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BOOK REVIEW: Nineteen-Gun Salute – Case Studies of Operational, Strategic, and Diplomatic Naval Leadership during the 20th and Early 21st Centuries

Edited by John B. Hattendorf and Bruce A. Elleman. Naval War College Press/Government Printing Office (2010). Reviewed By Corbin Williamson Nineteen Gun Salute is a collection of short biographies of American admirals who demonstrated exceptional leadership qualities during their naval service. The admirals were skilled operational and strategic commanders as well as diplomats. The work

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NHF Annual Meeting and Ribbon Cutting of New Museum Exhibit

The Naval Historical Foundation 2012 Annual Meeting was held on Saturday, 23 June, and featured the debut of a brand new exhibit for the Cold War Gallery. Admiral James Holloway, USN (Ret), christened the new exhibit with a riveting firsthand account of the 1972 battle in Haiphong Harbor that is memorialized in the new “Into

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BOOK REVIEW: Tirpitz – The Life and Death of Germany’s Last Super Battleship

By Niklas Zetterling  & Michael Tamelander, Casemate Publishers, USA 2009. Reviewed by Capt. John A. Rodgaard, USN (Ret.) Zetterling and Tamelander tell the story of the Tirpitz, Germany’s last super battleship, and the desperate, if not obsessive, efforts by the British to destroy her with a comprehensively different perspective from their previous work about the

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NHF is Hiring: Development Director

The Naval Historical Foundation (NHF) seeks a full-time Development Director who will support the Navy’s premier non-profit historical organization by being responsible for fundraising (outright and planned gifts) and membership growth. The Development Director will be responsible for strategy and implementation of programs related to the NHF’s fundraising initiatives. The Development Director reports directly to

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US Navy Commemorates War of 1812 in Baltimore

Today is the 200th anniversary of the U.S. declaration of war against Britain, and the start of the War of 1812. The U.S. Navy will be marking the day with commemorations around the country (see our earlier story about the reading of the declaration of war at the U.S. Navy Museum). The city of Baltimore

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BOOK REVIEW: Imperial Japanese Navy Heavy Cruisers 1941-1945

By Mark Stille, Osprey Publishing, 2011 Reviewed by Samuel Loring Morison This book, number 176 in Osprey’s “New Vanguard” series discusses the construction, design and role of the six classes of Heavy Cruisers built for the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II and the equipment that they employed. The book also includes mid-war modifications.

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Into the Lion’s Den Exhibit: USS Robison (DDG 12)

We are drawing closer to completion of the new “Into the Lion’s Den” exhibit in the Cold War Gallery, and we’d like to take the  opportunity to remember the fourth U.S. Navy surface warship involved in the 1972 night battle in Haiphong Harbor. We previously shared stories about USS Providence and USS Rowan, as well

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Declaration of the War of 1812 to be Read at Navy Museum

Next Monday, 18 June, at the National Museum of the United States Navy, there will be a commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the start of the War of 1812. The declaration of war will be read aloud, and a performance by the Chanteymen of Ship’s Company will follow. For information on visiting the Museum

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Group Seeks to Bring ex-USS Charles F Adams to Jacksonville

A few weeks ago, we shared the story of our trip to Philadelphia to scavenge parts off a Cold War destroyer, ex-USS Forrest Sherman. Moored alongside Forrest Sherman is another decommissioned destroyer, ex-USS Charles F. Adams (DDG 2). Coincidentally, just days prior to our trip to Philadelphia, we had the opportunity to meet with John

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DUAL BOOK REVIEW: US Submarines 1900-35 and Defeating the U-Boat: Inventing Antisubmarine Warfare

US Submarines 1900-35 by Jim Christley, Osprey Publishing, 2011.         Defeating the U-Boat: Inventing Antisubmarine Warfare by Jan S. Breemer, Dept. of the Navy, 2010.     Reviewed by James-Joseph Ahern Introduced into naval service at the start of the Twentieth-Century, the submarine presented the first threat to the century old concept

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War of 1812 Bicentennial Exhibit opens June 10 at the Maryland Historical Society

“In Full Glory Reflected: Maryland During the War of 1812” During this anniversary year, two centuries removed from the War of 1812, America’s “Second War of Independence,” the Maryland Historical Society (MdHS) is retelling a dramatic story. With five thousand square feet of displays and more than a hundred historic artifacts, the largest bicentennial exhibit