The Worlds's Greatest Ever Navy? - Page 2




View Poll Results :Strongest Navy Ever
Royal Navy 1850-1906 9 31.03%
US Navy 1990 onwards 15 51.72%
RN 1914 2 6.90%
Spanish Navy 1540's 0 0%
USN 1950-1990 1 3.45%
RN 1941 0 0%
USN 1944 2 6.90%
Japanese Navy 1941 0 0%
Soviet Navy 1970 0 0%
German Navy 1914 0 0%
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October 25th, 2004  
Kinection
 
Is this a poll on the strongest navy during the time period? Or just strongest Navy ever?

If it's ever, than it's definitly USN present day.
October 25th, 2004  
egoz
 
Seems like kind of a broad question. A great navy is based not only on number and strength of its ships but on the captains and commanders of those ships and forces. Which is why I'm choosing the the modern USN. But it's hard to compare, strategies and purposes of the Navy has changed through everyone of those years mentioned.
October 27th, 2004  
joeyb18c
 
I'm definatly going with US navy 1990 and on, think of the firepower just one nuclear submarine has, nothing can compare and its not like we only have one
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October 27th, 2004  
battery
 
I'm going to go with U.S. Navy 1990- onwards, the Royal Navy never had as much influence as the U.S. today now does... We can't really compare these generations of fleets by firepower, rather their influence at the seas. Definately the U.S
October 28th, 2004  
Trevor
 
THroughout all of history, the Royal Navy has been known to be a strong fighting force ever since the British Empire and the Napoleonic era.
October 28th, 2004  
godofthunder9010
 
 
There is little question that the British Royal Navy is the best navy ever. The truly amazing thing is the duration of their superiority at sea. Truly amazing.
October 28th, 2004  
KAMIKAZI
 
The Royal Navy from 1785 to 1906 using wooden man-o-wars and iron clad warships are by far the best fleet ever to sail the seas. At the battle of Trafalgar our ships were so good and had such good crews that Lord Nelsons tactic was relatively simple just to scramble about in there. Dont forget our enemies were the French and the Spanish and they pretty much had 2 to 1 ships in size of their fleet compared to the fleet we had at trafalgar and we just went straight in their. Our ships could shoot faster due to their crews, they had better marines, our ships although were less advanced in some respects they were much much much better built than any navies around then. I dont think any fleet challenged ours until the 1990's when all fleets of nuclear nations were pretty much the same for example the mail fleets of today are UK USA France Russia China and I think korea has a stable navy.
October 28th, 2004  
The thin Red Line
 
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Originally Posted by battery
I'm going to go with U.S. Navy 1990- onwards, the Royal Navy never had as much influence as the U.S. today now does... We can't really compare these generations of fleets by firepower, rather their influence at the seas. Definately the U.S
I'm sorry the 19th Century RN controlled the waves for over 100 years . Britain had forces in all major areas of the world from north America to China. Remember several America's present day naval bases are on British Islands. When Britain wished to attack a Country they did. It could take the west Indies from French to attacking Brazil to landing a force to burn the White House to controlling China's river trade. What has the 1990 USN been able to do ? Gulf War ? RN was there. Gulf War 2 ? RN there again.
October 28th, 2004  
Doppleganger
 
 
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Originally Posted by battery
I'm going to go with U.S. Navy 1990- onwards, the Royal Navy never had as much influence as the U.S. today now does... We can't really compare these generations of fleets by firepower, rather their influence at the seas. Definately the U.S
Well if you're talking about influence at sea then there's no question that the RN of the 19th Century was in the main the most influential navy in history. The RN was virtually unchallenged for long periods and forged a worldwide empire that lasted tens of decades. The US Navy today does have tremendous influence but I don't think you can say it quite has the same influence simply because of the world being a smaller place and there being other modes of travel in particular air travel. Back in the 19th Century if the RN wanted to blockade you or cut off your shipping lanes by God they would do it. There was no alternate modes of travel that spanned continents in those days.
October 28th, 2004  
godofthunder9010
 
 
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Originally Posted by battery
I'm going to go with U.S. Navy 1990- onwards, the Royal Navy never had as much influence as the U.S. today now does... We can't really compare these generations of fleets by firepower, rather their influence at the seas. Definately the U.S
I'm sorry the 19th Century RN controlled the waves for over 100 years . Britain had forces in all major areas of the world from north America to China. Remember several America's present day naval bases are on British Islands. When Britain wished to attack a Country they did. It could take the west Indies from French to attacking Brazil to landing a force to burn the White House to controlling China's river trade. What has the 1990 USN been able to do ? Gulf War ? RN was there. Gulf War 2 ? RN there again.
Well, I already agree with you that the British Royal Navy was the most dominant ever. But please bear in mind that the US Navy has not been the tool of global domination because the USA isn't terribly interested. The United States could probably conquer the Caribbean and whatever they want to smaller island nations of the Pacific. They could do a lot bigger things if they wanted. They could do many of the things that the RN could have done or did. They just aren't focussed on conquering an empire for themselves. If they were, I don't think they'd match the British level of dominance, but they'd certainly be a force to be reckoned with.

Dopp, you mention the fact that other means of transport exist, but bear in mind that its still critical to the modern world in peacetime and warfare. Its the cheapest and easiest way to move huge masses of material or manpower.