On Our Scope

By Richard G. Latture, Editor-in-Chief
October 2007
Each article in Naval History is a team effort, with the players being the author and the magazine's editors and designers. Of course, there's sometimes an exception, and this issue ...

Improving the Breed

By Norman Polmar
October 2007
Coming into service in the wake of World War II, the enormous, innovative Midway-class aircraft carriers proved to be durable trailblazers during the Cold War and beyond.

The 'Butchers of Kapsan'

By Christopher Pontrelli
October 2007
In a Korean War pinpoint strike, 16 Navy pilots dumped more than 44,000 pounds of explosives on a compound where North Korean and Chinese leaders were meeting.
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Prelude to Kamikaze

By Christopher Edwards
October 2007
At the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands, the destroyer USS Smith kept fighting after receiving a blow her mid-1930s designers never imagined.

Birth of a Blockade

By Eugene B. Canfield
October 2007
An expedition to Port Royal, South Carolina, early in the Civil War was a brilliant tactical success for its commander, Samuel F. Du Pont, and his subordinates. For political reasons ...

A Proof of Madness?

By Rear Admiral Joseph F. Callo, U.S. Naval Reserve (Retired)
October 2007
The brashness of youth was the hallmark of the first days of the Continental Navy, but the sea service quickly gained maturity as its commanders and men learned from their ...

Defusing a Crisis

By Paul Stillwell
October 2007
After playing a key role during the Cuban Missile Crisis, Elmo Zumwalt Jr., at age 49, became the youngest four-star admiral in U. S. naval history.

In Contact

October 2007
“Explaining Defeat: The Loss of the USS Chesapeake (See R. E. Cray Jr., pp. 56-62, August 2007 Naval History) Commander Tyrone G. Martin, U.S. Navy (Retired) Dr. Cray’s article ...

Naval History News

October 2007
Rebuilding Memories No one could blame Frank Kittle for feeling overly attached to the World War II-vintage Navy PBY-6A Catalina amphibious plane he is helping to restore at the American ...

Fraternal Sisters

By A. D. Baker III
October 2007
In 1919, Skinner and Eddy Shipyard, Seattle, launched the destroyer tenders Altair (AD-11) and Denebola (AD-12) as the cargo ships Edista and Edgewood, respectively, for the U.S. Shipping Board ...

Flying from the Clouds

By Norman Polmar Author, Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet
October 2007
Several nations have developed parasites— aircraft launched and sometimes recovered by other aircraft. The British and Germans both experimented with the concept during World War I. But only one parasite ...

Book Reviews

Reviewed by Colonel Thomas DiSilverio, U.S. Air Force Reserve, Colonel Jonathan M. House, U.S. Army (Retired), Captain Timothy J. Lockhart, U.S. Navy Reserve & Commander Don Walsh, U.S. Navy (Retired)
October 2007
Seize, Burn or Sink: The Thoughts and Words of Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson Steven E. Mafifeo. Lanham, MD; Toronto; and Plymouth, U.K.: The Scarecrow Press, Inc., 2007. 629 pp. lllus ...

Four Centuries of Naval History

By William Galvani
October 2007
In 1586 the English began building ships at Chatham on the River Medway in Kent with the five-gun pinnace Sunne. During the next 380 years, Chatham dockyard produced more than ...