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An informational catalog, or several catalogs, about Cruiser.

National classes

France

Germany

First World War and Interwar

Second World War

Large
Heavy
Light

Japan

First World War and Interwar

Second World War

Heavy
Light

Russia

First World War and Interwar

Second World War

Heavy
Light

Cold War

Current

United Kingdom

First World War and Interwar

Second World War

Heavy
Light

United States

First World War and Interwar

Heavy
Light

Second World War

Large
  • Alaska-class [r]: Two-ship class of 30,000 ton U.S. Navy "large cruisers" with 12" main battery, 27,500 ton displacement; not battlecruisers as sometimes described, but a bad design intended for carrier escort; essentially a super-Baltimore-class; strikingly attractive ships with no real role not better done by the Iowa-class [e]
Heavy
Light and AA

Cold War

During the Cold War, the U.S. Navy went through numerous renamings of cruiser-like ship types, eventually stabilizing in 1975, but having gone through calling them "frigates" much larger than today's ocean escort frigates, and destroyer leaders. Burke-class destroyers operational today are as large, or larger, than several of these classes.