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Old July 29 2013, 03:18 AM   #14
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Re: Why so many ship classes? doesn't seem realistic.

Just looking at a list of active ships in any major navy right before World War 2 should prove the point that any "fleet" would become quite diverse in short order.

Older types remaining in service from earlier eras, newer types recently added to a fleet and brand-new models just coming into service; would all end up serving side-by-side.

In the US Navy (again, American bias!) prior to and during World War 1 - there were about 12 classes of Destroyers (alone) built and many were still in service in 1918.

Some of those WW1 Destroyers were still in service during WW2 - in addition to 13 newer classes built between the wars and during WW2. Again, just Destroyers... If you start looking at Battleships, Cruisers, Carriers, Submarines etc. - the list just keeps growing.
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