Sea Warfare
United States
The United States is the foremost naval power of today, being undeniably more powerful than all the rest of the world's fleets combined. This is largely due to its mastery of naval aviation, giving it the ability to project power anywhere in the world. However, the US Navy's dominance at sea did not come easy: it needed to defeat the Japanese in combat during World War II and later face off against the Soviet threat in the Cold War.

The US has a long history of naval operations, stretching as far back as its own war of independence. It was only until the late 19th century, however, that it recognized the importance of having a blue water fleet to pursue its imperial ambitions as evidenced by Teddy Roosevelt's sailing of the "Great White Fleet" across the world in 1905. The US Navy became the world's third largest soon thereafter and expanded massively during World War I. Even though it did not participate in any major naval battle, it played a key role in supporting Britain's war against the German U-boats. The eventual scrapping of the German fleet after the war left the US Navy in the advantageous position of being able to potentially overtake the Royal Navy due to the US's greater financial and industrial muscle. An arms race was averted, however, thanks to the Washington Naval Treaty where the US was given parity with Britain. This allowed it to focus instead on the growing menace of the Japanese navy in the Pacific.

The US navy came of age in World War II, engaging the Imperial Japanese Navy in the most intense naval campaign in history across the breadth of the Pacific Ocean. Despite suffering numerous initial setbacks, the US turned the tide of the war following its stunning victory in the Battle of Midway. From then on, the US's superior industrial might became the dominant factor, adding millions of tons of new warships each year and in the process amassing the largest fleet the world had ever seen. By 1945, the US Navy ruled supreme in the Pacific, with over two dozen large carriers, hundreds of escort ships and submarines, plus a fleet of amphibious ships and landing craft that numbered in the thousands. Its role in the Atlantic was also vital, helping the Royal Navy sweep the seas clear of German U-boats and contributing to the numerous Allied amphibious operations throughout Europe, including D-Day. As part of Lend-Lease the US supplied the Royal Navy with considerable amount of material, not least of which were landing ships, escort carriers, as well as carrier and patrol aircraft.

With the Royal Navy having to downside in the post-war years, the US effectively became the new global policeman. The expansion of Soviet naval capabilities during the 1960s proved to be the US Navy's most important threat during the Cold War but it retained its edge throughout the decades thanks to its two main assets: its nuclear-powered carriers each one with an air wing that is stronger than most countries' air forces and its submarine-based nuclear deterrent. Post-Cold War threats have led to a transformation of the country's naval capabilities, retaining the primacy of naval air power to react quickly in the event of crises but with greater experimentation on surface ship design and a reallocation of naval assets from the Atlantic to the Pacific (where 60% of the US's naval power is now concentrated). What is clear is that despite fiscal difficulties, the US Navy will remain second to none for the foreseeable future given that its next likely challenger, China, is still decades away from being its equal.

There are currently 186 entries, data on 56 warship types, and 4,562 individual warships in the registry.

