what of class of ship is it help

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  1. What classifies a ship as either a Destroyer or a Frigate? From looking on the internet it seems to be governed by the total tonnage of the vessel and what its weapons loads out is focused on, but what I have been unable to find is if there is any agree world standards or does it vary from navy to navy ?

    Anyone able to point me in the right direction ??
  2. My current understanding is that the Royal Navy uses Frigates primarily in an Anti-Submarine Warfare role, whilst Destroyers are used primarily for Anti-Air Warfare role.

    In terms of weight, well the Type 22 Batch Three Frigates weigh more than the Batch 1 and 2 Type 45 Destroyers.

    Thats just in the RN, and my very basic understanding.
  3. you are right:

    Frigate = ASW

    Destroyer = AAW
  4. During the 70s we asked similar questions.

    Destroyers seemed to become Frigates, and Cruisers became Destroyers (GMD as we knew them, later called DLGs ?) - as for the rationale of this, it was probably something to do with costs/cutbacks etc (the usual claptrap that the government pollies use).

    I can't recall that tonnage was ever mentioned in the renaming...

  5. Many moons ago, it was thought that new build ships were purposely named to a lower capability to confuse the treasure-holding politicians, in case they voted against the build.
    Hence GMD's.....about the tonnage of a light cruiser
    Through-Deck Cruisers......Light Aircraft Carriers

    and so on........ :biggrin:
  6. Destroyers have D on the side
    Frigates have F on the side

    Never fails!
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