posted on Dec, 25 2002 @ 03:43 AM
It used to be a pretty straightforward matter of tonnage and gunnery and even the various International Naval treaties: heavy cruisers were 10,000
tons max. and 8-inch main armament, light cruisers were 8,000 max or thereabouts with 6-inch guns and destroyers were smaller and frigates smaller
still and sometimes faster.
Some modern frigates are bigger than WWII cruisers and I'm not sure if there's any system any longer -especially as turreted guns are getting to
be a thing of the past. I think that cruisers will still probably be the biggest of the three classifications.