Military Factory

Naval Cruiser Warships

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 1/6/2016

Cruisers became a general purpose warship that combined speed and firepower into one potent ocean-going package for their time.





There are a total of (62) Naval Cruiser Warships in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order. Flag images indicative of country of origin.




1987
Admiral Gorshkov (Baku CVHG-103)
The Admiral Gorshkov (formerly the "Baku" CVHG-103) was a late-Cold War-era aircraft carrier serving... [Read More]
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1951
ARA General Belgrano (C-4)
The Argentine Navy ARA General Belgrano (C-4) warship was originally built as the American USS Phoen... [Read More]
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1864
CSS Shenandoah
The Confederate Naval Department turned to James Dunwoody Bulloch - the Confederate States of Americ... [Read More]
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1984
Frunze (Admiral Lazarev)
The Frunze battlecruiser was a product of the Cold War, part of the Kirov-class of cruisers. Though ... [Read More]
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1937
FS Georges Leygues
Georges Leygues served the French Navy prior to, and during, World War 2 (1939-1945) and managed an ... [Read More]
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1937
FS Montcalm
Commissioned in 1937, the light cruiser Montcalm was the second of six ships of the La Galissonniere... [Read More]
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1931
Gorizia
The Italian Navy, the "Regia Marina", designed the Zara-class as light cruisers due to the Washingto... [Read More]
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1913
HMAS Australia (1911)
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1935
HMS Ajax (22)
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1939
HMS Belfast (C35)
Due to Germany rearming in the 1930's Britain began to increase ships in her steel fortress. HMS Bel... [Read More]
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1928
HMS Cornwall (1928)
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1940
HMS Dido (37)
Even before the fighting of World War 2 (1939-1945) broke out, the British Royal Navy was keen on th... [Read More]
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1918
HMS Dragon (D46)
British results of the naval Battle of Jutland (May-June 1916) forced particular attention on improv... [Read More]
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1931
HMS Exeter (68)
The York-class was a two-strong group of heavy cruisers deployed by the British Royal Navy prior to ... [Read More]
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1898
HMS Hermes
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1920
HMS Hood (51)
HMS Hood stood as the pride and joy of the British Royal Navy for over two decades. She was construc... [Read More]
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1938
HMS Manchester (C15)
Naval cruisers were developed over the period of several hundred years and evolved considerably in m... [Read More]
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1912
HMS New Zealand (1911)
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1916
HMS Renown
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1914
HMS Tiger
HMS Tiger was a battlecruiser warship developed for the British Royal Navy and the only ship of her ... [Read More]
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1915
IJN Haruna
Haruna served the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) throughout World War 1 (1914-1918) and World War 2 (1... [Read More]
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1914
IJN Hiei
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1915
IJN Kirishima
From the period between 1912 and 1915, the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) put to water four Kongo-clas... [Read More]
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1913
IJN Kongo
In 1911 the Imperial Japanese Diet (Teikoku-gikai) passed funds to support the Naval Emergency Expan... [Read More]
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1935
IJN Mogami (1934)
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1932
IJN Takao
When the Imperial Japanese Navy undertook its massive shipbuilding programs in the lead-up to World ... [Read More]
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1988
Kalinin (Admiral Nakhimov)
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1972
Kiev (Project 1143 Krechyet)
The Kiev Class was a larger version of the Moskva Class and her design was a bold step in achieving ... [Read More]
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1980
Kirov (Admiral Ushakov)
During the height of the Cold War, the Soviet Union maintained a healthy collection of submarines an... [Read More]
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1936
KMS Admiral Graf Spee
The Admiral Graf Spee was a pre-World War 2 vessel of the Deutschland-class of German warships. She ... [Read More]
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1939
KMS Admiral Hipper
The Admiral Hipper was classified as a "heavy cruiser" type vessel and commissioned in April 1939, t... [Read More]
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1934
KMS Admiral Scheer
Admiral Scheer was the second of the three Deutschland class heavy cruisers ordered and funded by th... [Read More]
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1933
KMS Deutschland / Lutzow
KMS Deutschland (later becoming the KMS Lutzow) was the lead ship of her class first ordered in 1928... [Read More]
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1939
KMS Scharnhorst
After World War 1 the British Royal Navy continued to guard its trade routes with a powerful fleet o... [Read More]
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1983
Moskva (Project 1164 Atlant)
The Slava-class (Project 1164 Atlant) was a Soviet Cold War-era initiative intended to field some 10... [Read More]
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1914
SMS Derfflinger
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1909
SMS Emden (1908)
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1916
SMS Emden (1916)
The Konigsberg-class was adopted by the German Imperial Navy as a four-strong group of light cruiser... [Read More]
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1912
SMS Goeben (Yavuz)
In 1909, the SMS Goeben became the second of two Moltke-class battlecruisers built in Hamburg, Germa... [Read More]
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1906
SMS Konigsberg (1905)
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1915
SMS Konigsberg (1915)
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1906
SMS Leipzig (1906)
In the run up to World War 1, the major powers of Europe were locked in a seemingly endless naval ar... [Read More]
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1909
SMS Mainz
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1911
SMS Moltke
The German battlecruiser SMS Moltke was the lead ship of her class consisting of two ships with her ... [Read More]
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1915
SMS Mowe
In the city of Sarajevo in 1914, Austria's Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife were assassinated b... [Read More]
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1974
USS California (CGN-36)
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1943
USS Canberra (CA-70)
The USS Canberra was a United States naval warship that was put into action in the middle years of W... [Read More]
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1931
USS Chicago (CA-29)
The Northampton-class cruisers were born as a six-strong group during the decade following the close... [Read More]
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1942
USS Cleveland (CL-55)
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1948
USS Des Moines (CA-134)
The Navy's last all gun heavy cruiser was the Des Moines class built by Bethlehem Steel Company Fore... [Read More]
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1945
USS Fall River (CA-131)
From the age of sail onwards, navies from around the world needed a class of warship to fit that spe... [Read More]
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1932
USS Indianapolis (CA-35)
USS Indianapolis was the second ship built as an 8 inch 9,800 ton Portland-class heavy cruiser. The ... [Read More]
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1945
USS Little Rock (CL-92 / CLG-4 / CG-4)
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1934
USS Minneapolis (CA-36)
The USS Minneapolis was purchased and constructed before America had become embroiled in World War 2... [Read More]
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1893
USS New York (ACR-2)
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1895
USS Olympia (C-6)
Olympia C-6 was laid down in June 1891 at the Union Iron Works, San Francisco, California. She was l... [Read More]
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1905
USS Pennsylvania (ACR-4)
USS Pennsylvania (ACR-4) formed the lead ship of the six-strong Pennsylvania-class of armored cruise... [Read More]
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1938
USS Phoenix (CL-46)
USS Phoenix (CL-46), was number five of seven built of the Brooklyn-class light cruisers and was com... [Read More]
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1942
USS San Diego (CL-53) (CLAA-53)
By the time World War 2 had ended in 1945, the USS San Diego (CL-53) would become the second-most de... [Read More]
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1983
USS Ticonderoga (CG-47)
The USS Ticonderoga missile cruisers were developed from the Spruance-class family of ships designed... [Read More]
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1889
USS Yorktown (PG-1)
The USS Yorktown (PG-1), or "Patrol Gunboat" (also recognized as a "third class" cruiser) was the le... [Read More]
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1931
Zara
At the start of World War 2 (1939-1945), Italy ranked as the fourth largest naval power in the world... [Read More]
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