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Sea Power - The Coalition and Iraqi Navies

   The content of this excellent and useful publication was specifically worked out by Peter Gilchrist who has made a very successful attempt to provide an expert's insight about the navy forces which were deployed in the Persian Gulf during the famous operation called "Desert Storm". We are all aware of the fact that one of the most critical aspects of the subject conflict was the sea war. The USA sent six carrier battle groups, battleships USS Wisconsin and USS Missouri and, in addition to the facilities mentioned above, numerous other navy vessels. The Royal Navy of the Great Britain, although with relatively smaller resources, was spectacularly successful against Iraqi ships. Australia, France and many other nations made their vital contributions. This books describes in details all ships together with their weapons systems and capabilities. Frigates, hovercraft, amphibious forces, mine hunters, destroyers, hospital evacuation and support vessels and the role of naval helicopters were also discussed in depth. It goes without saying that the content of the present publication will be greatly appreciated by all people with a serious interest in contemporary navy fleet. The information related to the vessel is supplemented with the illustration to allow interested readers have a full picture of what they are reading.

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Particulars of the War Ships of the World

   The digitized copy of the classic world famous publication released by the Lloyd's Register of British and Foreign Shipping, listing the characteristics of the warships. This is the eighth edition of the book. Apart from the lists directly related to the warships, the present volume includes statistics of merchant shipping, lists if merchant steamers and dry and wet docks, and a table indicating the value and extent if the Merchant and Commerce Shipping. It will serve as a very useful reference book for everyone interested in the naval history and navy fleets of the world.

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United States Naval Vessels   The book comprises several manuals compiled from various official sources. In fact, this is the reprinting of a standard United States Naval Manual giving an excellent representation of the US Navy Fleet at the end of the World War Two. It will serve as a very valuable reference book for eveyone who is interested in the US Naval forces.

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The New Navy 1883-1922

   The book by one of the internationally recognized experts, Paul Silverstone, is a listing of the ships belonging to the period between 1883 and the World War One. The information provided in the publication is supplemented with the number of photographs. The book includes a list of SP class ships, they are sorted separately by name and by hull number. In addition, there are listings for the US Army ships, NOTs, and the Royal Hawaiian Army. This is the third book of The USN Warship Series - as the name implies, the author covered the fifty-year period of time, 1883-1922...

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The Price of Admiralty - The Evolution of Naval Warfare

   This book is one of the early classics by John Keegan. In his publication, the author did his best to closely analyze the most famous naval battles of the past. He excels in presenting very concise and clear descriptions. It will definitely be very pleasant not to be burdened with lots of terminology for any land-rubber. It is really a great work for general readers of this subject as the book is very easy to read and understand. Even after more than twenty-five years this book remains as fresh today as it was when first introduced in 1988.

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Mine Warfare Vessels of the Royal Navy 1908 to Date

   For many decades the navigable waters of the world have been traversed by ships of all nations in peace and in war. and during the peace ships have foundered by stress of storm far loo often. With the commencement of war. the hazards of the sea are increased many times by reason of the weapon known as the sea mine, or mine. The evolution of the mine is dealt with briefly later in this chapter, but despite the swept channels, the seas are still dangerous today from mines that have been laid by ships of many nations. In the early 20th century the British Admiralty decided that the threat from the weapon of the weaker power, for such was the mine described, was now loo well known and foreseen on too large a scale to be ignored. Consequently, in 1908 the Board decided that a number of the smaller vessels of the Fleet such as ships of the "Alarm", "Dryad" and "Sharpshooter" classes should be converted into minesweepers. From information gained by the trials and experimentation with the purchased trawler Oropesa II and its minesweeping gear, additional trawlers were purchased from commercial owners. The other need was in the provision of minelayers; here, the Royal Navy has always depended on requisitioned vessels to a large extent, although a number of classes of minelayers have originated from Admiralty designs and conversions of existing ships of the Fleet...

