What was the Largest Naval Battle in History?

Introduction The “largest naval battle in history” is a disputed title between adherents of varying criteria which include the numbers of personnel and/or vessels involved in the naval battle, the total displacement of the vessels involved and sometimes the significance and/or implications of the battle. While battles fought in modern times are comparatively well-documented, the… Read More

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What was the London Naval Treaty (1936)?

Introduction The Second London Naval Treaty was an international treaty signed as a result of the Second London Naval Disarmament Conference held in London, the United Kingdom. The conference started on 09 December 1935 and treaty was signed by the participating nations on 25 March 1936. Refer to Washington Naval Treaty (1922) and London Naval… Read More

What was the London Naval Treaty (1930)?

Introduction The London Naval Treaty, officially the Treaty for the Limitation and Reduction of Naval Armament, was an agreement between the United Kingdom, Japan, France, Italy, and the United States that was signed on 22 April 1930. Seeking to address issues not covered in the 1922 Washington Naval Treaty, which had created tonnage limits for… Read More

What was the Washington Naval Treaty (1922)?

Introduction The Washington Naval Treaty, also known as the Five-Power Treaty, was a treaty signed during 1922 among the major Allies of World War I, which agreed to prevent an arms race by limiting naval construction. Refer to London Naval Treaty (1930) and London Naval Treaty (1936). It was negotiated at the Washington Naval Conference,… Read More

What was the Attack on Pearl Harbour (1941)?

Introduction The attack on Pearl Harbour was a surprise military strike by the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service upon the United States against the naval base at Pearl Harbour in Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii, just before 08:00, on Sunday 07 December 1941. The United States was a neutral country at the time; the attack led… Read More

What was the Battle of the Falkland Islands (1914)?

Introduction The Battle of the Falkland Islands was a First World War naval action between the British Royal Navy and Imperial German Navy on 08 December 1914 in the South Atlantic. The British, after their defeat at the Battle of Coronel on 01 November, sent a large force to track down and destroy the German… Read More

What is the Submarine Command Course?

Introduction The Submarine Command Course (SMCC), previously known as the Commanding Officers Qualifying Course (COQC), and informally known as The Perisher because of its supposed low success rate, is a training course for naval officers preparing to take command of a submarine (Navy News, 2021). “The sailors spent months learning the deadly art of submarine… Read More