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Children's LiteratureThe modern United States Navy possesses some of the most complex and expensive equipment available in the vast American military arsenal. One need only think of an aircraft carrier to realize the scope of American naval power. One of these floating airports serves as home for thousands of sailors, pilots, and an array of weapons. A single aircraft carrier is so large that it displaces as much water as 38,000 SUVs. Such a complicated instrument war is expensive, but the return on that investment over time appears to be great since these, and other fighting ships, have successfully defended America in war after war. The story of America's fighting vessels is well told in this work. The two authors do a fine job of detailing the weaponry, ship classifications, and military applications of various types of ships. Vessels such as attack submarines, landing craft, destroyers, cruisers, and transport ships are all presented in a way that will capture the interest of readers with an eye for naval affairs. This book, part of a larger series entitled "United States Armed Services," has a great deal of information linked to a workable text and, as such, will appeal to youngsters who wish to know more about this globetrotting branch of the American armed services. 2004, Heinemann Library, Ages 10 up.
—Greg M. Romaneck