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Types of ships[change | change source]
- Aircraft carrier – ships that are mobile seaborne airfields. They were designed for the purpose of doing combat by Carrier-based aircraft. They do attacks against airborne, surface, sub-surface and shore targets.
- Surface combatant – big, heavily armed surface ships. They are designed mostly to engage enemy forces on the high seas, including various types of battleship, battlecruiser, cruiser, destroyer, frigate, and corvette.
- Submarine – self-propelled sjips that go underwater. They can be combatant, auxiliary, or research and development vehicles which have at least a slight combat ability.
- Patrol combatant – combatants whose mission may extend beyond coastal duties and whose characteristics include adequate endurance and sea keeping providing a capability for operations exceeding 48 hours on the high seas without support.
- Amphibious warfare – ships having organic capability for amphibious assault and which have characteristics enabling long duration operations on the high seas.
- Combat logistics – ships that have the capability to provide underway replenishment to fleet units.
- Mine warfare – ships whose primary function is mine warfare on the high seas.
- Coastal defense – ships whose primary function is coastal patrol and interdiction.
- Sealift – ships that have the capability to provide direct material support to other deployed units operating far from home base.
- Support – ships, such as oilers, designed to operate in the open ocean in a variety of sea states to provide general support to either combatant forces or shore based establishments. (Includes smaller auxiliaries which, by the nature of their duties, leave inshore waters).
- Service type craft – navy-subordinated craft (including non-self-propelled) designed to provide general support to either combatant forces or shore-based establishments.
Size[change | change source]
In weight (largest to smallest), modern naval ships are often put into different groups (called classes). The bigger ships in the list can also be classed as capital ships:
- Aircraft carrier
- Helicopter carrier
- Heavy cruiser
- Light cruiser
- Patrol boat
- Fast attack craft
References[change | change source]
Other websites[change | change source]
Media related to Naval ships at Wikimedia Commons
- "US Navy Ships". Official Website of the United States Navy. Retrieved 26 March 2017.
- Jordan, Valinsky (30 April 2015). "Here's the Entire U.S. Navy Fleet in One Chart". Official Website of the United States Navy. Retrieved 26 March 2017.*"United States Naval Recognition Training Slides-Grand Valley State University Archives and Special Collections". Archived from the original on 2017-04-18. Retrieved 2019-01-01.