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cover placeholderNaval Documents of the American Revolution Volume 12, American Theater: April 1, 1778-May 31, 1778; European Theater: April 1, 1778-May 31, 1778, Michael J. Crawford, editor; Dennis M. Conrad, associate editor; and E. Gordon Bowen-Hassell and Mark L. Hayes, assistant editors. ISBN 978-0-945274-72-8 (hardcover).
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With a foreword by President Barack Obama, the twelfth volume in NHHC's Naval Documents of the American Revolution series tells the story of the Revolutionary War on the water from April through May 1778. Presenting edited documents, including correspondence, ship logs, muster rolls, orders, and newspaper accounts, this work provides a comprehensive understanding of the war at sea in the spring of 1778. The editors group this wide array of texts chronologically by theater and incorporate French, Italian, and Spanish transcriptions (with English translations) throughout. Volume 12 presents the essential primary sources on a crucial time in the young republic's naval history-as the British consolidate their strength in the Mid-Atlantic, and the Americans threaten British shipping in European waters and gain a powerful ally as France prepares to enter the war.

You Cannot Surge Trust coverYou Cannot Surge Trust: Combined Naval Operations of the Royal Australian Navy, Canadian Navy, Royal Navy, and United States Navy, 1991-2003, Gary E. Weir, principal investigator and Sandra J. Doyle, editor.ISBN 978-0-945274-70-4 (paperback), ISBN 978-0-945274-71-1 (PDF), 345 p., ill., $38. GPO Stock No. 008-046-00287-8..
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In this study, naval historians from Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States explore how their navies created an effective multinational, or "combined," framework of interoperability while under national rules of engagement. The authors address cases including maritime operations during the First Gulf War (1990-1991) and later (2001-2003) as part of Operation Enduring Freedom; off the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in Operation Sharp Guard (1991-1996); and in East Timor during Operation Stabilise (1999-2000). This multinational naval force's success in each crisis depended not just on shared doctrine, training, tactics, and technology, but on the trust its sailors built in combined operations over time.

Ready Seapower: A History of the U.S. Seventh Fleet coverReady Seapower: A History of the U.S. Seventh Fleet, by Edward J. Marolda, 2012. ISBN 978-0-945274-67-4, paperback, 211 p., ill., $37. GPO Stock No. 008-046-00278-9.
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This historical study covers the service in the Asia-Pacific region of the U.S. Seventh Fleet during the 20th and 21st centuries. The Fleet saw combat in nearly every major battle of World War II in the Pacific and was in the forefront of U.S. forces involved in Korea, Vietnam, and the Arabian Gulf. Today the Fleet acts as a deterrent to aggressor nations, participates in joint and combined exercises, conducts counterterrorism and antipiracy operations, and provides humanitarian assistance as well as disaster relief. Partnering with its Asian allies, the Fleet maintains peace and stability in the region, patrolling the ocean commons to keep vital waterways open for commerce.

Anchor of ResolveAnchor of Resolve: A History of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/Fifth Fleet, by Robert J. Schneller Jr., 2007. ISBN 978-0-945274-55-1, paperback, 140 p., ill., $21.- GPO Stock No. 008-046-00241-0.
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This illustrated history explains why the Navy is present in the Middle East, how long it's been in the region, and what it's been doing there. America's interests in the Middle East, southwest Asia, and eastern Africa date almost to the founding of the nation. Since World War II, the Navy has been the first line of defense for these interests. From the establishment of the Middle East Force (MEF) in 1949 through the beginning of the 21st century, the U.S. Navy served as a force for stability and peace in the region. The Navy's presence helped prevent regional crises from escalating into wars, enforce international sanctions, and minimize damage done by regional conflicts to American and allied interests. The work concentrates on the Navy's command relationships, roles and missions, and operations in the period leading up to the First Gulf War, the war itself, and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

book cover The battle Behind Bars The Battle Behind Bars: Navy and Marine POWs in the Vietnam War, by Stuart I. Rochester, 2010. ISBN 978-0-945274-61-2, Paperback, 67 p., ill., $14. GPO Stock No.008-046-00260-6.
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The unconventional nature of the war and the unforgiving environment of Southeast Asia inflicted special hardships on the Vietnam-era POWs, whether they spent captivity in the jungles of the South, or the jails of the North. This book describes their experiences - the similarities and the differences - and how the POWs coped with untreated wounds and other malaises, systematic torture, and boredom. The creative strategies they devised to stay fit, track time, resist the enemy, communicate with one another, and adhere to a chain of command attest to the high standards of conduct in captivity that so distinguish the POWs of the Vietnam War.


Navy Medicine in Vietnam: Passage to Freedom to the Fall of Saigon, by Jan K. Herma, by Jan K. Herman, 2010 Navy Medicine in Vietnam: Passage to Freedom to the Fall of Saigon, by Jan K. Herman, 2010. ISBN 978-0-945274-62-9, Paper, 54 p., ill., $12. GPO Stock No. 008-046-00258-4.
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Navy Medicine in Vietnam begins and ends with a humanitarian operation—the first, in 1954, after the French were defeated, when refugees fled to South Vietnam to escape from the communist regime in the North; and the second, in 1975, after the fall of Saigon and the final stage of America’s exit that entailed a massive helicopter evacuation of American staff and selected Vietnamese and their families from South Vietnam. In both cases the Navy provided medical support to avert the spread of disease and tend to basic medical needs. Between those dates, 1954 and 1975, Navy medical personnel responded to the buildup and intensifying combat operations by taking a multipronged approach in treating casualties. Helicopter medical evacuations, triaging, and a system of moving casualties from short-term to long-term care meant higher rates of survival and targeted care. Poignant recollections of the medical personnel serving in Vietnam, recorded by author Jan Herman, historian of the Navy Medical Department, are a reminder of the great sacrifices these men and women made for their country and their patients.

