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This battle is considered to be the first large naval battle in the Atlantic Ocean .
Royaume de France (Marine Royale) -
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The French ships were at anchor at Muros on 25 July 1543 when the fleet of the Álvaro de Bazán attacked . In the battle , Álvaro de Bazán set his sights on the flagship of the French Admiral and the French corsair Hallebarde positioned nearby . Seeing that the enemy had the advantage , Álvaro de Bazán rammed and sunk the Admiral Clamorgan's flagship . Once he had sunk the French Admiral's flagship , Álvaro de Bazán turned his attention to the corsair Hallebarde , which his men boarded and captured . The fighting was fierce , lasting nearly two hours , and at the end , the French were decisively defeated . Of the 25 ships that composed the French invasion fleet , only one escaped . Although the Spanish suffered 800 casualties , French casualties exceeded 3000 .