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Terms evolve, and technology is as much at work as domestic politics and/or international diplomacy in terminology.

The Zumwalt destroyer class weighs almost as much as a pre dreadnought battleship, especially considering that torpedo boat destroyers used to be largish patrol boats.

As the larger ships become obsolete and navies start to shrink, there's a size inflation as the category immediately below that gets tasked with those missions.

Frigates were the cruisers of the Age of Enlightenment and Victoria, and were partially defined as having a single gun deck, which with the event of ironclads was the norm. Then further technical developments such as gunhouses and larger cannons spurred on the next development.

After the Great War, where small ocean going escorts were termed frigates specializing in anti-submarine warfare, they evolved to become again the principal cruising vessel of most navies, and becoming larger and more general purpose.

The Littoral Combat Ship was meant to fill in the gap between the frigates and the corvettes, among other unrealizable goals, and having fallen flat on it's face, one option that was grasped is just to evolve that design into a larger ship.

Conclusion: ships gets larger to fulfill more roles as older ships become obsolete, as militaries abhor vacuums.
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