List of World War II ship classes

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The List of ships of World War II is an alphabetical list of all fighting ship classes of World War II. For individual ships, see the List of World War II ships. Classes consisting of only a single ship are not listed, except in cases where more ships were laid down or planned.

The use of "=" indicates where the same ships are known by different class names. Displacement is standard displacement.

Information is merely summary; please refer to linked articles for details.

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Class Country Type Launch years Displacement (tons) Number
1934  Germany destroyer 1935 3156 4
1934A  Germany destroyer 1935-37 3110 12
1936  Germany destroyer 1937-38 3415 6
1936A "Narvik"  Germany destroyer 1939-40 3,605 8
1936A (Mob)  Germany destroyer 1941-42 3,415 7
1936B  Germany destroyer 1942-44 3,415 5,
3 completed
1936C  Germany destroyer none 6, none completed
1500 tonnes = Bourrasque  France destroyer 1924-25 1,298 12
1500 tonnes = L'Adroit  France destroyer 1926-29 1,356 14
2100 tonnes
= Chacal = Jaguar
 France destroyer 1924 2,126 6
2400 tonnes = Guépard  France destroyer 1928-30 2,436 6
2400 tonnes = Aigle  France destroyer 1930-31 2,441 6
2400 tonnes = Vauquelin  France destroyer 1931-32 2,441 6
2610 tonnes =
Le Fantasque
 France destroyer (or light cruiser) 1933-34 2,569 6
2930 tonnes = Mogador  France destroyer (or light cruiser) 1936-37 2,884 2 completed
600 tonnes = La Pomone  France destroyer 1935-37 669 12

A[edit]

Class Country Type Launch years Displacement (tons) Number
A  UK destroyer 1929-30 1,350 11
A  Norway submarine approx. 1914 268 3
Admiral  UK battlecruiser 1918 48,000 4 planned,
1 completed
Abdiel = Manxman  UK minelayer 1940-44 2,650 6
Acre  Brazil destroyer 1943-46 1,340 6
Admiral Hipper  Germany heavy cruiser 1937-39 14,000 5,
3 completed
Ægir = B  Denmark submarine 1915 237 5
Aetos  Greece destroyer 1911 1,050 4
Agano  Japan light cruiser 1941-44 6,650 4
Ahven  Finland minesweeper approx. 1937 17 6
Aigle = 2400 tonnes  France destroyer 1930-31 2,441 6
Aikoku Maru  Japan armed merchant cruiser 17,000 3
Akagi Maru  Japan armed merchant cruiser 1941 17,000 1
Akatsuki  Japan destroyer 1931-32 1,680 4
Akitsushima  Japan seaplane tender 19 April 1942 4,900 1
Akizuki  Japan destroyer 1941-44 2,700 12 completed
Alaska  US large cruiser 1943-50 29,779 2 completed
Algerien  France destroyer 1943-44 1,300 6
Algerine  UK minesweeper 1942-44 850 109
Allen M. Sumner  US destroyer 1943-44 2,200 58
Amphion or "A"  UK submarine 1944–1945 1,620 (submerged) 2 commissioned of 16 by end of war
Andrea Doria  Italy battleship 1913 23,800 2
Andromeda  US attack cargo ship 1943-45 6,761 tons 34
Aoba  Japan heavy cruiser 1926 10,822 2
Arethusa  UK light cruiser 1934-36 5,250 4
Asashio  Japan destroyer 1936-37 1,961 10
Astoria = New Orleans  US heavy cruiser 1933-36 9,375 7
Asama  Japan cruiser 1898 9,700 2
Atlanta  US light cruiser 1941-46 6,000 11
Attacker = US Bogue  UK escort aircraft carrier 16,000 11
Awata Maru  Japan armed merchant cruiser 7,398 1

B[edit]

