The turn of the century saw a race for naval supremacy, leaving the Victorian era behind and ushering in the age of the massive battleship, the Dreadnought. Since then, through two world wars and numerous naval engagements, the Royal Navy has maintained its place as one of the world's major maritime powers. The era of the battleship has now passed but the aircraft carriers, frigates and destroyers have kept the tradition of the Royal Navy as strong as ever, as have the men and women who serve on those ships. Century of Navy combines rare and unseen archive film with newly shot footage and expert opinion to tell the story of those momentous years. See the Dreadnoughts as they steam out for the Battle of Jutland, the biggest naval battle of the First World War; watch the great engagements of the Second World War - the Channel dash, the sinking of Force Z, the hunt for the Bismarck and that vital fight for Britain's survival, the Battle of the Atlantic. Newly-found colour footage of carrier operations off the coast of Japan and NATO exercises bring the story into peacetime. And see how the modern Royal Navy maintains its place as the protector of the high seas.