Naval History Magazine - December 2017 Volume 31, Number 6

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Outnumbered by the Royal Navy, Germany’s surface fleet nevertheless waged a raiding campaign that bought time until waves of U-boats could join the Battle of the...



  • The Royal Navy's Ill-Fated Symbol
    By Michael D. Hull


    Designed and largely built during the throes of the Great War, the “mighty Hood” proudly displayed British naval power. But in 1941, she was no match for the modern Bismarck...

  • In Contact

    More on the Liberty Incident

    James M. Scott

    Jay Cristol claims in his letter (“In Contact,” October, p. 5...

  • Historic Ships - Heroism in Port
    By J. M. Caiella

    For such a little “boat,” the 15-year-old Bennington (Gunboat No. 4) had not only traveled much of the world, but also carved out a small chunk of history for herself. While on the way to...

  • Guadalcanal Proved Experimentation Works
    By Trent Hone


  • Pieces of the Past


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  • On Our Scope


    With champagne glasses raised, Admiral Arleigh Burke, Captain Edward Beach, and others present joined in a toast: “Captain Lindemann and his brave crew!” The tribute, delivered 37 years ago at the U.S. Naval Academy...

  • As I Recall - Japanese Tactics, U.S. Cryptology 'Goofs,' and the Fate of the Indianapolis
    By Captain Paul R. Schratz, U.S. Navy (Retired), and Captain Joseph Rochefort, U.S. Navy (Retired)


  • Bluejacket's Manual - Anchors, Chains, and Stoppers
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)


    Because mooring a Navy ship to a pier is not always possible or desirable, anchors often are used to secure a vessel in place. The equipment associated with anchoring is called ground tackle and includes the anchors themselves, the...

  • Armaments and Innovation -The 70-Year History of the Sparrow Missile
    By Norman Friedman

    For more than 40 years, the AIM-7 Sparrow was one of the U.S. Navy’s two most widely used air-to-air missiles (the AIM-9 Sidewinder was the other). It was also adopted by the U.S. Air Force and many foreign...

  • Naval History News

    Yorktown Hosts Historic Ships Conference

  • Unprepared But Undaunted
    By Peter Hooker


    Outnumbered by the Royal Navy, Germany’s surface fleet nevertheless waged a raiding campaign that bought time until waves of U-boats could join the Battle of the Atlantic.

  • The Not-So-Mighty Bismarck
    By Robert J. Winklareth


    The German battleship Bismarck has been described in superlative terms ever since she sank the “Pride of the Royal Navy,” the venerable battle cruiser HMS Hood at the 24 May 1941 Battle of the Denmark...

  • Dispelling the Myths of the Indianapolis
    By Richard A. Hulver


  • Coast Guard at War: The Cutter Sherman in Vietnam
    By Lieutenant Commander Todd Moe, U.S. Coast Guard


    The Coast Guard cutter is the last active U.S. warship to ahve sunk an enemy ship in battle.

  • Mahan's Interference in U.S. Policy
    By Alan M. Anderson


  • Historic Aircraft - The COD Fish Lines
    By Norman Polmar, Author, Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet



    Almost from the beginning of carrier aviation, various aircraft were used to fly personnel and high-priority parts to carriers at sea. Probably the first systematic effort at what became known as carrier on-board...

  • Museum Report - Miracle at Dunkirk on Display
    By Kevin M. Hymel

    In May 1940, the British Army (along with French and Belgian troops) retreated to the port and beaches of Dunkirk, France, as the German Army and Luftwaffe hammered away at them. To save the Allied men, Prime...

  • Book Reviews


    The Ghost Ship of Brooklyn: An Untold Story of the American Revolution

    Robert P. Watson. Boston, MA: DaCapo, 2017. 304 pp. Illus. Index. $28.

    Reviewed by Rear Admiral Joseph Callo, U.S. Navy (...


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