The Naval Defence Act 1889 was an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It received the Royal Assent on 31 May 1889 and formally adopted “two-power standard” and increased the United Kingdom’s naval strength.
The Royal Navy’s Size Throughout History
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In the 17th century, Holland and France were both superior to England at different times. Yet, by the 18th century, Britain had established a naval hegemony that was to remain unshaken until the 1920s.
The navy, taking its direction from the naval and marine committees of the Congress, was only occasionally effective. In 1776 it had 27 ships against Britain’s 270. By the end of the war, the British total had risen close to 500, and the American total had dwindled to 20.
The Royal Navy was by far the most powerful of the world’s fleets. It kept the British Isles immune from invasion and was also primed to blockade enemy ports in time of war. Fundamentally, however, its purpose was the protection of trade. … Any threat to Britain’s naval supremacy was a threat to the nation itself.
Really the only odd ducks that immediately come to mind are Cuba and maybe Turkey. Focke-Wulf made the 190. Messerschmitt / Bf made the 109. US Navy was in process of overtaking Britain’s prior to WWII, though a treaty officially made them equals with the Washington Naval Treaty.