The World’s Most Powerful Warships to Ever Sail

It’s to imagine war only taking place on barren battlefields, but it’s important to remember that it also takes place on the water. Navies from all over the world defend and protect their country using large and powerful warships. We’ve collected a list of the world’s most power warships to date.

USS Independence (LCS-2) – USA

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This warship weighs a total of 2,307 tons and can get to a speed of 81 km/hour. It’s designed to fight in combat close to the shore rather than open waters.

HMAS Canberra – Australia

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This ship is part of the Australian Royal Navy and weighs a total of 30,300 tons and is over 750 feet long. It is equipped with a helicopter dock and advanced systems. It was first put to service in 2016.

CNS Kunming – China

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Though the Chinese are secretive about their military, we still have some information about this powerful warship. The only thing we know is that it has a guided missile destroyer. The rest is a mystery.

HMS Defender – UK

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This ship belongs to the Royal British Navy and weighs 94,000 tons and measures at 500 feet long. It was first commissioned in 2009.

Charles de Gaulle – France

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Surprisingly, France has the largest warship in all of Western Europe. The Charles de Gaulle is the first nuclear-powered vessel in France’s naval fleet and is equipped with a catapult.

Russian Corvette Boikiy – Russia

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This ship is considered on the smaller side compared to the others on this list. It measures at just 350 feet long. It was last seen skulking in the English Channel.

TCG Heybeliada – Turkey

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This ship is also called the “Ghost of the Seas” thanks to its ability to sail undetected. It weights 2,340 tons and measures at 320 feet long.

Jamaran – Iran

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Iranians are very proud of this ship, as they say it is the “greatest achievements of the Iranian Navy.” It is run by 140 crewmembers and has weapons for both submarine and air threats.

Al Madinah – Saudi Arabia

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Built from 1985 to 1986, the Al Madinah class of four ships were named after cities in Saudi Arabia. In 2017 Yemenite militia attacked the ships where two soldiers died and three more were injured.

INS Vishal – India

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This ship is actually still being built and is expected to hit the waters by 2023. It’s expected to hold 1,400 people on board.

The Juliet Marine Systems Ghost – USA

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This impressively stealth ship can reach 92 kilometers per hour and moves around the oceans without any detection.

USS Coronado – USA

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At 418 feet long, this is ship is the third to sport the name of Coronado in California.

USS Zumwalt – USA

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This sneaky ship will show up as a small fishing boat on any radar. It weighs about 14,000 tons and can reach 62 kilometers per hour.

Dixmude – France

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This ship is able to carry helicopters and weighs 16,500 tons when it isn’t carrying anything. When it is fully stocked, it weights a whopping 32,300 tons.

HMS Agamemnon – UK

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Named after a Greek king from the Trojan War, this nuclear-powered submarine can shoot missiles 1,600 kilometers in front of it.

HMS Queen Elizabeth – UK

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It isn’t surprising that some of the ships in the British Royal Navy are named Queen Elizabeth. The largest warship to be built was first put at sea in June 2017 and cost $4.2 billion to make.

HMS Invincible – UK

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The HMS Invincible saw the days of the Cold War and has made rounds in the Middle East, South Atlantic, and Adriatic Sea. It was decommissioned recently in 2014.

Admiral Gorshkov – India

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Until 1991, this ship was utilized by the Soviets. India decided to buy it in 2004 and changed its name.

USNS Spearhead – USA

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This ship can move surprisingly quickly for its size. It can reach 80 kilometers per hour and shoots Spearheads while carrying equipment and a crew.

USS Enterprise – USA

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The US Navy has a total of nine ships called Enterprise, which you may think can get confusing. The CVN-80 is the most impressive. It will be finished and in use by 2027.

USS Gerald R Ford – USA

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It takes $13 billion to make a ship this size. It weights 100,000 tons and is expected to be finished and deployed by 2020.

The USS America – USA

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This assault ship is 850 feet long and weighs in at 45,000 tons. You don’t’ want to meet this ship in open waters.

USS Anchorage – USA

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Named after the city in Alaska, this ship has been active since 2016. It measures at 700 feet long and could once carry four helicopters and two hovercrafts while gaining speeds of 40 kilometers per hour.

INS Vikrant – India

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This ship is expected to hit the water in 2023. It will measure 860 feet long and will be able to hold up to 30 aircrafts.

JS Murasame – Japan

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This is currently the head warship for Japan’s naval fleet.

INS Makar – India

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Classed as a survey catamaran, it is designed to survey the seabed, submerged objects and obstructions and the coastline. It’s mostly used to help with any rescue missions that may occur.

CNS Linyi – China

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We don’t know much about this warship other than it is 512 feet long and was in the process of being built in 2012.

BNS Riachuelo – Brazil

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This submarine is expected to be finished by 2020. It is 75 feet long and the French are helping to build it.

JDS Hyuga – Japan

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This ship weighs 20,000 tons and measures at 640 feet long. It also has a helicopter destroyer on board!

HMCS Chicoutimi – Canada

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This submarine has been in use since 2015 and can shoot long-range torpedoes.

INS Mysore – India

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This ship has been in some pretty gruesome combat since 2008. It measures at 535 feet long and has been in the Gulf of Aden incident, Colombo incident, Libyan conflict, Iranian rescue mission, and saving Indian citizens in Iraq.

LÉ William Butler Yeats – Ireland

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Named after the poet, W. B. Yeats, this ship is part of the Irish navy.

