The Greatest Navy That Ever Sailed The Seas

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    World War II began for the United States when Japanese bombers and midget submarines attacked the Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Several large ships were sunk and many were damaged. But the Navy quickly grew in strength.

    At the end of the war, 24 battleships, 35 aircraft carriers, 77 escort carriers, 92 cruisers, 501 destroyers, 406 destroyer escorts, and 262 submarines were in service.

    This was the greatest navy that ever sailed the seas.

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    In 1967 I spent the summer at NTC-San Diego (Boot Camp). On one of the first days all the boots were in a large theater and watched film of US War Ships in action. It was meant as an inspring presentation and at its conclusion the Chief asked if anyone had a question. From the back of the room someone yelled out, "how do I join THAT Navy?"
     
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    Its all relative. Today's navy would demolish that navy in a day and incurr hardly any losses. For many years the British were the masters of the seas and their navies contolled commerce through out the world. Yes, the size of our naval forces at the end of WWII have been unequaled in the annals of history and probably will never be surpassed. Yet one destroyer in todays navy has far more firepower than a battleship back in the day. Its all relative.
     
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    Its all relative.

    US Navy took care of business in 3 years against the mighty Japanese Imperial Navy.

    We were the underdogs until after Midway.
     
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    Not underdogs but a sleeping dog. "Let sleeping dogs lie!"
     
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    In terms of proven experience and seamanship, in both battle and peace time duties, the Royal Navy wins hands down. The Royal Navy last displayed this by supplying the expedition force dispatched by the Admiralty to recapture the Falkland Islands with their initial operating platform and subsequent coastal bombardment. Something the US Navy hasn't done on a large scale since WW2, I believe.

    The US Navy is only superior in terms of manpower and floating/airbourne assets.
     
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    Spanish Armada ftw!
     
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    1 Modern Reagan Class Air craft carrier and its air fleet could systematically destroy our entire WWII fleet with out any real effort at all, and with out ever getting close enough to even be in range of hostile fire.
     
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    The Spanish Amarda's fate was sealed by English attack, but ultimately poor decisions and bad weather. Most of the force was wrecked on the northern coast of Scotland.
     
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    Well I'm a Spaniard, so It's all about pride. But yes, It's sad to see poor decisions especially when traveling north of Scotland took most of our boats due to weather..

    Nonetheless, I'm proud of their achievements and glory. Just like everyone would when their Military was the best in the world.
     

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