⚓ Naval Encyclopedia

He who controls the sea controls everything
A smooth sea never made a skilful Sailor
F.D. Roosevelt
Don't give up the ship!
Captain James Lawrence
Sail away from the safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover
Mark Twain
There are three kinds of beings: the living, the dead and the sailors.
Damn the torpedoes, Full speed ahead !
Adm. David. G. Farragut
We cannot control the wind, but we can direct the sail
Thomas S. Monson
When the sea is calm, every boat has a good captain
Swedish Proverb
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Naval-related technology, fortifications, naval aviation, propulsion, sensors, weapons and tactics

Naval Tech

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Full history of naval battles, strategies, tactics, fleets and ships

Naval Battles



Photos, blueprints and dedicated illustrations, also some merchandising to support this site !

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Kresta II class cruisers (To come)

The Kresta II class missile cruisers (Project 1134A, or Berkut A) were repeats of the Kresta I anti-ship cruisers but redesigned as ASW cruisers. Their armament consisted in 8 new SSN-9 short-range anti-ship missiles and later upgraded to 8 SSN-14 "Flint" ASW systems with optional tactical nuclear warheads...

Fleet air arms in WW2 (To come)

An overview of fleets air arms of all belligerents, a portal page resuming the naval air forces of the allies, the USN, British, French, Candian, Soviet, Dutch, etc. and the axis, the Luftwaffe and Regia Aeronautica assets used by the Navy, and the IJN aviation. All the models, organization and tactics.


Roon class armoured cruisers (1905)

The Roon class were follow-up armored cruisers of the Prinz Adalbert-class, built for the Kaiserliche Marine. Quite similar in general appearance, they were designed to be faster, as reflected by a fourth funnel. In service in 1905 and 1906 they had a short career: Roon served in the baltic until 1916 while Yorck hit a mine and sank after a raid in late 1914


WW2 Amphibious Operations

The US Navy is remembered in WW2 for its amazing industrial effort to rebuilt a fleet after the losses at Pearl Harbor, with a scale that steamrolled the Japanese, reclaimed the Atlantic and mastered the Mediterranean. It was the instrument of the “pax americana” of the cold war. But one important aspect of the operations at sea was amphibious, and that was something relatively new for the US Navy. A whole guidebook and the doctrine had to be written, the ships to use had to be built.


WW2 US Amphibious Vessels

ww2 amphibious operations were carried out while using a multitude of ships and crafts, basically invented on the fly as well as the tactics and process. This left us with many acronyms to get through: The APA, ACG, APD, LSV, LSD, LST, LSM, LSM(R), LCI(L), LCT, LCV, LCVP, LCM, LCP(L), LCP(R), LCS(L), LCS(S)… among others. In this post are covered for more clarity: -Assault ships & command ships which carried crafts in davits, Command ships, Landings ships, Landing Crafts, Support ships and support craft conversions, Amphibious vehicles


Douglas SBD-5 Dauntless

US (1939-1943) – More than 6,000. of these carrier-borne dive bombers were built, derived from the mediocre but innovative Northrop BT; They assumed the most difficult par tof the war and won the most ships kills of all USN planes in WW2. The "slow but deadly" was a legend, and not only because of Midway...


Flower class Sloops

Royal Navy (1915-1919) – 134 ships. These first “flowers” of WW1 were military ships built from a myriad of small yards throughout the British isles and commonwealth. Despite their relative slow speed and absence of proper ASW weapons, they did their job well against the onslaught of U-Boats in 1917.


HNLMS De Ruyter (1935)

The admiral ship of the Dutch Navy in 1941 was also the flagship of the Oostindies Marines (KNIL), defending what is now modern Indonesia, Java and Brunei. The light cruiser was designed in an era of strict budgetary constraints, limiting her capabilities.

About Naval Encyclopedia

Naval Encyclopedia is the first online warship museum (1997). Dedicated to the history of all ships of the industrial era, roughly since 1820 to this day. Although the main scope is about the XXth century through four main eras (WW1 and second world war, cold war and modern-day fleets), the website also covers (and will cover) civilian liners, first steamers, ships from the age of sail from the ancient ships of classical antiquity to medieval ships and renaissance vessels up to the enlightenment era ships which ambition also to cover most main types of ships of the time and famous examples.

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Definition of Naval History

Naval History is indeed quite old and warships has been a constant evolution, just as tactics which adapted to existing sources of power. The wind and human power (rows) and from the XIXth century, steam power and the rule of fossil fuels, up to the dominance of nuclear energy for the most valuable assets. There has been path of divergence and convergence also between civilian ships and their navy counterparts, like the famous Galleons of the XVI-XVIIth century that blended the role of cargo and warship. This survived well into the twentieth on civilian ships, first as a precaution (like fake ports) then as a tradition on mixed and tall ships.

Nowadays the most complex hand-built moving crafts ever designed by mankind, arguably, are nuclear submarines. Specialization and optimization helped global trade in the last XXth century, and especially the XXIth one frequently called “globalized”, based on the consumer society. The challenges world’s fleets are facing are huge, traducing like always the shifting weight of nations in geopolitics. The rise of the Chinese Navy is a perfect example of this.

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How Naval Encyclopedia was created

Naval Encyclopedia was reborn in english in 2010, by the same creator as tanks encyclopedia. It integrated previous age of sail topics, and is mirroring tanks encyclopedia for everything related to warships...

But not only. Civilian ships has always been an interesting part of naval history, almost as exciting when thinking of huge container ships, race boats, clippers or the romance of blue ribbon luxury liners. Tanks and aviation emerged in 1915, whereas warships were already there in the Bronze age, empires makers, and are still to this day the largest, costliest, mightiest, and sometimes most complex vehicles ever designed.

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