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Second Battle of the Virginia Capes by V. Zveg  for the US Navy US Navy Naval History and Heritage Command: Photo #: NH 73927-KN

 Ever play "Battleship" when you were a kid? For our younger readers it was a  game done with grids overlaying silhouettes of war ships in which you call out your "shots" by grid coordinates against your opponents ships that you of course can't see. We're really dating our selves here if you are under 50 or so it is highly unlikely that you have ever played "Battleship" with such primitive gaming materials.  Today, "Battleship" is done on line, often for free with amazing audio visuals, historical accuracy and against sometimes multiple players. There are battles based on long past battles such as the Second Battle Of the Virginia Capes depicted above and imaginary battles based on modern naval combatants such as the USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN BATTLE  GROUP depicted below:
For nearly five years now we have been bringing you book reviews and links to books, and videos on naval subjects. As naval professionals we have personally engaged in naval "table top exercises", and even in computerized simulations. Games can be an important training tool for the professional as well as learning tools for naval history, and just plain fun for the enthusiasts. Unfortunately the"old salts' round about the office are hardly millennials and frankly we didn't think much about computer games until recently when we stumbled across some. We still want to be the only name you need to know and the only site you need to book mark to start research on any maritime or naval subject, so it was down right negligent of us to not include in our "BIG LINKS LOCKER" links to on line naval war gaming and reviews of such war gaming. So starting today we are looking into the naval computer gaming world and linking you to it. This post and subsequent posts on the subject will be featured prominently in our NAVAL INTERESTS special interest page. So, looking for a naval war game, just click into the American Admiralty Books Web site for links and reviews:


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Here you will find short descriptions/reviews of the following along with links for direct entry into play or down loading: Below we illustrate SOFTONIC's list and provide some limited direct links. There are more links at the Softonic site. Where a download button is provided at the Softonic site we refer you to the site as it would be wise to read their review first. 

1. World of Warships:  Try it for free at  Play Free World of Warships

2. BattleStations Midway:  A Softonic site down load

3. BattleStations Pacific :  A Softonic site down load

4. Silent Hunter IV: Wolves of the Pacific:   A Softonic site download

5. Naval War: Arctic Circle: A Softonic site down load

6. Dangerous Waters:  A Softonic site down load 

7. Battle Fleet 2: World War 2 in the Pacific: Softonic site down load

8. Fighting Steel:  A Softonic site download

9. Naval Action: A Softonic site download

10. Windward: Try

CONSIDER DOWN LOADING POWERWar Thunder  through the download button at the Softonic site 
  Softonic describes this as a "great option" though it is not an exclusively naval site, but has "Some great naval content". The focus of the site is on air combat including air combat off of navy air craft carriers.

Battlefield 4 Naval Strike (expansion pack)

"The Naval Strike expansion pack for Battlefield 4 brings naval warfare to the 21st century. Taking place in the South China Sea, an area of increasing naval tension between the US and China, the DLC pack brings multiplayer maps, new gadgets and weapons, and most importantly, a hovercraft. In the new Carrier Assault mode, you’ll be battling to sink the enemy’s aircraft carriers" Its a down load that we suggest entering from the Softonic site 
And for you swashbucklers: the Softonic site  suggests: 
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
"For a series about climbing over rooftops and stabbing Templars, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag’s ship-to-ship combat is surprisingly complete and satsifying. Sailing across the Caribbean taking direct control of your ship – The Jackdaw – you can attack different navy’s vessels with your vast armory to get money and supplies for upgrades. But, if you would rather board an enemy vessel for some cutlass based action, you can capture it and add it to your fleet."
American Admiralty Books also suggests checking out the Softonic site  for naval warfare games that don't require a PC. 
Well that concludes our opening shot across the bow on naval war gaming with our review and links to the Softonic site a great place to start if you're spoiling for a naval battle in cyber space. 


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Naval Interests:  

 Welcome to the Naval Interest page. The naval interest pages will explore books and publications of interest to the professionals of the Navy, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, NOAA Corps, U.S. Public Health Service, and the United States Merchant Marine. These organizations constitute primary members of "the Naval Establishment." "The Naval Establishment" refers to all of the above agencies which become closely coordinated by the Chief of Naval Operations in time of war. The "Naval Establishment" includes all of the reserve and auxiliary and civil service components of the these primary members.

 In this section we will be exploring publications that deal with the concepts of seapower, naval strategy and tactics, operations other than war, special operations, naval history, and selected technical subjects. We will start with the concept of seapower so our first book description will be the "original" on seapower, The Influence of Seapower upon History 1640 -1783 written by Captain Alfred Thayer Mahan in 1890 and still being studied, quoted, and debated today.



To search by Book title or author click here:  This will bring you to 100 pages of naval titles in no particular order. In the search box provided at the top of the page simply type in the title or author and click on "search". To check out the books of naval interest that our organization has reviewed scroll down.




