroit Destroyer 163077
France Bretagne Bretagne Battleship 156857
France Casabianca Redoutable Submarine 156861
France Clemenceau Richelieu Battleship 156867
France Commandant Teste Commandant Teste Auxiliary 156869
France Courbet Courbet Battleship 156872
France Dunkerque Dunkerque Battleship 156877
France Dupleix Suffren Cruiser 156878
France Duquesne Duquesne Cruiser 156879
France Emile Bertin Émile Bertin Cruiser 156881
France Épervier Aigle Destroyer 158017
France Gerfaut Aigle Destroyer 158016
France Gloire La Galissonniere Cruiser 156893
France Jean Bart Richelieu Battleship 157015
France Joffre Joffre Carrier 157017
France L'Audacieux Le Fantasque Destroyer 157789
France L'Indomptable Le Fantasque Destroyer 157788
France La Fantasque Le Fantasque Destroyer 157034
France Le Malin Le Fantasque Destroyer 157787
France Le Terrible Le Fantasque Destroyer 157035
France Le Triomphant Le Fantasque Destroyer 157790
France Leopard Chacal Destroyer 157037
France Milan Aigle Destroyer 157048
France Mogador Mogador Destroyer 159843
France Montcalm La Galissonniere Cruiser 157052
France Painlevé Joffre Carrier 157072
France Paris Courbet Battleship 164394
France Pluton Pluton Cruiser 157076
France Provence Bretagne Battleship 157081
France Richelieu Richelieu Battleship 157088
France Rubis Saphir Submarine 157090
France Strasbourg Dunkerque Battleship 157105
France Suffren Suffren Cruiser 157106
France Surcouf D621 Surcouf Destroyer 159846
France Surcouf Surcouf Submarine 157108
France Valour Aigle Destroyer 158014
France Volta Mogador Destroyer 159844