The Navy's Crackerjack Superhero

By Scot Christenson
October 2018
First appearing in the comic section in 1934, Don Winslow of the Navy would enjoy a two-decade run thrilling audiences, warning Americans about international threats, and spurring naval recruitment.

On Our Scope

October 2018
Alfred Thayer Mahan once wrote, “The study of history lies at the foundation of all sound military conclusions and practice.” Building on that precept, Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John ...

In Contact

October 2018
Give Credit to Electric BoatPaul MerkleCongratulations on continuing to provide well-researched and stimulating articles. I read with interest Captain Rodney Watterson’s submission, “Midwife to the Fleet Boat,” in ...

As I Recall - Jumpin’ Joe Clifton

By Vice Admiral Robert F. Dunn, U.S. Navy (Retired)
October 2018
Admiral Dunn, who recently turned 90, is now an elder statesman in the naval aviation community. This is an excerpt from a U.S. Naval Institute oral history interview with Paul ...

Bluejacket's Manual - The Language of Lookouts

By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)
October 2018
Lookouts on board U.S. Navy ships are trained to report objects they see (as well as sounds heard) in a prescribed format to ensure consistency and precision (see “Bluejacket’s Manual: ...

'Shot to Pieces in the Champagne'

By Colonel Richard D. Camp, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)
October 2018
In northern France’s Champagne region, the battle-hardened Leathernecks of the 4th Marine Brigade faced one of their most daunting Great War tasks: storming heavily defended Blanc Mont Ridge. Belleau Wood, ...

Historic Aircraft - A Floatplane Trainer

By Norman Polmar, Author, Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet
October 2018
Almost 3,000 early U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, and Army pilots are estimated to have learned to fly on the Curtiss N-9 floatplane. That iconic aircraft was initiated as a private ...

Virginia's Unconquered Liberty

By Michael Romero
October 2018
During the American Revolution, vessels of the Old Dominion’s sea service confronted and captured enemy ships in the Tidewater region and lower Chesapeake Bay. local committees of safety to begin ...

Terror & Triumph at Lingayen Gulf

By James M. Scott
October 2018
U.S. warships faced an onslaught of kamikazes off Luzon during the second great American amphibious landing in the Philippines.General Douglas MacArthur was anxious in the predawn hours of 9 ...

A Habit of Heroism

By Robert C. Stern
October 2018
The fascinating life of Admiral Sir Edward R. G. R. Evans, Royal Navy, First Baron Mountevans For a young sub-lieutenant in the late-Victorian Royal Navy, even one as bright and ...

'There Ain't Nuthin' Like Navy Guns'

By Craig L. Symonds
October 2018
Seventy-five years ago, U.S. and British naval gunfire was a key ingredient in securing the Allied landings on Sicily and at Salerno, Italy. Nearly a full year before the Japanese ...

Historic Ships - Presidential Intervention

By J. M. Caiella
October 2018
The Plunger, the Navy’s first purpose-built submarine (the Holland, its first sub, had been built on speculation by the designer, John Philip Holland), was commissioned in September 1903 at New ...

Naval History News

October 2018
Does Russian Shipwreck Contain Billions in Gold Bullion? The 15 July discovery of a shipwreck from the Russo-Japanese War would be exciting news on any given day. But when the ...

Museum Report - Southampton’s Finest

By Matthew Adams
October 2018
The White Star Line’s RMS Titanic departed Southampton, England, for the United States on 10 April 1912 with 2,206 passengers and crew on board, but she never reached her destination ...

Book Reviews

October 2018
Bloody Sixteen: The USS Oriskany and Air Wing 16 during the Vietnam War Peter Fey. Lincoln, NE: Potomac Books, 2018. 282 pp. Appendices. Notes. Glossary. Biblio. Index. $32.95.Reviewed by Vice ...

Pieces of the Past

October 2018
There’s just something about a ship’s bell, something almost totemic. Perhaps it’s because down through the ages, from the Age of Sail to the Age of Steel, the architecture of ...

Douglas Munro, USCG

By Kevin Knodell and Kelly Swann
October 2018
Graphic artistry brings to life the inspiring World War II story of the signalman first class who became the only Coast Guardsman to ear the Medal of Honor.