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BOOK REVIEW – CSS Alabama vs USS Kearsarge: Cherbourg 1864

By Mark Lardas, Osprey Publishing, (2011) Reviewed by Thomas P. Ostrom The author, Mark Lardas, brings a degree in naval architecture and marine engineering to his analysis of this epic American Civil War naval battle; as well as experience in writing as a military historian, and ship modeler. The book is enhanced with magnificent illustrations

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NHF to Host Member Event On Board USS Midway Museum in San Diego

To all Members and Friends of the Naval Historical Foundation who live in Southern California—You are invited to attend a festive reception aboard the USS Midway Museum on Sunday, April 7th from 6-8 pm. Please see the invitation posted above and RSVP to Ms. Leslie Cook, Director of Development, before April 2, 2013 at lcook@navyhistory.org

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BOOK REVIEW – USN Destroyer VS IJN Destroyer: The Pacific 1943

By Mark E. Stille, with contributors, Osprey Publishing, Long Island City, NY (2012) Reviewed by Michael F. Solecki The naval frigates known as “destroyers” first came into their own in the Pacific Theater of World War II. These ships evolved out of the 1890s from the need to counter smaller torpedo boats used to attack

USS Guardian (MCM 5) and the Navy’s Post-World War II Minesweepers

  By Captain George Stewart, USN (Retired) On 17 January, 2013, the USS Guardian (MCM 5) ran aground on Tubbataha Reef in the Philippines. The ship had gotten underway after a port call at Subic Bay. An investigation by US Naval authorities came to the conclusion that it was not practical to salvage the ship

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BOOK REVIEW – Destroyer Captain: Lessons of a First Command

By Admiral James Stavridis, USN, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD. (2012) Reviewed by Stephen Phillips Admiral James Stavridis is a prolific writer. Perhaps most well known are his contributions in the U.S. Naval Institute’s Proceedings, and USNI blog. Admiral Stavridis has also contributed to similar publications such as the Naval War College Review and Joint

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Remembering Pearl Harbor: Interview with a Navy Survivor

The following interview is an excerpt from the oral history of Captain Douglas G. Phillips, USN (Retired), recorded in December 2010. Captain Phillips graduated from the New York State Merchant Marine Academy in 1937, and later obtained a commission with the U.S. Navy. His first Navy assignment was aboard USS Castor, and he later reported

Enterprise: The Enduring Connection

The inactivation this Saturday 1 December of USS Enterprise (CVN 65) at Naval Station Norfolk will mark the latest chapter of a close relationship between the Naval Historical Foundation (NHF) and one of the Navy’s most historically significant vessels. In fact that NHF-“Big-E” relationship turns out to be pretty personal. For example, long-time NHF archivist

USS Enterprise Commemorative Coin Now on Sale

This week, the legendary aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) completes her final journey. Her return to her Norfolk, VA homeport this weekend will mark the end of 51 years of active service with the United States Navy, and 25 overseas deployments. Enterprise, the world’s first nuclear powered aircraft carrier, was commissioned in 1961. She

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USS Joseph P. Kennedy Jr.: Cuban Missile Crisis Veteran

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis. During that dramatic confrontation, ships and aircraft of the U.S. Navy formed a blockade around the island of Cuba, to put a stop to Soviet efforts to build an offensive nuclear force on that island nation (watch a video about the Crisis here). One

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Keeping Naval History Alive in Pearl Harbor: Maintaining the Submarine Bowfin

There is perhaps no place in America as closely identified with naval history as Pearl Harbor. The “day that will live in infamy” on 7 December 1941 has not been forgotten by the people of the United States, and great care has been taken to preserve U.S. Navy history and heritage on and around the

BOOK REVIEW: The Lady Gangster – A Sailor’s Memoir

By Del Staecker, Cable Publishing, Brule, WI, (2009). Reviewed by Charles H. Bogart The author is the son of Irvin H. Staecker who served on board the Lady Gangster from 1941 to 1945. The Lady Gangster was the crew’s name for USS Fuller (APA 6). The ship’s nickname developed from the fact that many of

Maintaining a Museum Ship: ex-USS SLATER (DE 766)

Every year, thousands of visitors flock to museum ships around the country. Most of these visitors have no idea of the endless care and upkeep required to maintain and preserve these decommissioned warships. Steel warships do not respond well to the moisture and humidity of marine environments. Compounding these issues inherent in any marine environment,

2010-2011 Admiral James L. Holloway III Leadership Award

On Tuesday, 15 November, Naval Historical Foundation Executive Director Captain Todd Creekman had the opportunity to participate in a Capitol Hill luncheon honoring officers and sailors from USS Enterprise who were selected as the 2010 and 2011 leadership award winners. The Stennis Center for Public Service Leadership has established a special leadership awards program on