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Warship Classes

Warships Throughout Time

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ST Class Submarine
L and M Class Destroyer
Sovyetskiy Soyuz Battleship
Tiger Cruiser Light Cruiser
M-Class Cruiser Cruiser Light Cruiser
Adua Submarine
Le Fantasque Destroyer
W and Z Class Destroyer
C Class Destroyer
Shōkaku Carrier


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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Warship Class - Type 24 - Destroyer - Torpedo Boat
Warship Class - C Class - Destroyer
Warship Class - W and Z Class - Destroyer

Type

TypeCollection Count
All Items 371
Uncategorized 8
Auxilliary 13
Battleship 64
Carrier 54
Cruiser 88
Destroyer 95
Frigate 3
Minesweeper 1
Submarine 42
Torpedo Boat 3

Period

PeriodCollection Count
All Items 371
Cold War 20
Modern 2
Napoleonic Wars 3
Victorian 1
World War I 52
World War II 293