The main battery on board the Japanese flagship Matsushima during the Battle of the Yalu River, 17 September 1894.

On Our Scope

By Eric Mills
April 2021
In 1890, Japanese diplomat and political theorist Inagaki Manjiro, the Cambridge-educated son of a samurai, wrote, “Without doubt the Pacific will in the coming century be the platform of commercial ...
A Mark 7 16-inch/50 caliber gun is fired aboard the battleship USS MISSOURI (BB-63) as night shelling of Iraqi targets takes place along the northern Kuwaiti coast during Operation Desert Storm.

In Contact

April 2021
The Blue Ridge’s Role RADM Samuel J. Cox, USN (Ret.), Director, Naval History and Heritage Command I enjoy every issue of Naval History, and February 2021 is no exception ...
An Egyptian galley (foreground, right) engages with the enemy at close quarters as the fierce fighting in the Battle of the Delta begins to turn into a rout.
Construction of a rope often starts when fibers are twisted into yarns, which are then twisted in the opposite direction to form strands, after which they are twisted in the original direction to become a line.

The Art of Marlinespike Seamanship

By Lieutenant Commander Thomas Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)
April 2021
In the Navy, the term “rope” refers to both fiber and wire. Fiber ropes can be natural or synthetic, the former made of natural materials such as manila or hemp ...
The Lacoste Ship Brake is shown, looking aft, installed on the USS Indiana (BB-1) at Philadelphia on 1 April 1910. The simple door configuration was complicated by the curvature of the battleship’s hull.

The Ship Brake

By J. M. Caiella
April 2021
Stopping a ship has been problematic for centuries. The viscous medium of the sea provides little purchase for generating the friction needed to reduce a ship’s forward progress.
The crew of the USS Halibut (SS-232) who were serving on board during her tenth and final war patrol.

The Last Cruise of the Halibut

By Commander Graham C. Scarbro, U.S. Navy
April 2021
A remarkable World War II account of an imperiled Gato-class submarine, a desperate struggle for survival, and a mascot whose bravery matched that of the indefatigable crew.
The Fire Support Coordination Center at besieged Khe Sanh Combat Base is a beehive of activity on a typical night in February 1968. Working in the cramped, smoky space, Captain Munir “Harry” Baig (inset), would plot targets for U.S. artillery and aircraft.

Right Marine at the Right Place

By Michael Archer
April 2021
In February 1968, 6,000 U.S. servicemen found themselves encircled by nearly 30,000 North Vietnamese Army (NVA) soldiers at the isolated mountain outpost of Khe Sanh. Leaders in Hanoi and Washington ...
The world’s first twin-engine helicopter, the XHJD-1, also was the largest. Though it never entered production, it provided data for the development of subsequent rotary-wing aircraft.

The First BIG U.S. Helicopter

By Norman Polmar, Author, Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet
April 2021
In response to the German U-boat campaign in the Atlantic during World War II, the McDonnell Aircraft Corporation submitted a proposal to the U.S. Navy for a large antisubmarine helicopter ...
The U.S. Navy and Its Cold War Alliances, 1945–1953 Cover

Book Reviews

April 2021
Experts review The U.S. Navy and Its Cold War Alliances, Airpower Over Gallipoli, and other new and noteworthy books.
As executive officer of VP-22 in the 1960s, John Coughlin ramped up cold-weather training for the aircrews prior to an Alaskan deployment in the dead of winter.

Deployment to Adak

By Rear Admiral John T. Coughlin, U.S. Navy (Retired)
April 2021
In 1966, when he was a commander, John T. Coughlin became executive officer of Patrol Squadron 22 (VP-22), based at Barbers Point Naval Air Station in Hawaii. The squadron was ...
U.S. Mint, coin collecting

Pieces of the Past

By Michael Markowitz
April 2021
Americans have always been a seafaring people, and U.S. coins reflect that history. The first “ship coins” were minted in 1892 and 1893.
Andrew Jackson

Atomic Energy Commission: Post-World War II

By Taira Payne
April 2021
Designated naval aviator in 1932, Andrew Jackson served with Scouting Squadron Three on board the USS Lexington (CV-2) and Patrol Squadron One at Pearl Harbor during the 1930s. In 1939 ...

Nursing to Combat

By MIDN 1/C Hannah Hirzel
April 2021
A look at the progression of official responsibilities women have undertaken in the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps.

From Small-Town Girls to Prisoners of War

By Frankie Witzenburg
April 2021
In honor of Women’s History Month, here is a story of valor, honor, and perseverance: the story of the Angels of Bataan, a group of U.S. Army and Navy nurses ...
Admiral John S. "Jimmy" Thach, USN (Ret.) (1905-1981)

Meeting “Butch” O’Hare

By Taira Payne
April 2021
13 March marks the birthday of the legendary Lieutenant Commander Edward Henry "Butch" O'Hare—the U.S. Navy's first flying ace and the first Navy recipient of the Medal of Honor in ...
Truk Atoll

Target: Truk Atoll

By Aryeh Wetherhorn
April 2021
Truk Atoll is located in the center of the Caroline Islands. It is almost due north of the eastern tip of New Guinea, and, of course, Australia. The Carolines were ...
Arthur Price

U.S. Navy in Vietnam

By Taira Payne
April 2021
Admiral Price enlisted in the Navy in November 1939 and became an aviation metalsmith in 1940. After various tours of duty in World War II—in the USS Wright (AV-1) and ...
Caio Duilio

A Necessary Prelude

By Akash Vetrivel
April 2021
The dreadnought was conceived in an era of rapid change, development, and evolution in battleship design. The 19th century was a transitional period in warship design. Building materials such as ...

Last Patrol on the Bay of Biscay

By Andrew Walker
April 2021
It is a privilege to share my father’s World War II story. Jack Walker was proud of his World War II service and 28-year naval career. Like most veterans, he ...