The Naval Institute Guide to the Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet: 19th Edition

The Naval Institute Guide to the Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet: 19th Edition

by Norman Polmar
     
 

This updated, 19th edition of The Naval Institute Guide to the Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet meets the high expectations and exacting standards of those who rely on this volume to stay informed and to make related policy, force level, technological and weapons decisions related to the U.S. Navy.

Packed with comprehensive information, up-to-date

Overview


This updated, 19th edition of The Naval Institute Guide to the Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet meets the high expectations and exacting standards of those who rely on this volume to stay informed and to make related policy, force level, technological and weapons decisions related to the U.S. Navy.

Packed with comprehensive information, up-to-date photographs, line drawings, and useful appendixes, this timely volume describes the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard during a period of intensive transformation while engaged in combat operations.

In describing the Navy’s “ships and aircraft,” extensive coverage is given to the new littoral combat ships (LCS), joint high-speed vessels (JHSV), Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carriers, and other new ships as well as developments in shipboard ballistic missile defense. At the same time, the convoluted path in surface combatant construction is “deciphered,” while the belated decision to cancel the Marine expeditionary fighting vehicle (EFV) is explained. Also addressed in detail is the new F-35 series Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) and other aviation programs. Similarly addressed are Navy personnel, Marine Corps issues, Coast Guard forces, marine mammals, unmanned underwater and aerial vehicles, and other aspects of U.S. naval forces.

Continuing the longstanding tradition as the most complete resource of its kind, this updated 19th edition meets the high expectations and exacting standards of those who rely on this volume to stay informed in the field.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“In its nineteenth edition, this classic just gets better and better…If you really need, or are simply interested in, a very thorough update on the current state of the ships, boats and aircraft—and their weaponry—of the U.S. fleet, this is where to get it…There is no better source of this vital information.”
AUSMarine

“It is a remarkable achievement for any book that is not the scripture of a major religion to reach its nineteenth edition. Come to think of it, our naval services are a kind of religion, and Norman Polmar, if not its apostle, is one of its major prophets…[The book] is an essential resource for anyone who needs to analyze, procure, plan for, organize, train, equip or understand America’s bewildering variety of naval platforms, programs and systems…Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet is a dependable reference providing balanced and objective assessments that speak truth to power.” — DefenseMediaNetwork.com

“This work is a visual tour de force that will please both naval professionals and interested readers…the flagship upon which any serious study of the U.S. Navy must embark. Summing Up: Highly recommended.” — Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries

“…The undisputed single edition bible of the US Fleet since [the Guide] was acquired by the publishing arm of the United States Naval Institute several decades ago. Retaining noted naval authority, author, and historian Norman Polmar as editor proved to be a wise choice, for Polmar infuses each edition with much of his vast background on all things US Navy...A first-rate reference guide compiled by a first-rate author.” — Sea Classics

“Everything about this book exudes the quality that the reputations of both publisher and author(s) promise. A tome of such breadth, depth and sheer weight is deserving of the world’s largest and most powerful navy. This guide, which was already the best most comprehensive source of information on the ships and aircraft of the U.S. Navy and the Coast Guard is even better than ever.” — Warships International Fleet Review

"Norman Polmar, with this work and his many earlier books—he has 50 to his credit—and other writings, is the most mature and significant of naval affairs thinkers as the West has seen in recent decades. He is clearly the strong successor to Capt. John Moore, RN, the legendary British naval intelligence officer and submariner who gave Jane’s Fighting Ships its great authority during the Cold War years. And he is a worthy successor, too, to Admiral Alfred Thayer Mahan and Theodore Roosevelt, who could see what the US needed to do to command the seas, and had the persuasion to see it implemented. This great book is a bargain; it is a potion to clear the head the morning after the drunken run–ashore the US has enjoyed in the heady pay-days of the past couple of decades.”

Defense & Foreign Affairs Special Analysis and D&F’s Strategic Policy

“No one can doubt that this book is the best and most complete overview of the most powerful navy in the world, conceived for specialists and for decision-makers, but available also for the general public.”

JP4 MENSILE DI AERONAUTICA (and PANORMA DIFESA) – published out of Firenze, Italy

“If you really need, or are simply interested in, a very thorough update on the current state of the ships, boats, and aircraft—and their weaponry—of the U.S. fleet, this is where to get it. There is no better source of this vital information.”

— Work Boat World

Booknews
New edition of the Naval Institute's guide to the U.S. Fleet, describing its ships, aircraft, weapons, size, composition, structure, and manpower at the start of the 21st century. Polmar (analyst, author, and consultant specializing in the naval, aviation, and intelligence fields) provides the latest available information on important Navy programs, as well as descriptions of the organization of the Departments of Defense and Navy, Marine forces, Coast Guard, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Agency, and other seagoing federal agencies. Extensively illustrated with b&w photographs and line drawings. Oversize: 9x12<">. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781591146872
Publisher:
Naval Institute Press
Publication date:
03/20/2013
Pages:
650
Sales rank:
696,072
Product dimensions:
9.40(w) x 12.00(h) x 1.50(d)

Meet the Author


Norman Polmar is an analyst, consultant, and author specializing in naval, aviation, and science and technology issues. He has been a consultant or advisor on naval-related issues to three U.S. senators, the Speaker of the House, and the Deputy Counselor to the President, as well as to the Director of the Los Alamos National Laboratory. He has written or coauthored more than fifty published books and numerous articles on naval, aviation, technology, and intelligence subjects.

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