Cold War Turkish Navy


Seal_of_the_Turkish_Navy This post is about one of the most important regional fleets of the cold war, when Turkey had a crucial role within NATO at the gates of Asia and USSR. The post also looks on the current Navy, as 2020 - Because newsreels commands it: Under Tayyip Erdogan since 2014, Turkey's path mirroring Russia as the growing weight of its international policy is underlined by and ambitious naval program to match it. So that's makes the right time to study this fleet, a logical step after China, Iran or North Korea.

A collision course with Turkey is unlikely today, notably due to the position of Turkey within NATO, and therefore support of the US and most NATO members as the linchpin of the eastern defense of the whole alliance, and is still massively equipped with western hardware in 2020 (but it's changing fast).

Actual strength

TGC Anadolu

Turkey is now developing its own main battle tank, the Altay and a wide range of AFVs, widely exported, and the Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) are developing a 4th generation stealth superiority fighter. On the naval side, the actual Turkish Navy is not of the size of its formidable ancestor, the 1500s Ottoman Navy which made the Mediterranean its own lake, but the first "aircraft carrier", LHD Anadolu, has been launched and is undergoing completion, as well as brand new large missile destroyers.

Turkish Navy in the cold war poster. Actually, it's a compromise, as minesweepers and patrol boats, coast guards, are not represented to the full, as the space was lacking. On the right side however, a good overview of the Turkish Navy since 1990, including classes in building.

In short today, the Turkish Navy boasts 48,600 personnel, 51 naval aircraft, 16 frigates, 10 corvettes, 19 FACs, 12 (conventional) attack submarines, 16 PBs, 11 mine warfare vessels (MWF), 33 amphibious ships, and round 50 misc. ships and auxiliaries. Its current projects includes two LHDs (Anadolu, planned completion 2021, TCG Trakya) 12 MILGEM project corvettes and frigates (first, F-511 TCG Heybeliada, comm. 2011), four Istanbul class (I class) frigates, close to missile destroyers, plan for four TF-2000 AA "frigates" (also called destroyers), six Type 214 AIP submarines, new LST and LCT classes (2+8 approved 2006), New AOR Ship, Submarine Rescue Mother Ship, Rescue & Towing Ship (2), new FACs, Air-cushioned landing craft, modernizations for the 2020s of older classes, and the Distant Horizon Project.

MILGEM project's ships; showing the planned classes in development or construction. The TF-2000 obviously are destroyer-size and had the same capabilities, at 7,000 tonnes and $3 billion unitary cost, with seven planned. They are typical of the new generation of 2000 large versatile frigates built in the Mediterranean (like the FREMM), destroyers in all but nomenclature. True destroyers are now -according to current constructions like the Chinese type 055- 10,000 to 13,000 tonnes and more.

The latter, according to the official documentation is displaying objectives for the Turkish Naval Forces of a “Medium Regional Power Projection Capability”, which sounds reasonable, and in accordance to the absence of a true aircraft carrier, or "true" missile destroyers. The reinforcement of capabilities for assault on the Mediterranean however, is clear, and frigates have the range to escort amphibious these task forces. Naval deterrence is relying on a serie of trusted, recent and silent German-built attack submarines, ans land missiles. As yesterday, Canakkale, the Dardanelles, are a natural, formidable choking point between the black sea and the historic heart of the Turkish navy.

Early beginnings: The Turkish Navy in 1945

Turkey's flagship from 1914 to 1950, TCG Yavuz.

The Navy of the founding father of the Nation, Kemal Atatürk, was born in the 1920s and was reinforced with many constructions (chiefly from UK and Italy), and the WW2 Turkish Navy was a potent green water navy that never had another task but to protect Turkish waters. It did so with success, Turkey remaining staunchly neutral, with the most exotic and unusual flagship of that time, a WW1 battlecruiser, Yavuz. The country tried to maintain equal distance between both the Axis and the Allies until February 1945, when it entered the war on the allied side, which seemed obvious. However its proximity with the turbulent giant in the north, USSR, and the bullying attitude of Stalin towards Turkey, the inheritor of Imperial Russia's oldest foe, with Sweden, made only matter worse.

It should be noted Turkey claims to have a oldest military navy in the world, founded in 1081. The modern Navy was created by Ataturk as of July 10, 1920, called the Directorate of Naval Affairs. In 1949 it was reborn (July, 1st) as the Turkish Naval Forces Command.

Turkey emerged from WW2 with its fleet intact, unscaved:
-A capital ship: Yavuz (now close to reserve 1948 Izmit, decomm. 1971)
-8 destroyers: four 1931 Italian-built Kocatepe-Tinaztepe class, 4 ex-British ones transferred in 1945 after Turkey entered side with the allies in February.
-10 submarines: Inönü class, Dumlumpinar, Sakarya, Gür, Ay class. 3 transferred, ex-S class British Burac Reis class.
-3 minelayers, 2 coastal minesweepers, 26 MTBs.
These ships were gradually decommissioned, from 1955-57 to 1960 and 1965.

TCG Anitepe in 1988
TCG Anitepe in 1988

At the same time, USSR was now at the gates of Turkey and Stalin's ambitions met old Russian grievances about borders with the old enemy. The Soviet ambassador, backed by a military giant, asked repeatedly for borders revisions on the eastern Balkans part and Caucasus, and change de strait agreements to allow the Soviet fleet to transit freely from the black sea to the Mediterranean. After it was flatly refused, this scared the country enough that as situation became colder and degenerated between former allies, Turkey attempted a rapprochement with the west, and as soon as NATO was created in 1947, asked to join. However at first, like Greece, Turkey signed an aid treaty with USA. This guaranteed the country that any Soviet intervention on its border with trigger and intervention of the USA. Turkey effectively entered NATO after negotiations in 1952.

Turkey with NATO: cold war naval development

Turkey facing USSR on the map - 1990. Extract from Der Spiegel

The historic decree of the Higher Military Council (15 August 1949) led to the foundation of the modern Turkish Naval Forces Command or Deniz Kuvvetleri Komutanlığı from 1952, integrated into the organizational branches of the alliance.

Organization in 1961

By that time, four main subordinate commands were created: The Turkish Fleet (Gölcük), Northern Sea Area (Istanbul), Southern Sea Area (Izmir) and Naval Training Commands (Istanbul). From 1995, the latter has been renamed Turkish Naval Training and Education Command.
Gölcük is also the main naval base, yard and arsenal of the Turkish Fleet.
Fleet Command
-Surface Action Group Command, Gölcük Naval Base, Kocaeli
-Submarine Group Command
-Fast Patrol Boat Group Command, Istanbul
-Mine Warfare Group Command, Erdek Naval Base, Balıkesir
-Logistic Support Group Command, Gölcük Naval Base, Kocaeli
-Naval Aviation Group Command, Cengiz Topel Naval Air Station, Kocaeli
Northern Sea Area Command, Istanbul
-Istanbul Strait Command
-Çanakkale Strait Command
-Naval Hydrography and Oceanography Division Command
-Naval Museum Command, Istanbul
Southern Sea Area Command, İzmir
-Naval infantry Brigade Command, Foça
-Amphibious Group Command, Foça
-Naval infantry Battalion Command, İzmir
-Accompaniment and Patrol Boats Flotilla
-Aksaz Naval Base Command, Aksaz Naval Base, Marmaris
Naval Training and Education Command, Istanbul
-Naval Academy, Tuzla, Istanbul
-Naval High School, Heybeliada, Istanbul
-Karamürselbey Training Centre Command, Yalova
Marines and special divisions
-Amphibious Marine Infantry Brigade Command
-Underwater Offence Group Command
-Underwater Defence Group Command

The entry of both Greece and Turkey into NATO were a necessity on the strategic level to safeguard the Mediterranean against Soviet ambitions, but also contained problems for the future, due to the rocky nature of relations between the two new members. Both countries indeed claimed the control of the Aegean islands and Cyprus, while Turkey's internal politics was unstable and after each coup, the central power tried to divert attention and focus on external issues, or wanted to display strength towards Greece.

Cyprus became independent in 1960 but situation degenerated, as the country was split in two, the western was Greek, with strong pressure in NATO and UN for Enosis (union), while Turkish forces occupied the eastern part. In 1964 it scaled up to open war, between two NATO members. Both landed troops, mobilized aviation and their fleet (see later) in 1964. Eventually, the UN sent blue helmets there to separate both camps and put a provisional end to the fight.

Meanwhile, Turkey considerably reinforced its fleet with the aid of the US. This was a leasing contract wit very generous terms, allowing the transfer of recent ships, just like Greece and other NATO members. From 1949 and until 1982, Turkey obtained and armada of brand new destroyers: Four of the Gleaves class (Gaziantep) in 1950, four British M class (Arp Aslan) in 1959, five of the Fletcher type (Icel class) in 1969, two Allen M Sumner in 1971 (Muavenet class), and moreover ten modern Gearing FRAM in 1971-1982. This would add some weight in the conflict. The last two acquired in 1981-82 were the Anitepe class, ex Carpenter (an ASW specialist Gearing FRAM I subclass). Added to the previous ships, in 1981, Turkey had 19 destroyers. The earliest ones were discarded in the 1970s. In the 1960s Turkey also started to acquire amphibious forces: mix of ex-British ww2 LCT(4) 700 tonnes ships, arrived in 1967 and modernized, four LCU-501 class of the same ear, thirteen 1960s LCM(8) types. Others were built locally (see later).

map cyprus cc

In 1971 for the first time, Turkish yards delivered warships: Gölcük N Yd which launched D358 and 359, the ASW Berk and Peyk. Both were built on US plans, in fact they were close copies of the Claud Jones class. At the same time eleven Balao class submarines were transferred, followed in 1972-73 by ten more of the Balao/GUPPY IA, IIA and IIIA types to replace the previous 1950s Balao types.

Amphibious ships were also built locally, LCU types in 1965-66 and LCM(8) in 1984-93 and EDIC class ships (French design) in 1966-80. Large landings and assault ships were also acquired in the 1970s: Two LST 511 class in 1972, two more modern Terrebonne Parish class ships in 1973-74. More importantly in 1977, Taskizak NYd in Istanbul delivered a large assault ship, the 1600 tonnes LST Cakabey. She was followed by two more in 1981 and 1984. In 1975 the situation with Cyprus bounced again, Turkey, with it's newly acquired amphibious ships, mounted an attack on Cyprus. The only naval loss was the escorting destroyer TGC Kocatepe, sunk by error by Turkish aviation, it was confounded by a Greek Gearing FRAM destroyer. This move triggered the Congress to impose an embargo on Turkey, lifted in 1980. From then on the question of Cyprus was left to rest but old enmities are still there.

Late cold war Turkish programs

TCG Kilic Ali Pasa
TCG Kilic Ali Pasa, D349 (cc)

Turkey made two acquisition of non-GUPPY types submarines in 1980 with a transfer initially planned for Iran of two Tang class attack submarines. But in the 1970s, as well as many GUPPY types were acquired, Turkey restarted its long relation with Germany. Indeed in the 1980s the EU and Turkey started a rapprochement and negotiations for a possible future entry, and this was reflected on the naval side. Distancing from the US (there was no longer a preferential aid, which became obsolete by 1990), Turkey started to close its bond with the "old ally", West Germany then. This was reflected on the economical side with mass immigration to Germany and a very important Turkish community there, and through orders:

-In 1971, a contract was signed for the delivery of Type 209 submarines, six boats of the Atilay class.
-In 1982, Turkey acquired two ex-Köln class frigates (Gelibolu class)
-In 1981 and 1984, two tank landing ships were built locally at Taskizak NyD (Sarucabey class)
-In 1984, signed an important contract for the delivery of four MEKO type frigates, the Yavuz class.


