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Royal Navy victories


Defeating the Spanish Armada
Image: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich

A partial list:

Battle of Stourmouth, 885 (Alfred the Great defends Britain from Viking invasion)
Battle of Brunanburh, 937 (defence against Viking invasion)
Protecting Channel traffic (1200 – 2100)
Battle of Damme, Flanders, 1213 (defence against French invasion)
Battle of Sluys, 1340 (capture of 180 French ships in hand-to-hand combat)
Battle of Les Espagnols sur Mer (capture of 14 Spanish ships off Winchelsea)
Spanish Armada, 1588 (defending Britain against invasion)
Battle of Santa Cruz, 1657 (at Canary Islands, victory over Spanish fleet)
Battle of Beachy Head, 1690 (against France, which had declared war)
Battle of La Hougue, 1692 (against France)
Capture of Gibraltar, 1704 (War of Spanish Succession)
Protecting British merchant ships (18th century)
Battle of Quiberon Bay, 1759 (defending against French invasion of Scotland)
Glorious First of June battle, 1794 (against France after France declared war)
Battle of the Nile, 1798 (against Napoleon)
Blockade of Napoleon’s invasion fleet, 1804
Battle of Trafalgar, 1805 (defeat of combined French-Spanish invasion fleet)
Suppression of slave trade, 1807-1900s
Pax Britannica, 1815-1895 (preserving free trade against pirates and war with deterrence)
Battle of Navarino, 1827 (defeat of the Ottoman Navy during Greek War of Independence)
Battle of Jutland, 1916 (against German Navy, First World War)
Battle of the Atlantic, 1939-1945 (protecting trade routes to North America by sinking German U-boats)
Taranto Night, 1940 (Fleet Air Arm attack on Axis Italy during Second World War)
Arctic Convoys, 1941-1945 (bringing supplies to USSR in the fight against Nazi Germany during Second World War)
Battle of Cape Matapan, 1941 (fought off the coast of Greece, Second World War)
Malta & El Alamein, 1942 (relieving Malta from starvation; attacking German army's supply lines)
Operation Neptune, 1944-1945 (clearing the Channel of German ships and mines; carrying the Allies to France on D-Day)
Falklands Conflict, 1982 (defence against Argentine aggression)
Operation Granby, 1990-1991 (Gulf War)
Operation Northern Watch, 1991-2003 (Coalition enforcement of UN mandated no-fly zone above 36th parallel to protect Kurds from Saddam Hussein)