Over the past few years there has been a massive leap forward in the power and capabilities of modern naval craft. Today's missiles and helicopter equipped destroyers and frigates can reach further and are more effective than even the mightiest capital ships of former years, and the capabilities of the current generation of carriers and cruisers are truly awesome. This programme uses the pick of film from leading navies of the Western powers to show many of their major types of seaborne vessels in action. These range from the mighty nuclear carriers and the Iowa-class battleships of the U.S. fleet to a wide selection of destroyers and frigates. Included are shots of gunnery and rocket trails, aircraft and helicopter take-offs and landings and anti-submarine exercises. The superb footage is accompanied by a detailed script from leading maritime authority Anthony Preston and is essential viewing for all naval enthusiast.