READ 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

2
River Plate is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Naval Battles of World War II
River Plate
Date: 1939

3
First Battle of Narvik is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Naval Battles of World War II
First Battle of Narvik
Date: 1940

4
Second Battle of Narvik is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Naval Battles of World War II
Second Battle of Narvik
Date: 1940

5
Naval Battle of Norway is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Naval Battles of World War II
Naval Battle of Norway
Date: 1940

6
Mers-el-Kebir is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Naval Battles of World War II
Mers-el-Kebir
Date: 1940

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

8
Cape Spada is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Naval Battles of World War II
Cape Spada
Date: 1940

9
Dakar is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Naval Battles of World War II
Dakar
Date: 1940

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

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

12
Taranto is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Naval Battles of World War II
Taranto
Date: 1940

13
Cape Spartivento is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Naval Battles of World War II
Cape Spartivento
Date: 1940

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

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

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

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

18
Convoy SC 42 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Naval Battles of World War II
Convoy SC 42
Date: 1941

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

20
South China Sea is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Naval Battles of World War II
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

22
First Sirte is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Naval Battles of World War II
First Sirte
Date: 1941

23
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