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Naval Warfare | Second World War


The at-sea engagements of warships and submarines in World War 2 marked the last great clashes of naval history.

The naval war of World War 2 was just one component of a very far-reaching and complex war. There was a battle for the Mediterranean where the Germans needed to be starved out of their position in North Africa and the mighty Italian fleet needed to be corralled to Italian shores. In the Atlantic, vital supplies were required in Britain and elsewhere from the United States and this gave rise to the German 'Wolf Pack' hunting submarine groups which seemingly without deterrence. In the Pacific, the Empire of Japan has reached far and wide in its conquest of the region - and this mighty foe needed to be driven back to its own soil before total victory could be had.

Before the end, it would take tens of thousands of lives and the loss of hundreds of thousands of tons to bring peace back to a war-torn world. The ships included in these pages mark the most memorable - and those forgotten to history - vessels and vessel types that took part in the Grand Conflict.

View the Second World War timeline courtesy of SecondWorldWarHistory.com, a day-by-day timeline approach to major and minor events of World War 2.

Top-Level WWII Naval Categories

HMS Royal Sovereign (05)
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IJN Soryu
Aircraft Carriers
HMS Rodney
USS Chicago
USS Guadalcanal CVE-60
Escort Carriers
K-class submarine
ELCO PT boat
Torpedo Boats

By Naval Power

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United States
USS Enterprise (CV6)
US Aircraft Carriers
USS Alabama BB60
US Battleships
USS Bowfin SS287
US Submarines

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United Kingdom
HMS Ark Royal (91)
British Aircraft Carriers
HMS Barham 04
British Battleships
HMS Thames N71
British Submarines

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Nazi Germany
KMS Scharnhorst
German Battleships
Type VII U-boat
German U-boats

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Japanese Empire
IJN Zuikaku
IJN Aircraft Carriers
IJN Yamato
IJN Battleships
Kaiten midget sub
IJN Submarines

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Kingdom of Italy
Anrea Doria warship
Italian Battleships
Dandolo submarine
Italian Submarines

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USS Hornet CV8
Battle of Midway
USS Tennessee BB43
Pearl Harbor
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