High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! The naval Battle of Navarino was fought on 20 October 1827, during the Greek War of Independence (1821–32) in Navarino Bay (modern-day Pylos), on the west coast of the Peloponnese peninsula, in the Ionian Sea. A combined Ottoman and Egyptian armada was destroyed by a combined British, French and Russian naval force. It is notable for being the last major naval battle in history to be fought entirely with sailing ships. The northern European ships were better armed than their Egyptian, Algerian and Ottoman opponents and their crews were better trained, contributing to a complete victory.