People have always wanted to build things larger, faster, and stronger than what they had before; the military world is no exception to this trend. Since ancient times, having a strong and well-organized navy has been crucial for any world power to maintain its position. As a result, thousands of powerful battleships have been built by different countries over the centuries. Ever wonder what some of the largest warships in the world are? In today’s post, we will show you some of the largest battleships and biggest warships in the world. From legendary British and Japanese warships to the iconic USS Enterprise, here are 25 Largest Warships In History.
The America Class is a large assault ship of the US Navy. So far, only one ship, the USS America, has been completed (in 2014). The ship has a total length of 257 m (844 ft) and displacement (weight) of about 45,000 long tons (46,000 t).
The two Shokaku Class aircraft carriers were built for the Imperial Japanese Navy in the late 1930’s. Completed shortly before the start of the Pacific War in 1941, they were called, “arguably the best aircraft carriers in the world” when built. Measuring 257.5 m (844 ft 10 in) in length, both ships were sunk in 1944.
The Audacious Class aircraft carriers were a class of aircraft carriers proposed by the British government in the 1930’s and 1940’s and completed after WW II. Measuring 257.6 m (845 ft), they were in operation from 1951 until 1979.
Laid down in 1941, Taiho was an aircraft carrier of the Imperial Japanese Navy during WW II. With a total length of 260.6 m (855 ft), Taiho was expected to survive multiple bomb, torpedo, or shell hits and continue to fight effectively afterwards. She sank in June 1944 during the Battle of the Philippine Sea after suffering a torpedo hit from the US submarine USS Albacore.
Another aircraft carrier built for the Imperial Japanese Navy, Akagi was in service from 1927 to 1942. It served in the Second Sino-Japanese War in the late 1930’s before taking part in the Attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941. Then, Akagi participated in the Battle of Midway in June 1942. After being severely damaged from the battle, she was intentionally sunk (a practice called scuttling). Akagi was 261.2 m (857 ft) long.
Photos: 23. anonymous, 09 HMS Eagle Mediterranean Jan1970, CC BY-SA 2.5, 19. Indian Navy, INS Vikrant being undocked at the Cochin Shipyard Limited in 2015, CC BY 2.5, 9. Defence Images via flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0, 8. Mil.ru, Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier, CC BY 4.0