Navy Fleet


This volume is the second of a series begun by Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860-1905, which dealt with a period for which there was little existing published material. Therefore it was only necessary to explain how - rather than why - the subject was covered. For the 1922-46 period there are already many reference books on warships, and so a few words about the aims of this volume are in order.

Available published works fall into three basic categories, all of which have some positive disadvantages from the point of view of the student or enthusiast: 1 - Yearbooks and annuals. These have virtually no access to primary sources; they are also subject to security restrictions and, often, intentionally misleading official information put out for propaganda purposes. Yearbooks naturally concentrate on what is new, and so there is rarely any incentive to correct data in retrospect. 2 - Pocket-books on navies or ship types. These are little more than fleet-lists, with no space to devote to the design background or general naval developments. 3- Monographs and detailed studies.

This category contains many fine works of extreme importance in their own right, but by no means all navies and ship types have benefited from such studies (very few of the smaller navies have been covered, and even US cruisers are still without a definitive technical history). Therefore, even if an avid enthusiast could afford to collect all available books, there would still be gaps in their coverage... Three other books in this series cover the periods 1860-1905, 1906-1921 and 1947-1995.

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This is the last volume of the Conway's famous series dedicated to the fighting ships of the world and started with the books addressing the historical periods 1860-19051906-1921 and 1922 -1946. This one it is dealing with the period of time between 1947 and 1995. In this book you will find all the fighting ships grouped by countries and listed in alphabetical order, including submarines.

All latest developments have been covered in this title with a very exhaustive content covering virtually every nation that have ever manned any naval vessel. The readers who have a look into this title will get a very good understanding and clear idea of the evolution of the navy fleets of the world through the design of their vessels; note that the book includes the technical descriptions of the projected classes of vessels that have actually been never constructed - they are still interesting and important for better understanding of the evolution of some navy fleets.

Every naval vessel or class is clearly described in detail with the information also covering the evolution of the project supplemented with a brief account on the technical modifications that have occurred throughout the operational life of the vessels up to their final fate. Numerous photographs and drawings complete the body of this interesting and informative historical publication.

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It is quite known fact that there is absolutely no any shortage of reference on the naval vessels being experienced - we have lots of the information available on the vessels that participated in the Second World War, however the weapons those vessels carried have always been ignored - you may only find some very basic particulars.

Such situation has been eventually rectified with the release of this extensive volume entirely - the content of the document is completely encyclopedic in its scope and is basing on the original researches. Divided by countries, the present publication is covering all the major weaponry of that time. The authors have also outlined the weapons that belong to the earlier vintage employed during the war plus the ones which were in the experimental stage or under trials/development. The text has been supplemented with more than 300 data tables and about five hundred illustrations.

John Campbell, the author of this perfect publication, has made an excellent attempt to produce a volume that would provide readers with the detailed summary of all major political and also economical factors did affected the design of the naval armament and introduce the national sections to provide the detailed technical descriptions of the weapons and technical specifications, and performance history, together with a wealth of other relevant and important information.

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Q—SHIP VS U—BOAT 1914—18

The book belongs to the famous and popular Duel Series by Osprey; the author, David Greentree, is methodically exploring quite an overlooked topic of the World War One in detail. The narrative text of the publication is covering the different types of merchant vessels used as the armed decoys, together with their commanders, and all results achieved.

The volume includes a very interesting discussion of German underwater boats of the above mentioned historical period, and covers the tactical matters of the U-boats and Q-ships they used when fighting against each other. The content of the volume has been significantly enhanced by an excellent selection of the diagrams, illustrations, geographical maps and photographs. the author is providing the readers with the detailed statistical analysis and very frank assessment of the results of the fight between Q-ships and U-boats; note that the results of that analysis may surprise you.

There is a plenty of interesting technical detail to check, together with the concise biographies of the commanders fighting on either side. The book will definitely give the readers much better understanding of what the German underwater fleet crews had to deal with.

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In this title, the author has provided the professional examination of the shipborne SAM, i.e. "surface-to-air missile" systems that are used in the navies of various countries. The publication consists of following chapters - Introduction; Target detection and missile guidance; American Navy; Royal Navy; Italian Navy; French Navy; Israeli Navy; Canadian navy; Soviet Navy; The British Royal Navy's air defense systems used in the Falklands conflict; Summary.

The author has also presented the technical details of the physical make-up for each system, the warhead, the target detection/tracking, and all other necessary characteristics. The SAMs are commonly divided into three separate classes depending on their range, i.e. long-, medium- and short-range missiles. Such systems are usually considered extremely powerful weapons used in defensive and offensive tactics. Obviously, the main reason to utilize the shipborne SAMs it to destroy the aerial targets before they attack.

The present work is exploring the technical capabilities of the missiles that are used in the American Navy plus other navies of the world. The author did a great attempt to determine the physical descriptions of the systems, together with the propulsion and guidance, navigation features, system performance/effectiveness, and other important technical aspects.

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One of the most rare and classic publications of those available at Libramar. The date of the original publication of this treatise is nearly a century ago. The content of the treatise is representing a very important and interesting historical work and the editors did their best to maintain the original format. The book will for sure be of utmost importance and great interest to all naval historians, both professionals and enthusiasts.

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An excellent historical publication providing the readers interested in the naval warfare with the colorful and vivid descriptions of the aircraft carriers. These naval vessels have been first deployed at the time of the First World War by the Imperial Russian Navy forces and were treated as indispensable to the victory of the Allied forces in the Second World Was; nowadays these ships are deservedly considered the strategic centerpieces of the most powerful navy fleets of the world.

The present publication is featuring numerous perfect photographs of the most important aircraft carriers starting from the times before the First World War and till today, including many aircraft carriers that were operated or that are still being operated by the lesser-known navy fleets. The book also features a special reference section that provides readers with the basic physical details, essential design information, modifications done to the hulls and machinery of the aircraft carriers, and also a detailed service histories of more than eighty aircraft carriers.

We would recommend this title to all enthusiasts of the naval history and navy fleet. The author has surveyed the historical evolution and actual operation of the aircraft carriers and the results of that survey may now serve as a basis for any further survey in the field...

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This is a revised edition of the Navigation Compendium. The content of this official document has been intentionally prepared to be used for use in the navigational study at naval schools and within the fleets. It is actually considered a naval document. The book is covering a very broad and expanding subject area. It presents and describes the fundamental elementary navigational tools and terms.

It also presents in detail the use of navigation charts and nautical publications constituting a source of information used by the navigators on the regular basis. Among the topics discussed within the book there are tides and currents, advanced systems of electronic navigation, timepieces, celestial calculations, compasses and other classic navigational equipment, piloting and dead reckoning, abbreviations and symbols used on the charts, etc.

There are several appendices to the main content of the book covering the trigonometrical functions and physics, instruction workbooks and other supplementary information. The materials contained in the book are expected to be of great use to the navigators as they will find all necessary essential information. The book contains literally all information considered basic and necessary for the marine navigators.

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