Jane's Fighting Ships

Jane's Fighting Ships is an annual reference book (also published by the early 2000s online, on CD and microfiche) of information on all the world's warships arranged by nation, including information on ship's names, dimensions, armaments, silhouettes and photographs, etc. Each edition describes and illustrates warships of different national naval and paramilitary forces, providing data on their characteristics. The first issue was illustrated with Jane's own ink sketches--photos began to appear with the third volume in 1900. The present title was adopted in 1905.

It was originally published by John Frederick Thomas Jane (usually known as "Fred T.") in London in 1898 as Jane's All the World's Fighting Ships, in order to assist naval officers and the general public in playing naval wargames.[1] Its success eventually launched a number of military publications carrying the name "Jane's". It is a unit of Jane's Information Group, which is now owned by IHS.[2]

Here are the eight editors in the annual's history;

Fred T. Jane, 1898-1915

Maurice Prendergast, 1916-1917

Oscar Parks with Maurice Prendergast, 1918-22

Oscar Parkes with Francis E. McMurtrie, 1923-29

Oscar Parkes, 1930-34

Francis E. McMurtrie, 1935-48

Raymond Blackman, 1949-73

Capt. John Moore (RN), 1974-88

Capt. Richard Sharpe (RN), 1988-2000

Capt. Richard Sharpe (RN), with Commodore Stephen Saunders (RN), 2001-02

Commodore Stephen Saunders (RN), 2002-present

Ten early editions of Jane's (those of 1898, 1905-06, 1906-07, 1914, 1919, 1924, 1931, 1939, 1944-45, and 1950-51) were reissued in facsimile reprints by Arco Publishing starting in 1969. All of these appeared in the oblong or "landscape" format that characterized the series into the late 1950s when the present "portrait" layout was adopted, thus matching the sister Jane's publication on aircraft.

Dreadnought (1906)
Diagrams of HMS Dreadnought from the 1906–07 edition

See also


  1. ^ Caffrey Jr., Matthew. "Toward a History Based Doctrine for Wargaming". Aerospace Power Journal (Fall 2000). Retrieved 1 February 2016.
  2. ^ "IHS Acquires Jane's Information Group". IHS Online Newsroom. 12 June 2007. Retrieved 1 February 2016.

Brooks, Richard. Fred T. Jane: An Eccentric Visionary. Coulsdon, Surrey: Jane's Information Group, 1997.

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