THE U.S. NAVAL INSTITUTE, the "open forum" for the American sea services

"THE GOAT LOCKER", a special website for Chief Petty Officers:


U.S.NAVY MEMORIAL : NAVY LOG, find old shipmates, reunions, etc.

ALL HANDS, magazine of the U.S. Navy

Naval Open Source INTelligence




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CGC EAGLE: USCG PHOTO                                                                   Photo : USCG

Canadian Coast Guard Icebreaker (PD)            PHOTO USCG

 Personnel of the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (PD) 

 We have been publishing  a lot of of news and opinion posts on the U.S. and various international coast guards and small navies conducting coast guard like operations of late. A lot of the information that we have been publishing is not readily available in the general electronic or print news media and often not widely covered in the larger maritime trade journals. However as we have so often noted we are not a news agency, we are a general maritime reference, a starting point for research into any maritime subject. Even our "NEWS SERVICE" is really more of a reading room where our visitors can link into the E-versions of the various maritime trade journals and news reporters. We regard it as part of our mission to call your attention to and link you to reliable and authoritative sites on areas of special interest. Due to space limitations we don't have a "Coast Guard" special interest page. Presently our information on coast guards is spread out between our NAVAL INTERESTS section and because the activities of coast guards around the world heavily impact merchant marine operations we carry some information in our MERCHANT MARINE INTERESTS section. Finally most but not all VESSEL TRAFFIC SERVICES are operated by coast guards so we carry significant coast guard information in that section. 

 Of late, the aggressive use of their new coast guard by China has drawn a lot of attention. We have never before seen a coast guard used as the forefront force in an aggressive territorial acquisition campaign. This "mailed fist in a velvet glove approach" to stealing other people's island territories and with them their exclusive economic zones is unprecedented. Clearly interests in coast guards is rising globally. Until we resolve our space available difficulties, which have to stand in line with a number of other serious technical issues, and create a COAST GUARDS SECTION we are going to have to make our collection of data on Coast Guards redundant in a number of places throughout the site. We will start today with a blog post full of links and descriptions to official and unofficial reliable and authoritative sites. We will then post this same information to our "BIG LINKS LOCKER" and all of the special interest sections where now carry information relevant to coast guards.




THE COAST GUARD COMPASS: Official U.S. Coast Guard Blog:



This site is about the global positioning system (GPS) , the Automatic Information System (AIS), Long Range Identification and Tracking, Notice to Mariners and other navigational systems and services operated by the U.S. Coast Guard

This site is about the uniformed civilian volunteer corps of the U.S. Coast Guard that operates civilian boats, aircraft, and radio stations supporting Coast Guard missions, conducts public boating safety courses and courtesy motor boat inspections and augments and supports many Coast Guard missions in unique and varied ways

Journalist following Coast Guard news stories will find this site extremely handy.



This is a reliable and authoritative site operated independently of government sponsorship, we quote below their mission statement:

"This blog will generally not discuss day to day operations that the Coast Guard does so well. Other sources such as Coast Guard Compass are much better positioned to do this than I.
The objective of this blog is to look over the longer term, at budgets, policies, tactics, roles and missions, and their physical expression, the platforms that allow the Coast Guard to do its job. My own interest and experience is primarily with the larger patrol vessels, so they will perhaps receive a disproportionate amount of attention. If so, it is not for lack of respect for the other elements of the Coast Guard, and I hope comments will to some extent make up for my lack of familiarity with these areas.
There will also be some reflection on the history of the service that I hope will be both entertaining and illuminating.
Comments are not only welcome, they are essential to maintaining balance and working toward a better understanding of the needs of the service. Recognizing that readers come from different levels of experience and understanding, please keep comments respectful and on topic and avoid personal attacks.
Additionally this blog is not about partisan politics. There are lots of other blogs that provide a venue for that. Comments which include comments on contemporary politics will be deleted in whole or in part.
I’d like to keep the discussion professional, so personal attacks will also be deleted."




Australian Coast Guards- A Wikipedia article that explains how the many services provided by comprehensive style services such as the U.S. and canadian Coast guards are provided in Australia by a variety of agencies and volunteer organizations.


 The British Coast Guard is an executive branch agency concerned with search and rescue and certain elements of maritime safety. The British Board of trade deals with Merchant Marine issues, and the Royal Navy has responsibility of coastal defense. The Customs Service handles many aspects of maritime law enforcement. So the British Coast Guard proper is basically a national maritime search and rescue agency. For a good over view of how Great Britain organizes their coast guard services again there is an excellent Wikipedia article:'s_Coastguard

British Maritime and Coastguard Agency home page:



This is the uniformed volunteer corps of the Canadian Coast Guard that provides Search and Rescue Services from private and non standard boats and air craft .

