Naval History Magazine - December 2014 Volume 28, Number 6

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Pacific war exploits that helped set eight U.S. submarine commanders apart from their peers.

Determining the Navy’s top submarine patrol captains of...



  • On Our Scope

    The partnership between the U.S. Naval Institute and U.S. Naval Academy stretches back to 1873. That’s when a group of naval officers at the Academy founded the Institute, whose offices have been located on the Annapolis school’s...

  • Contributors

    Hill Goodspeed has worked at the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Florida, where he now serves as historian and artifact-collection manager, since 1994. A recipient of the 2014 Admiral Arthur W. Radford Award for...

  • America's Undersea War on Shipping
    By James M. Scott
    While U.S. Navy surface ships and aircraft were earning dramatic Pacific war victories, American submarines were waging a silent, relentless campaign behind the front lines that ultimately strangled the enemy....
  • The Cruise of the Wasp
    By David Curtis Skaggs
    A largely forgotten vessel and her intrepid captain gave the Royal Navy more of a run for its money than any other U.S. Navy ship in the second war with Britain.

    When one thinks of famous American warships...

  • One Hundred Years at Pensacola
    By Hill Goodspeed
    Once a derelict Navy yard, the ‘Cradle of Naval Aviation’ has undergone sweeping changes during the past century.

    In the 1500s, the waters of Florida’s Pensacola Bay drew Spanish...

  • Neptune's Band of Brothers
    By Thomas Wildenberg
    In 1936 close to 30,000 sailors traversed the equator and participated in the largest Crossing the Line ceremony the Navy has ever conducted.

    During the mid-1930s, the bulk of the U.S. Fleet, which was...

Subscriber Only Content

  • Looking Back - "Underway on Nuclear Power"
    By Paul Stillwell

    With a simple radio message of “Underway on Nuclear Power,” on the morning of 17 January 1955, the submarine Nautilus (SSN-571) cast off her mooring lines and steamed into a new era. Although brief and to the point, the...

  • In Contact

    In ‘Hot Pursuit’ of the Pueblo

    Captain Stephen P. O’Brien, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    In regards to “The Pueblo...

  • Armaments and Innovations - The U.S. Navy's 'Smashers'
    By Spencer C. Tucker

    Introduced in the U.S. Navy at the beginning of the 19th century, the carronade saw extensive service in American warships during the War of 1812. The Carron Company in Scotland had produced a prototype of the weapon, designed for the protection...

  • Naval History News

    Colonel Joseph H. Alexander, 1938–2014

    The U.S. Naval Institute lost a longtime friend on 28 September with the passing of Colonel Joseph “Joe” Hammond Alexander, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired).

  • Historic Fleets - Sub Tender with the Spirit of a Battleship
    By Robert J. Cressman

    Lying moored to the northeast bank of Mariveles Bay, Philippine Islands, early in the afternoon watch on 5 January 1942, the submarine tender Canopus (AS-9), opened fire with her four 3-inch antiaircraft guns as seven Japanese bombers approached...

  • Historic Aircraft - No Vindication for the Vindicator
    By Norman Polmar

    During the 1930s, several nations developed advanced dive bombers. These aircraft were considered more effective than level or horizontal bombers for many missions, especially for attacking maneuvering ships at sea. In 1934 the U.S. Navy issued...

  • Profiles in Leadership
    By Carl LaVO
    Pacific war exploits that helped set eight U.S. submarine commanders apart from their peers.

    Determining the Navy’s top submarine patrol captains of World War II can be a simple matter if your list...

  • Scratch Three Subs
    By Lieutenant Richard H. Walker
    Over the course of several nights in February 1945, what had been a slow and disappointing war patrol for the Batfish turned into a record-setting mission.

    By most any measure, Richard Walker had a...

  • Special Center Spread: A Closer Look at a Fleet Boat

    Click on the link below to download or open a PDF from the December 2014 issue of Naval History:


  • A 'Talent for Buffoonery'
    By Jamie Malanowski
    While William Cushing’s heroic feats as a young Union Navy officer are part of the historical record, the traditional account of why he was kicked out of the U.S. Naval Academy on the eve of the Civil War is pure...
  • Book Reviews

    Assault from the Sky: U.S. Marine Corps Helicopter Operations in Vietnam

    Dick Camp. Havertown, PA: Casemate Publishers, 2013. 264 pp. Illus. $32.95.


  • Museum Report - A Stroll Through Tidewater Virginia's Pivotal Naval Moments
    By Donald A. Wambold Jr.

    The Hampton Roads Naval Museum in downtown Norfolk, Virginia, is one of nine museums presently operated by the Navy History and Heritage Command. While small, it’s packed to the gills with more than 238 years of local U.S. naval history,...

  • Pieces of the Past

    This watch fob commemorates the U.S. Naval Academy’s 12-4 victory over the U.S. Military Academy in the 1892 Army-Navy Game, a hard-fought contest played before a no-doubt disappointed home-field crowd at West Point on 10 December 1892....


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