Ships Through The Ages

United States

US Navy

The United States Navy is the naval warfare service branch of the United States armed forces that was formed as the Continental Navy in 1775.  By 1943, the Navy's size was larger than the combined fleets of all the other combatant nations in World War II. By the end of WWII, the United States Navy had added hundreds of new ships, including 18 aircraft carriers and 8 battleships, and had over 70% of the world's total numbers and total tonnage of naval vessels of 1,000 tons or greater. At its peak, the U.S. Navy was operating 6,768 ships on V-J Day in August 1945. As of August 2010, the U.S. Navy had 330,729 personnel on active duty and 102,923 in the Navy Reserve. It operates 289 ships in active service and more than 3,700 aircraft. The U.S. Navy is the largest in the world; its battle fleet tonnage is greater than that of the next 13 largest navies combined. The U.S. Navy also has the world's largest carrier fleet, with 11 in service and one under construction.

US 50 Stars  US USN

Great Britain

Royal Navy

The Royal Navy of the United Kingdom is the oldest of HM Armed Forces and is therefore known as the Senior Service. From the beginning of the 17th century until well into the 20th century it was the most powerful navy in the world, playing a key part in establishing the British Empire as the dominant world power. In World War II the Royal Navy operated almost 900 ships. During the Cold War it was transformed into a primarily ASW force. The Royal Navy is the second largest navy of the NATO alliance. The Royal Navy operates aircraft carriers, a helicopter carrier, landing platform docks, ballistic missile submarines, nuclear fleet submarines, guided missile destroyers, frigates, mine countermeasures and patrol vessels. The Royal Navy has about 43,000 personnel including the Royal Marines. The current British government is scrapping the Royal Navy at an accelerated rate and within a few years it will be a third rate navy no longer capable of projecting power beyond Europe.

Great Britain  UK RN

Japanese Empire

Imperial Japanese Navy

The Imperial Japanese Navy was the navy of the Empire of Japan from 1869 until 1947, when it was dissolved following Japan's constitutional renunciation of the use of force as a means of settling international disputes and replaced by the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force. The origins of the Imperial Japanese Navy trace back to the early medieval period and reached a peak during the 16th and 17th centuries. After two centuries of stagnation during the country's seclusion policy under the Edo shoguns, Japan's navy was comparatively backward when the country was forced open to trade by American intervention in 1854. During the re-ascendance of the Emperor during the Meiji Restoration a period of frantic modernization began. The IJNs history of successes against much more powerful foes in the Sino-Japanese war and the Russo-Japanese War made the IJN a major player on the world stage. By 1920 the Japanese Navy was the third largest navy in the world behind the Royal Navy and United States Navy. WWII lead to the complete annihilation of the IJN largely by the United States Navy.

Japan Rising Sun 

Nazi Germany


The Kriegsmarine was the name of the German Navy during the Nazi period (1935–1945). The Kriegsmarine was one of three official branches of the Wehrmacht. The Kriegsmarine grew rapidly during the German naval rearmament program under Plan Z. The ships of the Kriegsmarine fought during the Spanish Civil War and WWII. While the Kriegsmarine operated a variety of surface ships such as battleships, battlecruisers and heavy cruisers, probably the Kriegsmarine's most famous ships were the U-boats that seriously challenged Allied convoys during the Battle of the Atlantic. At the end of the Second World War, the Kriegsmarine's few remaining ships were divided up amongst the Allied powers Some were used for target practice while others were put into the service of Allied navies that lacked surface ships after the war. The most famous and largest ship to survive WWII was the heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen which was handed over to the USN and in July 1946 she survived two nuclear tests in Bikini Atoll.

 Germany Nazi 2 Germany Nazi Navy

Soviet Union

Red Navy

The Soviet Navy was the naval arm of the Soviet Armed Forces. Often called the Red Fleet, the Soviet Navy was designed to play a critical role in a Warsaw Pact - NATO war. It's primary job would have been to prevent convoys from bringing reinforcements across the Atlantic Ocean and to sink US aircraft carriers. After WWII the Soviets decided that they must have a navy that could challenge the West. At first they began building submarines based on Nazi German designs. As the years went by they began to improve their designs until they began to equal Western designs, although they generally were a generation behind the West. The Soviets considered their submarines to be their capital ship and built hundreds of them. They placed a large emphasis on missiles. Almost all Soviet surface ships carried some type of surface to surface missile many with nuclear warheads. Beginning in the late 1960s the navy began building helicopter carriers and by the 1980s they had progressed to light aircraft carriers. Most of the Soviet Navy was reformed into the Russian Navy after the fall of the Soviet Union.


Ancient Ships

Ships Of The Ancient World

Roman Empire 2  Viking Raven1

US Civil War

US Navy & Confederate Navy

The American Civil War 1861–1865

The War Between the States

US Civil War  US CSA

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Great Britain St George

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