1990s Turkish naval programs

-This was followed in 1994 by four more MEKO 200 types, half built locally at Gölkük NyD.
-Long-forged links with the US however allowed the transfer of nine Knox class Frigates in 1993-94.
-Also in the 1990s, Turkey accepted delivery of four more Type 209/1400 submarines, modernized versions all built locally at Gölcük.

Strength in 2015-2020

In 2015, the Turkish fleet operated 16 frigates, 8 corvettes, 13 submarines, 23 missile boats, 28 patrol boats, 32 mine countermeasures vessels, 29 landing ships, and auxiliaries, ranging from 259,000 tonnes to 300,000 with the last LHD and constructions. In addition there is a fleet air arm which possesses eight Italian-built transport ATR 72 MPA and two of ASW patrol, modernized in Turkey, five CASA CN-235 of electronic warfare, modernized by Thales, seven SOCATA TB trainers, 30 Sikorsky S-70B-28 Seahawk and twelve Agusta-Bell AB-212 ASW of SAR and ASW warfare.

USS STOUT, 2009: Sailors help direct a Turkish AB212 during a vertical replenishment: Exercise Reliant Mermaid held annually by Israel, Turkey and the US on scripted humanitarian search and rescue scenarios and to enhance maritime interoperability. U.S. Navy photo by Lt. j.g. Nate Curtis/Released (CC).

Sikorsky S-70B-2 Seahawk
Turkish Sikorsky S-70B-2 Seahawk, used on a number of ships and naval bases, used for ASW warfare primarily, spec ops and SAR secondary.

Naval Programmes 2020-2030

TF-2000 project
-Construction of twelve MILGEM project warships: *F-511 TCG Heybeliada, was commissioned in 2011, F-512 TCG Büyükada in 2013, F-513 TCG Burgazada in November 2018.
**These 1st class frigates built in Istanbul are the latest started, with stealth capabilities. TCG İstanbul (F-515) was laid down in 2017, expected launch fall 2020 (COVID disruptions and budgetary issues). They boast 16 × Harpoon/Atmaca (local version) and 16 Mk.41 VLS for ESSM.
***The TF-2000 are easily the largest of the MILGEM programme: Although called Frigates they are the equivalent of the latest large European frigates in tonnage and capabilities at 7500+ tonnes. Approved on 5 December 2007 by the Defence Industry Executive Committee for 4 fixed and 2 optional and eight fixed by January 2013. Currently planned to carry the Tübitak G-40 SAM, Gezgin Land Attack Missile and Atmaca Anti-Ship Missile, in silos.

-Six Type 214 AIP submarines: Signed 2 July 2009, exec. 22 June 2011.
-TCG Anatolia (L-400) amphibious assault ship (LHD)/aircraft carrier to enter service in 2021, sister ship TCG Trakya laid down.
-New LST class (unnamed, approved 12 December 2006, LCM-1E type, 8+).
-New Auxiliary Oil Replenishment (AOR) Ship, unnamed, a Submarine Rescue Mother Ship, 2 rescue & Towing Ship, the Type Su Altı Taarruz Boat Project (Fast Intervention Boat), and Air-cushioned landing craft Project.
The Turkish Navy is a member of AFSOUTH, BLACKSEAFOR, EUBG, EUROCORPS, EUROGENDFOR, EUROMARFOR, LANDCOM, LANDSOUTHEAST, SHAPE, SNMG2, SNMCMG2 and the Black Sea Naval Force in addition to NATO International deployments comprised ALTHEA, CTPF, ISAF, KFOR, UNAMA, UNIFL, UNMIK, Operation Ocean Shield, and Afrika Kartali

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Cold War Turkish Navy

Demirhissar/Gayret class destroyers (1945)

TGC Sultanhissar in 1945
TGC Sultanhissar in 1946
TGC Sultanhissar in 1946

Turkey ordered four destroyers in late 1938 to UK similar the the British "I" class with quadruple TT banks and simplified fire control system. However these destroyers in construction at Vickers-Armstrong were requisitioned in 1939 and completed in 1942 for the Royal Navy as HLS Inconstant (Muavenet) and HMS Ithuriel (Gayret). In 1945 the first was was returned to Turkey while HMS Ithuriel, badly damaged by the Luftwaffe in 28/11/1942 was never repaired and broken up. In 1946, HMS Oribi was transferred in her place. They had been preceded by Demirhissar and Sultanhissar, transferred in 1942 but still integrated to the Royal Navy structure and with a British crew, and in 1945 they were fully transferred, with well formed Turkish crews. They were armed by four 120mm/45 Mk lX** guns and 2 quadruple 40mm AA, but this was changed to two single 20mm/70 Oerlikon and six single - 40mm/60 Mk 3 Bofors in the 1950s. Their electroncs were also mdernized: Demirhisar and Sultanhisar had a type 271 and type 286M/P radars plus a type 124 sonar, while TGC Muavenet had a type 271 and type 291 radars and type 144 sonar. The three first 1880 tonnes Gayret class (I class) were discarded in 1960 and the O-class Gayret in 1965.

Gaziantep class destroyers (1949)

TGC Gaziantep, Gelibolu, Gemlik, Giresun
TGC Gelibolu in 1970.

Standard 1942 Gleaves class destroyers built at Federal, Kearney, transferred in two batches, April 1949 and 1950. They were unmodified although modernized in 1945 with radar. In 1957-58 the four ships returned to the USA for modernization: Fully enclosed bridge, tripod foremast X main gun turret replaced by four 3-in AA guns. They were discarded in 1973, 1976 and 1981. Pennants were D344 to D347. Specifications: As WW2 Gleaves class but 4x 5-in (127 mm) and 4x 3-in/80 AA.

Arp Aslan class destroyers (1959)

TGC Arp Aslan, Kilic Ali Pasha, Maresal Carmak, Piyale Pasha
Ex-Scotts, Vickers and Stephen built 'M' class WW2 British destroyers, ex- HS Marne, Matchless, Meteor and Milne. They were all acquired on 26/06/1959, refitted before transfer: The aft TT bank was removed as well as AA guns, a new deckhouse was built and modern AA/ASW armament installed (see notes). They were discarded in 1972-75.
Specifications: As M class, except 6x 40 mm AA (1x2, 4x1), 1x3 Squid ASW Mortar, 1x4 21-in TT. No photos found (yet).

Istanbul class destroyers (1969)

TGC Iskenderun, Icel, Istanbul, Izmir, Ismit
TCG Icel (D 344) - Youtube footage

Standard Fletcher class destroyers, acquired in 1967-69 as they were to be discarded. Not modernized much in US service to the exception of TGC Icel that had a rebuilt bridge and served as a training ship in Gölcük. They were discarded in 1980-81 (Izmit, Icel, Iskanderun) and 1987 (Istanbul, Izmir). Pennants were D343-344.

Muavenet class destroyers (1971)

TGC Muavenet, Zafer
tgc muavenet
Ex Allen M Sumner ships, modernized with without ASW equipment. They received new radars and armament in 1981-83: SPS-40 and a twin 76 mm automatic cannon. Mines rails were kept, able to deploy 80 mines. TGC Muavenet was badly damaged on 2 october 1992 during exercises with NATO by a sea sparrow that was launched from USS Saratoga by error. She was not repaired but discarded instead in 1993 and her sister ship Zafer in 1994. The latter has a FRAM II modernization and was transferred in 1971 fitted wit two twin 40 mm bofors and a twin 35 mm Oerlikon in 1979.

Adatepe class destroyers (1971)

Adatepe, Maresal Cakmak, Gayret, Kocatepe, Tinaztepe, Savastepe, Kilic Ali Pasha, Pyiale Pasha, Yucetepe.
TGC Maresal-Fevzi-Cakmak in the 1980s, firing the ASROC.

This was a massive transfer of ten Gearing class destroyers, all modernized to the FRAM I and FRAM II standard. They were acquired gradually, from 1971 to 1982. There were two Kocatepe in fact. The first was sunk by error by Turkish Jets off Cyprus during the war on 22 july 1974. She has been mistaken by one of the many Greek gearing FRAM types also operating in these waters. Tgis forced the admiralty to take into service the ex-USS Norris, purchased for spares, pressed into service with the same name. Ex-USS meredith renamed Savastepe was also used for spares. The ex-Mac Kean was also damaged in a collision ans used for spares. This was the 11th Turkish Gearing class DD.

Cakmak, Gayret and Adatepe were FRAM I types, fitted with two 40 mm Bofors fitted on the helideck, and later twin 35 mm oelikon in 1980 plus two twin Bofors in 1979. ASW consisted in a single ASROC launcher and two triple 324 mm TTS, and DC rack. Tinaztepe was damaged in a collision in 1984 and never repaired, laid up. Others were discarded in 1993-94 but as of 1995, five were still extant.Kilic ali pasha, Piyale Pasha, Yucetepe were in leased and little modified. Cakmak and Gayret were upgraded with two quadruple Harpoon SSM placed on the helideck and others later, but the prospects of gving them Sea Sparrow SAMs was dropped in the 1990s.

In addition there were two more Gearing class ships: They were Carpenter class specialized ASW conversions, launched in 1948 after some modifications and useful in the cold war. Scheduled to be replaced by Frigates, they were transferred in 1981 and 1982 with an armament of a single forward twin 5-in turret, ASROC, two 324 mm ASW TTs, a twin 35 mm Oerlikon, a twin 76 mm DP, and still in service in the 2000s.

Berk class Frigates (1971)

TCG Berk, Peyk
conways profile

These first major warships built in Turkey, based in the USN Claud Jones class, but with a slightly different hull, and more powerful armament, different machinery and a single large funnel. There was an aft helicopter pad but no hangar. Both were built in Golcük NyD, laid down in 1967 and 1968, launched 1971-72 anc completed a year later. They were still listed active in the 2000s.

Displacement: 1450/1950 tonnes
Dimensions: 95.2 x 12.1 x 5.7 m
Machinery: 1 shaft, 4 FIAT diesel 24,000 hp 25 knots range 10,000 nm
Armament: 2 twin 3-in/50 (76mm), 2x3 324 mm TTs ASW, 2 Hedgehog
Electronics: SPS-40, SPS-10, SPG-4, SQS-11
Crew: 175

Yavuz class Frigates (1985)

Yavuz, Turgut Reis, Fatih, Yilderim

Four MEKO 200 Frigates (West Germany) were purchased in april 1983, with an agreement for a local production at Golcük was part of the deal, with technology transfers and assistance. The first, TCG Yavuz was built at Blohm & Voss Wilehlmshaven, delivered in 1987, TGC Turgut Reis in Howaldswerke Kiel, delivered in 1988 and the two others in Turkey, were launched in 1987 and 1988 and completed a year later. They were essentially the last cold war major warhips built in Turkey. This popular export type was also used by Portugal and Greece. The Turkish Navy customized them with 25 mm Sea Zenith CIWS and they carrie AB-212 Augusta helicopters armed with Sea Skua SSMs. But they are well armed, for the long range, with two sets of Harpoon missiles, a sea sparrow SAM, three quadruple CIWS, TTs, decoys and multitask helicopter. With their complete electronics suite they are quite capable ships, still in service today.

