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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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Image Nationality Name Pennant/Designation Warship Class Type ID
United States USS Arkansas (BB-33) Wyoming Battleship 163128
United States USS Birmingham (CS-2) CS-2 Chester Cruiser 158211
United States USS Chester (CS-1) CS-1 Chester Cruiser 158209
United States USS Idaho (BB-24) Mississippi Battleship 157236
United States USS Mississippi (BB-41) New Mexico Battleship 157173
United States USS Nevada (BB-36) Nevada Battleship 157179
United States USS Salem (CS-3) CS-3 Chester Cruiser 158212
Germany Goeben Moltke Battleship 159530
Germany Moltke Moltke Battleship 159529
Germany Von der Tann Von der Tann Battleship 159535
Japan Haruna Kongō Battleship 156900
Japan Hiei Kongō Battleship 156903
Japan Ise Ise Battleship 157013
Japan Kongō Kongō Battleship 157028
United Kingdom HMS Courageous 50 Courageous Carrier 158774
United Kingdom HMS Furious 47 Courageous Carrier 158776
United Kingdom HMS Glorious 77 Courageous Carrier 158775
United Kingdom HMS Repulse Renown Battleship 156968
United Kingdom HMS Resolution Revenge Battleship 158008
United Kingdom HMS Revenge 06 Revenge Battleship 158007
United Kingdom HMS Royal Oak Revenge Battleship 156970
Greece Georgios Averof Pisa Cruiser 157233
Greece Kilkis Mississippi Battleship 157022
Italy Caio Duilio Andrea Doria Battleship 156858
Italy Conte Di Cavour Conte di Cavour Battleship 156870
Italy Giulio Cesare Conte di Cavour Battleship 156891
Italy Leonardo da Vinci Conte di Cavour Battleship 163846
Italy Pisa Pisa Cruiser 157234
Norway HNoMS Eidsvold Eidsvold Cruiser 163573
Norway HNoMS Norge Eidsvold Cruiser 156989
Turkey Yavuz Moltke Battleship 159531