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.
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
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
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
Fortitude and luck saved an American heavy cruiser from Japanese fire in the Battle of the Komandorski Islands.
By Michael Morgan
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
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
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
An unstoppable confederate war machine -- Albemarle -- finally meets its match against Union raiders.
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 earned a place in history on May 1, 1898, during the Battle of Manila Bay.
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 displayed outstanding leadership and command capabilities during the battle that turned the tide in the Pacific.
Captain Johnnie Walker was the Royal Navy's most effective weapon against the German U-boat menace.
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.
Battle of Manila Bay: Commodore Dewey's Victory