Greatest Naval Battles in History

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This lists the greatest, most famous, bloodiest and most epic naval battles in history

The Top Ten

1 Battle of Gravelines
2 Battle of Trafalgar

To my way of thinking, this is easily the greatest naval battle in history. It's certainly the most famous, at least to any literature or history class I've been exposed to. Lord Nelson defeated a much larger French/Spanish armada. I'm sure I'm boring anyone from the UK, or from western Europe for that matter, but for those who do not know this battle, it was very pivotal in shaping even today's geo-political landscape. It proved British naval superiority, and was the beginning of the most powerful period for the British Empire. It also was the beginning of the end for France's tyrannical Emperor, Napoleon Bonaparte, perhaps you've heard of him? Besides, the Brits built a very nice square in London to commemorate the battle, so I think it was fairly important... In terms of tonnage, sailors and the area the battle was fought in, nothing can compare to the battle of Leyte Gulf, but I'm more a fan of antiquity. I'll vote for Trafalgar, and talk up Leyte Gulf and the battle of Salamis ...more - Ned964

3 Battle of Midway
4 Battle of Leyte Gulf

The greatest naval battle in terms of ships, men and area, that's indisputable. Still, I voted for Trafalgar because to me, it's cooler. - Ned964

5 Battle of Jutland
6 Battle of Salamis

A lot less devastating than 16-inch guns, but it's gotta smart, anyway. At least when it's over, the survivors can make salami sandwiches.

Again, the Greeks were greatly outnumbered by the Persians, and again the Greeks, in this case under Themistocles, pulled a rabbit out of their a**. I guess I'm a bit biased because the Greeks were the dawn of Western civilization, and also, all the history I've read on Salamis was originally written by the Greeks. - Ned964

7 Battle of Lepanto
8 Battle of Actium
9 Battle of Tsushima
10 Battle of the Nile
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