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World War 2 Warships and Submarines (1939-1945)

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 1/8/2016

Naval warfare in World War 2 produced some of the last great ocean battles in history.





There are a total of (197) World War 2 Warships and Submarines (1939-1945) in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order. Flag images indicative of country of origin.




1940
Ammiraglio Cagni
With coastline as long as that of Italy's, it behooved the nation to promote considerable naval fir... [Read More]
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1913
Andrea Doria
The Andrea Doria was one of two battleships in the Andrea Doria-class serving the Italian Navy in th... [Read More]
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1941
Aquila
The Aquila (meaning "Eagle") was a proposed aircraft carrier whose construction began in 1941 but wa... [Read More]
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1915
ARA Moreno
Around 1910, the nations of South America were in a naval arms race with each participant bent on ou... [Read More]
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1939
Archimede (1939)
The Archimede was a diesel-electric powered attack submarine serving the Regia Marina of Italy durin... [Read More]
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1932
Bell Poule (A650)
The schooner Belle Poule (A650) was built and launched in 1932 as a brown and blue water training ve... [Read More]
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1944
Biber (Beaver)
All of the major naval powers of World War 2 (1939-1945) utilized some sort of submersible "midget" ... [Read More]
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1941
ELCO PT Boat (Patrol Torpedo)
Prior to (and during) World War 2, the United States Navy (USN) contracted out to three primary manu... [Read More]
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1927
FS Bearn
The French aircraft carrier Bearn was based on the hull of the Normandie-class of French battleships... [Read More]
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1916
FS Bretagne (1916)
The Bretagne battleship served the French Navy throughout the bulk of World War 1 and operated throu... [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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1949
FS Jean Bart
FS Jean Bart made up the second of the two-strong class of battleships known as the Richelieu-class.... [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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1940
FS Richelieu
In 1935, the keel was laid down for what would become the newest and largest battleship-class ever t... [Read More]
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1933
FS Rubis (1933)
During the latter half of the 1920s, the French Navy placed its mine-laying duties in the hands of t... [Read More]
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1934
FS Surcouf (N N 3)
Surcouf (N N 3) was a mammoth French-built attack submarine developed and built during the interwar ... [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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1938
Graf Zeppelin (Flugzeugtrager A)
Nazi Germanys first and only carriers were proposed as part of the Z plan for the buildup of the fle... [Read More]
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1941
Higgins Boat LCVP (Landing Craft, Vehicle, Personnel)
Since the first boat was used to assault enemy-held shores in ancient warfare, the amphibious assaul... [Read More]
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1942
Higgins PT Boat (Patrol Torpedo)
The American side of the PT boat ("Patrol Torpedo") wars of World War 2 are primarily remembered thr... [Read More]
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1942
HIJMS RO-100 (Kaisho / Type KS)
Development and production of the RO-100 series (sometimes referred to as "Kaisho" or "small" or sim... [Read More]
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1941
HMCS Sackville (K181)
By the end of June in 1940, the German war machine had claimed Poland, Denmark, Norway, Netherlands,... [Read More]
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1935
HMS Ajax (22)
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1918
HMS Argus (I49)
The British Royal Navy's HMS Argus was an early-form aircraft carrier hastily-developed during World... [Read More]
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1938
HMS Ark Royal (91)
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1914
HMS Ark Royal / HMS Pegasus
Even prior to World War 1, the British Royal Navy was working on an aircraft carrier concept. It too... [Read More]
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1941
HMS Audacity (D10)
The British navy has always produced ships that were on the leading edge of naval technology - HMS V... [Read More]
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1915
HMS Barham (04)
To match the capabilities of the German Navy during the years leading up to World War 1 (1914-1918),... [Read More]
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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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1941
HMS Duke of York (17)
The King George V-class of battleships proved an important cog in the British war machine of World W... [Read More]
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1924
HMS Eagle
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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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1917
HMS Furious (47)
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1924
HMS Hermes (95)
