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Periods of the Royal Navy

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Period one of the Royal Navy

From the earliest beginnings to the sixteenth century.

Period two of the Royal Navy
1600 Jan 01 to 1642 Dec 31

From the beginning of the sixteenth century to the commencement of the Civil War in 1642.

Period three of the Royal Navy
1643 Jan 01 to 1660 Dec 03

The Cromwellian Era, from 1642 to 1660. Dutch and Spanish Wars.

Period four of the Royal Navy
1661 Jan 01 to 1688 Dec 31

The Restoration Era, from 1660 to 1688. French, Danish, Dutch, Spanish and Algerine Wars.

Period five of the Royal Navy
1689 Jan 01 to 1744 Dec 31

The Era of William III. and Anne, from 1688 to 1744. French Wars.

Period six of the Royal Navy
1745 Jan 01 to 1756 Dec 31

The Era 1714 to 1756. Spanish and French Wars.

Period seven of the Royal Navy
1757 Jan 01 to 1774 Dec 03

The Era 1756 to 1774. French and Spanish Wars.

Period eight of the Royal Navy
1775 Jan 01 to 1793 Dec 31

The Era of American Revolution, from 1774 to 1793. American, French, Spanish and Dutch Wars.

Period nine of the Royal Navy
1794 Jan 01 to 1802 Dec 03

The Era of French Revolution, from 1793 to 1802. French and Spanish Wars.

Period ten of the Royal Navy
1803 Jan 01 to 1815 Dec 31

The Napoleonic Era, from 1802, to 1815. French and Spanish Wars.

Period eleven of the Royal Navy
1816 Jan 01 to 1854 Dec 31

The Long Peace, from 1815 to 1854.

Period twelve of the Royal Navy
1855 Jan 01 to 1860 Dec 31

The Russian War and Indian Mutiny, from 1854 to 1860.

Period thirteen of the Royal Navy
1861 Jan 01 to 1891 Dec 31

The Era of the New Industrial Navy, from 1861 to 1891.

Period fourteenth of the Royal Navy
1892 Jan 01 to 1905 Dec 31

Pre-dreadnaught Era, from 1892 to 1905.

Period fifteenth of the Royal Navy
1906 Jan 01 to 1916 Dec 31

The Era of the Dreadnaught battle-ships, from 1906 to the end of World War 1, 1916.

Period sixteenth of the Royal Navy
1917 Jan 01 to 1946 Dec 31

Inter-war years and World War Two, from 1917 to 1946.

Period seventeenth of the Royal Navy
1947 Jan 01 to 1970 Dec 31
  • Post World War II, from 1946 to 1970's. Cold War Period, the advancement of anti-submarine warships with advanced frigate deployments.
  • Nuclear Fleet and Ballistic submarines are developed.
Period eighteenth of the Royal Navy
1970 Jan 01 to 2000 Dec 31
  • 1970's - End of the Century - This period saw the end of steam propulsion and the development of the marine gas turbines. L
  • Decline in crew complement.
  • Advanced development in electronics ad engineering.
Period nineteenth of Royal Naval History
2000 Jan 01 to 2016 Dec 31
  • 21st Century and the immediate future - New generation of Daring class destroyers.
  • Fleet carriers and assult ships in build progress.
  • Ships of the future.