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A battleship is a large, heavily armed and armored warship, often the largest class in a fleet. The term stems from Line of Battle, a common naval formation used by opposing fleets during the age of sail. Battleships were the backbone of the world's navies until the introduction of the aircraft carrier during the second world war.

Battleships built after 1906 are often called dreadnoughts.

List of Historical Battleships

  • HMS Dreadnought
  • IJN Yamato
  • USS Iowa

Battleships in Science Fiction