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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.

Database Warships has 1485 Items

Recent Additions

Warship - USS Manchester (CL-83) - Cruiser - Light Cruiser
Warship - USS Providence (CL-82) - Cruiser - Light Cruiser
Warship - USS Houston (CL-81) - Cruiser - Light Cruiser


TypeDatabase Count
All Items 1485
Auxiliary 24
Battleship 106
Carrier 74
Cruiser 229
Destroyer 731
Submarine 308
Torpedo Boat 1


PeriodDatabase Count
All Items 1485
Cold War 24
Modern 2
World War I 35
World War II 347


NationalityDatabase Count
All Items 1485
Argentina 2
Australia 10
Brazil 10
Canada 12
Chile 2
China 1
Finland 3
France 66
Germany 62
Greece 8
India 1
Italy 56
Japan 128
New Zealand 5
Norway 4
Poland 3
Romania 4
Russia 1
Soviet Union 32
Spain 9
Sweden 2
Thailand 4
The Netherlands 20
Turkey 3
United Kingdom 156
United States 868
Venezuela 1