The first recorded action at sea is said to have taken place in 1210 BC when the Hittites defeated the Cypriots near Cyprus. Egyptian King Ramses III defeated the ‘Sea Peoples’ at the Battle of the Delta in 1190 BC.
For thousands of years a nations strength was defined by its power at sea. Sea power was the sum of a nation’s capabilities to implement its interests in the ocean, by using the ocean areas for political, economic, and military activities in peace or war in order to attain national objectives—with principal components of sea power being naval power, ocean science, ocean industry, and ocean commerce.
No fewer than 113 countries around the world have navies.
WORLD FIRST: The USS Enterprise became the world’s first nuclear powered aircraft carrier.
NOT JUST A YACHT: This Royal Navy vessel was the yacht of the British Royal Family.
JOLLY ROGER: During World War I Lt Commander Max Horton would fly the Jolly Roger when returning from successful submarine patrols.