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    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 (66) 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
    HMS Hermes was ordered in 1897 as a cruiser warship type for the British Royal Navy (RN). Her keel w... [Read More]
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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
    As an archipelago nation, the Empire of Japan required a large navy to fulfill the plans of its lead... [Read More]
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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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    1869
    SMS Konig Wilhelm (1869)
    SMS Konig Wilhelm was originally ordered by the Ottoman Navy as "Fatikh" and saw her keel laid down ... [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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    1886
    USS Atlanta (1886)
    A new initiative on the part of the United States Navy (USN) produced the "ABCD" group of warships -... [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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    1958
    USS Galveston (CL-93) / (CLG-3)
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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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    1946
    USS Rochester (CA-124)
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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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