ShipIndex.org Guide to Naval Ships

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Panel 1 - Naval Warfare: An Overview

For more on Olympias, read about it on its page in the Hellenic Navy, and watch this video of sea trials onboard, in 1991:
or a longer, and more extensive video, from the same period:

To top it off, consider this page, which discusses the possibility of the trireme visiting New York City. When, however, is not discussed.

This video shows some recent images of USS Zumwalt, off the coast of Maine, where it was built, at Bath Iron Works.

Significant Naval Battles Through History

  • Battle of Salamis (480 BC, Athens) - An outmanned Athenian navy defeated a Persian armada, preventing the destruction of Athens and its legacy.
  • Battle of Yamen (1279, China, near modern-day Macau) - Though vastly outnumbered, Mongols decisively defeated the ruling Chinese dynasty and cemented their control of all of China.
  • Battle of Lepanto (1571, western Greece) - The last major battle fought only with galleys saw Spain and other Catholic states defeat the Ottoman Empire’s main fleet, ending the Ottoman expansion into Europe.
  • Spanish Armada (1588, coast of England) - A Spanish attempt to invade England failed due to defensive actions by the English and Dutch fleets, along with storms that sank dozens of ships.
  • Quiberon Bay (1759, French coast) - Sir Edward Hawke and his English ships of the line defeated the French fleet in the Seven Years War, breaking their ability to protect French ports or support land victories in French Canada.
  • Battle of Virginia Capes (1781) - British defeat by the French that assured American Independence
  • Battle of Trafalgar (1805, Spanish coast) - The British lost Admiral Nelson to French sharpshooters, but the French and Spanish navies were thoroughly defeated by Nelson’s tactics.
  • Battle of Jutland (1916, Germany) - The only full-scale naval battle of World War I between the UK and Germany. It had little impact on the status quo, but a century later, when naval historians at the US Naval War College reviewed the battle yet again, they suggested that Americans won the Battle of Jutland (though they weren't present) because their extensive analysis of the battle in the 1920s and 1930s gave them deep insights into strategy and tactics, which they used to great effect in World War II.
  • Guadalcanal (1942) - First offensive against Japan by the Allies in WWII, establishing the Allied position in the Pacific.
  • Leyte Gulf (1944) - The largest naval battle of World War II, and the largest modern battle at sea, permanently disabled the Japanese fleet.

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 Photograph of Olympias by Kenny Murray, on Flickr.
 Engraving of English and Dutch ships in the 1670s, from British Library.
 Photograph of USS Zumwalt, before commissioning, by General Dynamics, through US Navy.

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Panel 2 - Naval Ships: Aircraft Carriers

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Panel 3 - Naval Ships: Destroyers & Submarines

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Panel 4 - Naval Ships: Frigates and Corvettes & Gunboats

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Panel 5 - Naval Ships: Amphibious Assault Ships and Cruisers/Battlecruisers

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Panel 6 - Naval Ships: Patrol Craft and Research & Survey Ships

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Panel 7 - Auxiliary Ships: Support Craft & Reserve Fleets

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Panel 8 - Naval Weapons: Major Systems

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Panels 9 & 10 - Historic Naval Ships Around the World

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