Naval History Magazine - June 2012 Volume 26, Number 3

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Through her captain and crew’s creativity and determination, the big frigate demonstrated U.S. seamanship early in the ‘Second War for Independence.’...


  • That Other Air Service Centennial
    By Colonel Glen Butler, U.S. Marine Corps
    The Marine Corps trailed the Navy in acquiring wings. But in their first 100 years, flying Leathernecks doggedly made their mark on military aviation.

    The U.S. Navy’s first documented interest in...

  • Building on a 200-Year Legacy
    By Admiral Jonathan W. Greenert, U.S. Navy<p>
    Three bedrock lessons from the War of 1812 remain the basis for U.S. Navy operations in the 21st century.

    Today’s U.S. Navy was born (or perhaps reborn) in the War of 1812. Though the Fleet was...

  • On Our Scope

    On paper—and on water—it was a lopsided fight 200 years ago: the United States’ 20-odd warships versus Great Britain’s more than 500. But during the War of 1812, the U.S. Navy managed to do more than hold its own against...

  • The War's Pervasive Naval Dimensions
    By Charles E. Brodine Jr.<p>
    Viewing the War of 1812 through a wide-angle lens reveals that few aspects of the conflict were unaffected by naval and maritime factors.

    In 1882 Theodore Roosevelt published The Naval War of 1812...

  • Mitscher and the Mystery of Midway
    By Craig L. Symonds<p>
    Compelling evidence suggests the Hornet CO deliberately filed a misleading report after the puzzling ‘flight to nowhere’ in the Pacific war’s pivotal battle.

    Just a handful of...

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  • Naval History Digital Edition

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

  • Contributors

    Charles E. Brodine Jr. is a historian with the Naval History and Heritage Command and associate editor of the Command’s series The Naval War of 1812: A Documentary History. He is also a coauthor of Interpreting...

  • Looking Back - Ignominious Ends
    By Paul Stillwell

    Sometimes it’s the little things that have enormous consequences. An old proverb has it that for want of a nail—and intermediate steps—a kingdom was lost.

  • In Contact

    SEALs’ Weapon of Choice

    Colonel Charles A. Jones U.S. Marine Corps Reserve (Retired)

    The February 2012 issue of Naval History featured an outstanding story about SEALs by Dick Couch (“...

  • Naval History News

    Monitor Faces Revealed

    Haunting. Eerie. Poignant. These are just three of the words whispered to describe what those assembled were witnessing in the Arleigh Burke Auditorium at the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C., on 6...

  • Historic Aircraft - Great but Impractical Aircraft
    By Norman Polmar

    After World War II, aeronautical engineers in several countries sought to combine a very new aviation technology with a very old one. The former was the turbine (jet) engine; the latter was the seaplane.

  • Historic Fleets - ‘As Fine a Sea-Boat as We Have in the Service’
    By Robert J. Cressman

    As the U.S. sloop Hornet skirted the Corobana Bank to approach the British brig-of-war Espiegle at 1530 on 24 February 1813, Master-Commandant James Lawrence sighted another sail on his weather quarter, “edging down upon...

  • Contesting the Four Oceans
    By Kevin D. McCranie<p>
    On the high seas during the War of 1812, the outgunned U.S. Navy gained an early upper hand only to be gradually worn down by the might of the Royal Navy.

    An official communiqué announcing the American...

  • The Constitution's Great Escape
    By Louis Arthur Norton <p>
    Through her captain and crew’s creativity and determination, the big frigate demonstrated U.S. seamanship early in the ‘Second War for Independence.’

    The 44-gun frigate Constitution...

  • America's Frigate Triumphs
    By Margherita M. Desy<p>
    During the first seven months of the War of 1812, the U.S. Navy scored three stirring victories at sea that caused the British to reassess their opponent and its formidable frigates.

    On 18 June 1812, the...

  • Voyage to Tsushima
    By Captain Shannon R. Butler, U.S. Navy (Retired)
    A Russian squadron traversed the globe in 1904–5 to turn the tide of war in the Pacific, but when its bedraggled ships and sailors finally arrived, defeat was their destiny.

    The Russo-Japanese War of...

  • Book Reviews

    1812: The Navy’s War

    George C. Daughan. New York: Basic Books, 2011. 491 pp. Illus. Maps. Bibliog. Index. $32.50.

    Reviewed by William S. Dudley

  • Museum Report - Shipbuilding History Wrought in Wood and Iron
    By Robert Bernier

    As visitors stroll between buildings on a beautiful summer morning, heads turn to find the source of a rhythmic tap-tap-tapping. The sound of mallets against wood chisels is coming from a rustic structure with a sign announcing “Boatshop....


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