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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: 1327. Total items on page 14

Image Nationality Name Pennant/Designation Warship Class Type ID
The Netherlands Hr. Ms. Evertsen Admiralen Destroyer 163136
The Netherlands Hr. Ms. Gouden Leeuw Gouden Leeuw Battleship 156993
The Netherlands Hr. Ms. Isaac Sweers Gerard Callenburgh Destroyer 156994
The Netherlands Hr. Ms. Jacob van Heemskerck Tromp Cruiser 156995
The Netherlands Hr. Ms. Java Java Cruiser 156996
The Netherlands Hr. Ms. Marnix G-H-I Class Destroyer 163074
The Netherlands Hr. Ms. Soerabaia De Zeven Provencien Battleship 156997
The Netherlands Hr. Ms. Sumatra Java Cruiser 158339
The Netherlands Hr. Ms. Tjerk Hiddes G16 J-K-N Class Destroyer 159241
The Netherlands Hr. Ms. Tromp Tromp Cruiser 156998
The Netherlands Hr. Ms. Van Galen Admiralen Destroyer 156999
The Netherlands Hr. Ms. Zvaardvisch S814 T Class Submarine 157000
The Netherlands MV Gadila Rapana Auxiliary 158006
The Netherlands MV Macoma Rapana Auxiliary 157057