MJ23 Scope Hero

On Our Scope

June 2023
Our cover story this issue looks at what was unfolding in the South Pacific 80 years ago during this actionful chapter of Halsey’s career.
painting: Malta—The Turning Point

A Yank Flat-Top For Malta

By Arthur Nicholson
June 2023
During the relentless bombardment of a crucial piece of Mediterranean real estate, the USS Wasp (CV-7) rallied to the aid of the island’s hard-pressed British defenders.
3 August 1804: Commodore Preble’s squadron bombards Tripoli Harbor

Preble’s War

By Thomas Sheppard
June 2023
The nations of Europe had long capitulated to the extortionist demands of the Barbary States. That didn’t sit well with Commodore Edward Preble.

SecNav’s Icy Junket

By Captain Herbert E. Hetu, U.S. Navy (Retired)
June 2023
The following is an edited excerpt from Herbert Hetu’s Naval Institute oral history interview with Paul Stillwell on 20 June 1986.

A Legacy of Naval Book Publishing

By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)
June 2023
Since 1898, the U.S. Naval Institute’s book division has been producing works of lasting importance both to the Navy and to all who love naval history.
USS Nevada

Reflections of a Battleship Sailor

By Dick Ramsey with Ed Offley
June 2023
From the Battle of the Atlantic to the Normandy Invasion to the Battle of Okinawa, the USS Nevada experienced in full the “two-ocean war.”
John Rodgers

John Rodgers: Midwife to the Ironclad

By Lieutenant Commander Andrew Roscoe, U.S. Navy Reserve
June 2023
Ultimately, no other officer did as much for the Navy to push it into this new and untired technology and to make it the success that led to victory at ...
USS Constitution

‘Old Ironsides’

By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)
June 2023
From her glory days in the Age of Fighting Sail to the present day, the USS Constitution has been an enduring icon of American sea power.