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World's Oldest Active Military Ships

This is a list of the World's 10 Oldest Military Ships which are still currently in active service for a military branch. List is sorted by the ship's original "In Service" date. All ships listed are also trackable using the links located under each ship. The active military ships more than 60 years old are typically sail training ships.

  • 1


    In Service:
    1921
    (101 Years of Service)

    Ship Statistics
    In Service: January 01, 1921
    Weight: 3,500 Gross Tons
    Length: 385.50 Feet
    Beam: 47.90 Feet
    Speed: 18.0 knots / 20.7 mph
    Complement: 220

    Track Sedov
  • 2

    Russian Navy Logo
    Russian Navy
    Kruzenshtern
    Kruzenshtern

    In Service:
    1927
    (95 Years of Service)

    Ship Statistics
    In Service: January 01, 1927
    Weight: 3,064 Gross Tons
    Length: 375.00 Feet
    Beam: 46.00 Feet
    Speed: 17.3 knots / 19.9 mph
    Complement: 257

    Track Kruzenshtern
  • 3

    Spanish Navy Logo
    Spanish Navy
    Juan Sebastián de Elcano
    Juan Sebastián de Elcano

    In Service:
    1928
    (94 Years of Service)

    Ship Statistics
    In Service: August 01, 1928
    Weight: 3,673 Gross Tons
    Length: 371.00 Feet
    Beam: 43.00 Feet
    Speed: 17.5 knots / 20.1 mph
    Complement: 390

    Track Juan Sebastián de Elcano
  • 4

    Italian Navy Logo
    Italian Navy
    Amerigo Vespucci
    Amerigo Vespucci

    In Service:
    1931
    (91 Years of Service)

    Ship Statistics
    In Service: May 26, 1931
    Weight: 3,410 Gross Tons
    Length: 329.80 Feet
    Beam: 51.00 Feet
    Speed: 15.0 knots / 17.3 mph
    Complement: 394

    Track Amerigo Vespucci
  • 5


    In Service:
    1932
    (90 Years of Service)

    Ship Statistics
    In Service: May 26, 1932
    Weight: 1,238 Gross Tons
    Length: 257.30 Feet
    Beam: 34.00 Feet
    Speed: 13.5 knots / 15.5 mph
    Complement: 52

    Track Dannebrog
  • 6

    Italian Navy Logo
    Italian Navy
    Palinuro
    Palinuro

    In Service:
    1934
    (88 Years of Service)

    Ship Statistics
    In Service: January 01, 1934
    Weight: 1,341 Gross Tons
    Length: 226.40 Feet
    Beam: 32.90 Feet
    Speed: 9.5 knots / 10.9 mph
    Complement: 138

    Track Palinuro
  • 7


    In Service:
    1936
    (86 Years of Service)

    Ship Statistics
    In Service: September 17, 1936
    Weight: 1,813 Gross Tons
    Length: 295.00 Feet
    Beam: 39.00 Feet
    Speed: 19.0 knots / 21.9 mph
    Complement: 230

    Track CGC Eagle
  • 8


    In Service:
    1952
    (70 Years of Service)

    Ship Statistics
    In Service: June 19, 1952
    Weight: 93 Gross Tons
    Length: 102.00 Feet
    Beam: 19.00 Feet
    Speed: 8.0 knots / 9.2 mph
    Complement: 24

    Track HMCS Oriole
  • 9

    Indonesian Navy Logo
    Indonesian Navy
    KRI Dewaruci
    KRI Dewaruci

    In Service:
    1953
    (69 Years of Service)

    Ship Statistics
    In Service: January 01, 1953
    Weight: 847 Gross Tons
    Length: 191.00 Feet
    Beam: 31.00 Feet
    Speed: 10.5 knots / 12.1 mph
    Complement: 156

    Track KRI Dewaruci
  • 10

    German Navy Logo
    German Navy
    Gorch Fock
    Gorch Fock

    In Service:
    1958
    (64 Years of Service)

