This book sets out to describe the major warships of the great naval powers engaged in the bitter struggles of World War II. on the Allied side these comprised the fleets of Britain and the Commonwealth nations, together with the United States and France, which were ranged against the Axis navies of Germany, Italy and Japan. There were, of course, numerous other navies involved at various times but it is not possible to include a description of these forces in a book of this size.

The following very brief outline of the naval war between 1939 and 1945 is intended to give a broad backdrop against which the role of the various navies and their warships can be assessed. The content of the book demonstrates the great effort made by the author trying to provide readers with all information they will require. According to the numerous positive feedbacks received from the readers from all parts of the planet, this is a really excellent source of information giving readers lots of historical and technical knowledge.

The author has described all major warships of the past related to the main combatant navy fleets in the history of naval wars. The list of vessels covered within the present publication includes aircraft carriers and battleships, escort vessels and battle-cruisers, destroyers etc. Note that the submarines are also covered...

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A really excellent publication which will be definitely highly appreciated not only by the military people but by the general readers as well. It is about the leadership and leaving with other people having different backgrounds and professional experiences. The author of the book has made a successful attempt to recognize the true value of every person, seeking the ways as a leader to use those personal characteristics in a correct way with the ultimate intention to reach the initially set goals of the organization. Here is the excerpt from the text...

The statistics are startling. In recent years, nearly 40 percent, or almost 80,000, of the 200,000 people who join the military annually, won't complete their enlistment contract. Although most will leave the service involuntarily, doing so is not a reflection of their character. Of those who do complete their first hitch, a very small percentage will reenlist —not nearly enough to keep our senior billets filled. Worse yet, the best talents are often the first to leave. Since it takes thirty-five thousand dollars to recruit a new trainee and much more funds required for the additional training, making new personnel to the required basic level of proficiency, the cost of this attrition to the taxpayer is staggering. And that cost is only the beginning, since the dropouts go home and counter-recruit against us, making it even harder to convince others to join.

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The main part of the content of this volume was prepared on the basis of the input by the recognized experts and members of the CIA, standing for the Committee on Information Assurance for Network-Centric Naval Forces, and other authoritative parties. It addresses the naval network-centric operations information assurance, current cyberthreats in operational terms, current information assurance and cyberdefence initiatives, application of risk analysis as a basis for prioritizing needs, explains suggested technical response to cyberthreats and the information assurance needs, and also describes some organizational considerations.

Owing to the truly significant expansion of the recently established network-centric concepts in the DOD, i.e. Department of Defense plus to the increasing threat to the cybersecurity and information commonly coming from different sides, the assurance and protection of the information is considered a field of very significant and constantly growing concern and importance. Noting the actual positioning of the Marine Corps and Navy, the information assurance matters for the naval forces are seriously exacerbated and directly linked to the overall operational success...

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The content of this publication presents a balance between the operational and technological history of the Japanese battleships that serves at the times of the Second World War. Each of the vessels and classes has been given with the concise yet very clear historical information related to the initial development and subsequent refits; the operational use has also been addressed.

The effects that the other nations had to these vessels has been commented, as well. From the operational point of view the publication will shed some light on both tactic and strategic views spanning the vessels. The text content of the publication has been supplemented with the numerous informative images and color plates in order to enable readers get the full picture of the vessels addressed within the book. The author has thoroughly and clearly examined the Japanese battleships.

It should be noted that the combined fleet of the Japanese Navy forces contained the really huge battleships, largest ever constructed. The document describes the design and construction of five famous classes of the vessels that served in the Japanese Navy, their armament, wartime service and modifications. The main purpose of the publication is purposed to be used as a reference material by both general readers and specialists.

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The Navy of Japan in the period covered within the present publication written by Tony Brian in collaboration with Mark Stille, was treated as a genuine pioneer in the field of naval aviation, who performed the commissioning of the Hosho carrier, the very first one to be built straight from the keel up. In the time between 1920 and 1930 the Imperial Navy experimented with the carriers, trying to further improve their design and construction.

This all has resulted in a remarkably effective naval aviation of the Imperial Japanese Navy by the time their country entered the Second World War. This nice and informative volume is covering the design of those vessels together with the operation and development of those Japanese aircraft carriers constructed prior to and also during the Second World War.

The author has paid particular attention to the philosophies that used to drive the design of the Japanese aircraft carriers. It shall be noted that some of the carriers have been originally laid down as battle cruisers or battleships and later converted to the aircraft carriers following the Washington Naval Treaty.

