SHIP TYPES - Typical specifications: end of the War 1945.
Contrast with typical 1942 ship types.
|BB - Battleship ||45,000||861||9-16"||18|
|CV - Carrier, Essex||27,000||880'||82 a/c||27|
|CVL- Carrier, Light||11,000 ||690' ||45 a/c|| ?|
|CVE- Carrier, Escort||11,000 ||512' ||34 a/c||70|
|CB - Battle Cruiser||27,500||808 ||9-12"|| 3|
|CA - Heavy Cruiser ||13,600||673 ||9- 8"||31|
|CL - Light Cruiser ||10,000||608 ||12 6"||48|
|CL - Anti-Air Cruiser|| 6,000||541||12 5"|| ?|
|DD - Destroyer || 2,400||390||6- 5"||10 torpedo tubes||367|
|DE - Destroyer Escort || 1,400||306||2- 5"|| 3 torpedo tubes||296|
|SS - Submarine || 1,525||312||1- 4"|| 10 torpedo tubes||200
|PF - Frigate || 1,430||285||3- 3" || DE w/o torpedoes|
|PG - Corvette || 1,000||252||2- 3"|
|PC - Patrol Craft || 284||170||1- 3",1-40mm|
|SC - Sub Chaser || 98||107||1- 3"|
|PT - Patrol Torpedo Boat|| 45|| 80||1- 40mm, 2- 20mm, ||4 torpedoes|
Many warship types and most auxiliary type have three letters
indicating a specialized version of the basic type.
xxA- Attack or armed version of an auxiliary type.
AP - Auxiliary, Personnel -- troop transport
APA- Auxiliary, Personnel, Attack -- invasion troop ship. "Away all boats"
An individual ship or group of ships can be reclassified
when converted for special duty. Many destroyer and escort
types become a different type with a "D" suffix and with
"fast" added to the type name. Example:
An AP is the troopship designation, but when actually
a converted destroyer, it becomes APD, a fast troop transport
as used for landing raiding parties.
|AD - Destroyer tender ||AO - Oiler ||LCx - Landing Craft|
|AE - Ammunition, explosives ship ||AP - Personnel or troop transport . ||LSx - Landing Ship|
|AF - Provisions ship ||ARx - Repair ships ||LVx - Landing Vehicle|
|AG - Miscellaneous auxiliary ships . ||AS - Submarine Tenders ||WPx - Coast Guard Cutters|
|AH - Hospital ship ||ATx - Tugboats|
|AK - Cargo ship ||AV - Seaplane Tender|
|AM - Mine sweepers|
Designations change from time to time. Late WW2
designation and typical specifications are used here.
Ships tended to get bigger and better armed as the war progressed,
but the number of turrets may be reduced for better seakeeping.
Many changes took place after the war. For example,
older "Fletcher" class DDs were changed to DDE and all post-war DEs
were redesignated as Frigates, FF.
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Last updated on July 4, 2001.
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