MARINFO: Canadian Coast Guard official postings of navigational information such as seasonal station closures, ice breaking operations, marine weather, nautical charts, etc., an official site operated by the Canadian Coast Guard.

THE FLEET OF THE CANADIAN COAST GUARD An official site maintained Fisheries and Oceans Canada describing the fleet of the Canadian Coast Guard complete with vessel particulars and photos.


 Until 2013 the Chinese coast guard functions were spread across a variety of agencies. Certain Ships, boats, air craft and certain personnel of all of these different agencies were transferred into the new military / law enforcement/ search and rescue service now known as the Chinese Coast Guard in 2013. Again Wikipedia has an excellent description of this rapidly changing organizations evolution and present status:

FRENCH COAST GUARD: Is called the Gendarmes Maritime and consist of about 1,100 military personnel assigned to maritime police duties and operating as part of the French gendarmerie, a unique branch of the French military having law enforcement authority. The Gendarmes Maritime operate about 42 small patrol craft ranging from open outboard "runabouts" to enclosed patrol vessels that appear to rang up to the 65 to 80 foot range. They patrol the territorial and EEZ waters of France and her overseas departments. They perform provost duties for the French navy, have a naval station physical security role and provide some maritime search and rescue services. The many other traditional coast guard functions as performed by the U.S., Indian, Italian, Japanese, Malaysian and other "comprehensive" coast Guard services remain divided up among a variety of French maritime departments and services. Wikipedia has a comprehensive description in English:

GREEK: "HELLENIC COAST GUARD": The Hellenic Coast Guard is a paramilitary maritime police organization and military auxiliary capable of supporting the Hellenic Navy when called on. Its personnel are organized in a naval manner under a naval style rank structure. The service formed in 1919 and operates ships, boats, and a small air service. Wikipedia has an excellent over view at : 

The Hellenic Coast Guard Website (may be translated when viewed in Google plus, other systems ability to translate unknown)


 The Indian Coast Guard like the American Coast Guard is both a military branch of the nation's armed forces and a law enforcement organization as well as a search and rescue organization. Interestingly , like the U.S. Coast Guard the Indian Coast Guard is also a maritime intelligence agency. The Indian Coast Guard is one of the larger , more full service coast guard organizations in the world very comparable to the American Coast Guard, Canadian ,and  Italian versions. A good site for building an over view of this large Coast is this Wikipedia article"




 The Italian Coast Guard is called the Corps of Port Captaincies and is a branch of the Italian Navy but administered under the Ministry of Infrastructures and Transport. The Italian Coast Guard is both a military and law enforcement agency with several other civil missions very similar to many of the civil missions of the U.S., Canadian, or Indian Coast Guards, it is a traditional "full service" coast guard. The Official government sites will probably require a translation program but again Wikipedia has an excellent comprehensive introduction in English: . .

Italian Coast Guard official web site:

Japan's Coast Guard was originally called the "Maritime Safety Agency" when it was formed in 1948 and its name was changed to "Coast Guard" in 2000. The organization parallels the U.S. Coast Guard in terms of organization and mission mix. The service is capable of augmenting the Japanese Maritime Defense Force (navy) and operates a mix of ships, boats, stations, and an air service. Its mission mix combines regulatory, law enforcement, marine safety , search and rescue and naval readiness. wikipedia has a good general introduction at: 


KENYA was just starting to form a coast guard when we published this in January of 2014

THE MALAYSIAN COAST GUARD doesn't use the title Coast Guard but is officially titled "The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) Despite the small size of the nation which also operates an impressive small navy the MMEA is impressively sized at over 7,000 uniformed para naval personnel. The service operates ships, boats, rotary wind and fixed aircraft including sea planes. The uniformed members are organized in a system of traditional naval ranks but their duties are more of a maritime police nature plus search and rescue. Wikipedia has an excellent general introduction:

We also carried a post on this coast guard service:


 Like Australia New Zealand also does not have a single organization that provides all coast guard services. But New Zealand does have a single organization that coordinates a variety of locally evolved maritime search and rescue organizations under a single banner known as the Royal New Zealand Coast Guard, inc- 


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QUEEN ELIZABETH I                                    SIR JOHN HAWKINS

"As treasurer (1577) and comptroller (1589) of the Royal Navy, Hawkins rebuilt older ships and helped design the faster ships that withstood the Spanish Armada in 1588. One of the foremost seamen of 16th-century England, Hawkins was the chief architect of the Elizabethan navy. In the battle in which the Spanish Armada was defeated in 1588, Hawkins served as a vice admiral. He was knighted for gallantry. He later devised the naval blockade to intercept Spanish treasure ships leaving Mexico and South America."-Wikipedia
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"Sir Francis Drakevice admiral (c. 1540 – 28 January 1596[3]) was an English sea captainprivateernavigatorslaver[4]and politician of the Elizabethan era. Drake carried out the second circumnavigation of the world in a single expedition, from 1577 to 1580, and was the first to complete the voyage as captain while leading the expedition throughout the entire circumnavigation."
Elizabeth I of England awarded Drake a knighthood in 1581. He was second-in-command of the English fleet against the Spanish Armada in 1588 and a cousin and close confidant of Hawkins."  From Wikipedia