The construction of the carriers will give the interested readers a good technical insight into why those carriers suffered the mortal wounds that the American carriers could actually survive, e.g. the construction of the fuel lines and tanks etc.

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I joined MTBs early in January 1940 and then spent nearly seven years either in the boats or on the staff or in the Admiralty, doing jobs connected with Coastal Forces After I was invalided out of the Royal Navy in 1956, I spent more than 20 years working for Vosper, one of the major designers and builders of small, fast warships. So I have been involved with Coastal Forces for much of my working life, and I have, naturally, a special affection for these warships, and some knowledge of them and their history.

For a naval officer, the main attraction of small ships is the marvelous opportunity which they give for command at a young age. For both officers and men there is also the sense of belonging to a team, living in close company, and with everyone playing an important part. A worked-up, efficient Coastal Force craft in wartime was a really very special team of shipmates and friends. Since Peter Scott wrote his excellent Battle of the Narrow Seas in 1945, there have been a number of books published describing the boats, the people, and the battles. Some have been good, and some less so - but every accurate history is valuable in helping to keep the record straight for the future.

David Jefferson has written an excellent and well-researched record, which is specially valuable in that it includes a number of pieces of the story which have been little reported elsewhere, in particular regarding the landing of agents and small raiding units in Brittany and other places, mainly by the 15th MTB Flotilla, and the story of the return of the 1st MTB Flotilla from Malta to the UK through the canals of France late in 1939. I commend this book to everyone who is interested in the story of Coastal Forces.

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Since the time the Cold War ended, the focus of concerns about maritime security has shifted from the threat of disruption to seaborne trade resulting from armed interstate conflict at sea towards threats posed by non-state players in the form of piracy, illegal fishing, smuggling of people, drugs and arms and, particularly since September 2001, terrorism. There is good reason for this concern. The incidence of the piracy, particularly in Southeast Asian waters, has increased significantly, particularly since the 1997/8 Asian financial crisis.

The 2002 annual piracy report released by the International Maritime Bureau recorded a worldwide total of 370 attacks in 2002 compared with 335 in 2001. The highest number of attacks occurred in Indonesian waters (International Chamber of Commerce 2003). Terrorists have demonstrated dramatically the feasibility of attacking ships in ports or at sea with the suicide boat attacks against the USS Cole in the port of Aden in October 2000 and the attack against the French-registered tanker Limburg in the Gulf of Aden two years later. It would not be beyond the means of a well-organised terrorist group to use the tools and methods of Southeast Asia's pirates to attack shipping in the narrow waters of the Malacca, Sunda or Lombok Straits and cause major disruption to the maritime commerce on which the economies of Northeast Asia are so heavily dependent. Even more worrying is the prospect of terrorists using a ship as a delivery vehicle for weapons of mass destruction, detonating such a device in one of the major ports in Asian region.

Attacks of this kind could seriously undermine the prospects for continued economic growth in China, Taiwan and South Korea and economic recovery in Japan by raising the cost of imported raw materials. With China's economic growth increasingly serving as a major source of growth not only for the other Northeast Asian economies but also for the United States, Europe and Australasia, a terrorist attack on shipping in the chokepoints of Southeast Asia could have negative repercussions for the world economy as a whole...

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In 1942 the US were battling trying to change the course of the Pacific War. Several months after the Japanese attacked the Pearl Harbor, the American nation had undertaken staggering blows, namely the loss of the Wake Island and Guam, together with the surrender of the Corregidor Islands and fall of the Philippines. The BC, i.e. British Commonwealth, suffered the equally disastrous losses throughout the entire geographical region; in addition to that, the Dutch East Indies featuring really vast natural resources, fell under the control of Japanese army.

It was the year 1942 when the Japanese conquest reached the fullest extent. Since the road back was expected to be extremely difficult, Americans had to use the every single opportunity to inflict the damage. In 1942 they launched the Doolittle bomber which inflicted not too much of the real damage on Tokyo; this, however, proved to be a truly morale boost to the whole American nation.

Even before the fall of the Philippines, the defense forces of America started to occupy the South Pacific islands not yet occupied by the Japanese who have originally intended to proceed with their conquests across the South Pacific. The strategy of the Japanese forces was to starts with the Midway and then move to Fiji, Samoa and New Caledonia, that were all defended by the Allied forces...

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