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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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1927
HMS Nelson (28)
Ordered in 1922, the British Royal Navy battleship HMS Nelson - along with her sole sister ship HMS ... [Read More]
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1941
HMS Prince of Wales (53)
HMS Prince of Wales served the British Navy for a few short years in World War 2 taking part in the ... [Read More]
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1914
HMS Queen Elizabeth
The British Royal Navy was the most powerful sea-going force by the time of World War 1 (1914-1918) ... [Read More]
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1916
HMS Renown
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1941
HMS Roberts (F40)
HMS Roberts (F40) led a successful wartime career encompassing actions in World War 2 (1939-1945). S... [Read More]
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1927
HMS Rodney (29)
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1916
HMS Royal Sovereign (05)
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1932
HMS Thames (N71)
HMS Thames led the new Thames-class (also "River-class") of attack submarines appearing during the e... [Read More]
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1940
HMS Upholder (P37)
Ordered in 1936 HMS Upholder (P37) was the seventh U-class submarine built by the Vickers Armstrong ... [Read More]
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1946
HMS Vanguard (23)
HMS Vanguard (23) a British Battleship was being built late into World War 2 and when the war in Eur... [Read More]
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1941
HMS Victorious (R38)
HMS Victorious was the result of the growing British naval arms movement amidst rising tensions in E... [Read More]
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1945
HMS Warrior (R31)
With World War 2 in full swing and the British commitment continuing to grow, a new Colossus-class l... [Read More]
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1915
HMS Warspite (03)
HMS Warspite (03) was a Dreadnought Battleship of the Queen Elizabeth-class in service with the Brit... [Read More]
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1943
HMS X-class / X-craft (series)
The British naval fleet had to keep their battleships and carriers near or in home waters to protect... [Read More]
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1942
Huckins PT Boat (Patrol Torpedo)
The United States Navy undertook an all-new endeavor in the late 1930s to built a PT force from scra... [Read More]
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1927
IJN Akagi
The IJN Akagi was born from a battlecruiser class design consisting of the Akagi and the Amagi. Thes... [Read More]
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1900
IJN Asahi
The IJN Asahi was a pre-dreadnought battleship vessel in service with the Imperial Japanese Navy. Sh... [Read More]
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1915
IJN Fuso
The Fuso-class were "Dreadnought" battleships in service with Japan during both World War and World ... [Read More]
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1945
IJN Ha-201 (Type STS)
As the Allied noose tightened evermore so around the Japanese mainland by the midway point of the wa... [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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1939
IJN Hiryu
The aircraft carrier made its debut in the fighting of World War 1 (1914-1918) but its true impact w... [Read More]
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1922
IJN Hosho
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1940
IJN I-15
The most numerous of all the World War II Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) submarine classes was the B1-... [Read More]
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1945
IJN I-201
Amidst mounting losses to Allied warships and attack aircraft across the Pacific, the Japanese Navy ... [Read More]
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1941
IJN I-21
As an island nation, much of Japan's immediate success heading into World War 2 (1939-1945) lay in h... [Read More]
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1945
IJN I-351
During 1943 to 1945 - what would become the latter half of World War (1939-1945) - the Imperial Japa... [Read More]
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1944
IJN I-400 (STo / Sen-Toku)
At the time of their completion, the I-400 class of submarines serving the Imperial Japanese Navy we... [Read More]
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1944
IJN I-58
The last Japanese submarine built in the B-3 type series family became the I-58. She was laid down o... [Read More]
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1937
IJN I-7 (J3 Type)
When launched on July 3rd, 1935, IJN I-7 and her sister-ship, IJN I-8 ,represented the largest subma... [Read More]
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1940
IJN Isokaze
As an island nation, it behooved Japanese warplanners to embark upon a massive naval-building campai... [Read More]
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1928
IJN Kaga
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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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1920
IJN Nagato
World War 1 (1914-1918) spurred many-a-nation to bulk up their naval power and this included the Jap... [Read More]
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1944
IJN No. 1 Class Landing Ship (1st Class Transporter)
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1933
IJN Ryujo
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1945
