The name given on two occasions in the naval history of Britain to the principal fleet gathered together for prosecuting the war. The first occasion was during the Revolutionary (1793–1801) and the Napoleonic (1803–15) Wars against France; the second was during the First World War (1914–18) when K-class submarines were designed to accompany its ships. See also high seas fleet.
The Japanese fleet commanded by Admiral Togo at the battle of Tsushima in 1905 was also known at that time as the ‘grand fleet’. See also warfare at sea.
Subjects: Maritime History.