The Restructuring of Britain's Navy, 1945-1979

48 Pages Posted: 8 May 2018 Last revised: 1 Apr 2019

Date Written: March 1, 2019


While Britain's Royal Navy is the subject of an old, massive and ever-growing body of historiography, works attempting to consider its post-1945 development in a comprehensive fashion are few in number. This paper endeavors to provide a concise overview of its development with regard to the mission, size, unit composition, organization and deployment of that navy (with a focus on major combat units) in the 1945-1979 period, chronicling this development, identifying the key trends and then completing the picture with how it fared as against the other major navies of the era (those of the U.S. and the Soviet Union in particular).

Keywords: British History, Military History, Naval History, Post-1945 History, Post-1945 Naval History, Naval Power, British Empire

Suggested Citation

Elhefnawy, Nader, The Restructuring of Britain's Navy, 1945-1979 (March 1, 2019). Available at SSRN: or

Nader Elhefnawy (Contact Author)

Miami-Dade Community College ( email )

11011 SW 104 Street
Room 6319-30
Miami, FL 33176-3393
United States

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