Modern EraCold WarWorld War IIInterwarWorld War I
» Aircraft carriers
CVN Ford 4
CVN Nimitz 10
CV Midway 3
CVA Forrestal 4
CVA Kitty Hawk 4
CVL Saipan 2
CVN Enterprise 1
CV Essex 24
CV Lexington 2
CV Ranger 1
CV Wasp 1
CV Yorktown 3
CVE Bogue 11
CVE Casablanca 50
CVE Commencement Bay 19
CVE Long Island 2
CVE Sangamon 4
CVL Independence 8
CVL Langley 1
---
» Capital ships
------BB Iowa 4
BB North Carolina 2
BB South Dakota 4
BB Colorado 3
BB Mississippi 2
BB Nevada 2
BB New Mexico 3
BB New York 2
BB Pennsylvania 2
BB Tennessee 2
BB Wyoming 2
---
» Surface ships
CG Ticonderoga 27
DDG Arleigh Burke 76
LCS Freedom 12
LCS Independence 12
CA Des Moines 3
CG Albany 3
CG Belknap 9
CG Boston 2
CG Galveston 6
CG Leahy 9
CGN Bainbridge 1
CGN California 2
CGN Long Beach 1
CGN Truxtun 1
CGN Virginia 4
CL Norfolk 1
CL Worcester 2
DD Forrest Sherman 18
DD Mitscher 4
DDG Charles F. Adams 24
DDG Farragut 10
DDG Spruance 35
DE Claud Jones 4
DE Dealey 13
FF Bronstein 2
FF Garcia 11
FF Knox 46
FFG Brooke 6
FFG Oliver Hazard Perry 55
CA Baltimore 18
CA New Orleans 7
CA Northampton 6
CA Pensacola 2
CA Portland 2
CA Wichita 1
CB Alaska 2
CL Atlanta 11
CL Brooklyn 9
CL Cleveland 12
DD Bagley 8
DD Benham 10
DD Benson / Gleaves 96
DD Farragut 8
DD Fletcher 175
DD Gearing 98
DD Gridley 4
DD Mahan 18
DD Porter 8
DD Sims 12
DD Somers 5
DD Sumner 58
DE Buckley 102
DE Cannon 72
DE Edsall 85
DE Evarts 97
DE John C. Butler 83
DE Rudderow 22
FF Tacoma 96
PG Algonquin 6
PG Haida 4
PG Lake 10
PG Owasco 13
PG Treasury 7
PGB Wind 7
CL Omaha 10
DD Caldwell 6
DD Clemson 156
DD Wickes 111
---
» Submarines
SSBN Ohio 18
SSN Los Angeles 62
SSN Seawolf 3
SSN Virginia 48
SSBN Ethan Allen 5
SSBN George Washington 5
SSBN Lafayette 31
SSG Grayback / Growler 2
SSGN Halibut 1
SSK Barbel 3
SSK Barracuda 3
SSK Darter 1
SSK Tang 6
SSN Nautilus 1
SSN Seawolf 1
SSN Skate 4
SSN Skipjack 6
SSN Sturgeon 37
SSN Thresher 14
SSN Tullibee 1
SSR Sailfish 2
SSRN Triton 1
SC Narwhal 2
SM Argonaut 1
SS Balao 120
SS Barracuda 3
SS Chacalot 2
SS Dolphin 1
SS Gato 77
SS Mackerel / Marlin 2
SS Perch 6
SS Porpoise 2
SS Salmon 6
SS Sargo / Seadragon 10
SS Shark 2
SS Tambor / Gar 12
SS Tench 29
SS O-class 16
SS R-class 27
SS S-class 51
---
» Amphibious ships
LHA America 2
LHD Wasp 8
LPD San Antonio 12
LSD Harpers Ferry 4
LSD Whidbey Island 8
LCC Blue Ridge 2
LHA Tarawa 5
LKA Charleston 5
LKA Tulare 1
LPA Paul Revere 2
LPD Austin 12
LPD Raleigh 3
LPH Iwo Jima 7
LSD Anchorage 5
LSD Thomaston 8
LST De Soto County 7
LST Newport 20
LST Talbot County 2
LST Terrebonne Parish 15
LCC Ancon 1
LCC Appalachian 4
LCC Mount McKinley 11
LKA Alhena 1
LKA Almaack 1
LKA Andromeda 30
LKA Arcturus 5
LKA Artemis 32
LKA Fomalhaut 1
LKA Procyon 6
LKA Tolland / Rankin 32
LPA Arthur Middleton 3
LPA Bayfield 29
LPA Crescent City 4
LPA Doyen 2
LPA Frederick Funston 9
LPA Gilliam 32
LPA Harris 8
LPA Harry Lee 4
LPA Haskell 117
LPA Heywood 4
LPA McCawley 2
LPA Ormsby 3
LPA President Jackson 5
LPA Sumter 4
LPA Windsor 7
LSD Ashland 22
LST LST(2)-class 1051
LSV Catskill / Osage 6
------