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Ships of the Royal Navy

   New revised edition of the "Ships of the Royal Nay by J. J. Colledge and Ben Warlow. This 'ABC of the ships of the Royal Navy is the result of many years' research in the Admiralty Library and elsewhere, and it is hoped that most of the ships which have served at any time in the British or Commonwealth navies are included. Ships noted as 'Indian' include those of the Hon East India Company, which developed into the Bombay Marine and later into the Royal Indian Marine. The term 'Australian' is used in the text to cover ships of the various State navies of Australia before the formation of the Royal Australian Navy. Names of ships captured from the French or Spanish are printed in English form with their English counterparts where convenient, the definite article being omitted except in the few cases when it is known to have been used in the Royal Navy, and Unite for example will have to be read as Unite and Immortalite as Immortalite. Mercantile names are printed in italics. For the sake of brevity, details of the engines of steamships have been omitted, as also have most of the changes in armament. For modern ships (in general) only a tonnage is given, since other details are readily available in current reference books.

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Ship Spotters Guide

   Warships have existed almost as long as mankind has plied the seas. The first recorded warships date from more than 3.000 years ago. and while their appearance has changed markedly, the role of these ships has largely remained unchanged. In their simplest and oldest role, warships exist to protect the sea lanes, and to safeguard friendly ships. How this is achieved can vary enormously. In the Ancient World, it meant keeping the seas free of pirates and maintaining a fleet to counter an attack by enemy squadrons. In the great 'Age of Fighting Sail' warships had become more specialized, and so the job of protecting the sea lanes was carried out by smaller warships, while the larger ones - the ships-of-the-line - stood ready to fight the enemy for control of the seas. The advent of steam and steel did little to alter this basic role, or change the division of functions. If anything, warships became even more divided by form and function. In theory the advent of the ironclad rendered all existing w*arships obsolete, but wooden-hulled ships still had a role to play as commerce raiders or as patrol vessels, gunboats or pirate hunters. The next great revolution came in 1905. with the launch of HMS Dreadnought. For the second time in half a century existing warships were rendered obsolete, and so a new arms race began - one that arguably was instrumental in the increase of diplomatic tension that led to the outbreak of World War I. In that 'war to end all wars', the great fleets of dreadnoughts faced each other across the North Sea, while other smaller ships established the blockade of Germany and cleared the sea lanes of German shipping. Ultimately the great clash of dreadnoughts at Jutland in 1916 did less to bring about the end of the war than the hardships created by the Allied blockade. The German response was to launch their U-boats against Allied shipping. This led to a new kind of warfare - or rather a more modem version of the commerce raiding and privateering of previous centuries. The war also saw the emergence of naval airpower and the creation of the first aircraft carriers.

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Seaforth World Naval Review 2015

   The strong do what they can and the weak suffer what they must1 wrote the Athenian general, historian and philosopher Thueydides m his History of the Peloponnesian War. regarded as one of the earliest surviving works of history. A stem reminder of tins enduring lesson of ~realpolitik" was provided in March 2014 when Russian forces seized control of the Crimean peninsula from the Ukraine in an almost bloodless operation. Russia's military action a response to the February 2014 revolution in Ukraine that had seen the installation of a pro-European government in Kiev, lias been subject to considerable international criticism and the imposition of limited sanctions by the European Union and the United States. However, as was the case with respect to its invasion of Georgia in 2008, Russia's willingness to flex its military muscle lias allowed it to achieve its key objectives, in this case the security of its Black Sea Fleet's main naval base at Sevastopol and the protection of Crimea's ethnic Russian population. The inability of the United States - and of its European allies - to respond decisively to Russia's actions in the Ukraine lias come at a time when the limitations of its global influence have started to become more apparent. For example, the Obama administration's failure to act on its previous 'red line" and undertake action against the Syrian chemical weapons attacks on regime opponents lias significantly weakened its regional credibility* at a time when key regional allies such as Saudi Arabia have become disconcerted about a possible rapprochement with ban. There lias inevitably been much criticism of the administration's lack of action from political opponents, as well as from some more independent commentators. However, its stance arguably reflects the reality of limited public support for further overseas military adventures after the long wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as the need to prioritise defence resources in an era of lower military budgets. Against this backdrop, the United States" hard-headed focus on protecting its Asia-Pacific interests through the Pivot to the Pacific' is undoubtedly correct...