IJN Shinano
The IJN Shinano served the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) as a large fleet carrier during World War 2.... [Read More]
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1941
IJN Shokaku
The Shokaku (or "Flying Crane") was the lead ship of a two-strong Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) aircr... [Read More]
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1937
IJN Soryu
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1944
IJN Taiho
The Japanese Navy ranked as the third most powerful ocean-going force on the planet prior to World W... [Read More]
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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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1941
IJN Yamato
As the KMS Bismarck was to the Atlantic Theater so too was the IJN Yamato to the Pacific Theater. Un... [Read More]
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1940
IJN Zuiho
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1941
IJN Zuikaku
The Japanese fleet carrier Zuikaku ("Lucky Crane") and her sister ship, Shokaku ("Happy Crane") were... [Read More]
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1944
Kaiten
The Kaiten (meaning "Reverse Destiny" or "Change the World") was based on the Japanese Navy Type 93 ... [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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1940
KMS Bismarck
The KMS Bismarck is undoubtedly one of the most famous sea-going vessels of the 20th Century. The Ge... [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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1941
KMS Tirpitz
By 1935, Germany - now under the firm control of Adolf Hitler - backed out of the Treaty of Versaill... [Read More]
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1943
Landing Ship Tank (LST)
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1939
Maiale (Pig)
In 1935, it had become painfully obvious to Italian authorities that the Italian Navy maintained a w... [Read More]
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1943
Neger
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1932
Schnellboot (S-Boot)
The history of the German Navy "S- Boot" began with the World War 1 "Treaty of Versailles" written i... [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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1908
SMS Schleswig-Holstein
The SMS Schleswig-Holstein was a storied vessel of the German Navy that managed to survive all of Wo... [Read More]
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1942
SS John W. Brown B4611
The SS John W. Brown (B-4611) was a "Liberty" ship launched at the Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard in B... [Read More]
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1936
Type I U-Boat
Prior to the more advanced classes of German U-boats to see service in World War 2 (1939-1945), the ... [Read More]
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1938
Type IX U-Boat
The German Kriegsmarine paid a heavy price for their actions in World War 2, with most of her Type I... [Read More]
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1936
Type VII U-Boat
Type VII u-boats made up a large part of the u-boat fighting force in the Atlantic. This class of fi... [Read More]
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1944
Type XXI U-Boat
The Type XXI series of German U-boats were a revolutionary design of fighting boats brought about in... [Read More]
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1944
Type XXIII U-Boat
The Kriegsmarine Type XXIII were developed as smallish coastal submarines to operate in the shallow ... [Read More]
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1944
Type XXVII Seehund (Seal)
The Seehund (or "Seal") was the most successful of the several Nazi Kriegsmarine attempts to perfect... [Read More]
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1936
U-boat U-25 (Type IA)
Following World War 1 (1914-1918), the Paris Peace Conference of 1919 developed the Treaty of Versai... [Read More]
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1941
U-boat U-505 (Type IXC)
U-505 served the German Kriegsmarine (Navy) during World War 2. She is infamously remembered for one... [Read More]
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1946
USCGC Eagle (WIX-327)
German leader Adolf Hitler was pressing the Kriegsmarine (German Navy) to increase the number of nav... [Read More]
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1942
USS Alabama (BB-60)
The American Navy became one of the most powerful fighting forces in the world during World War 2 (1... [Read More]
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1944
USS Alamance (AKA-75)
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1943
USS Appalachian (AGC-1)
The USS Appalachian was an amphibious support ship in service with the United States Navy during the... [Read More]
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1916
USS Arizona (BB-39)
USS Arizona (BB-39) was one of two Pennsylvania-class super-dreadnought battleships completed for se... [Read More]
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1912
USS Arkansas (BB-33)
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1944
USS Attu (CVE-102)
The USS Attu was an escort aircraft carrier serving with the United States Navy in World War 2. She ... [Read More]
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1943
USS Balao (SS-285)
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1918
USS Bali (ID-2483)
The freighter SS Bali was completed at the Rotterdam Dry Dock Company shipyard at Rotterdam, Netherl... [Read More]
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1943
