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Nixon's Trident: Naval Power in Southeast Asia, 1968-1972

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This book 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 ...
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Overview

This book 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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781494258788
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 11/23/2013
  • Pages: 88
  • Sales rank: 1,023,920
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.18 (d)

Meet the Author

John Darrell Sherwood is a historian in the Histories and Archives Division of the Naval History and Heritage Command and is the author of Black Sailor, White Navy: Racial Unrest in the Fleet during the Vietnam War Era (2007). His next book for the Command, The Fight for the Delta, will look at the brown-water navy in Vietnam and the Sailors who fought in the Mekong River Delta. Other works by Dr.
Sherwood include Afterburner: Naval Aviators and the Vietnam War (2004); Fast Movers: Jet
Pilots and the Vietnam Experience (1999); and Officers in Flights Suits: The Story of American
Air Force Fighter Pilots in the Korean War (1996). He earned a BA and MA in history from Columbia University and a PhD in history from The George Washington University.
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