Displacement: 2700/2990 tonnes
Dimensions: 110.5 x 13.25 x 3.94 m
Machinery: 2 shafts MTU TB93 diesels, 40,000 hp, 27 knots, range 4,000 nm
Armament: 1x 5-in (127mm), 3x4 25mm Oerlikon CIWS, 2x3 324 mm TTs ASW, 2x4 Harpoon SSM, Sea Sparrow SAM, 1 Helicopter
Electronics: TM-1126, ASW-6, HSA DA-08, WM-25, STIR-24, Sonar SQS 56, ECM Rapid/Ramses suite Mk86 SBROC decoy RL, SLQ-25 Nixie towed torpedo decoy
Crew: 180

Birinci Inonu class submarines (1948)

This new generation of submarines gradually replaced the Interwar models mostly coastal, Italian or German (Dutch/Spanish) ones. In all, eleven Balao class submersibles were acquired from 1948 to 1960. The class comprised the Birinci and Ikinci Inonu, Gur and Sakarya (1948), Canakkale, Dumlumpinar (1950), Cerbe, Preveze (1954), Turgut Reis (1958), Hizar Reis, Piri Reis (1960). Apart TCG Dumlumpina lost in 1954, they were discarded in 1973-77. No changes compared to the WW2 standard in 1948-1950, but from Canakkale, streamlining of the hull and fin started, and conversion to this standard went on until 1960 as "fleet snorkels". Two more were purchased for spares in 1973. On more called TCG Dumplumpinar was a GUPPY-IA transferred in 1972, damaged in a collision in 1976, beached, repaired and back in service until 1987.

Murat Reis class submarines (1970)

S338 as preserved

A batch of seven Balao GUPPY IIA were acquired in 1970-73, replacing the earlier Balao. The class comprised Burak and Murat Reis, Cerbe, Oruc Reis, Birinci Inonu, Preveze, Uluc Ali Reis. The Cerbe was a GUPPY-III and the only extant submarine of this type with the original stepped sail. TCG Canakkale and and ikinci Inonu were acquired in November 1973, they had been converted as GUPPY III before transfer (1962), and two more were planned (Clamagore, Tiru) but blocked by the US Congress enforcing an arms embargo in 1975. Three stricken in 1987, the others in the 1990s.

Piri Reis class submarines (1980)

Piris Reis, Hizir Reis
These were the first modern attack submarines acquired by the Turkish Navy, ex-Tang class (Tang, Gudgeon), diesel-electric attack submarines initially planned for Iran, and following the revolution leased for 5 years to Turkey, then purchased in 1987. Both were decommissioned in 2004. Specs as the USN Tang class.

Atilay class submarines (1974)

Atilay, Saldiray, Batiray, Yildiray, Doganay, Dolunay
TCG Batiray
This class marked a turning point for the Turkey submarine fleet. These were essentially six German-designed Type 209 conventional attack submarines, single-hull medium size, capable of diving to 650 feets of 200 m. Twelve were initially planned, the first three in Germany at Howaldstwerke in Kiel and the remainder in Turkey at gölcük. However these Type 209/1200 were only partially completed: The serie was stopped after the thord Turkish-built boat, Dolunay, built in 1983-89 to swap on the larger and more promising Type 209/1400. The first two had a Dutch Hollandse Signaal M8 torpedo fire control, and the last four the HSA SINBADS. All but two are still extant. TCG Atilay was decommissioned in 2016 and Saldilay in 2018 (est.)

----Amphibious warfare----

Turkish LSTs (1972-85)

Bayraktar class: sister ship Sancartar, ex-US LST-511 type transferred to W Germany 1961 (minelayers), retransferred 1972, conv. back as LSTs. In service 1990s.
Etrugul class: sister ship Serdar, e-Terrebone parrish class ships transferred 1973, extant 1990s
Cakabey class: sister ship Karamurselbey: Built at Taskizak NyD Istanbul, launched 1977. 2600 tonnes, 92x 14 x2.3m, 3 shafts diesels 4320 hp 14 knots. Armed with three 10 mm Bofos, 4x 20 mm Oerlikon, 150 mines. Can carry 12 trucks, 600 troops and two LCVPs aft and two stern minelayer ports.
Osman Gazi class: Built in the same yard, Osman Gazi and Orhan Gazi had 50% greater capacity lift than the earlier Sarucabey. Launched 1994, see the modern navy section.

Turkish Landing Crafts

-Five ex-British LCT(4) types, 700 tonnes: C101-C106, BU 1981-85.
-Thirty-one EDIC types, 600 tonnes. Transferred, one lost, other stricken, remainder extant 1990.
-Four LCU-501 class, 320 tonnes. Transferred 1967, stricken 1986.
-Eleven Turkish-built LCU 205 type, 405 tonnes built 1965-66, stricken 1990s
-Thirty Turkish-built LCU 301 type, 113 tonnes built 1965, stricken 1990s (still 22 in 1995).
-Sixteen Turkish-built LCU 139 type, 600 tonnes built 1984-93. Still partly in service. Carried 6 tanks and 600 troops. ----Small surface combatants----

Fast Attack Crafts

Dogan class: Dogan and Marti were ex-Norwegian british built Nasty type FACs, Tjeld class, transferred 1959-60 and discarded in the 1970s
Firtina class: firtina, Tufan, Kilic, mizrak, Yildiz, Kalkan, Karayel, of the West German Jaguar type FAC. Transferred in late 1975 and 1976. Ex Fuchs and Reier were transferred for spare parts. Discarded in the 1990s.
Kartal class: Denizkusu, Atmaca, Sain, Kartal, Melten, Pelikan, Albatros, Simsek, Kasirga. convertible FAC/PBs by Lürssen for Turkey 1967-71. Four were fitted with SSM instead of their TTs and five more upgraded later. Melten sunk in collision with a soviet ship 1985. The remainder extant in the 1990s.
Dogan (ii) class: Modern missile FACs based on Lürssen FPB 57 design, delivered 1977-95. Serie I: Dogan, Marti, Tayfun, Volkam, Ruzgar, Poyram, Gayret, Firtina 1975-88 Serie II 1994: Yildiz, Karayel and three more (Specs to come).

Patrol Boats

Candarli class: Eight ex-US AUK types acquired in 1947. Stricken 1963 to 1986.
Alanya class: Four ex-UK Bathurst class types acquired 1946. Discarded 1963-75.
Bafra class: Ten ex-UK Bangor class types acquired 1957. Discarded in the early 1970s.
Sultanishar class: Six ex US PC types acquired 1963. Kochisar was built at Gölcük NyD.
AB-21 class: Four ex-US PGM class transferred 1967.
Yildrim class: Two ex US Asheville class, transferred 1973. Yildrim exploded and sank off Lesbos 1985.
TCG Girne: Single vessel built at Taskizak NyD Istanbul in 1975, comp. 1976. Design based on Lürssen based on the Spanish variant Lazaga with a lighter armament.
LS9 class: Ten ex-US 83ft patrol coast guard cutters built for Turkey in 1953. Extant in the 1990s.
AB25 class: Eleven 150 tonnes PBs built with French assistance in 1967-70 as Taskizak NyD. 150/170 tonnes, 40.2 x 6.4 x 1.7m, 2 shafts diesel 4800 shp 22 kts, armed with 2 x 40 mm AA or 1x 40/1x 20, and some has a mousetrap ASW launcher and DC racks. In 1991 pennants became P125-136.

----Mine warfare vessels----
-Mordogan class
-Samsun class
-Trabzon class
-Karamürsel class
-Kas class
-Foca class

----Miscellaneous ships----
-Gezayirli class support ships

Post-cold war Turkish Navy

Tepe class Frigates (1993)

TCG Karadeniz

Eight units of the Knox class, transferred on lease at first, then acquired. Named Muavenet, Adatepe, Kocatepe, Zafer, Ege, Karadeniz, Akdeniz, Trakya. Identical modernize ships has been transferred to Greece, Egypt and Taiwan. The Turkish ones were equipped with Harpoon missiles with a modified ASROC to fire them. However they don't have a towed array sonar. The Turkish admiralty somewhat resisted to the acquisition of these ships, they estimated lightly armed and in poor conditions. Acquired in 1993-94, thy were all decommissioned in the 2000s, the last in 2011.

Barbaros ("Reis") class Frigates (1994)

TCG Orucreis
Lenghtened versions of the MEKO 200 class, first ordered in January 1990, and second pair in 1992. Named Barabos, Oruc Reis, Salihreis and Kemalreis they were partly built at Blohm & Voss and GölKük. CODOG propulsion improved electroncs and better NBC protection. They were the first to use a 16-cell Sea Sparrow VLS SAM system. The armament however was the same as the Yavuz class. On 3 April 2018 a contract was signed between ASELSAN/HAVELSAN as a Joint Venture and the secretariat for Defense Industry for their mid-life modernization project with two 8-cell Mk41 vertical launcher system (VLS) replacing the MK29 Sea Sparrow while the AWS-9 3D air search radars were replaced by the Thales SMART-S Mk2 3D radars.

Gabya class Frigates (1997)

TCG Gaziantep
This numerically important class was acquired from the US, in part to compensate for the earlier Knox class: They were nine modernized OH Perry ships, named TCG Gaziantep, Giresun, Gemlik, Gelibolu, Gökçeada, Gediz, Gökova, and Göksu. They were heavily modernized ships, with the GENESIS advanced combat management system, 8-cell Mk-41 VLS (Evolved Sea Sparrow) long-range radar and sonar systems.

Burak class Corvettes (1999)

These ex-Estienne d'Orves corvettes decommissioned, were sold to Turkey: Also called "B class" they were intended as a stopgap before the Ada class Frigates were completed. The class comprised TCG Bozcaada, Bodrum, Bandırma, Beykoz, Bartın and Bafra. These 1300 tonnes vessels transferred in 1999-2002 received an electro-optical modernization. They are used for coastal anti-submarine defense, ocean escort missions and economical propulsion system for overseas operations.

Preveze class submarines (1993)

Preveze, Sakarya, Mart, Anarfartalar

TCG Preveze during exercise Sorbet Royal 2005

Type 209/1400 built in Turkey, at Gölcük NyD. The local desigfn diverged from the standard German 209/1400. The first pair was ordered in 1987, the second in 1994. They could dive at 1050 feets or 320 m and their torpedo tubes are able to launch the sub-harpoon and lay mines.

Gür class submarines (2002)

TCG Gür, Çanakkale, Burakreis, I. İnönü
Improved versions of the former called T2/1400, also built in Gölcük.

Reis class submarines (2020)

TCG Pirireis, Hızırreis, Muratreis, Aydınreis, Seydialireis, Selmanreisr
currently building, local variant of the German Type 214 said to be the world's most silent conventional attack submarine class. So far only TCG Piri raid has been launched, on 22 December 2019, completion is expected in fall 2020 to mid-2021 and the rest until 2026.

Kılıç-class fast attack craft (1997)

Designed as light corvettes by Lürssen Werft, with a specially developed superstructure/mast for low radar cross-section. Top speed 24 knots (44 km/h) in Sea State 5. First batch of 3 designated Kılıç I class, second batch of 6 Kılıç II, built in Turkey. They recently received a local SATCOM. Class: Kılıç, Kalkan, Mızrak, Tufan, Meltem, İmbat, Zıpkın, Atak, Bora.
Work in progress !

