Elizabeth’s Navy

Seventy Years of the Postwar Royal Navy

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With over 260 images, this is a highly illustrated history of the ships and operations of the Royal Navy during the reign of the late Queen Elizabeth II.

During the 70 years spanned by the reign of the late Queen Elizabeth II, the Royal Navy changed out of all recognition. Its status as a superpower navy with worldwide bases and operations has been eclipsed, but it remains a powerful force because of its potency if not its size. Maritime history author Paul Brown takes us through each decade in turn, outlining the key events and developments, and charting the changes to the size, structure and capabilities of the Navy.

Fully illustrated with over 260 colour and black and white images, this book also provides a stunning visual record of the ships and operations that featured most prominently in each decade.

Table of Contents

1. The Big Navy: 1952–1959
2. Rebuilding the Navy: 1960–1969
3. Eastern Atlantic Focus: 1970–1979
4. The Falklands Decade: 1980–1989
5. Peace and War: 1990–1999
6. Millennium Retrenchment: 2000–2009
7. Broadening Horizons: 2010–2022
Appendix 1: Organisation of the Fleets, May 1952
Appendix 2: Fleet Organisation, 10 March 1964
Select Bibliography

Product details

Published Apr 13 2023
Format Ebook (Epub & Mobi)
Edition 1st
Extent 256
ISBN 9781472854964
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations Fully illustrated throughout with 250 colour and black and white images.
Series General Military
Short code GNM
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors


Paul Brown

Dr Paul Brown is a maritime history author and spe…


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