Naval History Magazine - April 1987 Volume 1 Number 1

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2014 Naval History Essay Contest Winner

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  • The Big E's Impatient Virgins
    By Randolph Bartlett

    In January 1944, Lieutenant Commander Richard Harmer's VF(N)-101 became one of the Navy's first carrier-based night fighter squadrons. Once at sea, however, Harmer had an uphill climb getting permission for his pilots...

  • Voyage of the NC-3
    By Clark G. Reynolds

    Through either foresight or accident, the Navy treated the May 1919 transatlantic flight of Seaplane Division One as more of a nautical than aeronautical expedition. Assigning Commander Jack Towers, a superb navigator, as...

  • PBY Odyssey
    Text by Captain Richard C. Knott, U. S. Navy (Retired), Photos by Journalist Senior Chief Kirby Harrison, U. S. Navy

    Like Odysseus, who after the Trojan War wandered far before reaching home, Connie Edwards found that reenacting the epic NC-4 Transatlantic flight involved much more than just a takeoff and landing.

  • Aircraft Carriers - An American Viewpoint

    In effectiveness there must be little to choose between the airplane carrier Lexington, which has just broken speed records on a run from California to Honolulu, and her sister ship, the Saratoga. Each of these carriers has...

  • Diminishing Returns in the CVA

    The shifting imperatives of strategic employment should never detract from the basic mission of any military force - the destruction of the enemy. If our capability of destroying an enemy is less than stated, or if there are forces afoot which...

  • Large Carriers: A Matter of Time

    In his article, "The 600-Ship Navy," in the U. S. Naval Institute's Maritime Strategy Supplement, Secretary of the Navy John Lehman presents a strong case for both peacetime and wartime requirements for 15 carrier battle groups to...

  • Carriers Sail On

    Debates about the future of the carrier battle group seem to be inevitable. Success in obtaining approval for Nimitz (CVN-68)-class carriers (CVN-71-75) in 1979, 1983, and 1987 demonstrated Congress's support for the program, yet...

  • Carrier Air and Vietnam … an Assessment

    Almost three years have elapsed since the first U. S. air-craft was catapulted from an aircraft carrier in the Gulf of Tonkin. Since that first launch, almost half of the strikes and sorties flown into North Vietnam have been launched from these...

  • Lest We Forget ...

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  • Proceedings Podcast, Episode 4

    In this episode, Bill and Ward put a finer point on the amazing history of the U.S. Naval Institute and go deep on China. 


  • U.S. Marine Corps
    Nap for High Performance
    By Debbie Vyskocil

    While serving in the U.S. Army, Colonel Jill Morgenthaler used many lessons from her father, Marine Colonel Wendell Morgenthaler, including...

  • 'Tipping' the Future Fleet
    By Captain George Galdorisi, U.S. Navy (Retired), Antonio Siordia, and Scott C. Truver
    The course ahead for the Navy of the mid-21st century is still uncharted. The strategic alternative it chooses now will chart that course, for better or worse.

    In late 2009 Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Admiral Gary...

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  • ‘A Perfect American Victory’
    By Captain Richard M. Miller, U.S. Navy

    2014 Naval History Essay Contest Winner

    Transformational leadership at the Battle of Vella Gulf changed the course...

  • Lest We Forget ...

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  • From Our Archive

    ‘First in the fight and every graceful deed.’
    Alexander Pope (1688–1744)

    The guided-missile cruiser USS Port Royal (CG-73) is silhouetted by the early morning sun on...

  • Acts of Valor: Michael Monsoor
    By Kevin Knodell and Kelly Swann



  • Oceans: Slavery Exists At Sea

    Slavery exists today at sea in the global fishing industry. It is human trafficking of the poorest of the poor being sold into forced...

  • From Our Archives

    FEAT OF THE WEEK: The propeller of an Eastern Aircraft FM-1/2 Wildcat fighter was imbedded in the trunk of a coconut palm when the plane swerved off...


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