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However, in 1937, in front of the increasing number of aircraft carriers and the real and differentiated needs of the Navy, a new naval aviation corps was created: The Royal Fleet Air Arm.In 1939, Great Britain had the largest naval air force in the world, closely followed by Japan. The most powerful ship in the world, the fastest ship of the line and the best armed one, at its launch and for twenty years, it was nicknamed “mighty hood”.

The composition of the British fleet still depended largely in 1939 on two classes of battleships dating from before and during the Great War, five from the Queen Elizabeth class (1913) and five from the Revenge class (1916).More to the east there was Hong Kong, with its concession for 99 years.Once again, the Japanese will de facto place the city under siege in December 1941.In 1939, the British Navy was still the most powerful in the world, with the largest worldwide network of fortified bases and arsenals. The military budget allocated to aviation, and especially to the army, was tiny in comparison.But the insular position and security of the sea routes of the empire imposed this state of affairs.

The composition of the British fleet still depended largely in 1939 on two classes of battleships dating from before and during the Great War, five from the Queen Elizabeth class (1913) and five from the Revenge class (1916).

More to the east there was Hong Kong, with its concession for 99 years.

Once again, the Japanese will de facto place the city under siege in December 1941.

In 1939, the British Navy was still the most powerful in the world, with the largest worldwide network of fortified bases and arsenals. The military budget allocated to aviation, and especially to the army, was tiny in comparison.

But the insular position and security of the sea routes of the empire imposed this state of affairs.

As it did not cease its shipbuilding during the Great War, its forces included a large number of cruisers, line ships, and even destroyers dating from the Great War or the Pre-Washington (1919-22).