Encyclopedia of Ocean Engineering

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Surface Warships

  • Fang-Guang Wu
  • A-Man ZhangEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-6963-5_26-2



The surface warships are a kind of naval vessels, which are usually equipped with a certain number of soldiers, weapons, and special equipment and mainly sail on the surface of water with tactical and technical capabilities required by warfare or service support missions.

Scientific Fundamentals

Historic Evolution of Surface Warships

From ancient times, ships have been extremely important transportation vehicles and military weapons. During the Stone Age, ancient humans waded through canoes and rafts to carry out fishing and hunting. With the development of technology, the ancient humans created sails and oars to control navigation of ships, and wooden sailing warships began to dominate the sea from then on. Since the modern industrial revolution, especially after the application of welding technology and steel materials, the performance of ships has been greatly enhanced (Marshall 1995; Gibbons 2001).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Shipbuilding and Ocean EngineeringHarbin Engineering UniversityHarbin, HeilongjiangChina

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  • A-Man Zhang
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  1. 1.Harbin Engineering UniversityHarbinChina