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US Cold War Aircraft Carriers - Forrestal, Kitty Hawk and Enterprise Classes

   The Kitty Hawk class, a variation of the initial Forrestal design, featured a reconfigured flight deck that significantly enhanced air operations. Notably, the port elevator was moved aft of the angled deck runway and the starboard island was moved to the rear, with elevators one and rwo now forward of the island. Defensive guns were also removed and replaced by new surface-to-air missile systems. This new configuration would go on to form the basic flight deck arrangement of not only Enterprise, but also of the future Nimitz-and Gerald Ford-class carriers. The Forrestal class and the improved Kitty Hawk class, together with the single-ship-class USSJohn R Kennedy and USS Enterprise, the latter the world's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, constituted a large part of the United States Navy carrier forces throughout the Cold War, including the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Vietnam War, and the high-tension 1970s and 1980s. Collectively, these carriers made 33 deployments to Vietnam, forming the heart of the heavy carrier strike forces. Indeed, only USS John R Kennedy did not serve in Vietnam...

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A Navigation Compendium - NAVTRA 10494-A

   Introduction to the basics of navigation; The compass; Navigational instruments; Nautical Charts and publications; Currents and tides; Dead reckoning; Piloting; Basic and advances electronic navigation systems; Nautical astronomy; Sight reduction; Time; Other celestial computations; Duties of the navigator; Nautical chart symbols and abbreviations; Useful physical laws and trigonometric functions; Extracts from tide and tidal current tables; Luminous range diagram; Extracts from the Nautical Almanac etc...

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It's Your Ship - Management Techniques from the Best Damn Ship in the Navy

   My story might be called "The Education of USS Benfold" which is a guided missile destroyer that I commanded for twenty months beginning in June 1997. Commissioned in 1996 for duty in the Pacific Fleet, the ship is a beautiful fighting machine: 8,300 tons of armor protecting the Navy's most advanced arsenal of computerized missiles; a radar system that can track a bird-size object from fifty miles away; a highly skilled crew of 310 men and women; and four gas turbine engines capable of driving the ship to thirty-one knots—nearly thirty-five miles an hour—as it speeds into combat, shooting up a huge rooster-tail backwash. To be given this spectacular vessel as my first sea command was thrilling, but also ironic. Opportunity had called, but in a troubled industry. Our military has spent a lot of time and money preparing for tomorrow's battles with antiquated methods. We continue to invest in the latest technologies and systems, but, as we all know, technology is nothing but a facilitator. The people operating the equipment are who give us the fighting edge, and we seem to have lost our way when it comes to helping them grow. 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 $35,000 to recruit a trainee and tens of thousands more in additional training costs to get new personnel to the 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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Enterprise - Americas Fightingest Ship and the Men Who Helped Win World War II

   In the tidal flats of the Hackensack River rested a warship waiting to die. She was the most honored man-o'-war in her nation's history. In the spring of 1958, however, USS Enterprise (CV-6) was just one more project in a long line of structures due for dismembering. Lipsett Incorporated was vastly experienced in demolition. Among its credits were dismantling New York City's Second Avenue and Third Avenue elevated lines, as well as many previous ships. An obsolete aircraft carrier, Enterprise had been stricken from the Navy's register in October 1956 and purchased for scrap. Lipsett reckoned that it could turn the half-million-dollar acquisition into a profit by rendering the ship's components into salvageable materials. The carrier's distinctive tripod mast had been removed at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, toppling onto the flight deck so she could clear the East River bridges en route to the Kearny, New Jersey, execution site. Propelled by tugs, Enterprise's final journey had taken her past Brooklyn Heights and Governors Island, southwesterly into Upper Bay, thence across to Jersey. Despite the foggy weather, thousands of people and scores of small craft had turned out to witness her dolorous trek. Now, riding easily alongside Lipsett's pier, Enterprise was still intact, her cavernous hangar deck empty of men and aircraft. Only the large scoreboard depicting her wartime tally reminded visitors of what she had been, where she had sailed, and what she had done. She was already thoroughly demilitarized: her last aircraft gone since 1945; her antiaircraft batteries removed; her communications and radar equipment stripped away.

