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Battleship, cruiser and destroyer ; what is the difference?

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    Hi. I am often confused when I try to understand the differences between a battleship, a cruiser, a destroyer, a frigate and a corvette. Are there more categories?

    Can you explain me why we use them, how we can recognize them and what are their pros and cons?

    Thanks for your help!
     
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    New recruit: "What do all these different ships do? Battleships, cruisers, destroyers?"

    Old salt: "Battleships battle, cruisers cruise, destroyers, destroy."

    Recruit: "What do frigates do?"
     
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    I heard they frig gates? Don't know if it is true, though.
     
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    Seriously though...
    Heavy Carrier/Large Carrier
    Fleet Carrier
    Light Carrier
    Escort Carrier

    Super Battleship
    Battleship(broken down to Super Dreadnought, Dreadnought, Pre-Dreadnought)
    Battlecruiser
    Light Battlecruiser(?)

    Super Cruiser
    Large Cruiser
    Heavy Cruiser
    Light Cruiser
    Armed Merchant Cruiser/Auxiliary Cruiser

    Large Destroyer/Super Destroyer
    Destroyer Leader
    Destroyer
    Escort Destroyer
    Destroyer Escort

    Frigate
    Corvette
    Sloop

    And probably many more I have forgotten.

    The lines often blur defining the various subtypes, and have also changed over time.
     
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    The meaning by name has been flexible by nation and time though out history, sometimes to confuse the enemy, sometimes to confuse their countries bean counters. Speaking in terms of WWII they have the following general meanings.

    Battleships, a derivative ( I believe) of the age of sail term 'ship of the battle line', or the heaviest/largest ship with the most armor and most powerful guns designed to trade fire with another like it.

    Cruiser, next size down, usually one quarter to a third as big as a battleship, broken into two major categories, Heavy with guns up to 8 inches and Light with guns of 6 inches and lower.

    Destroyer, Usually a ocean going escort for other warships like Battleships/Carriers/Cruisers from aircraft, sub and other ships of its size. Roughly a quarter to half the size of a Cruiser.

    Destroyer Escort/Frigate/Corvette, Usually one half to 2/3rds the size of a Destroyer, ocean going, but slower than a Destroyer intended to act as a escort for slow moving merchant ships to to hunt submarines.

    Hope this crude description is helpful, and it should be noted that ships were often employed in roles not originally designed for.
     
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    Frigate - Wikipedia
     
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    The Australian Navy goes down to Patrol Boat...

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    If they see illegals...The Navy has to get to them fast...


    And one of those Friggy things...HMAS Darwin
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    Tell 'em to get another CIWS for that Fig.
     
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    The object forward of the Mark 13 missile launcher, just visible behind the bow bulwark, is the 8-cell Mark 41 Vertical Launch System installed in a major combat systems upgrade. It carries 32 Enhanced Sea Sparrow missiles in quad packs. The main missile system was upgraded from SM-1 to SM-2, making these very capable combatants for their size.
     
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    Were they designed with the bow bulwark?
     
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    The FFG-7 class was. You probably recall it was retrofitted to the DE/FF-1052 class when they proved to be excessively wet forward.
     
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    Just wondering if they'd learned anything from the FFs or did they have to learn it all over again. Thanks.
     
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    Wow. Thank you very much for the classification. I never thought there were so many.
     
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