Naval Battles of World War II

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List Criteria: This list of WWII naval battles includes both Atlantic and Pacific Theater battles and is ordered with the earliest battles first

A list of naval battles of World War 2. These are famous WW2 naval battles; some are the greatest naval battles in history. Pictures included where possible. World War II was the real dawn of aircraft carriers. Naval battles date back all the way to at least 1260 BC. Originally fought primarily with sailing ships, today's navy battles include battleships, submarines, and aircraft carriers. That said, the tactics and decisive nature sea battles often have on warfare has gone unchanged for millennia. Beyond the oceans, maritime forces have also fought conflicts in lakes, rivers, and even on boats within a flooded Roman Colosseum. From the largest naval battle to the smallest, this list contains plenty of them.
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    Battle of the Atlantic Date: 1939-45

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    River Plate is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Naval Battles of World War II

    River Plate Date: 1939

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    First Battle of Narvik is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Naval Battles of World War II

    First Battle of Narvik Date: 1940

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    Second Battle of Narvik is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Naval Battles of World War II

    Second Battle of Narvik Date: 1940

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    Naval Battle of Norway Date: 1940

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    Mers-el-Kebir is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Naval Battles of World War II

    Mers-el-Kebir Date: 1940

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    Calabria Date: 1940

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    Cape Spada Date: 1940

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    Dakar is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Naval Battles of World War II

    Dakar Date: 1940

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    Western Approaches Date: 1940

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    Western Approaches Date: 1940

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    Taranto Date: 1940

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    Cape Spartivento is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Naval Battles of World War II

    Cape Spartivento Date: 1940

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    Koh Chang Date: 1941

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    Cape Matapan Date: 1941

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    Crete, Greece Date: 1941

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    Denmark Strait Date: 1941

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    Convoy SC 42 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Naval Battles of World War II

    Convoy SC 42 Date: 1941

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    Pearl Harbor Date: 1941

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    Southeast Asia Date: 1941

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    Cape Bon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Naval Battles of World War II

    Cape Bon Date: 1941

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    First Sirte Date: 1941

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    Java Sea is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Naval Battles of World War II

    Java Sea Date: 1942

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    Second Sirte is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Naval Battles of World War II

    Second Sirte Date: 1942

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    Coral Sea Date: 1942

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    Midway Date: 1942-44

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    Mediterranean Sea Date: 1942-44

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    Mediterranean Sea Date: 1942-44

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    Arctic Ocean Date: 1942-44

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    Convoy SC 94 Date: 1942-44

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    Savo Island is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Naval Battles of World War II

    Savo Island Date: 1942-44

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    Mediterranean Sea Date: 1942-44

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    Eastern Solomons Date: 1942-44

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    Convoy ON 127 Date: 1942-44

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    Cape Esperance is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Naval Battles of World War II

    Cape Esperance Date: 1942-44

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    Atlantic Ocean Date: 1942-44

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    Santa Cruz Islands is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Naval Battles of World War II

    Santa Cruz Islands Date: 1942-44

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    Convoy SL 125 is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Naval Battles of World War II

    Convoy SL 125 Date: 1942-44

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    Convoy SC 107 is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Naval Battles of World War II

    Convoy SC 107 Date: 1942-44

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    Casablanca Date: 1942-44

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    Guadalcanal Date: 1942-44

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    Tassafaronga is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Naval Battles of World War II

    Tassafaronga Date: 1942-44

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    Convoy ON 154 is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Naval Battles of World War II

    Convoy ON 154 Date: 1942-44

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    Barents Sea Date: 1942-44

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    Rennell Island Date: 1943

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    Convoy SC 118 is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Naval Battles of World War II

    Convoy SC 118 Date: 1943

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    Convoy ON 166 is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Naval Battles of World War II

    Convoy ON 166 Date: 1943

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    Bismarck Sea is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Naval Battles of World War II

    Bismarck Sea Date: 1943

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    Blackett Strait Date: 1943

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    Convoy SC 121 is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Naval Battles of World War II

    Convoy SC 121 Date: 1943

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