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Naval Battles


Confederate Raider Raphael Semmes: Catch Me If You Can!

Wade G. Dudley | Published: January 13, 2010 at 10:23 am
Maritime raider Raphael Semmes was the scourge of Union blockaders and merchant shipping during the Civil War

Olympian Fire: Dewey at Manila Bay

Wade G. Dudley | Published: September 02, 2009 at 12:48 pm
Rear Admiral George Dewey, aboard USS Olympia, presided over the blooding of the modern U.S. Navy at the May 1, 1898, Battle of Manila Bay.

Ships, Crews, and Commanders in the War of 1812 - Gallery

Published: August 28, 2009 at 5:53 pm
Secretary of the U.S. Navy William Jones's shrewd strategy was the key to America's successful asymmetric warfare against the Royal Navy in 1812.

The Rise and Fall of CSS Virginia - Gallery

Stephen W. Sears | Published: August 28, 2009 at 3:55 pm
Did a radical new Confederate gunship foil McClellan’s plan to end the Civil War in 1862? Photographs of the CSS Virginia and USS Monitor.

Red Sky at Morning: Horror and Heroism Aboard the USS Franklin

Michael R. Shea | Published: July 31, 2009 at 2:28 pm
An aircraft carrier crew struggles for survival in the aftermath of a Japanese strike

Wings of Defeat - Kamikaze Pilots Who Survived

Richard R. Muller | Published: April 24, 2009 at 11:46 pm
Wings of Defeat, an award-winning documentary on PBS, examines the kamikaze story from two dramatically different perspectives, kamikaze pilots who survived the war and American sailors who survived kamikaze attacks. A World War II magazine review.

Fighting Words: From Davy Jones’s Locker

CHRISTINE AMMER | Published: February 09, 2009 at 4:48 pm
Many nautical terms have entered everyday language, some from merchant shipping and others from military naval parlance. Christine Ammer examines some common expressions and their nautical origins.

'Don't Give Up the Ship'

Roy and Lesley Adkins | Published: August 01, 2008 at 4:50 pm
"Don’t Give Up the Ship!" Despite his crew’s humiliating surrender to HMS Shannon, the exhortation of USS Chesapeake’s dying captain, James Lawrence, became a rallying cry of the War of 1812.

Hell and High Water

Sam Moses | Published: July 22, 2008 at 6:05 pm
Eugene Fluckey threw out the operating manual to become one of the deadliest American submarine commanders in the Pacific during World War II. His sub USS Barb sank ships, shelled factories and even blew up a train.

USS Galena: De-evolution of a Warship

Eric Ethier | Published: December 20, 2007 at 11:33 am
The ironclad USS Galena failed to live up to its "impervious" reputation and ended its career as a wooden-walled warship, but it saved lives at the Battle of Mobile Bay.

The Race to Malta

Sam Moses | Published: December 10, 2007 at 2:18 pm
Plagued by the Luftwaffe and Regia Aeronautica, Operation Harpoon is launched to resupply Malta during World War II. This major convoy must fight its way through Axis air and sea defenses. And the Germans and Italians are ready.

The Roman Navy: Masters of the Mediterranean

Richard Gabriel | Published: November 16, 2007 at 11:21 am
Marcus Vipsanius Aggripa's innovative tactics gave Octavian's Roman fleet a victory over Marc Antony and Cleopatra at the Battle of Actium. Rome was the dominant naval power in the Mediterranean for four centuries.

Singer's Secret Service Corps: Causing Chaos During the Civil War

Mark K. Ragan | Published: October 04, 2007 at 2:24 pm
Edgar C. Singer and his Secret Service Corps pioneered underwater mine and submarine research for the Confederacy from tiny La Vaca, Texas.

Battle of the Bismarck Sea

Lawrence Spinetta | Published: September 24, 2007 at 3:12 pm
During World War II, the Japanese try to reinforce New Guinea in the South Pacific, only to face the wrath of Allied Air Power - a battle that showed what air power could do to surface vessels running largely without air cover.

William Bull Halsey: Legendary World War II Admiral

Barrett Tillman | Published: June 07, 2007 at 5:07 pm
A major player in the South Pacific theater of World War II, William F. Halsey was a controversial leader whose success was countered with controversy at Leyte Gulf and during "Halsey's Typhoon" which damaged much of his fleet.

Karl Friedrich Max von Muller: Captain of the Emden During World War I

John M. Taylor | Published: May 17, 2007 at 3:48 pm
The German vessel Emden undertook the most remarkable commerce raiding cruise of World War I, destroying fifteen enemy merchantmen in three months, sinking a Russian cruiser and a French destroyer, and greatly embarrassing the Royal Navy.
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