Royal Navy timeline image map Earliest times - 1509 Rise of the Royal Navy 1660 to 1815 The First World War and the Inter-War years 1914-1939 Navy Royal to Royal Navy 1509 to 1660 Maintaining Naval Supremacy 1815-1914 The Second world War 1939-1945 Vanguard to Trident 1945-2000 Falklands War 1982 HMS Dredadnought 1963 Admiral Viscount Cunningham of Hyndhope 1883-1963 RN & EL Alamein 1941 Cape Matapan 1941 Taranto 1940 The Atlantic 1939-1945 Admiral Sir Bertram Ramsay 1883-1945 HMS Hood 1920 HMS Furious 1917 Jutland 1916 HMS Warspite 1915 Admiral David Beatty 1871-1936 Admiral Jellicoe 1859-1935 HMS Drednought 1906 HMS Royal Soverign 1892 HMS Warrior 1861 Admiral Sir John fisher 1841-1920 Acre 1840 Admiral Lord Cochrane 1775-1860 Slavery 1807 HMS Shannon 1806 Trafalgar 1805 The Nile 1798 HMS Victory 1778 Quiberon Bay 1759 Viscount Horatio Nelson 1758-1805 Captain James Cook 1728-1779 Admiral Lord George Rodney 1719-1792 Santa Cruz 1657 Spirit of the Soveriegn Sea 1638 Samuel Pepys 1633-1703 General-at-sea Robert Blake 1599-1657 Spanish Armada 1588 Sir Francis Drake 1540-1596 Mary Rose 1511 Grace Dieu 1420 King Alfred vs The Danes 897