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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:
Image Nationality Name Pennant/Designation Warship Class Type ID
United States USS Floyd B. Parks (DD-884) Gearing Destroyer 157778
United States USS Iowa (BB-61) BB-61 Iowa Battleship 157161
United States USS Midway (CVB-41) CVB-41 Midway Carrier 157172
United States USS New Jersey (BB-62) Iowa Battleship 157180
United States USS Wichita (CA-134) CA-134 Wichita Cruiser 158782
The Netherlands Hr. Ms. Marnix G-H-I Class Destroyer 163074
Soviet Union Admiral Makarov Leipzig Cruiser 158325
Soviet Union Leningrad Moskva Carrier 163440
Soviet Union Moskva Moskva Carrier 163439
Soviet Union Stalingrad Z15 Condottieri Cruiser 159598
Turkey TCG Cerbe S 341 Gato Submarine 159224
Brazil Almirante Barroso CL-11 Brooklyn Cruiser 158085
Brazil Tamandare C-12 St. Louis Cruiser 158081
Chile Capitán Prat CL-03 Brooklyn Cruiser 158088
Chile O'Higgins CL-02 Brooklyn Cruiser 158083
Venezuela Falcon D-22 Allen M. Sumner Destroyer 158032
India INS Delhi C74 Leander Cruiser 158935