    Ship Statistics
    In Service: December 17, 1958
    Weight: 1,760 Gross Tons
    Length: 266.00 Feet
    Beam: 39.00 Feet
    Speed: 13.7 knots / 15.8 mph
    Complement: 237

    Track Gorch Fock
  • 11


    In Service:
    1964
    (58 Years of Service)

    Ship Statistics
    In Service: January 01, 1964
    Weight: 1,145 Gross Tons
    Length: 210.50 Feet
    Beam: 34.00 Feet
    Speed: 18.0 knots / 20.7 mph
    Complement: 75

    Track CGC Reliance
  • 12


    In Service:
    1964
    (58 Years of Service)

    Ship Statistics
    In Service: January 01, 1964
    Weight: 1,145 Gross Tons
    Length: 210.50 Feet
    Beam: 34.00 Feet
    Speed: 18.0 knots / 20.7 mph
    Complement: 75

    Track CGC Diligence
  • 13


    In Service:
    1964
    (58 Years of Service)

    Ship Statistics
    In Service: January 01, 1964
    Weight: 1,145 Gross Tons
    Length: 210.50 Feet
    Beam: 34.00 Feet
    Speed: 18.0 knots / 20.7 mph
    Complement: 75

    Track CGC Vigilant
  • 14


    In Service:
    1966
    (56 Years of Service)

    Ship Statistics
    In Service: January 01, 1966
    Weight: 1,145 Gross Tons
    Length: 210.50 Feet
    Beam: 34.00 Feet
    Speed: 18.0 knots / 20.7 mph
    Complement: 75

    Track CGC Confidence
  • 15


    In Service:
    1966
    (56 Years of Service)

    Ship Statistics
    In Service: September 17, 1966
    Weight: 1,145 Gross Tons
    Length: 210.50 Feet
    Beam: 34.00 Feet
    Speed: 18.0 knots / 20.7 mph
    Complement: 75

    Track CGC Active
  • 16


    In Service:
    1966
    (56 Years of Service)

    Ship Statistics
    In Service: December 08, 1966
    Weight: 1,145 Gross Tons
    Length: 210.50 Feet
    Beam: 34.00 Feet
    Speed: 18.0 knots / 20.7 mph
    Complement: 75

    Track CGC Resolute
  • 17

    Philippine Navy Logo
    Philippine Navy
    BRP Gregorio del Pilar
    BRP Gregorio del Pilar

    In Service:
    1967
    (55 Years of Service)

    Ship Statistics
    In Service: March 18, 1967
    Weight: 3,250 Gross Tons
    Length: 378.00 Feet
    Beam: 43.00 Feet
    Speed: 29.0 knots / 33.4 mph
    Complement: 85

    Track BRP Gregorio del Pilar
  • 18

    Brazilian Navy Logo
    Brazilian Navy
    Almirante Saboia
    Almirante Saboia

    In Service:
    1967
    (55 Years of Service)

    Ship Statistics
    In Service: May 18, 1967
    Weight: 6,700 Gross Tons
    Length: 449.50 Feet
    Beam: 65.60 Feet
    Speed: 17.0 knots / 19.6 mph
    Complement: 49

    Track Almirante Saboia
  • 19


    In Service:
    1967
    (55 Years of Service)

    Ship Statistics
    In Service: November 03, 1967
    Weight: 1,145 Gross Tons
    Length: 210.50 Feet
    Beam: 34.00 Feet
    Speed: 18.0 knots / 20.7 mph
    Complement: 75

    Track CGC Valiant
  • 20


    In Service:
    1968
    (54 Years of Service)

    Ship Statistics
    In Service: January 01, 1968
    Weight: 1,145 Gross Tons
    Length: 210.50 Feet
    Beam: 34.00 Feet
    Speed: 18.0 knots / 20.7 mph
    Complement: 75

    Track CGC Steadfast
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