We are not dealing with nation states competing with each other in a fairly orderly way with armies, navies and air forces.
When two navies came together, it was a collision, followed by boarding and a desperate, bloody fight at close quarters.
No longer does it live, but neither do the men, the ships, the navies that lately sailed upon the bosom of the waters.
It is associated with armies and navies, and an unlimited police force.
My collection of battle flags of the world's navies was the most complete in existence until last year.
This chapter will review the navies as they gather for action.
All the navies of Europe could anchor comfortably in the "great port" to the east of the town.
Jails and penitentiaries and armies and navies are not our best defence.
Nor can I picture its magnificent harbour, large enough to hold all the navies in the world.
The latter is the form used in the American and British navies.
early 14c., "fleet of ships, especially for purposes of war," from Old French navie "fleet, ship," from Latin navigia, plural of navigium "vessel, boat," from navis "ship" (see naval). Meaning "a nation's collective, organized sea power" is from 1530s. The Old English words were sciphere (usually of Viking invaders) and scipfierd (usually of the home defenses). Navy blue was the color of the British naval uniform. Navy bean attested from 1856, so called because they were grown to be used by the Navy.