On Our Scope

By Richard G. Latture, Editor-in-Chief
April 2006
When I take an out-of-town trip, I always try to squeeze in at least a brief visit to a historical site—be it a museum, ship, or battlefield. Naval History readers ...

Modern Service in the Constitution

By Commander Tyrone G. Martin, U.S. Navy (Retired)
April 2006
Commanding the Constitution was nowhere in my consciousness on that spring day in 1974 when I answered my phone. It was my detailer. “How would you like to command ‘Old ...

John Paul Jones Makes Admiral

By Rear Admiral Joseph F. Callo, U.S. Navy Reserve (Retired)
April 2006
But not in the United States. Jones became a rear admiral in the Russian Navy in 1788, flying his flag in the Vladimir as he defeated the Turks in an ...

Rusty a Warm Spot in Any Heart

By Harold Wayne Baker
April 2006
A military escort greeted Rusty when she came aboard the USS Sturtevant (DE-239). Nothing fancy. Just a handful of seamen making certain that no one would disturb her peace as ...

In Contact

April 2006
“Indispensable in Every Operation” (See D. W. McComb, pp. 18-29, February 2006 Naval History) Captain Lefteris Lavrakas, U.S. Navy ( Retired) As an old destroyerman, I read this ...

Naval History News

April 2006
Typhoons in the Pacific, Hurricanes in the Atlantic The USS Alabama (BB-60) celebrated a grand reopening in January after being closed as a result of August’s Hurricane Katrina. Janee Bonner ...

Historic Fleets

By A. D. Baker III
April 2006
The U.S. Navy has a long history of purchasing foreign designs after it has fallen behind in various areas of warship technology. During the rapid renaissance of the then thoroughly ...

The American Zero

By Norman Polmar Author, The Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet
April 2006
Probably the best-known Axis aircraft of World War II was the Mitsubishi A6M Zero fighter. The Zero, which first engaged in combat in 1940 over China, flew from Japanese aircraft ...

Book Reviews

Reviewed by Craig L. Symonds, CW03 Ronald W. Russell, U.S. Naval Reserve (Retired), Ron Benigo, Commander Tyrone G. Martin, U. S. Navy (Retired), Rear Admiral T. A. Brooks, U.S. Navy (Retired) & Robert Enrione
April 2006
Commodore Perry and the Opening of Japan: Narrative of the Expedition of an American Squadron to the China Seas and Japan, 1852- 1854 Francis L. Hawks. Stroud, England: Nonsuch Publishing ...