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Warships

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: 1327. Total items on page 9

Image Nationality Name Pennant/Designation Warship Class Type ID
Spain C-2 C-2 C Class (Spanish Submarine) Submarine 159833
Spain C-3 C-3 C Class (Spanish Submarine) Submarine 159836
Spain C-4 C-4 C Class (Spanish Submarine) Submarine 159837
Spain C-5 C-5 C Class (Spanish Submarine) Submarine 159838
Spain C-6 C-6 C Class (Spanish Submarine) Submarine 159839
Spain Canarias Canarias Cruiser 156859
Spain Galicia Cervera Cruiser 156889
Spain Isaac Peral C-1 C Class (Spanish Submarine) Submarine 159835
Spain Lepanto Churruca Destroyer 157038