Ships built for warfare possess the capability to transform the world, especially for their respective home country. Long gone are the cloth sails, wooden ships, with nothing but cannons to defeat their enemies. Thanks to the 21st century, ships are changing the naval warfare world as we know it. Take a look at the greatest, strongest naval ships taking the world by storm.
“The Ghost of the Seas,” as it’s rightly nicknamed, is the pride of the Turkish navy. With the ability to remain at sea for 10 days without need of re-supply, it’s pretty exceptional. Moreover, the TCG Heybeliada can carry 103 troops, can launch helicopters, drones, torpedoes, and surface to air missiles.
The Juliet Marine Ghost
Let’s just say that “Ghost” looks stunning. As a quick assault ship that can zip between ships in a carrier strike force – meaning that many countries are interested in acquiring such a beaut, like Japan, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and more. Lest we forget, the Juliet Marine Ghost was actually designed after a terrorist snuck explosives on-board a ship and detonated it; Ghost can detect these threats.
On enemy radar, the USS Zumwalt looks innocent, tiny, despite its enormity. Built especially to evade radar in order to fully assist US marines on missions.
USS Gerald R Ford
When you’re named after an American President, you best carry a big punch. The USS Gerald Ford will lead in the Ford class of supercarriers and replace the Nimitz class sometime in the next two decades. As soon as its fully operational, it’ll hold 75 fighter jets, which is enough to leave the rest of world shaking in their boots.
Thing about the HMS Defender, apart from being a part of the British Royal Navy, its sole use is to defend the airspace surrounding British aircraft carrier fleets. Impressive to say the least.
USS Independence LCS 2
51 miles per hour – that’s how quickly the USS Independence LCS 2 can navigate through the waters. With its main objective of stealth and surprising enemy shore defenses, speed is a necessity.
Is this the largest class of Danish warship to exist? Yes! It’s also armed with various surface to air and surface to surface missiles; additionally, the HDMS Absalon can hold four attack helicopters.
Since 2013, the Admiral Gorshkov (or the INS Vikramaditya) can remain at sea for a maximum of 45 days! Moreover it can hold 26 MiG fighters and countless surveillance and attack helicopters.
Designed for counter coastal defenses, like seawall fortifications, the USS Coronado is key in shallow waters with its impressive ability to administer anti-mining operations and anti-submarine patrols. Named after Coronado, CA, this high tech ship is invisible to radar, furthermore, it has a hangar to store helicopters.
HMS Dauntless (D33)
Sleek? Check. Guided missile destroyer? Double check. Welp, the HMS Dauntless (D33) is used by the British Royal Navy and is basically equivalent to three Patriot surface to air missile batteries with a helicopter hangar to boot.
HMS Agamemnon can actually stay underwater for three months before it needs to resurface – I know, bad a**. Additionally, this sub can store 38 missiles, which includes nuclear launch ones and conventional weapons.
Meet the Indian Navy’s first ever super-carrier which, when completed, will hold up to 50 planes and helicopters. Furthermore, it’ll have a nuclear powered engine.
Oh yeah(!), the Dixmude can carry either 40 tanks or 30 helicopters, AND over 450 soldiers! In case you were wondering, yes, it can turn into a floating hospital with 69 beds. NATO even uses such a ship on various peacekeeping missions.
HMS Queen Elizabeth
The HMS Queen Elizabeth is in fact the largest ship ever built for the British Royal Navy; which can carry up to 40 planes, 40 F-35s, 250 marines, and Chinook helicopters. So yes, it’s basically a monster but in a beautiful, powerful way.
Where do we even begin? I mean you’re looking at the first of the Spearhead class, i.e. speedy Navy supply ships. USNS Spearhead has the capability to “drive” up to 50 miles per hour, furthermore, it can carry 312 troops or as much military cargo as one can load onto the massive deck.
USS Enterprise (CVN-80)
Although the USS Enterprise (CVN-80) is not yet complete, it’s already a game changer. It’ll carry up to 90 fighter jets and as a nuclear powered ship, it’ll travel around the globe without
a need to stop for…25 years! ~Gulp!~
The USS America
To begin, let’s just say, this ship has an incredible name! The USS America can hold over 1,000 crew, an abundance of fighter jets (like F-35s and Harriet strike fighters), V-22 Ospreys to transport troops, amphibious landing craft, and additionally Tomahawk cruise missiles. Phew, that’s a long list.
Primarily designed to ferry munitions and supplies, the USS Anchorage can also carry up to 700 soldiers, numerous Humvee’s, tanks, helicopters, planes, V-22 Osprey, and so much more. Last but not least, it can also transport Hovercraft.
Russian Corvette Boikiy
When you’ve got the ability to shoot any and all incoming anti-ship missiles and can deploy Russian troops anywhere in the world, you’ll easily make the list.
The HMCS Chicoutimi’s main goal was to search for and destroy any enemy subs which were hiding and gathering intelligence along the Canadian arctic coast. Pretty important, wouldn’t you say?