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Naval Cruiser Warships

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 6/16/2014

The general purpose warship that combines speed and firepower into one potent ocean-going package.

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There are a total of 49 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 the Soviet Navy for a ti...
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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 Phoenix (CL-46), the fifth of ...
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1864
CSS Shenandoah
The Confederate Naval Department turned to James Dunwoody Bulloch - the Confederate States of America's agent in England - on...
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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 serving in her intended r...
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1937
FS Montcalm
Commissioned in 1937, the light cruiser Montcalm was the second of six ships of the La Galissonniere-class as built in France...
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1931
Gorizia
The Italian Navy, the "Regia Marina", designed the Zara-class as light cruisers due to the Washington Naval Treaty, a 1922 tr...
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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 Belfast and her sister ship ...
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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 World War 2 (1939-1945). ...
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1898
Thumbnail picture of the HMS Hermes

1920
HMS Hood (51)
HMS Hood stood as the pride and joy of the British Royal Navy for over two decades. She was constructed towards the end of Wo...
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1938
HMS Manchester (C15)
Naval cruisers were developed over the period of several hundred years and evolved considerably in materials used and armamen...
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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 Tiger-class. She became t...
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1915
Thumbnail picture of the IJN Haruna

1914
Thumbnail picture of the IJN Hiei

1915
IJN Kirishima
From the period between 1912 and 1915, the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) put to water four Kongo-class battlecruisers. Battlec...
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1913
IJN Kongo
In 1911 the Imperial Japanese Diet (Teikoku-gikai) passed funds to support the Naval Emergency Expansion Bill that authorized...
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1932
Thumbnail picture of the IJN Takao

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 a through-deck carrier. L...
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1980
Kirov (Admiral Ushakov)
During the height of the Cold War, the Soviet Union maintained a healthy collection of submarines and surface warships. Inclu...
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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 was designed and built du...
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1939
KMS Admiral Hipper
The Admiral Hipper was classified as a "heavy cruiser" type vessel and commissioned in April 1939, this prior to World War 2 ...
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1934
KMS Admiral Scheer
Admiral Scheer was the second of the three Deutschland class heavy cruisers ordered and funded by the Reichsmarine of the Wei...
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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 and serving in the Germa...
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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 of cruisers. To deal with ...
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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 guided missile cruisers ...
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1912
SMS Goeben (Yavuz)
In 1909, the SMS Goeben became the second of two Moltke-class battlecruisers built in Hamburg, Germany for the Imperial Germa...
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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 arms race. In 1904, work be...
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1909
Thumbnail picture of the SMS Mainz

1911
SMS Moltke
The German battlecruiser SMS Moltke was the lead ship of her class consisting of two ships with her sister becoming SMS Goebe...
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1915
SMS Mowe
In the city of Sarajevo in 1914, Austria's Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife were assassinated by Serbian nationalists sp...
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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 World War 2 and survived l...
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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 River, Quincy, Massachus...
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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 special bill somewhere betwe...
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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 vessel was constructed at...
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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. She was the third ship ...
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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 launched in November of 1...
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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 commissioned on 10/03/1938. ...
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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 decorated ship in the histo...
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1983
USS Ticonderoga (CG-47)
The USS Ticonderoga missile cruisers were developed from the Spruance-class family of ships designed and built during the 197...
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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 lead ship of her Yorktown-c...
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