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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: 1346. Total items on page 22

Image Nationality Name Pennant/Designation Warship Class Type ID
United States USS Langley (AV-3) Langley Auxiliary 157167
United States USS Vestal (AR-4) Vestal Auxiliary 157200
Germany Kormoran (HSK-8) Kormoran Auxiliary 157030
Germany M1 M-Class Minesweeper (1935) Auxiliary 157043
Germany Nordmark Dithmarschen Auxiliary 157063
France Commandant Teste Commandant Teste Auxiliary 156869
Japan Akitsu Maru Akitsu Maru Auxiliary 156835
Japan Chitose Chitose Auxiliary 156865
Japan Chiyoda Chitose Auxiliary 156866
Japan Daihatsu Landing Craft Daihatsu Auxiliary 156873
Japan Kinai Maru Kinai Maru Auxiliary 157023
Japan T1 Landing Ship No.1-class landing ship Auxiliary 157110
The Netherlands MV Gadila Rapana Auxiliary 158006
The Netherlands MV Macoma Rapana Auxiliary 157057
United Kingdom HMS Apollo Abdiel Auxiliary 157241
United Kingdom HMS Halcyon J42 Halcyon Auxiliary 163145
United Kingdom HMS Jervis Bay F40 Bay Auxiliary 156954
United Kingdom HMS Manxman Abdiel Auxiliary 156960
United Kingdom Queen Mary Queen Mary Auxiliary 157083
Italy Pietro Orseolo Andrea Gritti Auxiliary 159527
New Zealand HMNZS Kiwi T102 Bird Auxiliary 159841
Romania SMR Dacia Dacia Auxiliary 159700