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Famous Naval Battles
Give the names of these Famous historical naval battles.
Last updated: March 13, 2013
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March 11, 2013
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Year and description
1805, British fleet under Nelson defeats combined French-Spanish fleet.
Battle of Trafalgar
480 BC, Greek fleet destroys Persian fleet and prevents further Persian advance into the Peloponnesus.
Battle of Salamis
1905, Japanese Navy destroys Russian fleet.
Battle of Tsushima
1944, Largest naval battle of WWII, part of the re-capture of the Philippines by Allied forces.
Battle of Leyte Gulf
1914, Britsh squadron destroys German squadron under Maximilian von Spee.
Battle of the Falkland Islands
1667, Dutch fleet under de Ruyter destroys English fleet. Worst and most humiliating defeat in Royal Navy's history.
Raid on the Medway
31 BC, Roman fleet under Agrippa defeats Ptolemaic fleet led by Marc Antony and Cleopatra VII.
Battle of Actium
1571, Naval forces of the Holy League defeat the Ottoman fleet.
Battle of Lepanto
1628, Admiral Piet Hein captures Spanish treasure fleet near Cuba.
Battle in the Bay of Matanzas
1942, US fleet under Nimitz destroys 4 japanese aircraft carriers. Turning point in the WWII Pacific Theatre.
Battle of Midway
1916, British-German naval conflict ends in a tactical draw, but a strategic British victory.
Battle of Jutland
1781, French fleet under de Grasse defeats British during the American War of Independance.
Battle of the Chesapeake
1942, ABDA Command (American-British-Dutch-Australian Command) fleet destroyed by Japan near Dutch East Indies.
Battle of the Java Sea
1673, Dutch victory over combined Anglo-French fleet, preventing invasion of the Netherlands by England and France.
Battle of Texel
1588, Drake defeats Spanish Armada.
Battle of Gravelines
Year and description
1941, Japanese launch surprise attack on US fleet at anchor.
Attack on Pearl Harbor
1813, US Navy captures 6 Britsh ships near Ohio during The War of 1812.
Battle of Lake Erie
241 BC, Fleet of the Roman Republic defeats fleet of Carthage near Sicily, ending the first Punic War.
Battle of the Aegates Islands
1798, British victory over the French near the coast of Egypt.
Battle of the Nile
1917, Battle between Russia and Germany on the Baltic Sea.
Battle of Moon Sound
1980, Iranian Navy destroys Iraqi Navy in the Persian Gulf.
1939, First naval battle of WWII, resulting in the sinking of the German battleship Admiral Graf Spee, near the coast of Urugay.
Battle of the River Plate
1545, Large naval engagement between the English Tudor Navy and France, between the south coast of England and the Isle of Wight.
Battle of the Solent
1942, Japanese invasion force heading for New Guinea repelled by Allied fleet near Solomon Islands.
Battle of the Coral Sea
1797, British fleet defeats Spanish fleet near Portugese coast during Anglo-Spanish War.
Battle of Cape St. Vincent
1666, Probably longest large naval battle in history, Royal Navy is defeated by a fleet of the Dutch Republic near North Foreland, England.
Four Days battle
1279, Crushing naval defeat of the Song Dynasty by the Yuan Dynasty, effectively ending the Song Dynasty.
Battle of Yamen
1790, Swedish-Russian naval conflict, very influential because the new naval battle concept "Firepower over mobility" was introduced.
Battle of Vyborg Bay
1639, Admiral Tromp destroyes Spanish fleet in the English Channel, resulting in the Dutch Republic becoming the first "Naval Superpower" in history.
Battle of the Downs
1944, Largest Aircraft Carrier battle in history (24 carriers envolved in total).
Battle of the Philippine Sea
Mar 11, 2013
Tough quiz! It's "becoming" and don't forget to capitalize "Philippine."
Mar 12, 2013
That was a toughie. I got about 9 and beat 80odd%. Great to see such a well-researched history quiz. But it was a bit too tough I think. Also, can you please allow for the correct, non-American spellings of words? Such as harboUr.
Dec 14, 2013
Man, half of the ones I missed were on the tip of my tongue; good nonetheless.
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