The Naval Institute Guide to the Ships and Aircraft of the U. S. Fleet

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This popular reference has been updated with the latest technical data on the U.S. Navy's current ship, aircraft, missile, and electronics programs. Award-winning author and naval analyst Norman Polmar delivers details on the Navy's newest programs, while helping the reader keep track of the large number of ships and units being taken out of service.
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Overview

This popular reference has been updated with the latest technical data on the U.S. Navy's current ship, aircraft, missile, and electronics programs. Award-winning author and naval analyst Norman Polmar delivers details on the Navy's newest programs, while helping the reader keep track of the large number of ships and units being taken out of service.
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Editorial Reviews

Zom Zoms
This fifteenth edition of "The Naval Institute Guide" is the first to be published since the end of the Cold War era. A new chapter on sealift ships, numerous photographs and descriptions reflecting Gulf War operations, and the initial chapter "State of the Fleet" all reflect the U.S. fleet of the early 1990s as well as ongoing naval programs and cancellations. This work provides detailed, comprehensive descriptions of all elements of the fleet, from organization, command structure, and personnel to ships, aircraft, weapon systems, and electronic systems Polmar is an author and adviser to secretaries of the Navy. He took over this work beginning with its eleventh edition in 1978. Contents are arranged in 34 chapters, from brief but key glossary and ship-classification chapters to the lengthy chapters on auxiliary ships and naval aviation. For example, "Amphibious Ships" gives the number of ships and their lift capacity in numbers of troops, vehicle and cargo space, helicopter spots, and landing-craft spots and provides numerous photographs and diagrams of ships and their features. Listings are given of individual ships; their builders; dates laid down, launched, and commissioned; and current status active Atlantic or Pacific, reserve, etc.. Though the detail is somewhat technical, it is accessible to a nonmilitary readership. There are chapters on the Fleet Marine Force, the Coast Guard, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Appendixes cover "Advanced Technology Ships," "Force Levels 1945-1990," "Navy Shipbuilding Programs, Fiscal 1947-1992," "Foreign Ship Transfers, 1987-1991," and "Navy and Coast Guard Ships Preserved as Memorials and Museums." A general index and a ship-name and class index aid access. An addendum briefly updates 16 of the chapters through October 1992 There is no comparable guide to the U.S. fleet. Jane's, of course, publishes annual guides to fighting ships, naval weapon systems, and so on for all the world's military forces. "The Naval Institute Guide", however, unifies the information for U.S. naval forces. For the most current information, Jane's volumes will be the best choice. But for comprehensive coverage of the U.S. fleet and for the economy and convenience of purchasing just one volume, this work is recommended. Clientele of public and academic libraries will find it quite valuable.
Booknews
Current through the Gulf War, authoritative, and detailed, the 15th edition discusses anticipated budget cuts and the restructuring appropriate without a cold war. Discusses the F-14 upgrade, growth of special warfare capabilities, the Fleet Marine Force, limitation of the attack submarine program, cancellation of the A-12 and MV-22, standardization, Gulf War performance. Some 950 (b&w) photos and line drawings. About 550 pages deal with the ships and support systems of the Navy and Coast Guard. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591146858
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2004
  • Edition number: 18
  • Pages: 661
  • Product dimensions: 9.08 (w) x 12.16 (h) x 1.43 (d)

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