|About the Book|
The warship of today is as different from those of the Great War in 1914 as to those at Trafalgar a century before. In modern times a classic naval battle involving opposing fleets is highly unlikely. Instead warships have specific roles and missionsMoreThe warship of today is as different from those of the Great War in 1914 as to those at Trafalgar a century before. In modern times a classic naval battle involving opposing fleets is highly unlikely. Instead warships have specific roles and missions to carry out and need to be able to protect themselves against all forms of attack while so engaged. Much of a modern engagement is fought in virtual terms using electronic means. Laser-based weapons are being developed and could eventually replace guns and missiles. The pace of change is as great as ever and it would be a brave commentator who would attempt to describe what a warship will look like at the start of the twenty-second century.It was all very different back in the days of the ancient Greeks when naval warfare began. Seaworthy wooden vessels existed around 4000 B.C. or even earlier and most early warships were adapted by fitting an additional deck on which soldiers could be stationed ready to attack and board an enemy ship. Although a simple sail rig was often carried, the ships, known as galleys, were normally propelled by rows of oarsmen. Their most potent weapon was the rama sharp underwater projection, often metal tipped, mounted under the bow. Within the Mediterranean, the galley type of warship reigned supreme for over 2,000 years. Fast-forward to the 21st century and the ultimate development of the warship: the nuclear-powered submarine built to deploy intercontinental ballistic missiles equipped with multiple nuclear warheads. These submarines are perhaps the most destructive weapon systems ever devised. They arent warships- they have no particular function in naval warfare, their raison detre being dictated by higher strategic issues. However it is inevitable that considerable naval resources are directed into attempting to track and contain them.This book looks at the range of warships used by todays navies around the world. From the mightiest fleet ever constructed, that of the U.S. Navy, through those of the other great powersChina, India, France, and the United Kingdomto the smaller but no less important navies of New Zealand and the Republic of Korea. A splendid selection of photographs complements an up-to-date text.Leo Marriott is a retired air traffic controller, is a prolific writer and expert on aviation and maritime affairs. Born in the naval port of Plymouth, UK, in 1944, he grew up amongst the comings and goings of the great warships. He has written over twenty titles including the 1997 best selling Titanic, which sold over 500,000 copies. In addition to this he has produced books on a variety of other topics such as aircraft and warship profiles, naval history and commercial and military aviation.