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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 Bunker Hill (CV 19) Essex Carrier 157143
United States USS Enterprise (CV-6) CV-6 Yorktown Carrier 157148
United States USS Essex (CV-9) CV-9 Essex Carrier 157149
United States USS Hornet (CV 12) Essex Carrier 157155
United States USS Hornet (CV-8) CV-8 Yorktown Carrier 157156
United States USS Independence (CVL 22) Independence Carrier 157158
United States USS Intrepid (CV 11) Essex Carrier 157160
United States USS Lexington Lexington Carrier 156755
United States USS Midway (CVB 41) Midway Carrier 157172
United States USS Princeton (CVL 23) Independence Carrier 157187
United States USS Ranger (CV-3) Ranger Carrier 161192
United States USS Sangamon (CVE-26) CVE-26 Cimarron Carrier 160964
United States USS Saratoga (CV 3) Lexington Carrier 157194
United States USS Wasp (CV 7) Wasp Carrier 157205
United States USS Yorktown (CV 5) Yorktown Carrier 157208
Germany Europa Europa Carrier 156883
Germany Graf Zeppelin Graf Zeppelin Carrier 156896
Germany Peter Strasser Graf Zeppelin Carrier 157074
Germany Weser Admiral Hipper Carrier 157214
France Bearn Bearn Carrier 156851
France Joffre Joffre Carrier 157017
France Painlevé Joffre Carrier 157072
Japan Akagi Akagi Carrier 156834
Japan Coral Sea Zuikaku Shōkaku Carrier 156871
Japan Hiryū Hiryū Carrier 158343
Japan Hiyo Hiyo Carrier 156904
Japan Hōshō Hōshō Carrier 156992
Japan Junyo Hiyo Carrier 157018
Japan Kaga Kaga Carrier 157020
Japan Ryujo Ryūjō Carrier 157091
Japan Shinano Shinano Carrier 157098
Japan Shoho Zuiho Carrier 157100
Japan Shōkaku Shōkaku Carrier 157101
Japan Soryu Sōryū Carrier 157103
Japan Taiho Taiho Carrier 157112
Japan Taiyo Taiyo Carrier 157113
Japan Unryu Unryū Carrier 157132
Japan Zuiho Zuiho Carrier 157230
Japan Zuikaku Shōkaku Carrier 157231
United Kingdom HMS Argus K-3 Argus Carrier 159496
United Kingdom HMS Ark Royal 91 Ark Royal Carrier 156929
United Kingdom HMS Colossus Colossus Carrier 156935
United Kingdom HMS Courageous 50 Courageous Carrier 158774
United Kingdom HMS Fencer Attacker Carrier 156943
United Kingdom HMS Formidable Illustrious Carrier 156944
United Kingdom HMS Furious 47 Courageous Carrier 158776
United Kingdom HMS Glorious 77 Courageous Carrier 158775
United Kingdom HMS Hermes Hermes Carrier 156948
United Kingdom HMS Illustrious Illustrious Carrier 156950
United Kingdom HMS Indefatigable Implacable Carrier 156951
United Kingdom HMS Nabob Ruler Carrier 156961
United Kingdom HMS Unicorn Unicorn Carrier 156982
United Kingdom HMS Victorious Illustrious Carrier 156986
Italy Aquila Aquila Carrier 156844