HMAS Perth – Australia

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Built in 2006 by the Tenix Defence System, it was the first major vessel to be part of the Australian Navy controlled by a woman.

Dinh Tien Hoang – Vietnam

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This ship was designed to rescue people, tracking ships, air defense, patrolling, escorting other ships, and anti-submarine.

Tippu Sultan – Pakistan

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Originally built for the British, this ship now belongs to the Pakistan since 1994.

Drazki 41 – Bulgaria

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Originally built for the Belgian Navy, Bulgaria bought it in 2004 and has been in use ever since.

USS John F. Kennedy – USA

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This ship honors JFK. It was the last aircraft carrier in the Kitty Hawk class and was decommissioned in 2007. Americans want it to become a museum now.

Regele Ferdinand – Romania

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Originally named the Coventry, it was utilized by the British before Romania bought it in 2004. It has been used in many maritime missions including the Libyan intervention, Operation Unified Protector.

Al Riyadh – Saudi Arabia

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Three of these ships exist and are the same as the ships from the French La Fayette class. However, they have more capabilities and are arguably better with ani-surface missiles and anti-aircraft abilities.

Leopold I – Belgium

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This ship was sold to Belgium in 2006 from the Netherlands. It took part in the fight against Somali pirates in 2007 and joined the French to fight ISIS.

USS Lassen – USA

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The first ship commissioned with the name USS Lassen was in 1947. The second was in 1999 and has been in use every since. It weights 9,200 tons and is over 500 feet long.

ARM Oaxaca – Mexico

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This ship is one of the few built in Mexico. They get some of their ships from Israel and the US. This ship provides oceanic surveillance, maritime support, and rescue for those in need.

NR Corte Real – Portugal

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Named after explorer João VAz Corte-Real, this ship is pretty intimidating. It has six types of radar including electronic warfare and combined warning.

HMBS Bahamas – Bahamas

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The Royal Bahamas Defense Force bought this ship from the Netherlands in 1999. It has helped to control illegal immigration, drug regulations, and anti-poaching movements.

INS Karmuk – Southeast Asia

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This ship is on the smaller side, measuring 300 feet long. It can reach 46 kilometers per hour and has sailed the North West Pacific and the China Sea. It was last used in 2012.

USS Port Royal – USA

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Three ships share this name in the US Navy. It measures 567 feet long and lives in Pearl Harbor port in Hawaii.

USS Fort Worth – USA

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This is the first ship to be named after the city in Texas that is home to one of the world’s largest military bases. It was used in 2017, but had to return home due to technical issues.

ARA Heroína – Argentina

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Built in 1974, it was going to replace WWII warships in Argentina’s fleet. It lives in Puerto Belgrano Naval Base.

USS Nimitz – USA

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This ship was named after WWII fleet commander Chester W. Nimitz. It was commissioned in 1967 and is expected to be in use until 2022.

Caoi Duilio – Italy

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This ship is used for multiple purposes such as escorting carriers, natural disaster relief, crisis response, and humanitarian operations.

Admiral Grigorovich – Russia

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This is currently the lead ship in the Russian Navy. It has completed two missions, one in 2016 which targeted terrorists in Syria. The second being in April 2017 responding to a US missile strike in Syria.

ORP Generał Kazimierz Pułaski – Poland

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The United States gave the ship, which was originally the USS Clark, to Poland. It was named after Kazimierz Pułaski.

Ammiraglio Magnaghi – Italy

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This is a favorite of the Italian Navy. It’s upgraded regularly and take care of very well.

SAS Mendi – South Africa

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South African holds this large ship that is equipped with machine guns and other large weapons. It was built in 1999, but wasn’t used until 2007. It has been cracking down on pirates since 2011.

Pagalo (PG-51) – Venezuela

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This ship belongs to the Venezuelan coast guard and protects the country’s borders.

HSV 2 Swift – UAE

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This ship is pretty swift. It was originally a private catamaran until it was leased to the UAE in 2015. However, after an attack at the end of 2016, it has been decommissioned.

HMS Dauntless – UK

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This destroyer warship was commissioned in 2010 and was been in service since 2017. Since it takes so many people to operate the ship, it’s mostly used for training.

FS Courbet 6 – France

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This French ship almost caused some problems with Israel after coming too close to an Israeli ship. Luckily there was an explanation and understanding after the incident.

Jiangkai II – China

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We know a little more about this ship than other Chinese warships. It is equipped with air defense missiles and anti-submarine weapons. It’s also made of fiberglass, which makes it 30% lighter than other ships.

HDMS Absalon – Denmark

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This ship is one of the two largest ships to ever serve in the Royal Danish Navy. It has been in service since 2007 and measures 450 feet long.

Thor Heyerdahl – Norway

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One of the largest ships in Norway’s navy of course had to be named Thor. It’s very similar to the ships the Spanish navy has, as the same company designed them.

French Frigate Forbin – France

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This ship’s job is to protect other ships from missile attacks in the ocean. It is 500 feet long and made up of 14 different sections.

Cristóbal Colón – Spain

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Named after Christopher Columbus, it performs well in close-range combat and defense. It also has two 25mm Mk 38 guns on board.

Steregushchiy 530 – Russia

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This is one of the newest ships to join the Russian navy and performs well with gun support. It’s rumored that they have ordered 30 more ships just like it!

Le Triomphant – France

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This submarine has been in use since 1997. At over 450 feet long, it is nuclear-powered. In 2009 it collided with a Royal Navy Submarine. Luckily it didn’t explode.