Class Country Type Launch years Displacement (tons) Number
B  Brazil destroyer 1930 1,360 9
B  UK destroyer 1943 1,253 8
B  Norway submarine 1923-29 365 6
Bahia  Brazil scout cruiser 1910 3,100 2
Bagley  US destroyer 1936-37 1,646 8
Balao  US submarine 1,826 132
Baltimore  US heavy cruiser 1942-51 14,472 19
Bangor  UK minesweeper 1940-44 600 128
Bathurst  Australia
 India
corvette 1,025 60
Battle  UK destroyer 1943-45 2,315-2,574 24 (42 planned)
Benham  US destroyer 1938-39 1,637 10
Benson = Gleaves  US destroyer 1939-41 1,839 24
Bird  UK minesweeper c1938-40 607 45
Bismarck  Germany battleship 1939 51,700 2
Black Swan (including modified Black Swans)  UK
 India
sloop 1939-45 1,250 37
Bogue = Attacker = Ruler  US escort aircraft carrier 16,000 42
Bourrasque = 1500 tonnes  France destroyer 1924-25 1,298 12
Bretagne  France battleship 1913 22,200 3
Brin  Italy submarine 1,016 5
Bristol  US destroyer 1941-43 1,839 72
Brooklyn  US light cruiser 1936-38 9,767 9

C[edit]

Class Country Type Launch years Displacement (tons) Number
C  Denmark submarine 369 3
C  UK light cruiser 1916-18 4000 32
Ca  UK destroyer 1943-44 1,710 8
Cachalot  US submarine 1,100 2
Caledon  UK light cruiser 1916-17 4,180 3
Cannon  US destroyer escort 1943-44 1525 tons 72
Capetown = Carlisle  UK light cruiser 1917-18 4,290 5
Captain  UK frigate 1942-43 1,500 78
Capitani Romani  Italy light cruiser 1940-42 3,686 3 (12 planned)
Casablanca  US escort aircraft carrier 7,800 50
Castle  UK corvette 1,060 44
Cavendish = Hawkins  UK heavy cruiser 1917-21 9,860 5
Ceres  UK light cruiser 1917 4,290 5
Chacal
= 2100 tonnes = Jaguar
 France destroyer 1924 2,126 6
Ceylon = Uganda; sub-class of Crown Colony  UK light cruiser 1941-42 8,530 3
Ch, Co & Cr  UK destroyer 1944-45 1,825 24
Chang Ning  Republic of China patrol boat 400 10
Clemson  US destroyer 1918-21 1,190 156
Cleveland  US light cruiser 1941-46 11,744 38
Colony = Tacoma  UK[1] frigate 1,400 21
Colorado  US battleship 1920-21 32,600 4
Colossus  UK light aircraft carrier 1943-44 13,200 10
Commencement Bay  US escort aircraft carrier 10,900 11
Condottieri; comprising five sub-classes - Giussano, Cadorna, Duca d'Aosta, Duca degli Abruzzi & Montecuccoli  Italy light cruiser 1930-35 5,110-8,610 12
Conte di Cavour  Italy battleship 1911 23,600 2
County  UK heavy cruiser 1926-31 8,250 - 10,900 13
Courbet  France battleship 1911-12 23,200 2
Crown Colony: comprising sub-classes Fiji and Ceylon  UK light cruiser 1939-43 8,530 11
Currituck  US seaplane tender 1943-44 14,000 4

D[edit]

Class Country Type Launch years Displacement (tons) Number
D  Denmark submarine 369 2
D = Danae  UK light cruiser 1917-19 4,850 8
D  UK destroyer 1932 1,375 8
Danae = D  UK light cruiser 1917-19 4,850 8
De Ruyter  Netherlands light cruiser 1935 6,442 1
Deutschland  Germany heavy cruiser 1931-34 12,100 3
Di Giussano  Italy light cruiser 1930 5,110 4
Dido  UK anti-aircraft cruiser 1939-42 5,600-5,950 16
Dragen  Denmark destroyer 1929-34 290 9
Draug  Norway destroyer 1910-13 (approx) 578 3
Duguay-Trouin  France light cruiser 1923-24 7,250 3
Dunkerque  France battleship 1935-36 26,500 2

E[edit]

Class Country Type Launch years Displacement (tons) Number
E and F  UK destroyer 1934 1,405 18
Edsall  US destroyer escort 1943-44 1,253 85
Eidsvold  Norway coastal battleship 1899 4,233 2
Elbing  Germany torpedo boat 1941-44 1,295 15
Emerald = E  UK light cruiser 1919-20 7,580 2
Erebus  UK monitor 1916 7,200 2
Essex  US aircraft carrier 1942-45 27,100 17
Edinburgh; sub-class of Town  UK light cruiser 1938 10,550 2

F[edit]

