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Naval History News

February 2018
Red October Remembered at Cold War Sub Seminar the Submarine History Seminar at the U.S. Navy Memorial on 31 October were treated to a discussion on a top-secret 1972 U.S. ...
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Pieces of the Past

February 2018
1519: Ferdinand Magellan sets out from Spain with five ships, 260 men, and a mission to do an end run around the New World and just keep on going. Rounding ...
U.S. Marine Corps

On Our Scope

February 2018
Fifty years ago, the U.S. Marine Corps and Navy were enmeshed in three Far East crises. The Corps was facing its severest tests of the Vietnam War at Khe Sanh ...
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As I Recall - Scorpion Down

By Admiral Carlisle A. H. Trost, U.S. Navy (Retired)
February 2018
My first job as an executive officer began in 1962, when I reported to the nuclear-powered attack submarine Scorpion [SSN-589]. Six years later she was lost in the Atlantic with ...

In Contact

February 2018
More on Hood and Bismarck Paul Merkle I very much enjoyed Michael Hull’s discussion of the history and development of the battle cruiser HMS Hood (“The Royal Navy’s Ill-Fated Symbol,” ...
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Bluejacket's Manual - Collision at Sea Avoidance

By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)
February 2018
Avoiding collisions is complicated by the facts that the open sea has no traffic signs or signals, no designated travel lanes, and no streetlights or headlights to illuminate the way. ...

Armaments and Innovation - The Big Torpedo

By Norman Polmar, Author, Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet
February 2018
The T-15 was one of the most ambitious submarine weapon projects ever undertaken. The torpedo was intended to carry a thermonuclear (hydrogen) warhead a distance of up to 16 nautical ...
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Historic Ships - The Cock Crowed

By J. M. Caiella
February 2018
Noted historian Sir John William Fortescue, in writing A History of the British Army (MacMillan and Co., 1920), stated: “The ablest and soberest of the American historians has written that ...
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The Marines' Tenacious Stand

By Gregg Jones
February 2018
The outnumbered defenders of Khe Sanh beat back repeated attacks and withstood continual shelling in defense of the isolated combat base and nearby hills. In the first months of 1968, ...
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Tet's Main Event

By Gregg Jones
February 2018
In early 1968, U.S. and South Vietnamese forces battled and defeated a seemingly all-or-nothing gamble by communists. Nowhere was the fighting fiercer or more prolonged than in the former capital ...
National Archives

The Army's Navy

By Alan P. Rems
February 2018
Army amphibian units gave MacArthur a personal fleetof gators that helped him return to the Philippines. When the United States entered World War II, the military had many questions about ...
North Korean news agency

Hell and Back

By Lieutenant F. Carl Schumacher, U.S. Navy Reserve (Retired)
February 2018
Fifty years ago, on 23 January 1968, the North Korean Navy opened fire on the U.S. Navy in international waters off North Korea’s east coast in the Sea of Japan. ...
National Archives

In the Right Spot, Twice

By Christopher B. Havern Sr.
February 2018
What do the discovery of the sunken remains of the heavy cruiser Indianapolis and the famous flag raising on Mount Suribachi have in common? The otherwise unremarkable LST-779 . On ...
General Dynamics

Historic Aircraft - The Avenger That Couldn’t Avenge

By Norman Polmar, Author, Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet
February 2018
The A-12 had its origins as the Advanced Tactical Aircraft (ATA) program begun in 1983 to provide a long-range, low-observable attack aircraft to replace the Grumman A-6 Intruder in carrier ...

Book Reviews

Donald M. Kehn. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 2017. 560 pp. Illus. Notes. Biblio. Index. $39.95.<p>
February 2018
In the Highest Degree Tragic: The Sacrifice of the U.S. Asiatic Fleet in the East Indies During World War II Reviewed by James R. Holmes The U.S. Navy long has ...