Naval History

❢ Abbrev. & acronyms
AAW// warfare
AASAmphibious Assault Ship
AEWAirbone early warning
AGAir Group
AFVArmored Fighting Vehicle
AMGBarmoured motor gunboat
APArmor Piercing
APCArmored Personal Carrier
ASMAir-to-surface Missile
ASMDAnti Ship Missile Defence
ASW// Warfare
ASWRL/// rocket launcher
ATWahead thrown weapon
avgasAviation Gasoline
awAbove Waterline
AWACSAirborne warning & control system
bhpbrake horsepower
BLBreach-loader (gun)
BLRBreach-loading, Rifled (gun)
BUBroken Up
CAArmoured/Heavy cruiser
CalCaliber or ".php"
CGMissile Cruiser
CICCombat Information Center
C-in-CCommander in Chief
CIWSClose-in weapon system
CECompound Expansion (engine)
ChChantiers ("Yard", FR)
CLCruiser, Light
CMBCoastal Motor Boat
CMSCoastal Minesweeper
CNOChief of Naval Operations
CpCompound (armor)
COBCompound Overhad Beam
CODAGCombined Diesel & Gas
CODOGCombined Diesel/Gas
COGAGCombined Gas and Gas
COGOGCombined Gas/Gas
COSAGCombined Steam & Gas
CRCompound Reciprocating
CRCRSame, connecting rod
CruDivCruiser Division
CPControlled Pitch
CTConning Tower
CTLconstructive total loss
CTOLConv. Take off & landing
CTpCompound Trunk
CVAircraft Carrier
CVA// Attack
CVE// Escort
CVL// Light
CVS// ASW support
DADirect Action
DASHDrone ASW Helicopter
DCDepht Charge
DCT// Track
DCR// Rack
DCT// Thrower
DEDouble Expansion
DEDestroyer Escort
DDE// Converted
DesRonDestroyer Squadron
DFDouble Flux
DPDual Purpose
DUKWAmphibious truck
EOCElswick Ordnance Co.
ECMElectronic Warfare
ESMElectronic support measure
FCSFire Control System
fpsFeet Per Second
FYFiscal Year
GMMetacentric Height
GPMGGeneral Purpose Machine-gun
GRTGross Tonnage
GUPPYGreater Underwater Prop.Pow.
HAHigh Angle
HCHorizontal Compound
HCR// Reciprocating
HCDA// Direct Acting
HCDCR// connecting rod
HDA// direct acting
HDAC// acting compound
HDAG// acting geared
HDAR// acting reciprocating
HDMLHarbor def. Motor Launch
H/FHigh Frequency
HF/DF// Directional Finding
HMSHer Majesty Ship
HNHarvey Nickel
HNCHorizontal non-condensing hp
HPHigh Pressure
HRHorizontal reciprocating
HRCR// connecting rod
HSHarbor Service
HS(E)Horizontal single (expansion)
HSET// trunk
HTHorizontal trunk
HTE// expansion
ICInverted Compound
IDAInverted direct acting
IFFIdentification Friend or Foe
ihpindicated horsepower
IMFInshore Minesweeper
KCKrupp, cemented
KNC// non cemented
LALow Angle
LCLanding Craft
LCA// Assault
LCAC// Air Cushion
LFC// Flak (AA)
LCG// Gunboat
LCG(L)/// Large
LCG(M)/// Medium
LCG(S)/// Small
LCI// Infantry
LCM// Mechanized
LCP// Personel
LCP(R)/// Rocket
LCS// Support
LCT// Tanks
LCV// Vehicles
LCVP/// Personal
LCU// Utility
locolocomotive (boiler)
LSCLanding ship, support
LSD// Dock
LSF// Fighter (direction)
LSM// Medium
LSS// Stern chute
LST// Tank
LSV// Vehicle
LPlow pressure
lwllenght waterline
MA/SBmotor AS boat
MGMachine Gun
MGBMotor Gunboat
MLMotor Launch
MMSMotor Minesweper
MTMilitary Transport
MTBMotor Torpedo Boat
HMGHeavy Machine Gun
MCM(V)Mine countermeasure Vessel
MLMuzzle loading
MLR// rifled
MSOOcean Minesweeper
NCnon condensing
nhpnominal horsepower
nmNautical miles
NBC/ABCNuc. Bact. Nuclear
NSNickel steel
NTDSNav.Tactical Def.System
NyDNaval Yard
OPVOffshore Patrol Vessel
PCPatrol Craft
PDMSPoint Defence Missile System
psipounds per square inch
PVDSPropelled variable-depth sonar
QFQuick Fire
QFC// converted
RAdmRear Admiral
RCRreturn connecting rod
RFRapid Fire
RPCRemote Control
rpgRound per gun
SAMSurface to air Missile
SARSearch Air Rescue
SBShip Builder
SCSub-chaser (hunter)
SSBNBallistic Missile sub.Nuclear
SESimple Expansion
SET// trunk
shpShaft horsepower
SHsimple horizontal
SOSUSSound Surv. System
SPRsimple pressure horiz.
SSSubmarine (Conv.)
SSMSurface-surface Missile
sfsteam frigate
SLBMSub.Launched Ballistic Missile
spfsteam paddle frigate
STOVLShort Take off/landing
SUBROCSub.Fired ASW Rocket
tton, long (short in bracket)
TACANTactical Air Nav.
TBTorpedo Boat
TBD// destroyer
TCTorpedo carriage
TETriple expansion
TER// reciprocating
TFTask Force
TGBTorpedo gunboat
TGTask Group
TLTorpedo launcher
TLC// carriage
TSTraining Ship
TTTorpedo Tube
UDTUnderwater Demolition Team
UHFUltra High Frequency
VadmVice Admiral
VCVertical compound
VCE// expansion
VDE/ double expansion
VDSVariable Depth Sonar
VIC/ inverted compound
VLFVery Low Frequency
VQL/ quadruple expansion
VSTOLVertical/short take off/landing
VTE/ triple expansion
VTOLVertical take off/landing
VSE/ Simple Expansion
WTWireless Telegraphy
xnumber of
BuShipsBureau of Ships
DBMGerman Navy League
GBGreat Britain
DNCDirectorate of Naval Construction
EEZExclusive Economic Zone
FAAFleet Air Arm
FNFLFree French Navy
MDAPMutual Def.Assistance Prog.
MSAMaritime Safety Agency
RAFRoyal Air Force
RANRoyal Australian Navy
RCNRoyal Canadian Navy
R&DResearch & Development
RNRoyal Navy
RNZNRoyal New Zealand Navy
USSRUnion of Socialist Republics
UE/EECEuropean Union/Comunity
UNUnited Nations Org.
USNUnited States Navy
WaPacWarsaw Pact

⚑ 1870 Fleets
Spanish Navy 1870 Armada Espanola
Numancia (1863)
Tetuan (1863)
Vitoria (1865)
Arapiles (1864)
Zaragosa (1867)
Sagunto (1869)
Mendez Nunez (1869)

Spanish wooden s. frigates (1861-65)
Frigate Tornado (1865)
Frigate Maria de Molina (1868)
Spanish sail gunboats (1861-65)

Austro-Hungarian Navy 1870 K.u.K. Kriegsmarine
Ironclad Kaiser (1850-70)
Drache class BD. Ironclads (1861)
Kaiser Max class BD. Ironclads (1862)
Erzherzog F. Max class BD. Ironclads (1865)
SMS Lissa Ct. Bat. Ships (1869)

SMS Novara Frigate (1850)
SMS Schwarzenberg Frigate (1853)
Radetzky class frigates (1854)
SMS Helgoland Sloop (1867)

Danish Navy 1870 Dansk Marine
Lindormen (1868)

Hellenic Navy 1870 Nautiko Hellenon
Basileos Giorgios (1867)
Basilisa Olga (1869)
Sloop Hellas (1861)

Koninklije Marine 1870 Koninklije Marine
Dutch Screw Frigates & corvettes
De Ruyter Bd Ironclad (1863)
Prins H. der Neth. Turret ship (1866)
Buffel class turret rams (1868)
Skorpioen class turret rams (1868)
Heiligerlee class Monitors (1868)
Bloedhond class Monitors (1869)
Adder class Monitors (1870)
A.H.Van Nassau Frigate (1861)
A.Paulowna Frigate (1867)
Djambi class corvettes (1860)
Amstel class Gunboats (1860)

Marine Française 1870 Marine Nationale
Screw 3-deckers (1850-58)
Screw 2-deckers (1852-59)
Screw Frigates (1849-59)
Screw Corvettes (1846-59)
Screw Fl. Batteries (1855)
Paddle Frigates
Paddle Corvettes
screw sloops
screw gunboats
Sailing ships of the line
Sailing frigates
Sailing corvettes
Sailing bricks

Gloire class Bd. Ironclads (1859)
Couronne Bd. Ironclad (1861)
Magenta class Bd. Ironclads (1861)
Palestro class Flt. Batteries (1862)
Arrogante class Flt. Batteries (1864)
Provence class Bd. Ironclads (1864) Embuscade class Flt. Batteries (1865)
Taureau arm. ram (1865)
Belliqueuse Bd. Ironclad (1865)
Alma Cent. Bat. Ironclads (1867)
Ocean class CT Battery ship (1868)

French converted sailing frigates (1860)
Cosmao class cruisers (1861)
Talisman cruisers (1862)
Resolue cruisers (1863)
Venus class cruisers (1864)
Decres cruiser (1866)
Desaix cruiser (1866)
Limier class cruisers (1867)
Linois cruiser (1867)
Chateaurenault cruiser (1868)
Infernet class Cruisers (1869)
Bourayne class Cruisers (1869)
Cruiser Hirondelle (1869)

Curieux class sloops (1860)
Adonis class sloops (1863)
Guichen class sloops (1865)
Sloop Renard (1866)
Bruix class sloops (1867)
Pique class gunboats (1862)
Hache class gunboats (1862)
Arbalete class gunboats (1866)
Etendard class gunboats (1868)
Revolver class gunboats (1869)

Marinha do Brasil 1870 Marinha do Brasil
Barrozo class (1864)
Brasil (1864)
Tamandare (1865)
Lima Barros (1865)
Rio de Janeiro (1865)
Silvado (1866)
Mariz E Barros class (1866)
Carbal class (1866)

Turkish Ottoman navy 1870 Osmanlı Donanması
Osmanieh class Bd.Ironclads (1864) Assari Tewfik (1868) Assari Shevket class Ct. Ironclads (1868)
Lufti Djelil class CDS (1868)
Avni Illah class cas.ironclads (1869)
Fethi Bulend class cas.ironclads (1870)
Barbette ironclad Idjalleh (1870)
Messudieh class Ct.Bat.ships (1874)
Hamidieh Ct.Bat.Ironclads (1885)
Abdul Kadir Batleships (project)

Ertrogul Frigate (1863)
Selimieh (1865)
Rehberi Tewkik (1875)
Mehmet Selim (1876)
Sloops & despatch vessels

Marina do Peru Marina Do Peru
Monitor Atahualpa (1865)
CT. Bat Independencia (1865)
Turret ship Huascar (1865)
Frigate Apurimac (1855)
Corvette America (1865)
Corvette Union (1865)

