Royal Navy History

Eleven Centuries of the Royal Navy
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Royal Naval Periods

Period Date Prominent events
Period one of Royal Naval History - 1600c From the earliest beginnings to the sixteenth century.
Period two of Royal Naval History 1600c - 1642 From the beginning of the sixteenth century to the commencement of the Civil War in 1642.
Period three of Royal Naval History 1642 - 1660 The Cromwellian Era, from 1642 to 1660. Dutch and Spanish Wars.
Period four of Royal Naval History 1661 - 1688 The Restoration Era, from 1660 to 1688. French, Danish, Dutch, Spanish and Algerine Wars.
Period five of Royal Naval History 1689 - 1744 The Era of William III. and Anne, from 1688 to 1744. French Wars.
Period six of Royal Naval History 1745 - 1756 The Era 1714 to 1756. Spanish and French Wars.
Period seven of Royal Naval History 1757 - 1774 The Era 1756 to 1774. French and Spanish Wars.
Period eight of Royal Naval History 1775 -1793 The Era of American Revolution, from 1774 to 1793. American, French, Spanish and Dutch Wars.
Period nine of Royal Naval History 1794 - 1802 The Era of French Revolution, from 1793 to 1802. French and Spanish Wars.
Period ten of Royal Naval History 1803 - 1815 The Napoleonic Era, from 1802, to 1815. French and Spanish Wars.
Period eleven of Royal Naval History 1816 - 1854 The Long Peace, from 1815 to 1854.
Period twelve of Royal Naval History 1855 - 1860 The Russian War and Indian Mutiny, from 1854 to 1860.
Period thirteen of Royal Naval History 1861 - 1891 The Era of the New Industrial Navy, from 1860 to 1891.
Period fourteenth of Royal Naval History 1892 - 1905 Pre-dreadnaught Era, from 1890 to 1905.
Period fifteenth of Royal Naval History 1906 -1916 The Era of the Dreadnaught battle-ships, from 1906 to the end of World War 1, 1916.
Period sixteenth of Royal Naval History 1917 - 1946 Inter-war years and World War Two, from 1917 to 1946.
Period seventeenth of Royal Naval History 1947 - 1970 Post World War II, from 1946 to 1970's. Cold War Period, the advancement of anti-submarine warships with advanced frigate deployments. Nuclear Fleet and Ballistic submarines are developed.
Period eighteenth of Royal Naval History 1970 - 2000 1970's - End of the Century - This period saw the end of steam propulsion and the development of the marine gas turbines. Less crew complement and advanced development in electronics.
Period nineteenth of Royal Naval History 2000 - 21st Century and the immediate future - New generation of Daring class destroyers. Fleet carriers and assult ships in build progress. Ships of the future.

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