Mud, Muscle, and MiraclesMud, Muscle, and Miracles: Marine Salvage in the United States Navy, by Captain Charles A. Bartholomew, USN and Commander William I. Milwee, Jr., USN (Ret.), 2d ed., 2009. ISBN 978-0-945274-60, hardcover, 641 p., ill., $58. GPO Stock. No. 008-046-00257-6.
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Mud, Muscle, and Miracles takes its reader on a gripping journey through the evolution of salvage — from the construction of a cofferdam to reveal the battleship Maine at the bottom of Havana harbor to the use of side-scan sonar and remotely operated vehicles to recover aircraft debris and complete vessels from the depths. The story is one of masterful seamanship, incomparable engineering, and absolute ingenuity and courage. It is also the history of one of our nation's longest lasting public-private partnerships — that of the commercial salvage industry and the U.S. Navy. This new edition chronicles another 8 precedent-setting marine salvage and deep-ocean recovery operations.

Anchor of ResolveApproaching Storm: Conflict in Asia, 1945–1965, by Edward J. Marolda, The U.S. Navy and the Vietnam War series. 2009. ISBN 9780945274575, Paper, 89 p., ill., $16. GPO Stock No. 008-046-00247-9.
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This illustrated booklet describes the U.S. response to Communist movements in Asia after World War II and the U.S. Navy’s role in the region as it evolved from an essentially advisory one to actual combat after the Tonkin Gulf attack off North Vietnam in August 1964. Approaching Storm inaugurates the Naval History & Heritage Commands series the U.S. Navy in the Vietnam War.

Nixon's Trident book coverNixon's Trident: Naval Power in Southeast Asia, 1968–1972, by John Darrell Sherwood, The U.S. Navy and the Vietnam War series. 2009. ISBN 9780945274582, Paper, 84 p., ill., $14. GPO Stock No. 008-046-00246-1. Order from the Government Printing Office bookstore. Available in PDF (3.7MB)

This booklet focuses on the three prongs of the naval trident that President Nixon wielded during the final years of the Vietnam War: naval air power, naval bombardment, and mine warfare. For much of this period, Navy aircraft sought to hamper the flow of supplies down the Ho Chi Minh Trail in Laos—a huge investment in air power resources that ultimately proved fruitless. After North Vietnam’s invasion of the South in 1972, however, Navy tactical aviation, as well as naval bombardment, proved critical not only in blunting the offensive but also in persuading North Vietnam to arrive at a peace agreement in Paris in 1973. For the first time in the war, the Navy was also authorized to close Haiphong Harbor and North Vietnam's other ports with naval mines—an operation that still stands out as a textbook example of how mine warfare can inflict a major economic and psychological blow on the enemy with minimal casualties for either side. Thus, naval power was indispensible to ending America's longest war.

From Hot War to Cold book coverFrom Hot War to Cold: The U.S. Navy and National Security Affairs, 1945–1955, by Jeffrey G. Barlow. Stanford University Press, 2009. ISBN 978804756662, Cloth, 710 p., $65.

Written from the perspective of the Chief of Naval Operations, the Navy’s senior uniformed officer, and his staff, and based upon an extensive review of thousands of once-classified documents and interviews with a number of retired senior U.S. Navy and Army officers, the book examines the contentious unification hearings over roles and missions of the three services that led to the passage of the National Security Act of 1947, discusses the formation of NATO, and analyzes Eisenhower’s “New Look” defense policy in which the president sought to balance military readiness with economic realities. The book also details the Navy’s perspective on international crises during this turbulent period, including the rise of the Chinese Communists and their victory over the Nationalists, the outbreak of the Korean War, and the French defeat at Dien Bien Phu, Vietnam. The author is a historian at the Naval History & Heritage Command.

Diplomats in Blue: U.S. Naval Officers in China, 1922–1933, by William Reynolds Braisted. University Press of Florida, 2009. ISBN 9780813032887, Cloth, 407 p., ill., $75.

The study focuses principally on the use of the Navy as an instrument of diplomacy in China, not one of war. The Navy’s mission was not only to protect American lives and property there, but also to support the diplomatic policies governed by the Nine Power Pact, which respected the territorial integrity of China as well as the principle of the Open Door, in terms of equal opportunity in economic relations with China. The very size of China put the diplomats at a disadvantage, but the mobility of the Asiatic Fleet provided the Navy with a unique perspective of this vast country with its competing interests. The decade covered in this book saw the Navy coping with the power grab among contending warlords, the rise of the Chinese Nationalists and the Communists, and the growing problems between the Chinese and the Japanese. Many parallels can be drawn between the Navy’s role in China and the current role of our armed forces in countries where culture often collides with Western values.

Magnificent Mavericks: Transition of the Naval Ordnance Test Station from Rocket Station to Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation Center, 1948–58, by Elizabeth Babcock. Vol. 3 in The Navy at China Lake. Washington: Naval History & Heritage Command with Naval Air Systems Command, 2008. ISBN 9780945274568, Cloth, 648 p., ill., $64. GPO Stock No. 008-046-00243-6. Order from the Government Printing Office bookstore.

Magnificent Mavericks tells the story of the creative military-civilian team that worked at the Naval Ordnance Test Station and its Pasadena Annex. The team developed the Sidewinder, the world’s first successful heat-homing guided missile, and a host of other weapons and their components used in every conflict since the Korean War. The author describes the iconoclasts who did the work and the unique desert community that supported them.

The World Cruise of the Great White Fleet: Celebrating 100 Years of Global Partnerships and Security cover

The World Cruise of the Great White Fleet: Celebrating 100 Years of Global Partnerships and Security, Michael J. Crawford, editor. Washington: Naval History & Heritage Command, 2008. GPO Stock No. 008-046-00245-2, ISBN 978-0-945274-59-9. Case bound, $46.
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Under orders from President Theodore Roosevelt, 16 battleships of the United States’ Atlantic Battle Fleet and their consorts made a peace-time circumnavigation of the globe, from December 1907 to February 1909. Text, illustrations, and captions tell the story of this 14-month world cruise. Chapters provide an overview, describe the ships, depict the character and experiences of the sailors, narrate the cruise’s principal events and itinerary, and analyze the Great White Fleet’s significance organizationally for the United States Navy and diplomatically for the United States of America.