Class Country Type Launch years Displacement (tons) Number
Fargo  US light cruiser 1945-46 11,744 2 completed
Farragut  US destroyer 1934-35 1,395 8
Fiji
sub-class of Crown Colony
 UK cruiser 1939-41 8,530 8
Fletcher  US destroyer 1941-44 2,325 175
Florida  US battleship 1910-11 21,825 2
Flower  UK corvette 940 267
Fubuki  Japan destroyer 1927-31 1,750 20
Furutaka  Japan heavy cruiser 1925 7,100 2
Fusō  Japan battleship 1914-15 34,700 2

G[edit]

Class Country Type Launch years Displacement (tons) Number
G and H  UK destroyer 1935-39 1,340-1,350 24
Gabbiano  Italy corvette 1942 672 40
Gangut  USSR battleship 1911 25,850 4
Gato  US submarine 1,825 73
Gearing  US destroyer 1945-51 2,616 98
Gleaves = Benson  US destroyer 1939-41 1,839 66
Glorious  UK aircraft carrier 26,500 2
Gloucester
sub-class of Town
 UK light cruiser 1937 9,100 3
Gneisenau = Scharnhorst  Germany battleship 1936 31,840 2
Gridley  US destroyer 1936-38 1,590 4
Grom  Poland destroyer 1936 2,144 2
Guépard = 2400 tonnes  France destroyer 1928-30 2,436 6

H[edit]

Class Country Type Launch years Displacement (tons) Number
H  Denmark submarine 407 4
Halcyon  UK minesweeper 1,330 21
Hatsuharu  Japan destroyer 1932-34 1,490 6
Hawkins  UK heavy cruiser 1917-21 9,860 5
Hipper: short name for Admiral Hipper  Germany heavy cruiser 1937-39 14,247 3 completed
Hiyō  Japan aircraft carrier 24,140 2
Hunt  UK destroyer escort 1939-43 1,000-1,170 86

I[edit]

Class Country Type Launch years Displacement (tons) Number
I  UK destroyer 1936-41 1,370 11
Illustrious  UK aircraft carrier 23,000 6
Implacable  UK aircraft carrier 23,000 2
Independence  US aircraft carrier 11,000 9
Iowa  US battleship 1942-50 48,110 4 completed
Ise  Japan battleship 1916-17 31,762 2
Isles  UK naval trawler 545 168
Izumo  Japan armored cruiser 1898 9,750 2

J[edit]

Class Country Type Launch years Displacement (tons) Number
J, K and N  UK destroyer 1938-39 1,690 16
Jaguar
= Chacal = 2100 tonnes
 France destroyer 1924 2,126 6
Java  Netherlands light cruiser 1920-21 6,670 2 completed

K[edit]

Class Country Type Launch years Displacement (tons) Number
Kagerō  Japan destroyer 1938-41 2,033 18
Kamikawa Maru  Japan seaplane tender 6,863 4
Kamikaze  Japan destroyer 1922-25 1,400 9
Kashii Maru  Japan armed merchant cruiser 1934-41 8,600 5
Katori  Japan light cruiser 1939-40 6,280 tons 4 (3 completed)
Kent  UK heavy cruiser 1926-27 9,850-10,900 7
King George V  UK battleship 1939-40 36,727 5
Kirov  USSR cruiser 1938-40 7,756 2
Kondouriotis  Greece destroyer 1931-32 1,389 4
Kongō  Japan battleship 1912-13 31,720 4
Königsberg = K  Germany light cruiser 1927-28 6,650 3
Kuha  Finland minesweeper 18 6
Kuma  Japan light cruiser 1919-20 5,019 5
Kyzikos  Greece torpedo boat 1914-15 270 3

L[edit]

Class Country Type Launch years Displacement (tons) Number
L and M  UK destroyer 1939-42 1,920 16
L'Adroit = 1500 tonnes  France destroyer 1926-29 1,356 14
La Galissonnière  France light cruiser 1933-36 7,600 6
Le Fantasque
= 2610 tonnes
 France destroyer (or light cruiser) 1933-34 2,570 6
Le Hardi  France destroyer 1938-47 1,772 11 completed
Leander  UK light cruiser 1931-34 6,830-7,270 8
Leipzig = Nurnberg  Germany light cruiser 1929-34 6,515-6,980 2
Lexington  US aircraft carrier 1925 41,000 2
London: sub-class of County  UK heavy cruiser 1927-28 9,850 4

M[edit]

