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A century later, the story lives on: Human drama on an epic scale—even though the stage was the desolate North Atlantic, and the only audience was the players themselves. In all of maritime...
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The buildup of the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) has caused quite a stir with the United States and its allies over the past few years. But China hardly has us over a barrel.
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The U.S. military and civilian agencies should collaborate to wage successful counterinsurgency—not battle each other.
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By: Daniel J. Demers
In 1941, a weekend pass in San Francisco and an impetuous sailor’s good intentions erupted into an international incident with Nazi Germany.

From this Month's
Proceedings Magazine

Editor's Page
When weighing U.S. military capabilities against those of peer competitors or regional troublemakers, we tend to look at the hard numbers first:...
CEO Notes
The Naval Institute staff, Board of Directors, Trustees, and I continue to develop an updated strategic plan for the Institute. The project is...
Comment & Discussion
People Development is Key to Acquisition (See J. E. Colvard, p. 10, June 2015 Proceedings)
Now Hear This - Closing on Steady Bearing—Decreasing Range
The rise of other nations, prickly domestic issues, and simply the hard lessons of history are placing the future of the United States as the...
Nobody Asked Me, But . . . - It’s Time to Take the ‘Petty’ Out of the American Sea Services
Since entering the Coast Guard, I have chafed at the term “petty officer.” As a prior enlisted U.S. Army Air Cavalry member, I took pride...

From this Month's
Naval History Magazine

On Our Scope

Naval History readers wishing to transcend the printed word can get a tactile feel for sailor life by visiting one of the more than 160...


Thomas B. Allen is well known for his writing on the subjects of espionage and military history. His books include ...

Looking Back - Return to a Different Place

Some of the happiest memories of my naval experience are from the spring of 1969 when both my...

In Contact

A Group Photo Brings Back Memories

Vice Admiral John Nyquist, U.S. Navy, Retired

Armaments & Innovations - The Pocket Polaris

While the Polaris ballistic missile was being developed in the mid-1950s, many submarine officers must have wondered whether the great bulk of U.S...

U.S. Naval Institute Blog

Self-Contradiction, Priorities, Conflict, and Women in the USMC

Mabus announced a plan to boost the sea service’s enlisted female recruitment efforts to at least 25 percent of all accessions during a mid-...

Call for Writers: Women in Writing Week

Beginning on Women’s Equality Day (26 August), the Naval Institute Blog will be running a “Women in Writing Week,” highlighting...

These Are the Drones You are Looking For…

Much was made this week of the North Dakota employing a submarine launched drone (here, here, here , etc). Yes, “underwater DRONES[!!!]...

The Wheels of Lawfare: Grinding Slow but Fine?

One of the best panels at a USNI/AFCEA West conference in recent years was the 2014 “What About China” panel that included some folks...

Capstone Essay – Blue Waters for a Red State: Aircraft Carrier Operations and the People’s Liberation Army Navy

The following essay was submitted to the 2015 Capstone Essay Contest by MIDN (now ENS) Steven Hallgren and is published as submitted. This is the...

Naval History Blog

Naval Aircraft Factory

On July 27, 1917, Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels approved the construction of the Naval Aircraft Factory in Philadelphia to help solve...

Out of Control Smoke Pot Forges Medal of Honor, Extinguishes Ensign’s Life

From Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division It was the night of July 9, 1943 and Operation Husky, the land and...

America, Independence and Freedom: Three Great Names That Go Great With Navy Ships

By Joshua L. Wick Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division When many Americans think of the 4th of July, a few...

Five Navy Ships Celebrate Milestone Anniversaries

From Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division It’s July, the month of red, white and blue… and commissionings, too...

Naval History: Around the Globe and in Communities Everywhere

By Sam Cox, Rear Adm., U.S. Navy (Retired), Director, Naval History and Heritage Command While visiting the USS Houston’ s survivors association...


Conferences and Events

Maritime Security Dialogue

Wed, 2015-08-05

Please join us for a Maritime Security Dialogue event: The Future of Naval Capabilities Featuring a discussion with: VADM Joseph...

Maritime Security Dialogue

2015 Naval History Conference

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