Published on Sep 12, 2014
A battleship is a large armored warship with a main battery consisting of heavy caliber guns. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries the battleship was the most powerful type of warship, and a fleet of battleships was vital for any nation which desired to maintain command of the sea. During World War II, aircraft carriers overtook battleships in power projection. Some battleships remained in service during the Cold War and the last were decommissioned in the 1990s.