Class Country Type Launch years Displacement (tons) Number
M = Marcilio Dias  Brazil destroyer 1940-41 1,500 3
Mackerel  US submarine 825 2
Mahan  US destroyer 1935-36 1,488 18
Manxman = Abdiel  UK minelayer 1940-44 2,650 6
Mărăşti Flag of Romania.svg Romania destroyer 1917-18 1,610 2 (2 retained by Italy)
Marcilio Dias = M  Brazil destroyer 1940-41 1,500 3
Matsu  Japan destroyer escort 1944 1,262 18
Maxim Gorkiy (Project 26-bis): sub-class of Kirov  USSR heavy cruiser 1938-44 8,048 4
Minekaze  Japan destroyer 1919-22 1,345 13
Minotaur  UK light cruiser 1943-45 8,800 8
6 completed
Mirabello  Italy destroyer 1915-16 1,811 2
Mississippi  Greece battleship 1905 13,000 2
Mogador = 2930 tonnes  France destroyer (or light cruiser) 1936-37 2,884 2 completed
Mogami  Japan heavy cruiser 1934-36 8,500 4
Momi  Japan destroyer 1918-23 770 21
Momo  Japan destroyer 1917-18 835 4
Mutsuki  Japan destroyer 1925-27 1,315 12
Myōkō  Japan heavy cruiser 1927-28 10,000 4

N[edit]

Class Country Type Launch years Displacement (tons) Number
N  UK destroyer 1940-41 1,690 8
Nagara  Japan light cruiser 1920-21 5,088 6
Nagato  Japan battleship 1919-20 33,800 2
Nagoya Maru  Japan submarine depot ship 6,071 1
Năluca Flag of Romania.svg Romania gunboat 1914 266 2
Nelson  UK battleship 1925 33,310 2
Nevada  US battleship 29,000 2
New Mexico  US battleship 33,000 3
New Orleans  US heavy cruiser 1933-36 10,136 7
New York  US battleship 27,000 2
Norfolk  UK heavy cruiser 1928-29 9,925-9,975 2
North Carolina  US battleship 1940 37,484 2
Northampton  US heavy cruiser 1929-30 9,006 6
Noshiro Maru  Japan armed merchant cruiser 7,183 1

O[edit]

Class Country Type Launch years Displacement (tons) Number
O and P  UK destroyer 1939-42 1,610 16
Odin  Norway destroyer 1939 632 3
Omaha  US light cruiser 1920-24 7,050 10
Orzeł  Poland submarine 1,100 2
Ōtori  Japan torpedo boat 1935-37 840 8

P[edit]

Class Country Type Launch years Displacement (tons) Number
P611  UK submarine 1940 856 4
Parthian  UK submarine 1929 2,040 submerged 6
Pennsylvania  US battleship 33,000 2
Pensacola  US heavy cruiser 1929 9,100 2
Pichincha  Colombia coast guard vessel 120 3
Poltava  USSR battleship 25,000+ 9
Porpoise  US submarine 1,310
Porter  US destroyer 1936-37 1,834 8
Portland  US heavy cruiser 1931-32 10,258 2
Proussa  Greece torpedo boat 1915-16 266 2

Q[edit]

Class Country Type Launch years Displacement (tons) Number
Q and R  UK destroyer 1941-42 1,705 16
Queen Elizabeth  UK battleship 1913-15 27,940 5

R[edit]

Class Country Type Launch years Displacement (tons) Number
R  US submarine 1918–1919 570 27
Rainbow  United Kingdom submarine 1930 2,000 6
Regele Ferdinand Flag of Romania.svg Romania destroyer 1928-29 1,400 2
Renown  UK battlecruiser 1916 32,000 2
Revenge = Royal Sovereign  UK battleship 1914-16 28,000 5
Richelieu  France battleship 1939-40 35,000 2 completed
River  UK frigate 1941–1944 1,400 151
Royal Sovereign = Revenge  UK battleship 1914-16 28,000 5
Rudderow  US destroyer escort 1943-44 1,430 22 completed
Ruler = Bogue  UK escort aircraft carrier 16,000 24

S[edit]

