wwii Naval Battles of World War II  

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List Rules 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Naval Battles of World War II
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 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Naval Battles of World War II
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 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Naval Battles of World War II
Calabria Date: 1940

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Cape Spada is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Naval Battles of World War II
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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Convoy SC 7 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Naval Battles of World War II
Convoy SC 7 Western Approaches - Date: 1940

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Convoy HX 79 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Naval Battles of World War II
Convoy HX 79 Western Approaches - Date: 1940

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Taranto is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Naval Battles of World War II
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 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Naval Battles of World War II
Koh Chang Date: 1941

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Cape Matapan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Naval Battles of World War II
Cape Matapan Date: 1941

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Battle of Crete is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Naval Battles of World War II
Battle of Crete Crete, Greece - Date: 1941

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Battle of the Denmark Strait is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Naval Battles of World War II
Battle of the Denmark Strait 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 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Naval Battles of World War II
Pearl Harbor Date: 1941

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South China Sea is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Naval Battles of World War II
South China Sea 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 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Naval Battles of World War II
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 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Naval Battles of World War II
Coral Sea Date: 1942

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Midway is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Naval Battles of World War II
Midway Date: 1942-44

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Operation Vigorous is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Naval Battles of World War II
Operation Vigorous Mediterranean Sea - Date: 1942-44

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Operation Harpoon is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Naval Battles of World War II
Operation Harpoon Mediterranean Sea - Date: 1942-44

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Convoy PQ 17 is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Naval Battles of World War II
Convoy PQ 17 Arctic Ocean - Date: 1942-44

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Convoy SC 94 is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Naval Battles of World War II
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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Operation Pedestal is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Naval Battles of World War II
Operation Pedestal Mediterranean Sea - Date: 1942-44

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Eastern Solomons is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Naval Battles of World War II
Eastern Solomons Date: 1942-44

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Convoy ON 127 is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Naval Battles of World War II
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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Convoy SC 104 is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Naval Battles of World War II
Convoy SC 104 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 is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Naval Battles of World War II
Casablanca Date: 1942-44

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Guadalcanal is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Naval Battles of World War II
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 is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Naval Battles of World War II
Barents Sea Date: 1942-44

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Rennell Island is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Naval Battles of World War II
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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Battle of Blackett Strait is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Naval Battles of World War II
Battle of Blackett Strait 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