U.S. Navy (Clay Weis)

Building on a 200-Year Legacy

By Admiral Jonathan W. Greenert, U.S. Navy<p>
May 2012
Two centuries ago, an upstart fleet took the fight to the world’s greatest navy—the lessons, and legacy, of that formative conflict live on to this day.
Navy Art Collection, Naval History and Heritage Command

On Our Scope

May 2012
On paper—and on water—it was a lopsided fight 200 years ago: the United States’ 20-odd warships versus Great Britain’s more than 500. But during the War of 1812, the U.S ...

Naval History Digital Edition

May 2012
A digital edition of the June issue of Naval History is available for current USNI members to view. The magazine image below is a link to the online magazine and ...


May 2012
Charles E. Brodine Jr. is a historian with the Naval History and Heritage Command and associate editor of the Command’s series The Naval War of 1812: A Documentary History ...
U.S. Naval Institute Photo Archive

Looking Back - Ignominious Ends

By Paul Stillwell
May 2012
Sometimes it’s the little things that have enormous consequences. An old proverb has it that for want of a nail—and intermediate steps—a kingdom was lost.The proverb came to mind in ...
National Archives

In Contact

May 2012
SEALs’ Weapon of ChoiceColonel Charles A. Jones U.S. Marine Corps Reserve (Retired)The February 2012 issue of Naval History featured an outstanding story about SEALs by Dick Couch (“SEALs ...
Jen Mabe

Naval History News

May 2012
Monitor Faces RevealedHaunting. Eerie. Poignant. These are just three of the words whispered to describe what those assembled were witnessing in the Arleigh Burke Auditorium at the U.S. Navy Memorial ...
U.S. Naval Academy Museum

Contesting the Four Oceans

By Kevin D. McCranie
May 2012
The Royal Navy’s superior numbers and firepower eventually told, but not before the Americans unexpectedly gave cause for concern.
Julian O. Davidson’s 1884 USS Constitution Escaping the British, July 1812

The Constitution's Great Escape

By Louis Arthur Norton
May 2012
Sometimes the most dramatic chase scenes unfold in slow motion; only ingenuity and sweat-equity, not full sails, saved the Constitution in July 1812.
U.S. Naval Institute Photo Archive

Voyage to Tsushima

By Captain Shannon R. Butler, U.S. Navy (Retired)
May 2012
For the Russian squadron, it was a disastrous defeat—one preceded by a hellish journey around the globe.

Book Reviews

May 2012
1812: The Navy’s WarGeorge C. Daughan. New York: Basic Books, 2011. 491 pp. Illus. Maps. Bibliog. Index. $32.50.Reviewed by William S. DudleyWith the bicentennial of the War ...