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If you look at the World's navies the really effective ones, as opposed to those who buy lots of shiny kit, are those with a depth of tradition and experience.
Leaving aside the US and its allies, India has experience of using its navy in war with Pakistan.
Russia and China have not used their navies in combat to any great extent in modern history.
China could look to Japan as an example of a country which established a powrtful navy from scratch. But Japan was able to benefit from contacts with the West. China has largely based its military on the Soviet Union and Russia.
Counting shiny new untested ships is no guide to naval power.
 

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Counting shiny new untested ships is no guide to naval power.
In that case, essentially no modern navy have actual fleet-to-fleet experience. Well, with the exception of Shir-Lanka, who fought pretty tough naval war against LTTE.
 

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Counting shiny new untested ships is no guide to naval power.
In that case, essentially no modern navy have actual fleet-to-fleet experience. Well, with the exception of Shir-Lanka, who fought pretty tough naval war against LTTE.
There hasn't been a fleet-to-fleet engagement since WW2. The concept is obsolete.

The navy with the most recent experience of a major conflict would be RN in 1982.
 

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There hasn't been a fleet-to-fleet engagement since WW2. The concept is obsolete.
Well, not exactly. There were some fleet actions - Israel vs Arabs (battle of Latakia was a pretty old-fashioned naval battle, with no involvement of aviation), Iran vs Iraq, "Praying Mantis" also. Battle of the Abkhazia coast (2008) is probably the most recent one, problem is, that details are still very vague.
 
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