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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
The strength of the Naval Institute’s open forum has always been its contributors, those who accepted the challenge to read, think, speak, and...
CEO Notes
Many Members have recently spoken to me about the particularly important moment in which we find ourselves. Without getting too philosophical, there...
Comment & Discussion
Advocating Naval Heresy (See R. B. Watts, pp. 48–53, June 2015 Proceedings)
Now Hear this - Constructive, Not Disruptive, Thinking
For the past year, I’ve been quietly observing the discussions among young officers in our Navy on “disruptive thinking.” I reached...
Nobody Asked Me, But . . . - The U.S. Coast Guard Must Retain Its Most Talented Officers
Are the Coast Guard’s officer assignment and precedence-based officer promotion systems outdated? The Coast Guard, which employs some of the...

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

Capstone Essay: Distributed Lethality Requires Distributed Capability Across the Surface Fleet

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

On Midrats 2 Aug 15 – Episode 291: Nashville, Omar, Nigeria and Kurdistan, Long War Hour w/ Bill Roggio

Please join us at 5pm (EDT), 2 August 2015 for Midrats Episode 291: Nashville, Omar, Nigeria and Kurdistan, Long War Hour w/ Bill Roggio This...

Historical Leadership Dynamics for US China Relations

As the Iran nuclear debate rages in the halls of Congress and the backrooms of Sepah’s leadership, skeptics point to this agreement as another...

VLS At-sea Reloading

Last month, the People’s Liberation Army Navy held its first drill simulating the resupply of missiles in a combat environment. Live-fire...

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-...

Naval History Blog

Semper Paratus

Semper Paratus As the daughter of a Coast Guard officer and in honor of Coast Guard Day, I present the story of Signalman 1st Class Douglas Munro...

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...


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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