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The Military Balance 2014

   The Military Balance is published on the annual basis. The information is collected and analyzed by the International Institute for Strategic Studies. The publication contains region-by-region analysis of the most important economic and military developments that affect security and defence policies and the trade in various military equipment. The entries in the book describe the military capabilities of one hundred and seventy one countries and display the key poiints of the defence economics and key equipment inventories.

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China's Rising Sea Power - The PLA Navy's Submarine Challenge

   Since the end of the Cold War 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 actors 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 piracy, notably in Southeast Asian waters, has increased significantly, particularly since the 1997-8 Asian financial crisis. The International Maritime Bureau's annual piracy report for 2002 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 port cities in Asia such as Singapore, Hong Kong or Tokyo. 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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SeaPower - Special Report - Surface Warfare

   SeaPower - Special Report - Surface Warfare. President's message; Editor's note; Program snapshot; Seapower international; Historical perspective; Ship's library; Navy league news; Council digest; Maritime matter...

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SeaPower - 2015 Almanac   Corporate members; Business associate members; Nonprofit and government agency members; President's message; Sea services directory; U.S. Navy - Navy ships, Aircraft carriers, Submarines, Cruisers. Destroyers, Frigates, Littoral combat ships, Amphibious warfare ships, Miscellaneous ships, Surface craft, Submersibles, Military sealift command ships, University National Oceanographic Laboratory System Program Fleet, Changes in ship's status; Navy weapons and aircraft; Navy C4ISR and umnanned systems; U.S. Marine Corps; U.S. Coast Guard; Maritime Administration; Flag Officers; Navy League; Navy League Statement of Policy.

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Responding to Capability Surprise - A Strategy to U.S. Naval Forces

   Framing the problem; Awareness and scanning; Assessing surprise; Prioritization, decision formulation and option development; Resources and transition planning; Fielding and implementation; Force response; Putting it all together; Scenarios; Exemplars; Biographies of Committee members and staff; Acronyms and abbreviations; Glossary; Organizational interfaces and study briefings.

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Autonomous Vehicles in Support of Naval Operations

   Introduction; Naval vision - operations and applications of the different autonomous vehicles; Capabilities and future potential of the autonomy technology in general; Potential and capabilities of the unmanned aerial vehicles, unmanned undersea and surface vehicles, and unmanned ground vehicles; Integrating autonomy in network-centric operations; Appendixes; Various physics-based constraints on AV - scaling, sensing, energy, sensing, communications; System descriptions of the unmanned aerial vehicles.

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Navy Shipboard Lasers for Surface, Air, and Missile Defense - Background and Issues for Congress

   Congressional Research Service. Report by Ronald O'Rourke, Specialist in Naval Affairs. Official release. Intro - Scope and sources; Terminology used; Background - Overview of the shipboard lasers and major types of lasers under development for future use on board ships, Navy Surface Fleet - generalized vision for shipboard lasers, Various technical challenges, Recent developments, FY2015 funding request; Number of shipboard laser types to develop, Implications for ship design/acquisition; Legislative Activity for FY2015; Figures; Tables; Appendixes.