Black Sailor, White Navy: Racial Unrest in the Fleet during the Vietnam War EraBlack Sailor, White Navy: Racial Unrest in the Fleet during the Vietnam War Era, by John Darrell Sherwood, New York: New York University Press, 2007. ISBN 978-0-8147-4036-1.

The Navy's journey from a state of racial polarization to today's relative harmony was not an easy one. Black Sailor, White Navy focuses on the most turbulent point in this road: the early 1970s. In particular, it tells the story of the race riots that occurred on aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) and oiler USS Hassayampa (AO 145), as well as a sit-down strike and protest on carrier USS Constellation (CV-64). Why did the unrest occur? Did institutional racism cause the turbulence? Did the Navy reform its racial policies as a result of the unrest? Did these reforms solve the problem? These are the major questions addressed in this book.

Blue & Gold and Black: Racial Integration of the U.S. Naval AcademyBlue & Gold and Black: Racial Integration of the U.S. Naval Academy, by Robert J. Schneller, Jr. College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2008. ISBN 978-1-60344-000-4.

During the twentieth century, the U.S. Naval Academy evolved from a racist institution to one that ranked equal opportunity among its fundamental tenets. This transformation was not without its social cost, however, and black midshipmen bore the brunt of it. Based on the documentary record as well as on the memories of hundreds of midshipmen and naval officers, Blue & Gold and Black is the history of integration of African Americans into the Naval Academy. Author Robert J. Schneller Jr. analyzes how civil rights advocates' demands for equal opportunity shaped the Naval Academy's evolution, how changes in the Academy's policies and culture affected the lives of black midshipmen, and how black midshipmen effected change in the Academy's policies and culture. Covering the Jim Crow era, the civil rights movement, and the empowerment of African Americans from the late 1960s through the end of the twentieth century, Blue & Gold and Black traces the transformation of an institution that produces men and women who lead not only the Navy, but also the nation.

Interpreting Old Ironsides: An Illustrated Guide to USS ConstitutionInterpreting Old Ironsides: An Illustrated Guide to USS Constitution, by Charles E. Brodine Jr., Michael J. Crawford, and Christine F. Hughes. Washington: Naval Historical Center, 2007. GPO Stock No. 008-046-00242-8, ISBN 978-0-945274-54-4. Out of print.

This richly illustrated work recounts in words, pictures, and documents the career of USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned warship afloat. This book focuses on Old Ironsides' operational days, especially its service in the War of 1812. Individual essays treat topics such as the ship's design and construction, each of its 1812 engagements, and how its men lived, worked, and fought in the age of sail. An extensive set of appendices of documents and statistics relating to the ship and its times complements the essays. With a selected bibliography and comprehensive index, Interpreting Old Ironsides will prove an authoritative resource for the tours provided by the crew, active Sailors in the United States Navy, and for the general reader interested in the frigate and the early American Navy. Winner of the 2008 Samuel Eliot Morison Award presented by the USS Constitution Museum Board of Directors.

The U.S. Navy in the Korean WarThe U.S. Navy in the Korean War by Edward J. Marolda. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 2007. ISBN-13: 978-1-59114-487-8.

This anthology is a remarkable collection of works by prominent historians who based their writings on once classified documents to highlight the U.S. Navy's role in the fight to preserve the independence of the Republic of South Korea. Some essays focus on the fleet operations of the first critical year and the last two years of a so-called static war when UN forces jockeyed with the North Koreans for an advantage at the negotiating table; others focus on individual topics like leadership, carrier and land-based naval air operations, and African American Sailors. The book explains how the Navy and its allies used their domination of the sea around the Korean peninsula to project power ashore. The presence of these allied naval forces discouraged China and the Soviet Union from launching hostilities elsewhere, thus confining the conflict to Korea. This "limited war" of the Cold War, however, proved to be the first in a long line of conflicts in which U.S. naval forces confronted Communist and nontraditional adversaries. Thus, this study of the Korean War experience helps define the role of sea power today.


Against All Odds: U.S. Sailors in the War of 1812, by Charles Brodine, Michael Crawford, and Christine Hughes, 2004. GPO Stock No. 008-046-00204-5, ISBN 0-945274-50-5 (soft cover), $12.00. Out of print.

In this beautifully illustrated history, Naval Historical Center staff historians examine how three naval warriors demonstrated honor, courage, and commitment when confronting superior British forces during America's "second war of independence." David Porter in the frigate Essex orchestrated a devastating attack on the British whaling fleet in the Pacific; Joshua Barney's naval flotilla in the Chesapeake helped delay the British attack on Washington in 1814; and Thomas Macdonough's superior tactical leadership at the Battle of Plattsburgh led to the defeat of his Royal Navy opponents and prompted the British government to negotiate a peace agreement.

Sea Raiders of the American Revolution: The Continental Navy in European Waters, by E. Gordon Bowen-Hassell, Dennis M. Conrad, and Mark L. Hayes, 2003. GPO Stock No. 008-046-00202-9, ISBN: 0-16-051400-2 (soft cover), $17.00.
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This lavishly illustrated booklet studies the lives and careers of three Revolutionary war sea captains, Lambert Wickes, Gustavus Conyngham, and John Paul Jones, whose exploits defined the U.S. Navy during the Revolutionary War. These naval leaders, against great odds, brought the fight to the powerful Royal Navy. This booklet provides examples to today's sailors of the enduring values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment. The reader will also learn how the Continental Navy functioned and how the average sailor coped with shipboard life during the Revolution.


Afterburner: Naval Aviators and the Vietnam War, by John Darrell Sherwood. New York: New York University Press, 2004. ISBN 081479842X.