Regia Marina 1870 Regia Marina 1870
Formidabile class (1861)
Pr. de Carignano class (1863)
Re d'Italia class (1864)
Regina maria Pia class (1863)
Roma class (1865)
Affondatore turret ram (1865)
Palestro class (1865)
Guerriera class (1866)
Cappelini class (1868)
Sesia DV (1862)
Esploratore class DV (1863)
Vedetta DV (1866)
Imperial Japanese navy 1870 Nihhon Kaigun
Ironclad Ruyjo (1864)
Ironclad Kotetsu (1868)
Frigate Fujiyama (1864)
Frigate Kasuga (1863)
Corvette Asama (1869)
Gunboat Raiden (1856)
Gunboat Chiyodogata (1863)
Teibo class GB (1866)
Gunboat Mushun (1865)
Gunboat Hosho (1868)
Prussian Navy 1870 Preußische Marine
Prinz Adalbert (1864)
Arminius (1864)
Friedrich Carl (1867)
Kronprinz (1867)
K.Whilhelm (1868)
Arcona class Frigates (1858)
Nymphe class Frigates (1863)
Augusta class Frigates (1864)
Jäger class gunboats (1860)
Chamaleon class gunboats (1860)
Russian mperial Navy 1870 Russkiy Flot
Ironclad Sevastopol (1864)
Ironclad Petropavlovsk (1864)
Ironclad Smerch (1864)
Pervenetz class (1863)
Charodeika class (1867)
Admiral Lazarev class (1867)
Ironclad Kniaz Pojarski (1867)
Bronenosetz class monitors (1867)
Admiral Chichagov class (1868)
S3D Imperator Nicolai I (1860)
S3D Sinop (1860)
S3D Tsessarevich (1860)
Russian screw two-deckers (1856-59)
Russian screw frigates (1854-61)
Russian screw corvettes (1856-60)
Russian screw sloops (1856-60)
Varyag class Corvettes (1862)
Almaz class Sloops (1861)
Opyt TGBT (1861)
Sobol class TGBT (1863)
Pishtchal class TGBT (1866)
Swedish Navy 1870 Svenska marinen
Ericsson class monitors (1865)
Frigate Karl XIV (1854)
Frigate Stockholm (1856)
Corvette Gefle (1848)
Corvette Orädd (1853)
Norwegian Navy 1870 Søværnet
Skorpionen class (1866)
Frigate Stolaf (1856)
Frigate Kong Sverre (1860)
Frigate Nordstjerna (1862)
Frigate Vanadis (1862)
Glommen class gunboats (1863)
⚑ 1890 Fleets
Argentinian Navy 1898 Armada de Argentina
Parana class (1873)
La Plata class (1875)
Pilcomayo class (1875)
Ferre class (1880)

Austro-Hungarian Navy 1898 K.u.K. Kriegsmarine

Custoza (1872)
Erzherzog Albrecht (1872)
Kaiser (1871)
Kaiser Max class (1875)
Tegetthoff (1878)

Radetzky(ii) class (1872)
SMS Donau(ii) (1874)
SMS Donau(iii) (1893)

Erzherzog Friedrich class (1878)
Saida (1878)
Fasana (1870)
Aurora class (1873)

Chinese Imperial Navy 1898 Imperial Chinese Navy

Hai An class frigates (1872)
Danish Navy 1898 Dansk Marine

Tordenskjold (1880)
Iver Hvitfeldt (1886)
Skjold (1896)
Cruiser Fyen (1882)
Cruiser Valkyrien (1888)

Hellenic Navy 1898 Nautiko Hellenon
Haitian Navy 1914Marine Haitienne

Gunboat St Michael (1970)
Gunboat "1804" (1875)
Gunboat Dessalines (1883)
Gunboat Toussaint Louverture (1886)
Koninklije Marine 1898 Koninklije Marine
Konigin der Netherland (1874)
Draak, monitor (1877)
Matador, monitor (1878)
R. Claeszen, monitor (1891)
Evertsen class CDS (1894)
Atjeh class cruisers (1876)
Cruiser Sumatra (1890)
Cruiser K.W. Der. Neth (1892)
Banda class Gunboats (1872)
Pontania class Gunboats (1873)
Gunboat Aruba (1873)
Hydra Gunboat class (1873)
Batavia class Gunboats (1877)
Wodan Gunboat class (1877)
Ceram class Gunboats (1887)
Combok class Gunboats (1891)
Borneo Gunboat (1892)
Nias class Gunboats (1895)
Koetei class Gunboats (1898)
Dutch sloops (1864-85)

Marine Française 1898 Marine Nationale
Friedland CT Battery ship (1873)
Richelieu CT Battery ship (1873)
Colbert class CT Battery ships (1875)
Redoutable CT Battery ship (1876)
Courbet class CT Battery ships (1879)
Amiral Duperre barbette ship (1879)
Terrible class barbette ships (1883)
Amiral Baudin class barbette ships (1883)
Barbette ship Hoche (1886)
Marceau class barbette ships (1888)
Cerbere class Arm.Ram (1870)
Tonnerre class Br.Monitors (1875)
Tempete class Br.Monitors (1876)
Tonnant ironclad (1880)
Furieux ironclad (1883)
Fusee class Arm.Gunboats (1885)
Acheron class Arm.Gunboats (1885)
Jemmapes class (1892)
Bouvines class (1892)

La Galissonière Cent. Bat. Ironclads (1872)
Bayard class barbette ships (1879)
Vauban class barbette ships (1882)
Prot. Cruiser Sfax (1884)
Prot. Cruiser Tage (1886)
Prot. Cruiser Amiral Cécille (1888)
Prot. Cruiser Davout (1889)
Forbin class Cruisers (1888)
Troude class Cruisers (1888)
Alger class Cruisers (1891)
Friant class Cruisers (1893)
Prot. Cruiser Suchet (1893)
Descartes class Cruisers (1893)
Linois class Cruisers (1896)
D'Assas class Cruisers (1896)
Catinat class Cruisers (1896)

R. de Genouilly class Cruisers (1876)
Cruiser Duquesne (1876)
Cruiser Tourville (1876)
Cruiser Duguay-Trouin (1877)
Laperouse class Cruisers (1877)
Villars class Cruisers (1879)
Cruiser Iphigenie (1881)
Cruiser Naiade (1881)
Cruiser Arethuse (1882)
Cruiser Dubourdieu (1884)
Cruiser Milan (1884)

Parseval class sloops (1876)
Bisson class sloops (1874)
Epee class gunboats (1873)
Crocodile class gunboats (1874)
Tromblon class gunboats (1875)
Condor class Torpedo Cruisers (1885)
G. Charmes class gunboats (1886)
Inconstant class sloops (1887)
Bombe class Torpedo Cruisers (1887)
Wattignies class Torpedo Cruisers (1891)
Levrier class Torpedo Cruisers (1891)

Marinha do Brasil 1898 Marinha do Brasil
Siete de Setembro class (1874)
Riachuleo class (1883)
Aquidaban class (1885)

Marina de Mexico 1898 Mexico
GB Indipendencia (1874)
GB Democrata (1875)

Turkish Ottoman navy 1898 Osmanlı Donanması
Cruiser Heibtnuma (1890)
Cruiser Lufti Humayun (1892)
Cruiser Hadevendighar (1892)
Shadieh class cruisers (1893)
Turkish TBs (1885-94)

Regia Marina 1898 Regia Marina Pr. Amadeo class (1871)
Caio Duilio class (1879)
Italia class (1885)
Ruggero di Lauria class (1884)
Carracciolo (1869)
Vettor Pisani (1869)
Cristoforo Colombo (1875)
Flavio Goia (1881)
Amerigo Vespucci (1882)
C. Colombo (ii) (1892)
Pietro Micca (1876)
Tripoli (1886)
Goito class (1887)
Folgore class (1887)
Partenope class (1889)
Giovanni Bausan (1883)
Etna class (1885)
Dogali (1885)
Piemonte (1888)
Staffeta (1876)
Rapido (1876)
Barbarigo class (1879)
Messagero (1885)
Archimede class (1887)
Guardiano class GB (1874)
Scilla class GB (1874)
Provana class GB (1884)
Curtatone class GB (1887)
Castore class GB (1888)

Imperial Japanese navy 1898 Nihhon Kaigun
Ironclad Fuso (1877)
Kongo class Ironclads (1877)

Cruiser Tsukushi (1880)
Cruiser Takao (1888)
Cruiser Yaeyama (1889)
Cruiser Chishima (1890)
Cruiser Tatsuta (1894)
Cruiser Miyako (1898)

Frigate Nisshin (1869)
Frigate Tsukuba (acq.1870)
Kaimon class CVT (1882)
Katsuragi class SCVT (1885)
Sloop Seiki (1875)
Sloop Amagi (1877)
Corvette Jingei (1876)
Gunboat Banjo (1878)
Maya class GB (1886)
Gunboat Oshima (1891)
German Navy 1898 Kaiserliche Marine

Ironclad Hansa (1872)
G.Kurfürst class (1873)
Kaiser class (1874)
Sachsen class (1877)
Ironclad Oldenburg (1884)

Ariadne class CVT (1871)
Leipzig class CVT (1875)
Bismarck class CVT (1877)
Carola class CVT (1880)
Corvette Nixe (1885)
Corvette Charlotte (1885)
Schwalbe class Cruisers (1887)
Bussard class (1890)

Aviso Zieten (1876)
Blitz class Avisos (1882)
Aviso Greif (1886)
Wacht class Avisos (1887)
Meteor class Avisos (1890)
Albatross class GBT (1871)
Cyclop GBT (1874)
Otter GBT (1877)
Wolf class GBT (1878)
Habitch class GBT (1879)
Hay GBT (1881)
Eber GBT (1881)
Rhein class Monitors (1872)
Wespe class Monitors (1876)
Brummer class Arm.Steamers (1884)
Russian Imperial Navy 1898 Russkiy Flot

Petr Velikiy (1872)
Ekaterina class ICL (1886)
Imperator Alexander class ICL (1887)
Ironclad Gangut (1890)
Admiral Ushakov class (1893)
Navarin (1893)
Petropavlovsk class (1894)
Sissoi Veliky (1896)

Minin (1866)
G.Admiral class (1875)
Pamiat Merkuria (1879)
V.Monomakh (1882)
D.Donskoi (1883)
Adm.Nakhimov (1883)
Vitiaz class (1884)
Pamiat Azova (1886)
Adm.Kornilov (1887)
Rurik (1895)
Svetlana (1896)

Gunboat Ersh (1874)
Kreiser class sloops (1875)
Gunboat Nerpa (1877)
Burun class Gunboats (1879)
Sivuch class Gunboats (1884)
Korietz class Gunboats (1886)
Kubanetz class Gunboats (1887)
TGBT Lt.Ilin (1886)
TGBT Kp.Saken (1889)
Kazarski class TGBT (1889)
Grozyaschi class AGBT (1890)
Gunboat Khrabri (1895)
T.Gunboat Abrek (1896)
Amur class minelayers (1898)
Marina do Peru Marina Do Peru

Lima class Cruisers (1880)
Chilean TBs (1879)

Swedish Navy 1898 Svenska Marinen
Monitor Loke (1871)
Svea class CDS (1886)
Berserk class (1873)
Sloop Balder (1870)
Blenda class GB (1874)
Urd class GB (1877)
Gunboat Edda (1885)
Norwegian Navy 1898 Søværnet
Lindormen (1868)
Gorm (1870)
Odin (1872)
Helgoland (1878)
Tordenskjold (1880)
Iver Hvitfeldt (1886)

Royal Navy 1898 Royal Navy
HMS Hotspur (1870)
HMS Glatton (1871)
Devastation classs (1871)
Cyclops class (1871)
HMS Rupert (1874)
Neptune class (1874)
HMS Dreadnought (1875)
HMS Inflexible (1876)
Agamemnon class (1879)
Conqueror class (1881)
Colossus class (1882)
Admiral class (1882)
Trafalgar class (1887)
Victoria class (1890)
Royal Sovereign class (1891)
Centurion class (1892)
HMS Renown (1895)

HMS Shannon (1875)
Nelson class (1876)
Iris class (1877)
Leander class (1882)
Imperieuse class (1883)
Mersey class (1885)
Surprise class (1885)
Scout class (1885)
Archer class (1885)
Orlando class (1886)
Medea class (1888)
Barracouta class (1889)
Barham class (1889)
Pearl class (1889)

Spanish Navy 1898 Armada 1898
Ironclad Pelayo (1887)

Infanta Maria Teresa class (1890)
Emperador Carlos V (1895)
Cristobal Colon (1897)
Princesa de Asturias (1896)
Aragon class (1879)
Velasco class (1881)
Isla de Luzon (1886)
Alfonso XII class (1887)
Reina Regentes class (1887)

