On Our Scope

By Richard G. Latture, Editor-in-Chief
June 2006
This issue features a trio of articles examining different aspects of riverine operations during the Civil War. Spencer Tucker gives an overview of the Union's campaign to seize the Confederacy's ...

Marines Over the Western Front

By Brigadier General Edwin H. Simmons, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)
June 2006
After waging a determined campaign to see action in World War I, the 1st Marine Aviation Force established a tradition of air combat excellence.

To Honor Our Navy at Normandy

By Captain Gregory Streeter, U.S. Navy (Retired), and Dick Kirschten Sidebar by Commander Daniel G. Felger, U.S. Navy (Retired)
June 2006
Plans are afoot to ensure that the U.S. Navy's D-Day service and sacrifice are memorialized at Utah Beach.

Stepping a Modern Mast

By Captain Kendall J. King, U.S. Navy (Retired)
June 2006
In January 2005, naval tradition, Greek mythology, Native American heritage, and 21st-century advanced technology all came together with the formal stepping the mast ceremony for the future amphibious transport dock ...

Icons of Authority Bravery, & Honor

By William B. Cogar
June 2006
For centuries before—and even after—the advent of gunpowder-propelled projectiles, swords have served in combat, no matter their many varied styles. Perhaps as important, they have been universal symbols of authority ...

A Viewer’s Tribute to “JAG”

By Paul Stillwell
June 2006
Among the smorgasbord of available pleasures in life is that of escaping from the pressures of the moment by watching television programs available in our current multi-multi-channel environment. Years ago ...

In Contact

June 2006
“The Cat, Alas, is Not” (See Naval History News, pp. 9-10, February 2006 Naval History) Eugene B. Canfield Acting Paymaster William Keeler, in the book of his letters Aboard the ...

Naval History News

June 2006
Raider’s Emblem Surfaces In February, divers recovered perhaps the most recognizable symbol of the German World War II raider Admiral Graf Spec. A massive bronze eagle atop a Nazi swastika ...

Historic Fleets

By A.D. Baker III
June 2006
The recent configuration of Arleigh Burke (DDG-51)-class guided-missile destroyers, DDG-91 through DDG-96 to handle the AN/WLD-1A remotely- operated mine countermeasures system, marks the return to a practice instituted at the ...

The Navy’s Guardian

By Norman Polmar Author, The Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet
June 2006
After World War II the U.S. Navy began to focus on the potential Soviet submarine fleet—based mainly on the German Type XXI design—as the principal threat to Allied naval operations ...

Book Reviews

Reviewed by Vice Admiral James Stavridis, U.S. Navy, Lieutenant Colonel John J. Abbatiello, U.S. Air Force, Michael S. Neiberg & Robert S. Bolia
June 2006
Sea of Gray: The Around-the-World Odyssey of the Confederate Raider Shenandoah Tom Chaffin. New York: Hill & Wang Publishers. 2006. 432 pp. Notes. Bib. Maps. Illus. Appen. Index ...