Afterburner takes a new look at one of the most expensive and controversial parts of America's long involvement in Vietnam: the naval air war from 1968 to 1972. The book focuses on the critical end game, especially 1972, the most intense year of the air war, when North Vietnam launched the first, large-scale conventional attack on South Vietnam. The United States fought back with some of the most innovative air campaigns of the war. Afterburner explores these monumental air battles by looking closely at the backgrounds and experiences of 21 Navy and Marine fliers involved in different aspects of the air war. A few performed exemplary service and stand out as role models, others made grave errors and serve as examples of what not to do in war, but most achieved both successes and failures in their careers as ordinary officers tend to do. These dramatis personae, who represent a broad cross-section of naval aviators, collectively shed light not only on the Navy's operations during the period but also on the institutional culture of naval aviation during America's longest war.

Breaking the Color Barrier: The U.S. Naval Academy's First Black Midshipmen and the Struggle for Racial Equality, by Robert Schneller, Jr. New York: New York University Press, 2005. ISBN 0-8147-4013-8.

Cover: Breaking the Color BarrierOnly five black men were admitted to the United States Naval Academy between Reconstruction and the beginning of World War II. None graduated, and all were deeply scarred by intense racial discrimination, ranging from brutal hazing and physical assault to the racist policies of the Academy itself. In 1949, Midshipman Wesley Brown achieved what before had been impossible and became the Academy's first African American graduate. Breaking the Color Barrier examines the black community's efforts to integrate the Academy, as well as what life in Annapolis was like for the first black midshipmen. In a broader sense, their story sheds light on the American racial dilemma itself. The convergence of forces that leveled the playing field for Wesley Brown--a push from the black community, national political imperatives, a shift in racial attitudes among the American people, direct intervention by leaders, and the strengths and abilities of individuals in the trenches-presages the convergence of forces that brought about America's "Second Reconstruction." The story of the first black midshipmen is a microcosm for understanding racism in America and provides a unique window into the underpinnings of the civil rights movement.

Cover: By Sea, Air, and LandBy Sea, Air, and Land: An Illustrated History of the U.S. Navy and the War in Southeast Asia, by Edward J. Marolda. 1994. GPO Stock No. 008-046-00145-6, $67.00 (soft cover), $93.80 (non-U.S.). Out of print.

Presents a broad overview of the U.S. Navy's involvement in the Vietnam War from 1950 to 1975 through hundreds of photographs, paintings, maps and charts, and a concise narrative. Depicts carrier air strikes, amphibious and naval gunfire support operations, riverine and coastal warfare, counterinsurgency and civic actions, and the advisory experience. 

Forged in War: The Naval-Industrial Complex and American Submarine Construction,1940-1961, by Gary E. Weir. 1993. GPO Stock No. 008-046-00151-1, $24.00 (hardback), $33.60 (non-U.S.). Out of print.

Examines the partnership between the Navy, industry, and science forged by World War II that was responsible for producing American submarines in the formative years of the Cold War.

Cover: Kinkaid of the Seventh FleetKinkaid of the Seventh Fleet: A Biography of Admiral Thomas C. Kinkaid, U.S. Navy, by Gerald E. Wheeler. Jointly published with the Naval Institute Press, 1996. ISBN 1-55750-936-0. Call (410) 268-6110 to order.

His name is not remembered with the likes of Nimitz, Halsey, and Spruance, yet Thomas Kinkaid commanded forces involved in some of the greatest naval battles of World War II, including the invasion of the Solomons, Surigao Strait, and the Battle of Leyte Gulf. This remarkable portrait of Kinkaid's 46- year naval career will stand as the last word on the life of one of the most important admirals of World War II.

An Ocean in Common: American Naval Officers, Scientists, and the Ocean, by Gary E. Weir. College Station: Texas A&M Press, 2001. ISBN 1-58544-114-7.

This award-winning book focuses on the carefully engineered course and motives that bonded naval officers and civilaian scientists to achieve astonishing advancements in oceanography. Driven mostly by wartime needs, particularly antisubmarine priorities, ocean studies concentrated on the physics, chemistry, and geology of the ocean. The World War II experience brought more military investing in both applied and basic research to such an extent that oceanography resides permanently on the bridges of today's American fighting ships. Two organizations honored this publications in 2002, the Organization of American Historians and the North American Society for Oceanic History, awarding it the Richard W. Leopold Prize and the John Lyman Book Award, respectively.

Operation End Sweep: A History of Minesweeping Operations in North Vietnam, by Tensor Industries, edited by Edward J. Marolda. 1993. Out of print.

Cover: Revolt of the AdmiralsRevolt of the Admirals: The Fight for Naval Aviation, 1945-1950, by Jeffrey G. Barlow. 1995. GPO Stock No. 008-046-00158-8, $41.00 (hardback), $57.40 (non-U.S.). Out of print.

A debate over the unification of the armed services and the role of naval aviation in the post-World War II era played out in testimony before Congress in 1948 and 1949. The press termed the testimony of high-ranking naval officers the "revolt of the admirals." This volume examines that debate over the role of naval aviation in national security.

Serving Proudly: A History of Women in the U.S. Navy, by Susan H. Godson. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 2001. ISBN 1-55750-317-6. Call (410) 268-6110 to order.

This scholarly history covers the full spectrum of women in the Navy, including the Navy Nurse Corps, the WAVES, and the integration of women into the operational Navy. Dr. Godson relates how women went to sea in various roles as early as the 19th century and describes the ways in which women eagerly accepted the nation's call in the 20th century to join the Navy. Their service in the world wars, the Korean and Vietnam conflicts, and Operation Desert Storm, as well as their fight to become line officers of the Navy, is richly detailed.

Shield and Sword: The United States Navy and the Persian Gulf War, by Edward J. Marolda and Robert J. Schneller Jr. 1999. Jointly published with the Naval Institute Press, 2001. ISBN 1-55750-485-7. Call (410) 268-6110 to order.

