The Naval Review has a 54-year history. It started in 1962 as an annual hardback publication that looked very much like a book. Frank Uhlig, Jr., was the editor of the first edition and the next 18. The thinking at the Naval Review’s beginning was:
. . . the world’s largest navy deserved and needed a dignified, annual publication. Through such a publication, an attempt could be made to realize two aims: to summarize for the World the Navy’s achievements each year; and to analyze critically the year’s work.