Jane’s Fighting Ships is an annual reference book of information on all the world’s warships arranged by nation, including information on ships’ 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]

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 until the 1956/57 edition, while from 1957/58 the present “portrait” layout was adopted, thus matching the sister Jane’s publication on aircraft.

Beginning in the early 2000s, Jane’s has also been published online, on CD and microfiche.

Books in order of publication:

Jane’s Fighting Ships 1906-71906
Jane’s Fighting Ships 19241924
Jane’s Fighting Ships 19391939
Jane’s Fighting Ships 1950-511951
Jane’s Fighting Ships 1955-561955
Jane’s Fighting Ships 1957-581957
Jane’s Fighting Ships, 1898: A Reprint Of The 1898 Edition Of Fighting Ships1969
Jane’s Fighting Ships 19141969
Jane’s Fighting Ships 19191969
Jane’s Fighting Ships 1905-61970
Janes Fighting Ships 1971-19721972
Jane’s Fighting Ships 1987-881987
Jane’s Fighting Ships 1988-891988
Jane’s Fighting Ships of World War I – a Comprehensive Encyclopedia with More Than 1000 Illustrations1990
Jane’s Fighting Ships 1990-911990
Jane’s American Fighting Ships of the 20th Century1991
Jane’s Fighting Ships 1991-921991
Janes Fighting Ships 92-931992
Jane’s Fighting Ships of World War II1994
Jane’s Fighting Ships Recognition Handbook1994
Jane’s Fighting Ships 1995-961995
Jane’s Fighting Ships 1996-971996
Jane’s War at Sea 1897-1997: 100 Years of Jane’s Fighting Ships1997
Jane’s Fighting Ships 1997-981997
Jane’s Fighting Ships 2002-20032002
Jane’s Fighting Ships 2004-20052004
Jane’s Fighting Ships2005
Jane’s Fighting Ships 2011-20122011
Ihs Jane’s Fighting Ships 12/132012
Ihs Jane’s Fighting Ships 2013/20142013
Jane’s Fighting Ships 2014-2015: Yearbook2014
Jane’s Fighting Ships 2015 2016: Yearbook2015
Jane’s Fighting Ships 2016/2017: Yearbook2015