Who are the greatest naval commanders of all time?

Who are the greatest naval commanders of all time?


There have been countless skilled admirals throughout history, and each individual gained their victories in very different circumstances and with different resources. Nevertheless, some of the most well known admirals in history are the following:

  • Yi Sun Shin: A Korean admiral of 16th century who used his skills to defeat the Japanese navy on numerous occasions even when considerably outnumbered. He never lost an engagement and is a national hero of Korea today.

  • Lord Nelson: Admiral of the British fleet during the Napoleonic Wars, he was the commander of the British fleet during the decisive Battle of Trafalgar in which he was killed. He is seen as one of the most skilled strategists in naval history and his tactics were central in defeating Napoleon’s fleet and ensuring victory for the British against the French.

  • Francis Drake: An English privateer and admiral of the 16th century, he was one of the central figures in the solidification of Great Britain as a naval power in the Americas and was the second captain ever to circumnavigate the globe. He was also the second in command at the British victory over the Spanish Armada in 1588 and was extremely successful in his raids and attacks against Spanish colonies in the Caribbean.