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 Forrestal Class aircraft carriers were 4 aircraft carriers (Forrestal, Saratoga, Ranger, and Independence) designed and built for the US Navy in the 1950’s. It was the first class of super carriers, combining high tonnage, elevators, and an angled deck. The ships were 325 m (1,066 ft) long and had a displacement of 60,000 tons.
Kitty Hawk Class
The Kitty Hawk Class supercarriers of the US Navy were an improvement on the Forrestal Class vessels (see Nr. 5). The Kitty Hawk Class includes 3 vessels (Kitty Hawk, Constellation, and America) all of which were built in the 1960’s. Measuring 327 m (1,073 ft) long, all 3 warships are now out of service.
The Nimitz Class supercarriers are a class of 10 nuclear-powered aircraft carriers of the US Navy. With an overall length of 1,092 ft (333 m) and full-load weight of over 100,000 long tons, they have been the largest warships built and in service. The ships have participated in many battles and operations across the world, including Operation Eagle Claw in Iran, the Gulf War, and more recently in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Gerald R. Ford Class
The Gerald R. Ford Class is a class of supercarriers being built to replace some of the existing Nimitz Class carriers. The new vessels have a hull similar to the Nimitz carriers, but introduce new technologies such as the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System, as well as other design features intended to improve efficiency and reduce operating costs. Gerald R. Ford Class warships will also be slightly bigger than Nimitz, coming in at a total length of 337 m (1,106 ft).
The world’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, USS Enterprise is (at 342 m or 1,123 ft) the longest and possibly also most famous naval vessel ever built. Having served for 51 consecutive years, she is also the longest serving US warship. Used in numerous battles and wars including the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Vietnam War, the Korean War etc., USS Enterprise became one of the most well-known battleships. It also appeared in several movies such as Top Gun and Star Trek. The largest American battleship, USS Enterprise is one of the world’s top 10 destroyers.
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