In many ways, naval warfare remains the second oldest method of fighting war - second only to land warfare. Since the days man decided to take his fight to the oceans, sea-going vessels have maintained a presence on the battlefield. No more was this apparent than in the great battles fought throughout the "Age of Sail" between the various naval powers in Europe as these wooden tall ships eventually gave way to steam-powered ironclads. From then on, sea battles of The Great War were to be fought by the new steel-clad "dreadnoughts" to which the mighty battleships of World War 2 would emerge. However, the battleship would eventually take its seat in naval history with the arrival of the aircraft carrier and - in turn - this breed now superceded by the nuclear-powered, ballistic missile submarine.
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