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A study of the worlds naval surface-to-air missile defence system

   Thesis. Approved for public release. In this work the shirborne SAM (surface-to-air missile) systems of the navies of different countries have been examined. The publication consists of following chapters - Introduction; Target detection and missile guidance; United States Navy; Royal Navy; Italian Navy; French Navy; Israeli Navy; Canadian navy; Soviet Navy; The Royal Navy's air defense systems in the Falklands conflict; Summary. For each of the systems, the author presented the details of the physical make-up, the warhead, the target detection and tracking, and all other necessary characteristics.

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WWII US Landing Craft In Action

   The Landing Craft, Vehicle Personnel was called the most important weapon to come out of World War Two. This was due to its ability to land troops and equipment on an enemy shore, withdraw, reload, and return numerous times to resupply the beachhead. The LCVP was a development of the earlier LCV and LCP and was also designed by Andrew Jackson Higgins of New Orleans, Louisiana. The LCVP was constructed entirely of wood, with the exception of the steel bow ramp. This craft was 35 feet 9 inches in overall length, with a maximum beam of 10 feet 6 inches. Its draft was rated at 3 feet 5 inches forward when fully loaded and 2 feet 2 inches forward when light. The LCVP displaced 15,000 pounds lightly loaded, 18,500 pounds at hoisting weight, and 26,600 pounds fully loaded. Either a sling or davits on the parent ship could hoist the LCVP. It had a maximum speed of 12 knots light and nine knots fully loaded. Power was provided by a 225 HP Gray Marine 64HN9 six-cylinder diesel engine. The range on 180 gallons of onboard fuel was 110 nautical miles at full power and full load. A few LCVPs were powered by 250 HP Hall-Scott gasoline engines and were primarily used for training. The LCVP normally carried a crew of three: a coxswain, a mechanic , and a crew hand. The latter two were also responsible for manning the .30 caliber M1919 machine guns when they were fitted. The gunners sat in cockpits situated just forward of the splashboard on the aft deck. The LCVP's cargo well was 17 feet 3 inches in length and 7 feet 10 inches at maximum width, with an interior height of 5 feet. The bow ramp was operated by wire cables attached to an electric winch located on either side of the aft interior hull. The starboard side bulkhead contained the emergency tiller and a ramp equalizing sheave and cable guard. The exterior hull sides were fitted with .2 inch Special Treatment Steel armor protection for the crew, troops, and cargo.

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Vosper MTBs In Action

   The British Navy built and used their own MTB - Motor Torpedo Boats - throughout the Worls War Two. Those boats served in the English Channel, Atlantic, Pacific, and the Mediterranean. This publication by T. Garth Connelly and Don Greer provides an excellent review of the boat types, their use and history. It contains many perfect and clear black-and-white photographs showing the typical construction of the motor torpedo boats, their interior, exterior, engines and weapons. there is also plenty of statistics and data, operational stories, and two pages of color plates. This book will be very useful for everyone interested in naval history as well as for the ship model makers since there are so many photos and color drawings.

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PT Boats In Action

   The authors of this publication have assembled a good quick reference for PT Boat modellers and enthusiasts, with these fifty pages on United States PT Boats that participated in World War Two. The book contains valuable text part and many color and black-and-white photos. There are numerous photographs allowing the reader to trace the various PT boat designs together with their subsequent improvements. Such boats also served in other theatres, but they are best remembered for their work in the Pacific. The book must be extremely useful for kit modellers, who may use the photographs as some sort of reference for the location of various equipment pieces as well as armament these PT boats were outfitted with.

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U.S. Flush Deck Destroyers In Action

   Al Adcock's book named "US Flush Deck Destroyers In Action" addresses four major classes of United States destroyers, namely Wickes, Sampson, Caldwell and Clemson. They all were designedfor the purpose of ocean escort with top speed thus allowing them to keep station with the fastest battle cruisers if that time. The Sampson class deck destroyers were a transition design bringing together old destroyer design and flush deck design, while Calwdwell class deck destroyers were some kind of test beds for the later Clemson and Wickes classes, which saw improved seaworthiness, higher speeds, greater range etc.

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