The Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships, commonly known as
the foremost reference regarding US naval vessels. Published in nine
volumes (from 1959 to 1991),
it gives histories for virtually every US naval vessel. To make DANFS
accessible to a larger number of people, we are working to put all DANFS
ship histories online through this site. Currently the online collection
includes over 7000 ship histories, and more are being added. These files
are faithfully transcribed from DANFS, without updating or corrections.
The Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
This project is being carried out entirely by volunteers from around the world. Andrew Toppan is the project manager,
volunteer coordinator and web archive maintainer.
For additional information or questions of any
sort, please see the DANFS Questions, Comments and
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These histories are taken from Dictionary of American Naval
Fighting Ships (US Naval Historical Center, 1959-1991). The
histories may not reflect the most recent information concerning the
ships' status and operations.
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