Class Country Type Launch years Displacement (tons) Number
S  UK submarine 1931–1945 c. 950 63
S  US submarine 900 48
S and T  UK destroyer 1942-43 1,710 16
Salmon  US submarine 1,430 6
Sangamon  US escort aircraft carrier 11,400 4
Sargo  US submarine 1,450 10
Sborul Flag of Romania.svg Romania torpedo boat 1914 262 1
Scharnhorst = Gneisenau  Germany battleship 1936 31,840 2
Schleswig-Holstein  Germany modernized pre-dreadnought 1906 12,100 2 (at outbreak of World War II)
Sendai  Japan light cruiser 1923-25 5,113 3 completed
Serrano  Chile destroyer 1928 1,090 6
Sims  US destroyer 1938-39 1,764 12
Shimakaze  Japan destroyer 1942 2,567 1 completed
Shimane Maru  Japan escort aircraft carrier 1944 11,800 1 completed
Shiratsuyu  Japan destroyer 1935-37 1,685 10
Sleipner  Norway destroyer 1936-38 597 3
Søbjørnen  Denmark minesweeper 270 6
Soldati  Italy destroyer 1937-42 1,620 19
Somers  US destroyer 1937-38 2,047 5
South Dakota  US battleship 1941-42 37,970 4
Southampton: sub-class of Town  UK light cruiser 1936 9,100 5
Spica  Italy torpedoboat 1936-38 640 30
Suffren  France heavy cruiser 1927-30 9,940 4
Sumner = Allen M. Sumner  US destroyer 1943-44 2,610 70

T[edit]

Class Country Type Launch years Displacement (tons) Number
T1 = Type 1935  Germany torpedo boat 1937-39 844 12
Tachibana  Japan destroyer 1919-22 1,289 14 completed
Tacoma  US frigate 1,400 96
Takao  Japan heavy cruiser 1930-31 9,850 4
Taiyō  Japan escort carrier 1939-40 20,000 3
Tambor  US submarine 1,475 12
Tench  US submarine 1,826 31 completed
Tennessee  US battleship 33,000 2
Ticonderoga  US aircraft carrier 27,200 13
Tjerk Hiddes  Netherlands destroyer 1939-40 1,316 1 completed (4 laid down)
Tomozuru  Japan torpedo boat 1933 535 4
Tone  Japan heavy cruiser 1937-38 11,215 2
Tordenskjold  Norway coastal battleship 3,852 2
Town: 3 sub-classes: Southampton, Gloucester and Edinburgh  UK light cruiser 1936-38 9100-10,550 10
Town  UK destroyers 1917-19 1,020-1,190 43
Trad  Siam torpedo boat 1935-37 262 9
Treasury  US USCG high endurance cutter 1936-37 2,700 7
Trento  Italy heavy cruiser 1926-32 10,511-10,890 3
Tribal  UK destroyer 1937–1946 1,854-1,927 27
Tromp  Netherlands light cruiser 1937-39 3,450 2
Trygg  Norway torpedo boat 1919 (approx) 220 3
Type I  Germany submarine 2
Type II  Germany submarine 300 50
Type VII  Germany submarine 1935-44 626-1084 743
Type IX  Germany submarine 1032-1616 193
Type 1935 = T1  Germany torpedo boat 1937-39 844 12
Type 1937  Germany torpedo boat 1938-40 9

U[edit]

Class Country Type Launch years Displacement (tons) Number
U and V  UK destroyer 1942-43 1,777-1,808 16
Unryū  Japan fleet aircraft carrier 1943-44 22,534 3

V[edit]

Class Country Type Launch years Displacement (tons) Number
V and W  UK destroyer / escort destroyer 1917-19 1,188 47
Van Galen  Netherlands destroyer 1927-28 1,316 4
Van Ghent  Netherlands destroyer 1926-27 1,316 4
Vasilefs Georgios  Greece destroyer 1938 1,350 2
Vauquelin = 2400 tonnes  France destroyer 1931-32 2,441 6
Vittorio Veneto  Italy battleship 1937-40 40,724 3
Väinämöinen  Finland coastal defence ship 1931-32 3,900 2

W[edit]

Class Country Type Launch years Displacement (tons) Number
W and Z  UK destroyer 1943-44 1,710 16
Wakatake  Japan destroyer 1922-23 900 6
Wicher  Poland destroyer 1928-29 1,540 2
Wickes  US destroyer 1917-19 1,090 33
Wyoming  US battleship 1911 27,000 2

Y[edit]

Class Country Type Launch years Displacement (tons) Number
Yamato  Japan battleship 1940 62,315 2
York  UK heavy cruiser 1928-29 8,300 2
Yorktown  US aircraft carrier 1936-40 23,000 3
Yūgumo  Japan destroyer 1941-44 2,077 20

Z[edit]

Class Country Type Launch years Displacement (tons) Number
Zara  Italy heavy cruiser 1930-31 11,680 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ Built and supplied under lend-lease by US

See also[edit]