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Naval Battles


War of 1812: Commodore David Porter and the Essex in the South Pacific

Published: September 01, 2006 at 9:57 am
In the War of 1812, David Porter took his Essex into the remote South Pacific to fight a sustained war against British ships all on his own--and built up a small fleet in the process.By Tim DeForest

Operation Catapult: Naval Destruction at Mers-el-Kebir

Published: August 31, 2006 at 3:40 pm
At the North African port of Mers-el-Kebir, the Royal Navy and the French fleet clashed for the first time in more than a century.By Robert J. Brown

Battle of Badoeng Strait: World War II Naval Duel off Bali

Published: August 31, 2006 at 3:10 pm
The Allied strike force reached Badoeng Strait too late to stop the Japanese invasion -- and the one transport they found was defended by two tenacious destroyers.By Tom Womack

Battle of the Komandorski Islands: Close Call in the Aleutians During World War II

Published: August 31, 2006 at 12:40 pm
Fortitude and luck saved an American heavy cruiser from Japanese fire in the Battle of the Komandorski Islands.By Michael Morgan

Peloponnesian War: Battle of Pylos

Published: August 29, 2006 at 1:47 pm
A storm at sea set the stage for a siege, a naval battle and an island assault whose outcome astonished all of ancient Greece.By Richard M. Berthold

Spanish-American War: Raid on Cienfuegos

Published: August 21, 2006 at 10:15 am
An early U.S. naval engagement of the Spanish-American War was the cable raid of Cienfuegos, with each side perceiving victory achieved.By John Pelzer

World War I: German Battleships Scuttled at Scapa Flow

Published: August 18, 2006 at 1:24 pm
For months, the once-proud battleships of the Imperial German High Seas Fleet had wallowed in the shame of abject surrender. Then, on June 21, 1919, Admiral Ludwig von Reuter signaled for a final defiant gesture.By Mark T. Simmons

CSS Albemarle: Confederate Ironclad in the American Civil War

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:17 pm
An unstoppable confederate war machine -- Albemarle -- finally meets its match against Union raiders.

USS Missouri: Served in World War II and Korean War

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:15 pm
World War II ended on the deck of the USS Missouri. Five years later the Korean War broke out--and the 'Mighty Mo' was the only U.S. battleship ready to fight.

U.S. Navy Captain Charles Gridley and the Battle of Manila Bay

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:15 pm
U.S. Navy Captain Charles Gridley earned a place in history on May 1, 1898, during the Battle of Manila Bay.

World War II: Interview with U.S. Navy Yeoman Jack Adam

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:15 pm
U.S. Navy yeoman Jack Adams witnessed the war in the Pacific from Pearl Harbor to the Battles of the Coral Sea and Midway aboard the aircraft carrier Yorktown.

Admiral Raymond A. Spruance: Modest Victor of Midway

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:13 pm
Admiral Raymond A. Spruance displayed outstanding leadership and command capabilities during the battle that turned the tide in the Pacific.

Captain Frederick John Walker: Royal Navy''s German U-boat Menance

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:13 pm
Captain Johnnie Walker was the Royal Navy's most effective weapon against the German U-boat menace.

USS Constitution: The Legendary Survivor

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:13 pm
Often venturing into harm's way, the USS Constitution -- America's most famous sailing ship -- twice came close to oblivion -- once at the hands of a British squadron, and once at the hands of her own navy.

Spanish-American War: Battle of Manila Bay -- Commodore Dewey's Victory

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:12 pm
Battle of Manila Bay: Commodore Dewey's Victory

Napoleonic Wars: Battle of Trafalgar

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:11 pm
When French Vice Adm. Pierre de Villeneuve emerged from Cadiz with his 33 mammoth warships, Britain's Royal Navy awaited him with only 27, often smaller, ships of the line. But the British also had Lord Horatio Nelson.
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