USS Bluefish (SS-222)
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1943
USS Bowfin (SS-287)
The USS Bowfin earned herself a grand reputation for her sea-going prowess in the Second World War. ... [Read More]
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1943
USS Cabot (CVL-28)
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1921
USS California (BB-44)
USS California (BB-44) served as one of the key components of the American Navy push to Tokyo, Japan... [Read More]
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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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1945
USS Clamagore (SS-343)
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1942
USS Cleveland (CL-55)
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1940
USS Dixmude (A-609)
The French escort carrier Dixmude A-609 was built in the United States in 1939 first named as the Ri... [Read More]
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1937
USS Downes (DD-375)
World War 2 (1939-1945) made veterans of many fighting ships and their crews. USS Downes (DD-375) wa... [Read More]
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1941
USS Drum (SS-228)
When the United States entered into war with the Empire of Japan, it understood its undersea fightin... [Read More]
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1938
USS Enterprise (CV-6)
The original "Big E", the USS Enterprise of World War 2 fame, became one of the most storied vessels... [Read More]
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1942
USS Essex (CV-9)
With the various post-World War 1 naval treaties no longer enforceable thanks to the withdrawal of n... [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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1942
USS Fletcher (DD-445)
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1944
USS Franklin (CV-13)
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1945
USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CV-42)
Even before the situation in the European Campaign of World War 2 (1939-1945) had settled, American ... [Read More]
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1941
USS Gato (SS-212)
The USS Gato (SS-212) was the lead ship of the large Gato-class submarine fleet which numbered 77 bo... [Read More]
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1942
USS Grunion (SS-216)
The USS Grunion (SS 216) is best known for her mysterious dissappearance. Until recently, little was... [Read More]
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1943
USS Guadalcanal (CVE-60)
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1940
USS Harris (APA-2)
In the 1920's the tourist and business trade from the United States to the Orient was by passenger s... [Read More]
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1943
USS Hornet (CV-12)
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1941
USS Hornet (CV-8)
When launched, the USS Hornet (CV-8) became the seventh ship in United States naval history to carry... [Read More]
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1943
USS Independence (CVL-22)
USS Independence (CVL-22) was a conventionally-powered aircraft carrier ordered in the build up to W... [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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1943
USS Intrepid (CV-11)
The USS Intrepid served the United States Navy throughout World War 2 and beyond. The vessel was des... [Read More]
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1943
USS Iowa (BB-61)
The USS Iowa (BB-61) was the lead ship of the massive and powerful Iowa-class battleships of World W... [Read More]
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1944
USS John C. Butler (DE-339)
The John C. Butler-class was laid down as Destroyer Escorts (DE) during World War 2 (1939-1945) and ... [Read More]
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1920
USS John D. Ford (DD-228)
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1943
USS Kalinin Bay (CVE-68)
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1944
USS Laffey (DD-724)
The USS Laffey (DD-724), a United States Navy Allen M. Sumner-class destroyer, was named for seaman ... [Read More]
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1922
USS Langley (CV-1)
The USS Langley (CV-1) was the United States Navy's first aircraft carrier. The hull of the Langle... [Read More]
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1943
USS Langley (CVL-27)
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1918
USS Lapwing (AM-1)
Leading up to 1917, the United States Navy had used sloops and tugs to locate and destroy enemy mine... [Read More]
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1927
USS Lexington (CV-2)
The USS Lexington (CV-2) and the USS Saratoga (CV-3) both served the United States Navy well in the ... [Read More]
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1943
USS Ling (SS-297)
The Ling (SS-297) is a late model Balao-class and was the result of an improved Gato-class submarine... [Read More]
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1944
USS Lionfish (SS-298)
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1943
USS Liscome Bay (CVE-56)
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1921
USS Maryland (BB-46)
The storied USS Maryland (BB-46) was born from the fighting of World War 1 (1914-1918). The vessel w... [Read More]
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1942
USS Massachusetts (BB-59)
Following the events of Pearl Harbor, the United States Navy was given major funding to construct al... [Read More]
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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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1944
