Naval History Magazine - October 2011 Volume 25, Number 5

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Even during the thick of America’s defining internecine clash, the politics of the Old World mingled with the New, as bicoastal Russian fleet sojourns proved in 1863–...


  • Solving the Mysteries of Santa Cruz
    By John Prados
    Although historians have frequently chronicled the course of the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands, some aspects of the 1942 carrier fight have remained poorly understood or virtually unknown.

  • 'Exploring the Unknowns' at Mach 2.1
    Interview by Paul Stillwell
    Years before he endured brutal treatment as a Vietnam War POW, Vice Admiral William P. Lawrence was broadening naval aviation’s horizons by putting his life on the line as a test pilot. He recollects those days in the...
  • Asian Warm-up to the Cold War
    By Edward J. Marolda
    World War II was no sooner over when U.S. naval forces were enmeshed in the struggle for China. The tumult of the ensuing four years provided valuable insights into the nature of a new enemy.

    The deployment of major U....

  • On Our Scope

    Since our last issue of Naval History, a new era for the magazine and its publisher, the U.S. Naval Institute, began as an old one ended. Newly retired Navy Vice Admiral Peter H. Daly took the organization’s helm as CEO, and...

  • Flight Line
    By Hill Goodspeed, Historian, National Naval Aviation Museum

    Thirty Years of Change

    The image is well-known: The underwater explosion of an atomic bomb sends a column of water skyward amid a collection of old warships anchored at Bikini Atoll in July 1946. Among the ships were the...

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  • A Civil War Visit by the Tsar's Navy
    By Andrew C. A. Jampoler
    Even during the thick of America’s defining internecine clash, the politics of the Old World mingled with the New, as bicoastal Russian fleet sojourns proved in 1863–64.

    The Russian Fleet has come out of...

  • Naval History Digital Edition

    A digital edition of the October issue of Naval History is available for current USNI members to view....

  • Beauty High Above, Horror Below
    By Hill Goodspeed
    A naval aviator’s reflective diary entries reveal the exhilaration, terror, excitement, and frustration of life as a Vietnam War combat pilot.

  • Looking Back
    By Paul Stillwell

    Honoring a Man of Honor

  • In Contact

    Left Off the List

    Merlin Dorfman

    Many thanks to Richard B. Frank for his excellent article, “Picking Winners?” in the June...

  • Naval History News

    A Message from the New Naval Institute Chief Executive Officer

    Dear Members and Friends of the U.S. Naval Institute,

  • Historic Fleets
    By Robert J. Cressman

    A Fighting Ship that ‘Can Give It Always’

    In the early morning darkness of 6 July 1943, formations of U.S. and Japanese warships approached each other on a collision course in Kula Gulf in the Solomon Islands. As they...

  • Historic Aircraft
    By Norman Polmar

    The God of the Sea’s Namesake

  • America's Asiatic Fleet
    By Captain Bernard D. Cole, U.S. Navy (Retired)
    For the first four decades of the 20th century an undersized U.S. Navy force had two primary tasks. One was difficult at best. The other was impossible.

    The U.S. Navy has been sailing the seas of East Asia since the...

  • Book Reviews

    Pacific Air: How Fearless Flyboys, Peerless Aircraft, and Fast Flattops Conquered the Skies in the War with Japan

    David Sears. Philadelphia: Da Capo Press, 2011. 372 pp. Illus. Notes. Bibliog. $27.50


  • Museum Report
    By Robert S. Bolia

    Japan’s Naval Academy: Historic Grandeur and Museum


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