Destructor class (1886)
Temerario class (1891)
TGunboat Filipinas (1892)
De Molina class (1896)
Furor class (1896)
Audaz class (1897)
Spanish TBs (1878-87)
Fernando class gunboats (1875)
Concha class gunboats (1883)

US Navy 1898 1898 US Navy
USS Maine (1889)
USS Texas (1892)
Indiana class (1893)
USS Iowa (1896)

Amphitrite class (1876)
USS Puritan (1882)
USS Monterey (1891)

Atlanta class (1884)
USS Chicago (1885)
USS Charleston (1888)
USS Baltimore (1888)
USS Philadelphia (1889)
USS San Francisco (1889)
USS Newark (1890)
USS New York (1891)
USS Olympia (1892)
Cincinatti class (1892)
Montgomery class (1893)
Columbia class (1893)
USS Brooklyn (1895)

USS Vesuvius (1888)
USS Katahdin (1893)
USN Torpedo Boats (1886-1901)
GB USS Dolphin (1884)
Yorktown class GB (1888)
GB USS Petrel (1888)
GB USS Bancroft (1892)
Machias class GB (1891)
GB USS Nashville (1895)
Wilmington class GB (1895)
Annapolis class GB (1896)
Wheeling class GB (1897)
Small gunboats (1886-95)
St Louis class AMC (1894)
Harvard class AMC (1888)
USN Armoured Merchant Cruisers
USN Armed Yachts


☉ Entente Fleets

British ww1 Royal Navy
WW1 British Battleships
Centurion class (1892)
Majestic class (1894)
Canopus class (1897)
Formidable class (1898)
London class (1899)
Duncan class (1901)
King Edward VII class (1903)
Swiftsure class (1903)
Lord Nelson class (1906)
HMS Dreadnought (1906)
Bellorophon class (1907)
St Vincent class (1908)
HMS Neptune (1909)
Colossus class (1910)
Orion class (1911)
King George V class (1911)
Iron Duke class (1912)
Queen Elizabeth class (1913)
HMS Canada (1913)
HMS Agincourt (1913)
HMS Erin (1915)
Revenge class (1915)
N3 class (1920)

WW1 British Battlecruisers
Invincible class (1907)
Indefatigable class (1909)
Lion class (1910)
HMS Tiger (1913)
Renown class (1916)
Courageous class (1916)
G3 class (1918)

ww1 British cruisers
Blake class (1889)
Edgar class (1890)
Powerful class (1895)
Diadem class (1896)
Cressy class (1900)
Drake class (1901)
Monmouth class (1901)
Devonshire class (1903)
Duke of Edinburgh class (1904)
Warrior class (1905)
Minotaur class (1906)
Hawkins class (1917)

Apollo class (1890)
Astraea class (1893)
Eclipse class (1894)
Arrogant class (1896)
Pelorus class (1896)
Highflyer class (1898)
Gem class (1903)
Adventure class (1904)
Forward class (1904)
Pathfinder class (1904)
Sentinel class (1904)
Boadicea class (1908)
Blonde class (1910)
Active class (1911)
'Town' class (1909-1913)
Arethusa class (1913)
'C' class series (1914-1922)
'D' class (1918)
'E' class (1918)

WW1 British Seaplane Carriers
HMS Ark Royal (1914)
HMS Campania (1893)
HMS Argus (1917)
HMS Furious (1917)
HMS Vindictive (1918)
HMS Hermes (1919)

WW1 British Destroyers
River class (1903)
Cricket class (1906)
Tribal class (1907)
HMS Swift (1907)
Beagle class (1909)
Acorn class (1910)
Acheron class (1911)
Acasta class (1912)
Laforey class (1913)
M/repeat M class (1914)
Faulknor class FL (1914)
T class (1915)
Parker class FL (1916)
R/mod R class (1916)
V class (1917)
V class FL (1917)
Shakespeare class FL (1917)
Scott class FL (1917)
W/mod W class (1917)
S class (1918)

WW1 British Torpedo Boats
125ft series (1885)
140ft series (1892)
160ft series (1901)
27-knotters (1894)
30-knotters (1896)
33-knotters (1896)

WW1 British Submarines
Nordenfelt Submarines (1885)
WW1 British Monitors
Flower class sloops
British Gunboats of WWI
British P-Boats (1915)
Kil class (1917)
British ww1 Minesweepers
Z-Whaler class patrol crafts
British ww1 CMB
British ww1 Auxiliaries

✠ Central Empires

⚑ Neutral Countries

Bulgarian Navy Bulgaria
Cruiser Nadezhda (1898)
Drski class TBs (1906)

Danish Navy 1914 Denmark
Skjold class (1896)
Herluf Trolle class (1899)
Herluf Trolle (1908)
Niels Iuel (1918)
Hekla class cruisers (1890)
Valkyrien class cruisers (1888)
Fyen class crusiers (1882)
Danish TBs (1879-1918)
Danish Submarines (1909-1920)
Danish Minelayer/sweepers

Greek Royal Navy Greece
Kilkis class
Giorgios Averof class

Dutch Empire Navy 1914 Netherlands
Eversten class (1894)
Konigin Regentes class (1900)
De Zeven Provincien (1909)
Dutch dreadnought (project)
Holland class cruisers (1896)
Fret class destroyers
Dutch Torpedo boats
Dutch gunboats
Dutch submarines
Dutch minelayers

Norwegian Navy 1914 Norway
Norge class (1900)
Haarfarge class (1897)
Norwegian Monitors
Cr. Frithjof (1895)
Cr. Viking (1891)
DD Draug (1908)
Norwegian ww1 TBs
Norwegian ww1 Gunboats
Sub. Kobben (1909)
Ml. Fröya (1916)
Ml. Glommen (1917)

Portuguese navy 1914 Portugal
Coastal Battleship Vasco da Gama (1875)
Cruiser Adamastor (1896)
Sao Gabriel class (1898)
Cruiser Dom Carlos I (1898)
Cruiser Rainha Dona Amelia (1899)
Portuguese ww1 Destroyers
Portuguese ww1 Submersibles
Portuguese ww1 Gunboats

Romanian Navy 1914 Romania
Elisabeta (1885)
Spanish Armada Spain
España class Battleships (1912)
Velasco class (1885)
Ironclad Pelayo (1887)
Alfonso XII class (1887)
Cataluna class (1896)
Plata class (1898)
Estramadura class (1900)
Reina Regentes class (1906)
Spanish Destroyers
Spanish Torpedo Boats
Spanish Sloops/Gunboats
Spanish Submarines
Spanish Armada 1898
Swedish Navy 1914 Sweden
Svea classs (1886)
Oden class (1896)
Dristigheten (1900)
Äran class (1901)
Oscar II (1905)
Sverige class (1915)
J. Ericsson class (1865)
Gerda class (1871)
Berserk (1873)
HMS Fylgia (1905)
Clas Fleming class (1912)
Swedish Torpedo cruisers
Swedish destroyers
Swedish Torpedo Boats
Swedish gunboats
Swedish submarines


✪ Allied ww2 Fleets

US ww2 US Navy
WW2 US Battleships
Wyoming class (1911)
New York class (1912)
Nevada class (1914)
Pennsylvania class (1915)
New Mexico class (1917)
Tennessee Class (1919)
Colorado class (1921)
North Carolina class (1940)
South Dakota class (1941)
Iowa class (1942)
Montana class (cancelled)

WW2 American Cruisers
Omaha class cruisers (1920)
Pensacola class heavy Cruisers (1928)
Northampton class heavy cruisers (1929)
Portland class heavy cruisers (1931)
New Orleans class cruisers (1933)
Brooklyn class cruisers (1936)
USS Wichita (1937)
Atlanta class light cruisers (1941)
Cleveland class light Cruisers (1942)
Baltimore class heavy cruisers (1942)
Alaska class heavy cruisers (1944)

WW2 USN Aircraft Carriers
USS Langley (1920)
Lexington class CVs (1927)
USS Ranger (CV-4)
USS Wasp (CV-7)
Yorktown class aircraft carriers (1936)
Long Island class (1940)
Independence class CVs (1942)
Essex class CVs (1942)
Bogue class CVEs (1942)
Sangamon class CVEs (1942)
Casablanca class CVEs (1942)
Commencement Bay class CVEs (1944)
Midway class CVs (1945)
Saipan class CVs (1945)

WW2 USN destroyers
Wickes class (1918)
Clemson class (1920)
Farragut class (1934)
Porter class (1935)
Mahan class (1935)
Gridley class (1936)
Bagley class (1936)
Somers class (1937)
Benham class (1938)
Sims class (1938)
Benson class (1939)
Fletcher class (1942)
Sumner class (1943)
Gearing class (1945)

GMT Evarts class (1942)
TE Buckley class (1943)
TEV/WGT Rudderow classs (1943)
DET/FMR Cannon class
Asheville/Tacoma class

WW2 US Submarines
Barracuda class
USS Argonaut
Narwhal class
USS Dolphin
Cachalot class
Porpoise class
Shark class
Perch class
Salmon class
Sargo class
Tambor class
Mackerel class
Gato Class

USS Terror (1941)
Raven class Mnsp (1940)
Admirable class Mnsp (1942)
Eagle class sub chasers (1918)
PC class sub chasers
SC class sub chasers
PCS class sub chasers
YMS class Mot. Mnsp
ww2 US gunboats
ww2 US seaplane tenders
USS Curtiss ST (1940)
Currituck class ST
Tangier class ST
Barnegat class ST

US Coat Guardships
Lake class
Northland class
Treasury class
Owasco class
Wind class
Algonquin class
Thetis class
Active class

US Amphibious ships & crafts
US Amphibious Operations
Doyen class AT
Harris class AT
Dickman class AT
Bayfield class AT
Windsor class AT
Ormsby class AT
Funston class AT
Sumter class AT
Haskell class AT
Andromeda class AT
Gilliam class AT
APD-1 class LT
APD-37 class LT
LSV class LS
LSD class LS
Landing Ship Tank
LSM class LS
LSM(R) class SS
LCV class LC
LCVP class LC
LCM(3) class LC
LCP(L) class LC
LCP(R) class SC
LCL(L)(3) class FSC
LCS(S) class FSC
British ww2 Royal Navy

WW2 British Battleships
Queen Elisabeth class (1913)
Revenge class (1915)
Nelson class (1925)
King Georges V class (1939)
Lion class (Started)
HMS Vanguard (1944)
Renown class (1916)
HMS Hood (1920)

WW2 British Cruisers
British C class cruisers (1914-1922)
Hawkins class cruisers (1917)
British D class cruisers (1918)
Enterprise class cruisers (1919)
HMS Adventure (1924)
County class cruisers (1926)
York class cruisers (1929)
Surrey class cruisers (project)
Leander class cruisers (1931)
Arethusa class cruisers (1934)
Perth class cruisers (1934)
Town class cruisers (1936)
Dido class cruisers (1939)
Abdiel class cruisers (1939)
Fiji class cruisers (1941)
Bellona class cruisers (1942)
Swiftsure class cruisers (1943)
Tiger class cruisers (1944)

WW2 British Aircraft Carriers
HMS Argus (1917)
HMS Furious (1917)
HMS Eagle (1918)
HMS Hermes (1919)
Courageous class aircraft carriers (1928)
HMS Ark Royal (1937)
Illustrious class (1939)
HMS Indomitable (1940)
Implacable class (1942)
Malta class (project)
HMS Unicorn (1941)
Colossus class (1944)
Majestic class (1945)
Centaur class (started 1945)