This comprehensive and candid analysis of the U.S. Navy's operations in Desert Shield and Desert Storm will surely place this history in the forefront of naval literature on the Persian Gulf conflict. It is a must read for armed forces professionals, military historians, Gulf War veterans, and those interested in the current U.S. confrontation with Iraq and its dictator, Saddam Hussein. Includes 124 photographs, 14 maps, and 6 tables.

Cover: The Washington Navy Yard: An Illustrated HistoryWashington Navy Yard: An Illustrated History, by Edward J. Marolda. 1999. GPO stock number 008-046-00191-0 (paperback). Out of print. Available in PDF (8.9 MB)

First published in 1999, this reissued work highlights the accomplishments of the Navy's oldest shore establishment still in operation, from its beginnings 203 years ago as a shipyard for the new warships of a fledgling Navy, to the end of the 20th century. Associated with American presidents, foreign kings and queens, ambassadors, and legendary naval leaders, the Navy Yard was witness to the evolution of the country from a small republic into a nation of enormous political, economic, and military power. It was also home to tens of thousands of American workers manufacturing weapons for the fleet, including the 14-inch and 16-inch guns that armed the Navy's battleships in World Wars I and II and the Cold War.

Where the Fleet Begins: A History of the David Taylor Research Center, by Rodney P. Carlisle. 1998. GPO stock number 008-046-00182-1, $61.00 (hardback), $85.40 (non-U.S.).
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Details the history and accomplishments of one of the world's most fascinating technology centers. The story begins at the first experimental model basin set up by Captain David Taylor at the Washington Navy Yard in 1898. Just before World War II, a larger facility with a mile-long towing basin, named in honor of Taylor, opened in Carderock, Maryland. The historical narrative takes readers from the origin of the David Taylor Research Center through its reorganizations, and its success in modernizing the fleet through scientific and technological innovations.


Cover: Swift and Effective RetributionNo. 1, Cordon of Steel: The U.S. Navy and the Cuban Missile Crisis, by Curtis A. Utz. 2003. GPO Stock No. 008-046-00157-0, ISBN: 0-945274-23-8 (soft cover), $8.50. Out of print.
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The Naval Historical Center has reissued this monograph, which first appeared in 1993, in relation to the fortieth anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis. In that confrontation, the United States and the Soviet Union came as close as they ever would to global war. During this dramatic and historic event, the U.S. Navy demonstrated its value for resolving international crises. By forcefully employing naval forces, President John F. Kennedy was able to prevent the development of Fidel Castro's Cuba as an offensive bastion and to ensure the withdrawal of Soviet nuclear-armed ballistic missiles from the island. The illustrated booklet features 60 photographs, maps, charts, and Navy art.

No. 2, Assault From the Sea: The Amphibious Landing at Inchon, by Curtis A. Utz. 2000. 50th Anniversary of the Korean War, Commemorative Edition. GPO Stock No. 008-046-00194-4, $8.00 (paperback), $11.20 (non-U.S.). Out of print.

This work highlights one of the most remarkable victories in the history of amphibious warfare. It describes in detail the masterful amphibious operation at Inchon conceived by General of the Army Douglas MacArthur and carried out by U.S. and allied naval forces under Vice Admiral Arthur Struble, Commander Seventh Fleet/Commander Task Force 7. Operation Chromite caught the North Korean People's Army by surprise forcing its troops to flee with a few weeks.

Cover: Swift and Effective RetributionNo. 3, "Swift and Effective Retribution:" The U.S. Sixth Fleet and the Confrontation with Qaddafi, by Joseph T. Stanik. 1996. GPO stock number 008-046-00175-8, $9.00 (paperback), $12.60 (non-U.S.).Out of print.

The book demonstrates the versatility of naval power as an instrument of U.S. foreign policy. The work describes the Reagan administration's use of naval forces throughout the 1980s to curtail Libyan strongman Colonel Muammar al-Qaddafi's support for international terrorism. The author, a former U.S. naval officer and instructor of history at the U.S. Naval Academy, details the Sixth Fleet's extended deployments off Libya and combat actions against Qaddafi's naval and air forces in Operations "Prairie Fire" and "El Dorado Canyon." Striking paintings by naval artist Morgan L. Wilbur, maps, and dramatic color and black and white photos enhance the book.

Cover: Project HulaNo. 4, Project HULA: Soviet-American Cooperation in the War Against Japan, by Richard A. Russell. No. 4 in The U.S. Navy in the Modern World series. 1997. GPO/SN 008-046-00181-2, $8.00 (paperback), $11.20 (non-U.S.). Out of print.

This work describes the little known subject of Soviet and American naval cooperation in the North Pacific during the final months of World War II. Until 1945, Soviet reluctance to fight a two-front war and Japanese acquiescence to the movement of vital lend-lease supplies to the Soviet Far East ensured Soviet neutrality in the Pacific War. A frustrated U.S. government, which had sought basing rights for heavy bombers in Siberia, finally secured Soviet agreement at the Yalta Conference, in February 1945, to enter the war by pledging U.S. military support and territorial concessions to the Soviet Union. In Project HULA, from April to September, a special U.S. Navy detachment trained Russian officers and men in handling the naval vessels scheduled for transfer to the Soviet Pacific Ocean Fleet. This top-secret operation brought Russian and American sailors together in the largest and most ambitious lend-lease program of World War II. Its unique purpose was to equip and train Soviet amphibious forces for the climactic fight against Japan.

No. 5, From Dam Neck to Okinawa: A Memoir of Antiaircraft Training, by Robert F. Wallace. 2001. GPO Stock No. 008-046-00198-7, $9.50 (paperback). Out of print.

