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  • Vietnam Magazine

    MS Amastra’s perilous duty on behalf of the US at Nha Trang

    It is rare that a naval vessel once sunk to the bottom of the sea is given a new lease on life. But the motor ship (MS) Amastra, a British-registered Shell Oil tanker under the command of Captain J. Campkin, had such a second life.  ...

  • America's Civil War Magazine

    A Union Whale Surfaces in New Jersey

    Intelligent Whale, the war’s most advanced submarine, has been sitting quietly for years in a New Jersey museum. Many thought it was a postwar machine. It’s time to rewrite American naval history. It’s easy to get swept into the...

  • America's Civil War Magazine

    Heavy, Slow and Ugly

    USS Lafayette and Choctaw, cargo ships converted to gunboats, ponderously patrolled the Mississippi River and its waterways. Sure, USS Monitor and CSS Virginia revolutionized naval warfare and sounded the death knell of wooden-walled...

  • Military History Magazine

    The Dreyfus Nightmare

    How the trials of Alfred Dreyfus split an army—and then a nation. The nightmare of Captain Alfred Dreyfus began at 8 a.m. on October 15, 1894, when the 35-year-old artillery officer arrived at the French War Ministry on Paris’ rue...

  • Military History Magazine

    Mutiny on the Sentry

    The 1975 mutiny that inspired Tom Clancy’s book The Hunt for Red October was an unmistakable sign of big trouble in the Soviet navy. At midnight on Saturday, Nov. 8, 1975, the rumble of a ship’s engines broke the stillness of the...

  • Military History Magazine

    John Paul Jones: Sea Power Visionary

    John Paul Jones pioneered the idea of global sea power a century before the rise of the modern U.S. Navy. John Paul Jones is best known as a warrior, a tough commander who repeatedly beat the odds in one of history’s bloodiest scenarios:...

  • Military History Magazine

    Military History Review: National Museum of the Pacific War

    National Museum of the Pacific War 340 E. Main Street, Fredericksburg, Texas (830) 997-4379 www.nimitz-museum.org Nine days after the Dec. 7, 1941, Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Franklin D. Roosevelt issued an order to the secretary of...

  • Military History Magazine

    Military History Book Review: If by Sea

    If by Sea: The Forging of the American Navy—from the Revolution to the War of 1812 by George Daughan, Basic Books, New York, 2008, $30. One does not usually associate joint operations with the American Revolution. After reading George...

  • Military History Magazine

    The Merchants of Menace

    Disguised as neutral-nation freighters but packing a hidden punch, Germany’s merchant raiders bedeviled the Royal Navy during both world wars. Sophisticated carrier-based airplanes certainly shifted the odds in the 1940s, but as World...

  • Military History Magazine

    Military History Review: Intrepid

    Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, Pier 86, W. 46th Street and 12th Avenue, New York, (212) 245-0072 www.intrepidmuseum.org On Feb. 17, 1944, off Truk, an aerial torpedo struck USS Intrepid 15 feet below its waterline, flooding...

  • Military History Magazine

    Military History Book Review: American Admiralship

    American Admiralship: The Art of Naval Command by Edgar F. Puryear Jr., Zenith Press, Minneapolis, Minn., 2008, $24.95. As the title suggests, this is not a “10 Rules for Becoming a Great Leader” book. In fact, American Admiralship...

  • Military History Magazine

    Dawn of the Gun Ships

    John Hawkins drew on his experience at sea to create a state-of-the-art fighting ship, ultimately crushing the Spanish Armada and securing English dominion of the high seas. The introduction of heavy guns to naval warfare came at a time...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Aviation History Letter from the Editor- May 2008

    From the Sea to the Moon Twenty-three-year-old Lieutenant Thomas O. Paine boarded the giant Japanese submarine with some trepidation. It was September 1945, and Japan had surrendered just days earlier. “I recall my mixed emotions as we...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Flight Deck 5 naval add-on

    What aircraft are naval aviation’s unsung heroes? Maybe it’s the antisubmarine force—planes and helicopters that guard against threats from the deep. Maybe it’s the onboard delivery transport that keeps carriers stocked with mail...

  • American History Magazine

    Pirates of the Revolution

    Military outsourcing is making headlines, but it didn’t begin in Iraq. Private contractors played a key role in winning American independence. A frenzied shootout in a Baghdad intersection last September reportedly left 17 civilian...

  • American History Magazine

    The First Real Pilgrims

    The oldest known work by a European artist in North America is a watercolor of a near-naked giant, his arm slung around a tiny fop in tights. The giant is chiseled, like a bodybuilder, and covered in tattoos. He wears bracelets and anklets...