HMS Archer (1939)
HMS Argus (1917)
Avenger class (1940)
Attacker class (1941)
HMS Audacity (1941)
HMS Activity (1941)
HMS Pretoria Castle (1941)
Ameer class (1942)
Merchant Aircraft Carriers (1942)
Vindex class (1943)
WW2 British Destroyers
Shakespeare class (1917)
Scott class (1818)
V class (1917)
S class (1918)
W class (1918)
A/B class (1926)
C/D class (1931)
G/H/I class (1935)
Tribal class (1937)
J/K/N class (1938)
Hunt class DE (1939)
L/M class (1940)
O/P class (1942)
Q/R class (1942)
S/T/U//V/W class (1942)
Z/ca class (1943)
Ch/Co/Cr class (1944)
Battle class (1945)
Weapon class (1945)
WW2 British submarines
L9 class (1918)
HMS X1 (1923)
Oberon class (1926)
Parthian class (1929)
Rainbow class (1930)
Thames class (1932)
Swordfish class (1932)
HMS Porpoise (1932)
Grampus class (1935)
Shark class (1934)
Triton class (1937)
Undine class (1937)
U class (1940)
S class (1941)
T class (1941)
X-Craft midget (1942)
A class (1944)
WW2 British Amphibious Ships and Landing Crafts
LSI(L) class
LSI(M/S) class
LSI(H) class
LSS class
LSG class
LSC class
Boxer class LST
LST(2) class
LST(3) class
LSH(L) class
LSF classes (all)
LCI(S) class
LCS(L2) class
LCT(I) class
LCT(2) class
LCT(R) class
LCT(3) class
LCT(4) class
LCT(8) class
LCT(4) class
LCG(L)(4) class
LCG(M)(1) class
British ww2 Landing Crafts
WW2 British MTB/gunboats.
WW2 British MTBs
MTB-1 class (1936)
MTB-24 class (1939)
MTB-41 class (1940)
MTB-424 class (1944)
MTB-601 class (1942)
MA/SB class (1938)
MTB-412 class (1942)
MGB 6 class (1939)
MGB-47 class (1940)
MGB 321 (1941)
MGB 501 class (1942)
MGB 511 class (1944)
MGB 601 class (1942)
MGB 2001 class (1943)
WW2 British Gunboats

Denny class (1941)
Fairmile A (1940)
Fairmile B (1940)
HDML class (1940)
WW2 British Sloops
Bridgewater class (2090)
Hastings class (1930)
Shoreham class (1930)
Grimsby class (1934)
Bittern class (1937)
Egret class (1938)
Black Swan class (1939)
WW2 British Frigates
River class (1943)
Loch class (1944)
Bay class (1944)
WW2 British Corvettes
Kingfisher class (1935)
Shearwater class (1939)
Flower class (1940)
Mod. Flower class (1942)
Castle class (1943)
WW2 British Misc.
Roberts class monitors (1941)
Halcyon class minesweepers (1933)
Bangor class minesweepers (1940)
Bathurst class minesweepers (1940)
Algerine class minesweepers (1941)
Motor Minesweepers (1937)
ww2 British ASW trawlers
Basset class trawlers (1935)
Tree class trawlers (1939)
HMS Albatross seaplane carrier
WW2 British river gunboats

HMS Guardian netlayer
HMS Protector netlayer
HMS Plover coastal mines.
Medway class sub depot ships
HMS Resource fleet repair
HMS Woolwhich DD depot ship
HMS Tyne DD depot ship
Maidstone class sub depot ships
HmS Adamant sub depot ship

Athene class aircraft transport
British ww2 AMCs
British ww2 OBVs
British ww2 ABVs
British ww2 Convoy Escorts
British ww2 APVs
British ww2 SSVs
British ww2 SGAVs
British ww2 Auxiliary Mines.
British ww2 CAAAVs
British ww2 Paddle Mines.
British ww2 MDVs
British ww2 Auxiliary Minelayers
British ww2 armed yachts

✙ Axis ww2 Fleets

Japan ww2 Imperial Japanese Navy
WW2 Japanese Battleships
Kongō class Fast Battleships (1912)
Fuso class battleships (1915)
Ise class battleships (1917)
Nagato class Battleships (1919)
Yamato class Battleships (1941)
B41 class Battleships (project)

WW2 Japanese cruisers
Tenryū class cruisers (1918)
Kuma class cruisers (1919)
Nagara class (1921)
Sendai class Cruisers (1923)
IJN Yūbari (1923)
Furutaka class Cruisers (1925)
Aoba class heavy cruisers (1926)
Nachi class Cruisers (1927)
Takao class cruisers (1930)
Mogami class cruisers (1934)
Tone class cruisers (1937)
Katori class cruisers (1939)
Agano class cruisers (1941)
Oyodo (1943)

Seaplane & Aircraft Carriers
IJN Hōshō (1921)
IJN Akagi (1925)
IJN Kaga (1927)
IJN Ryujo (1931)
IJN Soryu (1935)
IJN Hiryu (1937)
Shokaku class (1940)
Zuiho class (1937)
Ruyho (1933)
Hiyo class (1941)
Chitose class (1943)
IJN Taiho (1944)
IJN Shinano (1944)
Unryu class (1944)
IJN Ibuki (1942)

Taiyo class (1940)
IJN Kaiyo (1938)
IJN Shinyo (1934)

Notoro (1920)
Kamoi (1922)
Chitose class (1936)
Mizuho (1938)
Nisshin (1939)

IJN Aux. Seaplane tenders
Akistushima (1941)
Shimane Maru class (1944)
Yamashiro Maru class (1944)

Imperial Japanese Navy Aviation

WW2 Japanese Destroyers
Mutsuki class (1925)
Fubuki class (1927)
Akatsuki class (1932)
Hatsuharu class (1932)
Shiratsuyu class (1935)
Asashio class (1936)
Kagero class (1938)
Yugumo class (1941)
Akitsuki class (1941)
IJN Shimakaze (1942)

WW2 Japanese Submarines
KD1 class (1921)
Koryu class
Kaiten class
Kairyu class
IJN Midget subs

WW2 Japanese Amphibious ships/Crafts
Shinshu Maru class (1935)
Akistu Maru class (1941)
Kumano Maru class (1944)
SS class LS (1942)
T1 class LS (1944)
T101 class LS (1944)
T103 class LS (1944)
Shohatsu class LC (1941)
Chuhatsu class LC (1942)
Moku Daihatsu class (1942)
Toku Daihatsu class (1944)

WW2 Japanese minelayers
IJN Armed Merchant Cruisers
WW2 Japanese Escorts
Tomozuru class (1933)
Otori class (1935)
Matsu class (1944)
Tachibana class (1944)
Ioshima class (1944)
WW2 Japanese Sub-chasers
WW2 Japanese MLs
Shinyo class SB

⚑ Neutral Navies

✈ Naval Aviation

Latest entries WW1 CW
naval aviation USN aviation
Aeromarine 40 (1919)
Douglas DT (1921)
Naval Aircraft Factory PT (1922)
Loening OL (1923)
Huff-Daland TW-5 (1923)
Martin MO (1924)
Consolidated NY (1926)
Vought FU (1927)
Vought O2U/O3U Corsair (1928)
Berliner-Joyce OJ (1931)
Curtiss SOC seagull (1934)
Grumman FF (1931)
Grumman F2F (1933)
Grumman F3F (1935)
Northrop BT-1 (1935)
Vultee V-11 (1935)
Grumman J2F Duck (1936)
Curtiss SBC Helldiver (1936)
Vought SB2U Vindicator (1936)
Brewster F2A Buffalo (1937)
Douglas TBD Devastator (1937)
Vought Kingfisher (1938)
Curtiss SO3C Seamew (1939)
Cessna AT-17 Bobcat (1939)
Douglas SBD Dauntless (1939)
Grumman F4F Wildcat (1940)
Northrop N-3PB Nomad (1941)
Brewster SB2A Buccaneer (1941)
Grumman TBF/TBM Avenger (1941)
Consolidated TBY Sea Wolf (1941)
Grumman F6F Hellcat (1942)
Vought F4U Corsair (1942)
Curtiss SB2C Helldiver (1942)
Curtiss SC Seahawk (1944)
Douglas BTD Destroyer (1944)
Grumman F7F Tigercat (1943)
Grumman F8F Bearcat (1944)
Ryan FR-1 Fireball (1944)
Douglas XTB2D-1 Skypirate (1945)
Douglas AD-1 Skyraider (1945)

Naval Aircraft Factory PN (1925)
Douglas T2D (1927)
Consolidated P2Y (1929)
Hall PH (1929)
Douglas PD (1929)
Douglas Dolphin (1931)
General Aviation PJ (1933)
Consolidated PBY Catalina (1935)
Fleetwings Sea Bird (1936)
Sikorsky VS-44 (1937)
Grumman G-21 Goose (1937)
Consolidated PB2Y Coronado (1937)
Beechcraft M18 (1937)
Sikorsky JRS (1938)
Boeing 314 Clipper (1938)
Martin PBM Mariner (1939)
Grumman G-44 Wigeon (1940)
Martin Mars (1943)
Goodyear GA-2 Duck (1944)
Edo Ose (1945)
Hugues Hercules (1947)

⚔ WW2 Naval Battles

The Cold War

Royal Navy Royal Navy
Cold War Aircraft Carriers
Centaur class (1947)
HMS Victorious (1950)
HMS Eagle (1946)
HMS Ark Royal (1950)
HMS Hermes (1953)
CVA-01 class (1966 project)
Invincible class (1977)

Cold War Cruisers
Tiger class (1945)

Daring class (1949)
1953 design (project)
Cavendish class (1944)
Weapon class (1945)
Battle class (1945)
FADEP program (1946)
County class GMD (1959)
Bristol class GMD (1969)
Sheffield class GMD (1971)
Manchester class GMD (1980)
Type 43 GMD (1974)

British cold-war Frigates
Rapid class (1942)
Tenacious class (1941)
Whitby class (1954)
Blackwood class (1953)
Leopard class (1954)
Salisbury class (1953)
Tribal class (1959)
Rothesay class (1957)
Leander class (1961)
BB Leander class (1967)
HMS Mermaid (1966)
Amazon class (1971)
Broadsword class (1976)
Boxer class (1981)
Cornwall class (1985)
Duke class (1987)

British cold war Submarines
T (conv.) class (1944)
T (Stream) class (1945)
A (Mod.) class (1944)
Explorer class (1954)
Strickleback class (1954)
Porpoise class (1956)
Oberon class (1959)
HMS Dreanought SSN (1960)
Valiant class SSN (1963)
Resolution class SSBN (1966)
Swiftsure class SSN (1971)
Trafalgar class SSN (1981)
Upholder class (1986)
Vanguard class SSBN (started)

Assault ships
Fearless class (1963)
HMS Ocean (started)
Sir Lancelot LLS (1963)
Sir Galahad (1986)
Ardennes/Avon class (1976)
Brit. LCVPs (1963)
Brit. LCM(9) (1980)

Ton class (1952)
Ham class (1947)
Ley class (1952)
HMS Abdiel (1967)
HMS Wilton (1972)
Hunt class (1978)
Venturer class (1979)
River class (1983)
Sandown class (1988)

Misc. ships
HMS Argus ATS (1988)
Ford class SDF (1951)
Cormorant class (1985)
Kingfisger class (1974)
HMS Jura OPV (1975)
Island class OPVs (1976)
HMS Speedy PHDF (1979)
Castle class OPVs (1980)
Peacock class OPVs (1982)
MBT 538 class (1948)
Gay class FACs (1952)
Dark class FACs (1954)
Bold class FACs (1955)
Brave class FACs (1957)
Tenacity class PCs (1967)
Brave class FPCs (1969)
Sovietskaya Flota Sovietskiy flot
Cold War Soviet Cruisers (1947-90)
Chapayev class (1945)
Kynda class (1961)
Kresta I class (1964)
Kresta II class (1968)
Kara class (1969)
Kirov class (1977)
Slava class (1979)