This memoir presents a fascinating look at the Navy's antiaircraft training and combat action from the perspective of a reserve officer who was a key figure in the effort. Relying on both a remarkable memory of events and original documentary sources, Wallace first takes the reader through his time as an antiaircraft instructor at two wartime sites. The narrative quickly moves to the combat scene on board the battleship Idaho where the author served at the automatic weapons officer during the fighting on Iwo Jima and Okinawa in 1945. His engaging account of how the Fifth Fleet gunners heroically beat back the onslaught of attacking Japanese kamikaze planes during the long and bloody Okinawa campaign is unparalleled in its immediacy.


Fleet Operations in a Mobile War, September 1950-June 1951, by Joseph H. Alexander. 2001. GPO Stock No. 008-046-00197-9, $3.60 (paperback); $5.04 (non-U.S.). ISBN 0-16-050905-X. Out of print.

In this first monograph of our Korean War series jointly sponsored by the Naval Historical Center and the Naval Historical Foundation, award-winning author Colonel Joe Alexander, USMC (Ret.) describes the intense support operations that brought all elements and communities of the U.S. Navy into the war's high-mobility phase between September 1950 and June 1951. His work focuses on the dynamic first months in which Seventh Fleet units and the 1st Marine Division executed the daring amphibious assault at Inchon, endured the frustrating task of clearing mines off Wonsan, battled North Korean and Chinese Communist armies in the mountains of North Korea at the Chosin Reservoir, and conducted the epic evacuation of UN troops from the port of Hungnam, North Korea. The monograph contains 60 black/white and color illustrations, including works from the Navy Art Collection.

Naval Leadership in Korea: The First Six Months, by Thomas B. Buell. No. 2 in The U.S. Navy and the Korean War series. 2002. GPO Stock No. 008-046-00199-5, $8.50 (paperback); $10.75 (non-U.S.). ISBN 0-16-051080-5.
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The latest monograph in the Korean War series illuminates the role of the Navy's top flag officers in Washington, the Pacific area, and the Korean theater of operations before and during the first chaotic months of war. Thanks to the leadership of six influential naval offcers and the mobility of naval forces, especially carrier aviation, U.S. forces were in South Korea within three weeks of the North's invasion. The six protagonists--Admiral Forrest P. Sherman, Admiral Arthur W. Radford, Vice Admiral C. Turner Joy, Vice Admiral Arthur D. Struble, Rear Admiral James H. Doyle, and Rear Admiral Arleigh A. Burke--were involved in the strategy, planning, and execution of the most critical operations of the war.

Long Passage to Korea: Black Sailors and the Integration of the U.S. Navy, by Bernard C. Nalty. 2003. GPO Stock No. 008-046-0, ISBN: 0-16-051355-3 (soft cover), $8.50. Out of print.

The author traces the story of racial integration in the U.S. Navy. In the American Revolution, black sailors were part of every warship crew, but by the end of World War II, African Americans were restricted for the most part to the Steward's branch. A few years later in Korea, however, black and white Sailors and Marines were fighting side by side once again. In that war African Americans piloted fighters, manned guns, and fought their way up and down the frigid hills of North Korea. This booklet recounts the African American struggle to achieve equal treatment and opportunity in the Navy, especially during and after the Second World War. Necessities of war, changes in American society, politics and legislation, and the black press persuaded the Navy to amend its racial policies, opening enlisted ratings and the general line officer corps to African Americans.

Attack from the Sky: Naval Air Operations in the Korean War, by Richard C. Knott. 2004. GPO Stock No. 008-046-00205-3, ISBN 0-945274-53-1 (soft cover). Out of print.

In this latest monograph in the U.S. Navy in the Korean War series, a former naval aviator covers all major aspects of the Navy's air operations in the conflict, demonstrating the vital importance of aircraft carriers for projecting naval power ashore. Knott deftly integrates his analyses of combat missions with stories of the courageous pilots who flew them. His descriptions of bombing techniques, close air support missions, harrowing on board recoveries of new jet aircraft, air-to-air combat, and the myriad uses of the helicopter are especially informative and stimulating.

Sea Power on Call: Fleet Operations, June 1951-July 1953, by Malcolm Muir, Jr. GPO Stock No. 008-046-00207-0, $10.00 (paperback); $14.00 (non-U.S.). ISBN 0-16-072496-1. Out of print.

This historical monograph describes the often-overlooked period of the Korean War’s last two years when UN military representatives engaged in heated and often fruitless negotiations with their Communist counterparts. To support or influence the direction of these critical cease-fire talks, opposing forces jockeyed for control of the battlefront at the 38th Parallel while U.S. and allied sea power denied the enemy use of the sea for any purpose, interdicted supply lines on land and along the coast, and deluged Chinese and North Korean forces with naval gunfire. Enduring mine-infested waters, heavy seas, bitter winters, and enemy fire, U.N. forces succeeded in maintaining control at the 38th Parallel and preserving the independence of the Republic of Korea, which endures to this day.

The Sea Services in the Korean War 1950-1953 [CD-ROM]. U.S. Naval Institute and Sonalysts, Inc. in conjunction with the historical offices of the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard, 2000.

In collaboration with the 50th Anniversary of the Korean War Commemoration Committee of the Department of Defense, the Naval History & heritage Command and the historical offices of the U.S. Marine Corps, and U.S. Coast Guard issued this CD-ROM which contains an introduction by Admiral James L. Holloway III, USN (Ret.), former Chief of Naval Operations and a Korean War veteran; History of United States Naval Operations: Korea by James A. Field, Jr., The Sea War in Korea by Malcom Cagle and Frank A. Manson; U.S. Marine Corps Operations in Korea (5 volumes) by Lynn Montross and Nicholas A. Canzona, et al; The Forgotten Service in the Korean War: The U. S. Coast Guard's Role in the Korean Conflict by Scott Price; and Historiography of the Korean War by Allan R. Millet.

See also No. 2 in the U.S. Navy and the Modern World Series.


No. 1, Origins of the Maritime Strategy: American Naval Strategy in the First Postwar Decade, by Michael A. Palmer. 1988. Out of print.

