Top Ten Ships From World War II

The Top Ten


Engineering brilliance at its best. Not rivalled one on one in my view. Even the later US ships or those Japanese monsters

The ship the most powerful navy in the world, the British Royal Navy, feared, the Bismark. Bloody powerful ship

Tied up a good deal of the Royal Navy searching for her in May 1941.

Just didn't have the fuel sources to utilize it.


Bigger, badder, and much stronger then the Bismarck. The Yamato had 18 inch guns, the largest in the entire war, with an armor belt and size rival to none along with a massive array of AA guns(150 to be exact). It was the literal definition of a floating fortress. It took the entire US carrier task force to sink, which included over 400 aircraft and eight carriers. There is a reason it was know as the pride of the Imperial Japanese Navy.

Only 4!? Put this on number 1. You don't know how devastating power this thing had! It took ages for Americans to destroy those.

I took 40 aircraft to destroy this

I like yamato

USS Iowa

It top speed is 33 knots.
Bismarck 30.
Yamato 27.

USS Iowa nine 6 inch guns
70 something anticraft guns.
(More anticraft guns than the Bismarck and Yamato combined.)

Bismarck had 15 inch guns.
Yamato has three 18 inch guns.

Yamato had the thickest turret and deck armor.
But the USS Iowa was more heavily armed gun wise.
Nine 16 inch guns would out match three 18 inch guns.

As an obsolete class of ships, this was by far the best ever built and one of the few that saw its role as a support vessel. This is a no brainier, the Bismarck was a pile of junk compared to it on so many levels. Sick of hearing about the Bismarck and even worse the hood! All around, this class of battleships had no equal and would be the one a smart individual would want to serve on! Best guns, better then the 18" of the Yamato, by far the best anti aircraft protection, armor belt, speed, radar aiming, damage control and it just gives on. Not saying it could not lose but it's the ship I would bet on to Win! In fact, if not this class then my next choice would be the Dakotas over the rest.

This is the best ship. The Japanese were afraid to put any of there ships against the Iowa in fear the Iowa would destroy them.

She even had the capability of firing nukes, which was an actual plan to load this class with nuclear warhead shells for coastal bombardment. And she could fit places yamato could not.


This ship was once the only operational US carrier in the Pacific at one point in WW2. The Japanese reportedly sunk it three times but the ship just got repaired. This ship allowed the USA to just hold on until the Essex class carriers came out. So feared by the Japanese they nicknamed it the Grey Ghost. Also sunk at least 2 of the 4 Japanese carriers at Midway. Most decorated warship in US history.

It was the best ship in World War II and saw more action than any other ship

This carrier was in a class by itself. It was seemingly unsinkable.

Actually it was reported sunk SIX times not just three.


Took the damn busters to destroy it and sister ship to bismark

HMS Hood

The Hood - in my opinion - was a beautiful ship. The battle of the Denmark Strait was incredible and the story of the battle between the Bismark, the Hood, The Prince Of Whales and Prince Eugen should go down in naval history. Not only was it an amazing ship, the propaganda involving it and the spur of the navy when it was sunk was magical. Also, the Trpitz was terrible compared to the Hood. People in Germany didn't make days out of seeing it and they CERTANLY didn't care for it much when it was sunk.

Lucky it got a quick death. Almost cried when I heard the story.

It should replace with the enterprise it sank in 2mins and 30 secs


HMS Warspite

A ship with real spirit, she never knew when she was beaten, and that means she was invincible

This ship refused to die, even when its own creators sent it to the scrapper.

One of the best gunnery ships of all time also the only battleship to survive a guided missile attack

RN Roma
USS North Carolina

Washington's hit rate on Kirishima makes her a strong candidate. Had she not stopped firing as she did not know where SoDak was (let alone actually got any help from her), Ms. W could have crushed a fleet by herself.


The Contenders

Admiral Hipper
HMS Rodney
USS Essex (CV-9)
HMS Belfast

Battleship with torpodoes

USS Arizona
IJN Musashi

I feel like it's the Musashi because it's the sister of the Yamato which is large, but the Musashi is slightly larger and she was a great ship until she sunk sadly.

It's the sister ship of Yamato, the most powerful battleship ever built.


Although not the best Nazi made warship, the Gneiseau has always been overshadowed by the Bismarck and Tirpitz. She has great guns and even better secondaries. Her main batteries have 2 (in a single battery) 380mm guns. Her secondaries shread small ships like destroyers to pieces if they get in range. Let’s also not forget she has torpedoes on either side of her. From what I know, she is the only battleship (other than her sister the Scharnhorst) to ever have torpedoes. She isn’t the best looking ship but she does have the firepower seen on Nazi ships like the Bismarck.

USS Texas

This ship served in Normandy and the placific. Won multiple accuracy competitions.

USS Yorktown

This ship Took magior hits in Midway. And even stayed afloat Till after the battle and was sunk by an enemy sub.

USS San Diego
South Dakota

Should be on the list, nearly as fast and potent as the Iowas but within treaty weight limits.

HMS Prince of Wales (R09)
USS Missouri
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