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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 11

Image Nationality Name Pennant/Designation Warship Class Type ID
Australia HMAS Adelaide Birmingham Cruiser 156905
Australia HMAS Arunta Tribal Destroyer 156907
Australia HMAS Australia County Cruiser 156909
Australia HMAS Canberra County Cruiser 156910
Australia HMAS Hobart D63 Leander Cruiser 158934
Australia HMAS Nizam G38 J-K-N Class Destroyer 156911
Australia HMAS Perth D29 Leander Cruiser 156912
Australia HMAS Shropshire County Cruiser 156913
Australia HMAS Stuart Scott Destroyer 156914
Australia HMAS Sydney D48 Leander Cruiser 156915
Australia HMAS Vampire V and W Class Destroyer 156916