USS Missouri (BB-63)
The USS Missouri (BB-63) is one of the most storied American warships ever constructed. Few can lay ... [Read More]
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1940
USS Montana (BB-67)
To counter the growing threats posed by Japanese warships, particularly the mighty IJN Yamato battle... [Read More]
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1916
USS Nevada (BB-36)
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1942
USS New Jersey (BB-62)
Designed and operated in the early 1940's, the USS New Jersey saw extensive combat actions in the Pa... [Read More]
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1918
USS New Mexico (BB-40)
The first United States Navy (USN) vessel to carry the namesake of the State of New Mexico was USS N... [Read More]
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1914
USS New York (BB-34)
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1941
USS North Carolina (BB-55)
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1916
USS Oklahoma (BB-37)
Succeeding the two-strong New York-class of battleships entering construction 1911 was the two-stron... [Read More]
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1916
USS Pennsylvania (BB-38)
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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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1943
USS Pillsbury (DE-133)
The United States Navy grew into a formidable fighting force during World War 2 (1939-1945) as all m... [Read More]
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1944
USS Piranha (SS-389)
Key to victory in the Pacific Theater during World War 2 was control of the vital waterways between ... [Read More]
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1935
USS Porpoise (SS-172)
USS Porpoise (SS-172) led her 10-strong class prior to and during World War 2 (1939-1945). The boat ... [Read More]
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1934
USS Ranger (CV-4)
The USS Ranger (CV-4) was the first aircraft carrier for the US Navy to be specifically designed and... [Read More]
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1924
USS Sable (IX-81)
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1943
USS Saint Lo (CVE-63)
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1938
USS Salmon (SS-182)
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1944
USS Samuel B. Roberts (DE-413)
USS Samuel B. Roberts (DE-413) was a John C. Butler-class destroyer escort of the United States Navy... [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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1943
USS San Jacinto (CVL-30)
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1927
USS Saratoga (CV-3)
USS Saratoga (CV-3) was identical to her sister (and lead ship of the class) the USS Lexington (CV-2... [Read More]
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1943
USS Serpens (AK-97)
USS Serpens was the 18th Crater class freighter cargo ship constructed for use by the United States ... [Read More]
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1942
USS South Dakota (BB-57)
USS South Dakota was built by the New York Shipbuilding Corporation at the Camden, NJ dock works and... [Read More]
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1920
USS Tennessee (BB-43)
USS Tennessee (BB-43) formed the lead ship of the Tennessee-class battleships in service to the Unit... [Read More]
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1914
USS Texas (BB-35)
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1944
USS Ticonderoga (CV-14)
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1911
USS Utah (BB-31)
USS Utah (BB-31) was a Dreadnought battleship belonging to the Florida-class revealed in the period ... [Read More]
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1942
USS Wahoo (SS-238)
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1941
USS Washington (BB-56)
The USS Washington (BB-56) was part of the United States Navy's two-strong North Carolina-class of b... [Read More]
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1940
USS Wasp (CV-7)
The USS Wasp (CV-7) was a conventionally aircraft carrier in service with the United States Navy dur... [Read More]
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1944
USS Wisconsin (BB-64)
Though numbered before the USS Missouri (BB 63), the USS Wisconsin (BB 64) actually completed constr... [Read More]
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1942
USS Wolverine (IX-64)
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1944
USS Wrangell (AE-12)
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1943
USS Yorktown (CV-10 / CVA-10 / CVS-10)
The USS Yorktown (CV-10, CVA-10, CVS-10) was born from the fighting of World War 2 and persevered th... [Read More]
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1937
USS Yorktown (CV-5)
The United States Navy resurrected the "Yorktown" name several times during its history and the USS ... [Read More]
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1940
Vittorio Veneto
From 1934 to 1942, the Italian Navy (the Regia Marina) funded construction of a four-strong class of... [Read More]
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1937
Z17 Diether von Roeder
The 1936 Type Diether von Roeder destroyer was a trim looking ship with a clipper bow and long forec... [Read More]
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1937
Z4 Richard Beitzen
The Zerstorer (Destroyer) Type 1934 class was the first group of destroyers built in Germany after t... [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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