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The line of battle has the advantage over previous naval tactics - in which ships closed on each other for individual combat - that each ship in the line can fire its broadside without fear of hitting a friendly ship. Therefore in any given amount of time more shots can be fired by the entire fleet.
 
The line of battle has the advantage over previous naval tactics - in which ships closed on each other for individual combat - that each ship in the line can fire its broadside without fear of hitting a friendly ship. Therefore in any given amount of time more shots can be fired by the entire fleet.
   
Another advantage is that a relative movement of the line in relation to some part of the enemy fleet allows for a systematic concentration of fire on that part. To fend off this possibility the other [[Fleeting|fleet]] too can move in a line, with the result so typical for sea battle since 1675: two fleets sailing along each other or in opposite tack. A ship powerful enough to stand in the line of battle came to be known as a [[Ship of the Line|S''hip of the Line'']] (of battle) or a "line of battle" ship which shortened to become "battleship".
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Another advantage is that a relative movement of the line in relation to some part of the enemy fleet allows for a systematic concentration of fire on that part. To fend off this possibility the other [[Fleeting|fleet]] too can move in a line, with the result so typical for sea battle since 1675: two fleets sailing along each other or in opposite tack. A ship powerful enough to stand in the line of battle came to be known as a [[Ship of the Line|''ship of the line'']] (of battle) or a "line of battle" ship which shortened to become "battleship".
   
 
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