Naval History Magazine - October 2018 Volume 32, Number 5

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Cover Story

Alfred Thayer Mahan once wrote, “The study of history lies at the foundation of all sound military conclusions and practice.” Building on that precept, Chief of Naval Operations...



  • Antiaccess for Sea Control The British Mining Campaign in World War I
    By Rear Admiral James Goldrick, Royal Australian Navy (Retired)

    The British experience contains lessons that still apply to modern-day mine warfare.


  • The Navy's Crackerjack Superhero
    By Scot Christenson

    First appearing in the comic section in 1934, Don Winslow of the Navy would enjoy a two-decade run thrilling audiences, warning Americans about international threats, and spurring naval recruitment.


  • Terror & Triumph at Lingayen Gulf
    By James M. Scott

    U.S. warships faced an onslaught of kamikazes off Luzon during the second great American amphibious landing in the Philippines.

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  • On Our Scope

    Alfred Thayer Mahan once wrote, “The study of history lies at the foundation of all sound military conclusions and practice.” Building on that precept, Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson challenged service members and...

  • In Contact

    Give Credit to Electric Boat

    Paul Merkle

    Congratulations on continuing to provide well-researched and stimulating articles. I read with...

  • Armaments & Innovations - Extending the DEW Line to Sea
    By Norman Polmar

    When the Soviet Union detonated its first atomic weapon in 1949, U.S. defense officials became concerned about a possible Soviet bomber strike against the United States. That same year, the Soviets began production of the Tupolev Tu-4, a four-...

  • As I Recall - Jumpin’ Joe Clifton
    By Vice Admiral Robert F. Dunn, U.S. Navy (Retired)


    Admiral Dunn, who recently turned 90, is now an elder statesman in the naval aviation community. This is an excerpt from a U.S. Naval Institute oral history interview with Paul Stillwell in March 1990. Dunn served in 1960...

  • Bluejacket's Manual - The Language of Lookouts
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)


    Lookouts on board U.S. Navy ships are trained to report objects they see (as well as sounds heard) in a prescribed format to ensure consistency and precision (see “Bluejacket’s Manual: On the Lookout,” August, p...

  • 'Shot to Pieces in the Champagne'
    By Colonel Richard D. Camp, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)

    In northern France’s Champagne region, the battle-hardened Leathernecks of the 4th Marine Brigade faced one of their most daunting Great War tasks: storming heavily defended Blanc Mont Ridge.


  • Historic Aircraft - A Floatplane Trainer
    By Norman Polmar, Author, Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet


    Almost 3,000 early U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, and Army pilots are estimated to have learned to fly on the Curtiss N-9 floatplane. That iconic aircraft was initiated as a private venture by the Curtiss firm as a seaplane variant of...

  • Virginia's Unconquered Liberty
    By Michael Romero

    During the American Revolution, vessels of the Old Dominion’s sea service confronted and captured enemy ships in the Tidewater region and lower Chesapeake Bay.


  • A Habit of Heroism
    By Robert C. Stern

    The fascinating life of Admiral Sir Edward R. G. R. Evans, Royal Navy, First Baron Mountevans


    For a young sub-lieutenant in the late-Victorian...

  • 'There Ain't Nuthin' Like Navy Guns'
    By Craig L. Symonds

    Seventy-five years ago, U.S. and British naval gunfire was a key ingredient in securing the Allied landings on Sicily and at Salerno, Italy.


  • Historic Ships - Presidential Intervention
    By J. M. Caiella
    Some bumps in the road of history disappear with time, but they are no less significant. One such blip occurred on a dreary Friday off the Long Island coast, when a young Navy lieutenant invited President Theodore Roosevelt to take...
  • Naval History News


    Does Russian Shipwreck Contain Billions in Gold Bullion?


    The 15 July discovery of a shipwreck from the Russo-Japanese War would be exciting news on any given day. But when the sunken vessel is reported to...

  • Museum Report - Southampton’s Finest
    By Matthew Adams


    The White Star Line’s RMS Titanic departed Southampton, England, for the United States on 10 April 1912 with 2,206 passengers and crew on board, but she never reached her destination as she struck an iceberg during her...

  • Book Reviews

    Bloody Sixteen: The USS Oriskany and Air Wing 16 during the Vietnam War


    Peter Fey. Lincoln, NE: Potomac Books, 2018. 282 pp. Appendices. Notes. Glossary. Biblio. Index. $32.95.

    Reviewed by Vice Admiral Robert F. Dunn...

  • Pieces of the Past

    There’s just something about a ship’s bell, something almost totemic. Perhaps it’s because down through the ages, from the Age of Sail to the Age of Steel, the architecture of seafaring vessels may have metamorphosed drastically...

  • Acts of Valor: Douglas Munro, USCG
    By Kevin Knodell and Kelly Swan



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