List of single-ship actions

A single-ship action is a naval engagement fought between two warships of opposing sides, excluding submarine engagements; called so because there is a single ship on each side. The following is a list of notable single-ship actions.

HMS Leopard (right) fires upon the USS Chesapeake during the Chesapeake–Leopard Affair.

Single-ship actions

Anglo Spanish War

Golden Age of Piracy

War of the Austrian Succession

American Revolutionary War

French Revolutionary Wars


Napoleonic Wars

First Barbary War

War of 1812

Suppression of the slave trade


First Schleswig War

Crimean War

American Civil War

Chincha Islands War

War of the Pacific

Franco-Prussian War

Spanish-American War

Mexican Revolution

World War I

World War II

Ecuadorian–Peruvian War

Korean War

Vietnam War

Sri Lankan Civil War

Anti-piracy in Somalia

See also

Further reading


  1. The London Gazette: no. 16194. pp. 1437–1438. 22 October 1808.
  2. "Winona, 1946" (PDF). Cutters, Craft & U.S. Coast Guard Manned Army & Navy Vessels. U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office. Retrieved 8 August 2015.
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