No. 2, Power and Change: The Administrative History of the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, 1946-1986, by Thomas C. Hone. 1989. Out of print.

No. 3, Building American Submarines, 1914-1940, by Gary E. Weir. 1991. Out of print.

No. 4,  Damn the Torpedoes, A Short History of U.S. Naval Mine Countermeasures, 1777-1991, by Tamara Moser Melia, 1991. Out of print.

No. 5, On Course to Desert Storm: The United States Navy and the Persian Gulf, by Michael A. Palmer. 1992. GPO Stock No. 008-046-00146-4, $7.60 (paperback), $10.64 (non-U.S.). Out of print.

Chronicles the U.S. Navy's role in the Middle East from the 1800s through the undeclared naval war of 1987-88 with Iran. Explains the strategic, political, and commercial factors that affected American policy in the region and how Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm were results of that policy.

Cover: Black Shoes and Blue WaterNo. 6, Black Shoes and Blue Water: Surface Warfare in the United States Navy, 1945-1975, by Malcolm Muir, Jr. 1996. GPO Stock No. 008-046-00169-3, $25.00 (paperback), $35.00 (non-U.S.). Out of print.

This volume examines the decline and revival of the surface navy, especially the gun and missile ships, in the years after World War II. The author examines how the Spruance- class destroyers and their derivatives, advanced computer technology, and the Aegis combat system eventually brought the surface navy back to combat effectiveness.


Naval Documents of the American Revolution

This documentary series presents edited documents--correspondence, ship's logs, muster rolls, orders, and newspaper accounts--that elucidate the naval aspects of the war. American, British, and foreign documents are presented in this series. For more information and to download PDF versions of each volume, visit our series page.

Volume 11, American Theater: January 1, 1778-March 31, 1778; European Theater: January 1, 1778-March 31, 1778, edited by by Michael J. Crawford, et al. 2005. GPO Stock No. 008-046-00206-1, $82.00 (hardback), $114.80 (non-U.S.). Out of print.

This volume treats the first three months of 1778, when Continental and state naval forces harassed shipping supporting British occupation of Philadelphia, and France signed a treaty of alliance with the United States and prepared to dispatch a fleet to oppose the Royal Navy in American waters.

Volume 10, American Theatre: October 1- December 31, 1777; European Theatre: October 1-December 31, 1777, edited by Michael J. Crawford. 1996. GPO Stock No. 008-046-00167-7, $67.00 (hardback), $93.80 (non-U.S.). Out of print.

In a campaign of eight weeks, the British win control of the Delaware River below Philadelphia, with loss of two warships and hundreds of casualties. Sir Henry Clinton directs a combined army and navy expedition up the Hudson River as a diversion in Lt. Gen. John Burgoyne's favor, capturing four forts, burning Kingston, and compelling Americans to destroy two Continental Navy frigates. A New England expedition fails to retake Newport. Continental Navy ships Alfred and Raleigh refit in France, where John Paul Jones arrives in Ranger. Gustavus Conyngham, in Continental Navy cutter Revenge, operates out of Spanish ports.

Volume 9, American Theatre: June 1-September 30, 1777; European Theatre: June 1- September 30, 1777, edited by William James Morgan. 1986. Out of print.

The British invasion of Chesapeake Bay, including the landing of Sir William Howe's army to march on Philadelphia, the capture of HMS Fox by Continental frigates Boston and Hancock, and the cruise of the frigate Randolph are covered in this volume.

The Naval War of 1812: A Documentary History

This series presents important original documents, many never before published, on the Navy's role in the War of 1812. Themes range from a discussion of the maritime causes of the war through the naval actions of 1815 that took place after the Treat of Ghent ended the conflict.

Volume 1, 1812, edited by William S. Dudley. 1985. GPO Stock No. 008-046-00112-0, $59.00 (hardback), $82.60 (non-U.S.). Out of print.

Impressment, the seizure of merchant vessels, the Chesapeake-Leopard affair, and the first year of the war are covered in this volume.

Volume 2, 1813, edited by William S. Dudley. 1992. GPO Stock No. 008-046-00140-5, $71.50 (hardback), $100.10 (non-U.S.). Out of print.

Actions of the American frigates, including "Old Ironsides" (Constitution), President, and Chesapeake are covered, as well as the famous Battle of Lake Erie and the cruise of Essex in the Pacific Ocean.

Volume 3, 1814-1815, edited by Michael J. Crawford et al. 2002. GPO Stock No. 008-046-00200-2, $70.00 (hardback), $98.00 (non-U.S.). Out of print.

This work is the third volume of the Naval Historical Center's projected four-volume documentary history of the naval and maritime aspects of the War of 1812. The volume focuses on the Chesapeake Bay, northern Great Lakes, and Pacific Ocean theaters of operation during the last two years of the war. Letters, reports, and other documents concerning Commodore Joshua Barney's actions during the Battle of Bladensburg, the critical Battle of Lake Champlain, and the epic fight of Essex with Royal Navy warships off Valparaiso, Chile, as well as introductory essays by NHC historians, are presented in this comprehensive volume. Winner of the 2002 John Lyman Book Award from the North American Society for Oceanic History and the 2004 Distinguished Book Award from the Society for Military History.


America's Naval Heritage: A Catalog of Early Imprints from the Navy Department Library, by Thomas Truxtun Moebs. 2000. GPO Stock No. 008-046-00196-1, ISBN 0-16-050565-8 (hardback), $14.20. Out of print.

Described in this beautifully illustrated work is a little-known collection of rare 18th and 19th-century titles held by one of our nation's oldest federal libraries, the Navy Department Library. The more than 300 entries record the U.S. Navy's achievements in combat, international diplomacy, technology, customs and traditions, exploration, medicine, education, and social reform. For all those with an interest in the Navy and the sea, this exquisite catalog promises a delightful encounter with America's naval past.

Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships, edited by James L. Mooney, et al.
This printed series presents brief histories, arranged alphabetically, of all ships commissioned in the U.S. Navy since the American Revolution. Also see the online edition.

Volume 1, A-B, 1959. Out of print.

Volume 1, Part A (revised edition). 1991. GPO Stock No. 008-046-00041-7, $39.90 (hardback).
Out of print.

Volume 2, C-F, 1963, GPO Stock No. 008-046-00007-7, $56.50 (hardback), $70.63 (non-U.S.). Out of print.

Volume 3, G-K, 1968 (reprint 1977). Out of print.

Volume 4, L-M, 1969, GPO Stock No. 008-046-00009-3, $51.45 $62.00 (hardback), $86.80 (non-U.S.).
Out of print.

Volume 5, N-Q, 1970. Out of print.

Volume 6, R-S, 1976, GPO Stock No. 008-046-00056-5, $33.50 (hardback), $46.90 (non-U.S.).
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Volume 7, T-V, 1981, GPO Stock No. 008-046-00100-6, $71.50s (hardback), $100.10 (non-U.S.).
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Volume 8, W-Z, 1981 (reprint 1991), GPO Stock No. 008-046-00101-4, $71.40 (hardback).
Out of print.


Cover: United States Naval Aviation, 1910-1995United States Naval Aviation, 1910-1995, by Roy A. Grossnick. 1997. GPO stock number 008-046-00177-4, $92.50 (hardback), $129.50 (non-U.S.). Out of print. Also see the online edition.

A quintessential reference work on Naval Aviation. Designed to provide naval personnel, historians and aviation enthusiasts with a general background on Naval Aviation history, this chronology highlights the significant events and developments that shaped Naval Aviation from 1910 to 1995 and covers all aspects of Naval Aviation, including operational activities, technical developments and administrative changes. The thirty-four appendices cover many of the commonly requested subjects or data on Naval Aviation, including aviation commands, medal of honor recipients, aces, cold war incidents involving Navy aircraft, and post World War II combat deployments.

Dictionary of American Naval Aviation Squadrons

Volume 1: The History of VA, VAH, VAK, VAL, VAP and VFA Squadrons, by Roy A. Grossnick. 1995. Out of print. See the online edition.

Attack squadron histories highlight the major operational activities of each squadron as well as specific detailed data commonly requested for the units. The following information is included in each squadron history: lineage, insignia and nickname, chronology of significant events, home port assignments, commanding officers, aircraft assignments, major overseas deployments, air wing assignments and unit awards. There are almost 800 illustrations in the book and approximately 300 are in color.

Volume 2: The History of VP, VPB, VP(HL) and VP(AM) Squadrons, by Captain Michael D. Roberts, USNR (Ret.). 2000. Out of print. See the online edition.

Patrol squadron histories highlight the major operational activities of each squadron as well as specific detailed data commonly requested for the units. The following information is included in each squadron history: lineage, insignia and nickname, chronology of significant events, home port assignments, commanding officers, aircraft assignments, major overseas deployments, air wing assignments and unit awards. There are almost 800 illustrations in the book and approximately 300 are in color.

Monographs on Naval Aviation:

Commemorative Collection of Five Monographs on Naval Aviation:


The Relationship of Science and Technology: A Bibliographic Guide, by Rodney P. Carlisle. 1997. Copublished by the Navy Laboratory/Center Coordinating Group and the Naval History & Heritage Command. GPO/SN 008-046-00185-5, $7.00 (paperback), $9.80 (non-U.S.). Out of print

This title is a must-have guide for science and technology policymakers and historians. It offers more than 150 annotated entries, many of which are seminal works on science and technology, published between 1945 and 1995. The introductory essay looks at innovation and how it has evolved from the interaction and separate development of science and technology. Readers are introduced to the debates on national security and social and political issues of the time that often drove American science and technology policy.

Navy RDT&E Planning in an Age of Transition: A Survey Guide to Contemporary Literature, by Rodney P.Carlisle. 1997. Copublished by the Navy Laboratory/Center Coordinating Group and the Naval Historical Center. GPO/SN 008-046-00184-7, $8.50 (paperback), $11.90 (non-U.S.). Out of print.

In this work Navy research, development, testing and evaluation planning is set within the changing world and new national priorities of the 1980s and 1990s, when international events began to affect both the nation's defense structure and research and development priorities. As the Navy readjusted priorities, it studied the demobilization and peacetime conversion following each major war of the century, hoping to draw parallels between those actions and the current defense downsizing. The author brings together the writings of historians, journalists, and policy analysts who discuss post-Cold War defense procurement and the future naval warfare.

Management of the U.S. Navy Research and Development Centers During the Cold War: A Survey Guide to Reports, by Rodney Carlisle. Copublished by the Navy Laboratory/Center Coordinating Group and the Naval Historical Center. GPO Stock Number 008-046-00176-6, $11.50 (paperback), $16.10 (non-U.S.). Out of print.

This bibliographic study reviews the reforms within the Navy and the Department of Defense that attempted to strengthen and coordinate naval research, development, testing, and evaluation. In particular the study examines the operational and organizational issues confronting the Navy's in-house Research, Development, and Technology shore structure immediately after World War II through the late 1980s.


No. 1, United States Naval History: A Bibliography, by Barbara A. Lynch and John E. Vajda. 1993. Out of print

No. 2, Cruise Books of the United States Navy in World War II: A Bibliography, by Dean L. Mawdsley. 1993. Out of print

No. 3, Historical Manuscripts in the Navy Department Library: A Catalog, by George W. Emery. 1994. Out of print.

No. 4, The Reestablishment of the Navy, 1787-1801: Historical Overview and Select Bibliography, by Michael J. Crawford and Christine F. Hughes. 1995. Out of print

No. 5, The Spanish American War: Historical Overview and Select Bibliography by Michael J. Crawford, Mark Hayes and Michael D. Sessions. 1998. Out of print.

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