Moksva class (1965)
Kiev class (1975)
Kusnetsov class aircraft carriers (1988)

Cold War Soviet Destroyers
Skoryi class destroyers (1948)
Neustrashimyy (1951)
Kotlin class (1953)
Krupny class (1959)
Kashin class (1963)
Sovremenny class (1978)
Udaloy class (1980)
Project Anchar DDN (1988)

Soviet Frigates
Kola class (1951)
Riga class (1954)
Petya class (1960)
Mirka class (1964)
Grisha class (1968)
Krivak class (1970)
Koni class (1976)
Neustrashimyy class (1988)

Soviet Missile Corvettes
Poti class (1962)
Nanuchka class (1968)
Pauk class (1978)
Tarantul class (1981)
Dergach class (1987)
Svetlyak class (1989)

Cold War Soviet Submarines
Whiskey SSK (1948)
Zulu SSK (1950)
Quebec SSK (1950)
Romeo SSK (1957)
Foxtrot SSK (1963)
Tango class (1972)
November SSN (1957)
Golf SSB (1958)
Hotel SSBN (1959)
Echo I SSGN (1959)
Echo II SSGN (1961)
Juliett SSG (1962)
Yankee SSBN (1966)
Victor SSN I (1965)
Alfa SSN (1967)
Charlie SSGN (1968)
Papa SSGN (1968)
Delta I SSBN (1972)
Delta II SSBN (1975)
Delta III SSBN (1976)
Delta IV SSBN (1980)
Typhoon SSBN (1980)
Victor II SSN (1971)
Victor III SSN (1977)
Oscar SSGN (1980)
Sierra SSN (1982)
Mike SSN (1983)
Akula SSN (1984)
Kilo SSK (1986)

Soviet Naval Air Force
Kamov Ka-10 Hat
Kamov Ka-15 Hen
Kamov Ka-18 Hog
Kamov Ka-25 Hormone
Kamov Ka-27 Helix
Mil Mi-8 Hip
Mil Mi-14 H?
Mil Mi-4 Hound

Yakovlev Yak-38
Sukhoi Su-17
Sukhoi Su-24

Ilyushin Il-28 Beagle
Myasishchev M-4 Bison
Tupolev Tu-14 Bosun
Tupolev Tu-142
Ilyushin Il-38
Tupolev Tu-16
Antonov An-12
Tupolev Tu-22
Tupolev Tu-95
Tupolev Tu-22M
Tupolev Tu-16
Tupolev Tu-22

Beriev Be-6 Madge
Beriev Be-10 Mallow
Beriev Be-12
Lun class Ekranoplanes
A90 Orlan Ekranoplanes

Soviet MTBs/PBs/FACs
P2 class FACs
P4 class FACs
P6 class FACs
P8 class FACs
P10 class FACs
Komar class FACs (1960)
Project 184 FACs
OSA class FACs
Shershen class FACs
Mol class FACs
Turya class HFL
Matka class HFL
Pchela class FACs
Sarancha class HFL
Babochka class HFL
Mukha class HFL
Muravey class HFL

MO-V sub-chasers
MO-VI sub-chasers
Stenka class sub-chasers
kronstadt class PBs
SO-I class PBs
Poluchat class PBs
Zhuk clas PBs
MO-105 sub-chasers

Project 191 River Gunboats
Shmel class river GB
Yaz class river GB
Piyavka class river GB
Vosh class river GB
Saygak class river GB

Soviet Minesweepers
T43 class
T58 class
Yurka class
Gorya class
T301 class
Project 255 class
Sasha class
Vanya class
Zhenya class
Almaz class
Sonya class
TR40 class
K8 class
Yevgenya class
Olya class
Lida class
Andryusha class
Ilyusha class
Alesha class
Rybak class
Baltika class
SChS-150 class
Project 696 class

Soviet Amphibious ships
MP 2 class
MP 4 class
MP 6 class
MP 8 class
MP 10 class
Polocny class
Ropucha class
Alligator class
Ivan Rogov class
Aist class HVC
Pomornik class HVC
Gus class HVC
T-4 class LC
Ondatra class LC
Lebed class HVC
Tsaplya class HVC
Utenov class
US Navy USN (1990)
Aircraft carriers
United States class (1950)
Essex SBC-27 (1950s)
Midway class (mod)
Forrestal class (1954)
Kitty Hawk class (1960)
USS Enterprise (1960)
Nimitz Class (1972)

Salem Class (1947)
Worcester Class (1948)
USS Norfolk (1953)
Boston Class (1955)
Galveston Class (1958)
Albany Class (1962)
USS Long Beach (1960)
Leahy Class (1961)
USS Bainbridge (1961)
Belknap Class (1963)
USS Truxtun (1964)
California Class (1971)
Virginia Class (1974)
CSGN Class (1976)
Ticonderoga Class (1981)

Mitscher class (1952)
Fletcher DDE class (1950s)
Gearing DDE class (1950s)
F. Sherman class (1956)
Farragut class (1958)
Charles s. Adams class (1958)
Gearing FRAM I class (1960s)
Sumner FRAM II class (1970s)
Spruance class (1975)

Dealey class (1953)
Claud Jones class (1958)
Bronstein class (1962)
Garcia class (1963)
Brooke class (1963)
Knox class (1966)
OH Perry class (1976)

Guppy class Submarines (1946-59)
Barracuda class SSK (1951)
Tang class SSK (1951)
USS Darter SSK (1956)
Mackerel class SSK (1953)
USS Albacore SSK (1953)
USS X1 Midget subs (1955)
Barbel class SSK (1958)

USS Nautilus SSN (1954)
USS Seawolf SSN (1955)
Skate class SSN (1957)
Skipjack class SSN (1958)
USS Tullibee SSN (1960)
Tresher/Permit class SSN (1960)
Sturgeon class SSN (1963)
Los Angeles class SSN (1974)
Seawolf class SSN (1989)

USS Grayback SSBN (1954)
USS Growler SSBN (1957)
USS Halibut SSBN (1959)
Gato SSG (1960s)
E. Allen class SSBN (1960)
G. Washington class SSBN (1969)
Lafayette class SSBN (1962)
Ohio class SSBN (1979)

Migraine class RP (1950s)
Sailfish class RP (1955)
USS Triton class RP (1958)

Amphibious/assault ships
Iwo Jima class HC (1960)
Tarawa class LHD (1973)
Wasp class LHD (1987)
Thomaston class LSD (1954)
Raleigh class LSD (1962)
Austin class LSD (1964)
Anchorage class LSD (1968)
Whibdey Island class LSD (1983)
Parish class LST (1952)
County class LST (1957)
Newport class LST (1968)
Tulare class APA (1953)
Charleston class APA (1967)
USS Carronade support ship (1953)

Mine warfare ships
Agile class (1952)
Ability (1956)
Avenger (1987)
USS Cardinal (1983)
Adjutant class (1953)
USS Cove (1958)
USS Bittern (1957)
Minesweeping boats/launches

Misc. ships
USS Northampton CS (1951)
Blue Ridge class CS (1969)
Wright class CS (1969)
PT812 class (1950)
Nasty class FAC (1962)
Osprey class FAC (1967)
Asheville class FACs (1966)
USN Hydrofoils (1962-81)
Vietnam Patrol Boats (1965-73)

Hamilton class (1965)
Reliance class (1963)
Bear class (1979)
cold war CG PBs
Cold War Naval Aviation
Carrier planes
(to come)
  • Grumman Mallard 1946
  • Edo OSE-1 1946
  • Short Solent 1946
  • Chetverikov TA-1 1947
  • de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver 1947
  • Grumman Albatross 1947
  • Hughes H-4 Hercules (completed & first flight, prototype)
  • Saunders-Roe SR.A/1 1947 (jet fighter seaplane prototype)
  • Short Sealand 1947
  • Beriev Be-8 1947
  • Martin P5M Marlin 1948
  • Supermarine Seagull ASR-1 1948 (prototype successor to the Walrus)
  • Nord 1400 Noroit 1949
  • Norsk Flyindustri Finnmark 5A (interesting Norwegian prototype)
  • SNCASE SE-1210 French prototype flying boat 1949
  • Beriev Be-6 1949
  • Convair R3Y Tradewind USN patrol flying boat 1950
  • Goodyear Drake (proto seaboat) 1950
  • de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter 1951 (RCAN)
  • Saunders-Roe Princess 1952 (RN requisition possible)
  • Beriev R-1 turbojet prototype seaplane 1952
  • Convair F2Y Sea Dart Prototype delta jet fighter seaplane 1953
  • Martin P6M SeaMaster strategic bomber flying boat 1955
  • Beriev Be-10 1956
  • Ikarus Kurir H 1957
  • Beriev Be-12 Chaika 1960
  • Shin Meiwa UF-XS prototype 1962
  • Shin Meiwa PS-1 patrol flying boat 1967
  • Canadair CL-215 1967 water bomber, some operated by the RCAN
  • GAF Nomad patrol australian land/floatplane 1971
  • Harbin SH-5 Main PLAN patrol flying boat 1976
  • Cessna 208 Caravan transport flotplane (some navies) 1982
  • Dornier Seastar prototype 1984
  • Beriev Be-40/A-40 Albatross prototypes 1986

Patrol Planes
(to come)
Navy Helicopters
    Chinese PLAN:
  • Harbin Z-5 (1958)
  • Harbin Z-9 Haitun (1981)
  • Changhe Z-8 (1985)
  • Harbin Z-20 (in development)
  • Italy:
  • Agusta Bell AB-205 (1961)
  • Agusta Bell AB-212 (1971)
  • Agusta AS-61 (1968)
  • India:
  • Hal Dhruv (Indian Navy)
  • France:
  • Alouette II (1955)
  • Alouette III (1959)
  • Super Frelon (1965)

  • Cougar ()
  • Panther ()
  • Super Cougar H225M ()
  • Fennec ()
  • MH-65 Dolphin ()
  • UH-72 Lakota ()
  • Germany:
  • MBB Bo 105 (1967)
  • NHIndustries NH90
  • Japan:
  • Mitsubishi H-60 (1987)
  • Poland:
  • PZL W-3 Sokół (1979)
  • Romania:
  • IAR 330M (1975)
  • United Kingdom:
  • Westland Lynx (1971)
  • Westland Scout (1960) RAN
  • Westland Sea King (1969)
  • Westland Wasp (1962)
  • Westland Wessex (1958)
  • Westland Whirlwind (1953)
  • Westland WS-51 Dragonfly (1948)
  • USA:
  • Gyrodyne QH-50 DASH
  • Hiller ROE Rotorcycle (1956)
  • Piasecki HRP Rescuer (1945)
  • Bell UH-1N Twin Huey (1969)
  • SH-2 Seasprite (1959)
  • SH-2G Super Seasprite (1982)
  • CH-53 Sea Stallion (1966)
  • SH-60 Seahawk (1979)
  • Sikorsky S-61R (1959)
  • MH-53E Sea Dragon (1974)
  • USSR:
  • Kamov Ka 20 (1958)
  • Ka-25 "Hormone" (1960)
  • Ka-27 "Helix" (1973)
  • Ka-31 (1987)
  • Ka-35 (2015)
  • Ka-40 (1990)
  • Mil-Mi 2 (1949)
  • Mil Mi-4 (1952)

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