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In photos: World War II at sea

Photos Logo Photos | Slide 1 of 81: UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1939:  World War II. Manoeuvres of the British Navy in the Channel. The ships "Renown" and "Hood".  (Photo by Albert Harlingue/Roger Viollet/Getty Images)

From Britain's Royal Navy and the U.S. Navy to Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine, naval warfare played an important role in the many battles of World War II (1939-45). Here is a look at some striking pictures of naval operations during the war.

(Pictured) Royal Navy ships, HMS Renown and HMS Hood, perform maneuvers in the English Channel, circa 1939.

© Albert Harlingue/Roger Viollet/Getty Images
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