Jane's Fighting Ships is an annual reference book (also published 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. Its annual editions cover the warships used by the different national naval and paramilitary forces, and provide data on their characteristics.
It was originally published by John F. T. Jane (usually known as "Fred T.") in London in 1898 as Jane's All the World's Fighting Ships, in order to assist the public in playing naval wargames. Its success 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.
The following is a list of major works which followed the format of Jane's original work:
|All the World's Fighting Ships||Jane, Fred T||Little, Brown and Co||1898|
|Jane's Fighting Ships 1922||Parkes, Oscar||Sampson, Low, Marston and Co, London||1922|
|Jane's Fighting Ships 1924||Parkes, Oscar and McMurtrie, Francis||Sampson, Low, Marston and Co, London||1924|
|Jane's Fighting Ships 1941||McMurtrie, Francis E.||Sampson, Low, Marston and Co, London||1942|
|Jane's Fighting Ships 1943–44||McMurtrie, Francis E.||Sampson, Low, Marston and Co, London||1944|
|Jane's Fighting Ships 1949–50||Blackman, Raymond||McGraw-Hill Book Company Inc., New York||1949|
|Jane's Fighting Ships 1952–53||Blackman, Raymond||McGaw Hill, Canada and Samson, Low, Marston Co, London||1952|
|Jane's Fighting Ships 1954–55||Blackman, Raymond||McGraw Hill Canada||1955|
|Jane's Fighting Ships 1956–57||Blackman, Raymond||Jane's Fighting Ships Publishing Co||1957|
|Jane's Fighting Ships 1958–59||Blackman, Raymond||McGraw Hill Canada||1959|
|Jane's Fighting Ships 1960-61||Sampson, Low, Marston and Co, London||1961|
|Jane's Fighting Ships 1970–71||Blackman, Raymond||McGraw-Hill Book Company, New York||07-032205-8||1970|
|Jane's Fighting Ships 1973–74||Moore, Capt. John||McGraw Hill Canada||07-032020-9||1974|
|Jane's Fighting Ships 1974–75||Moore, Capt. John||Franklin Watts Inc, NY||0-531-02743-0||1975|
|Jane's Fighting Ships 1979–80||Moore, Capt.||John Franklin Watts Inc, NY||0-531-03913-7||1980|
|Jane's Fighting Ships 1983–84||Moore, Capt. John||Jane's Year Books||0-7106-0774-1||1984|
|Jane's Fighting Ships of World War II||Preston, Antony||Jane's Publishing Company||1-851-70494-9||1989|
|Jane's Fighting Ships 1992–93||Sharpe, Capt. Richard||Jane's Data Division||0-7106-0983-3||1993|
|Jane's Fighting Ships 1995–96||Sharpe, Capt. Richard||Jane's Information Group Limited||0-7106-1254-0||1995|
The Jane's editions of 1898, 1905, 1906, 1914, 1919, 1924, 1931, 1939 and 1944 were reissued in facsimile reprints by Arco Publishing in 1969.