 The people depicted above and whose biographies are linked to took a rag tag aging, and tiny English Navy and started it on its way to becoming a global force which would propel Great Britain into the first rank of nations. HEART OF OAK   is an entertaining but historically accurate video that tells the story of the early rise of the British Navy, Every Naval history buff should see HEART OF OAK   then stay tuned for the various episodes of EMPIRE OF THE SEAS which follow and bring the story into modern times.

Click here to begin: HEART OF OAK  



 I've been living at or under the sea for 3,000 years and now I'm writing for an organization totally dominated by former boatswain's mates. Johnas and the rest of the motley crew at American Admiralty Books suffer from a malady of the index finger common to US Navy and Cost Guard Boatswain's mates or whatever they now call 'em in the new politically correct  Navy. The malady is called "coffee cup finger". The righteous, proper, and traditional boatswain's mate is basically propelled by coffee which is nearly always in hand.  Unfortunately coffee is most often produced in large crew messes by temporarily assigned non rated men who unfortunately are often not "cook strikers" and take no real professional interest in what should be one of the most important support functions on ship, MASTER OF THE COFFEE POT, which in many cases is more like the coffee barrel, urns that can hold literally a gallon or more of the absolutely necessary black liquid that fuels the fleets crews. Crews have dealt with the warm brown dishwater like contents of the large mess coffee urn for generations. They either kill their taste buds or "flavor" the caffeine carrier fluid with cow juice. I believe its time to stop the adulteration processing of this most important maritime fluid!

 Enter VICTORY COFFEEVictory Coffees Logo

 Victory Coffee is owned and operated by former Navy SEAL Cade Courtley and employs US naval and military veterans. Really shouldn't all you sailors and vets be supplying your home coffee mess with Victory coffee, not just because it supports vets but because its really good, a company of folks who understand the cosmic importance of a cup of Joe. How about all of you detached element members, and small unit or shore side office crews who have to pay for your own in work spaces coffee mess? ( The first time Johnas, after retirement, saw a self funded coffee mess, and realized that the Navy and Coast Guard no longer took institutional responsibility for support of the fleet coffee habit for those members at a distance from an official galley, he was certain the communists had taken over. Terrible as his reaction was, I do have to admit that it pales by the state of catatonia that the elimination of traditional rate titles had on him, he has been in a coma like state now for several weeks. We are hoping that the aroma of a hot cup of Leatherneck  (VICTORY's darkest roast) may bring him around.)

OK, lets do something to really once and for all end bad coffee fleet wide. 

(1) First all you mess cooks buck up, accept responsibility with pride for your turn having custody of the coffee pot or urn.

(2) Watch BETTY BEAN's course called BEAN AND COFFEE 101.

(3) If you run a small work space coffee mess go to VICTORY COFFEE and order the good stuff.

(4)All hands contact Victory Owner Cade Courtley and ask him to have Betty Bean 

     (a) Do a tutorial on making mass quantities of  Coffee properly.
     (b) Experiment with blending small quantities of great coffee like the various Victory Blends and provide instructions to mess cooks ( would also work for restaurant personnel) on improving big institutional pots of coffee with small amounts of premium coffee that may or may not have to be obtained by "cum shaw" methods.
     ( c) Make a Victory Blend for quantity brewing such as on a carrier mess deck and try to get it into the Navy / Coast Guard/ Marine Corps purchase systems. ( Hint may be saleable to small Coast Guard units directly).

 Let's all active and veteran sailors get behind the movement to get the warm dishwater off the mess deck and put quality coffee out in even the biggest messes that can  hardly be screwed up by even the most disinterested mess cook. Come on Commissary men or whatever you're called by these days. Push to get a little aboard. Then lets push Cade to get his ass back on Shark Tank and get some capital to get the good stuff onto our mess decks and into the commissary. My pal Johnas has had a lot of shocks to his basically naval sensibilities of late. The smell of gallons of Victory Coffee brewing might bring him out of his coma.

Lets get cranking! I'm a three thousand year old giant catfish, retired demigod, I know stuff! Pick up on this and run with it you maritime bipeds! GOOD COFFEE IS OF COSMIC CONSEQUENCE! At least demand that this stuff get on the commissary shelves immediately.

Write Cade Courtley at:

Victory Coffees Coffee LLC
3005 S. Lamar Blvd
Ste D-109 #291
Austin, Texas, USA 78704

Tell him you at least want to see this stuff in the commissary right away. 


Wednesday, June 27, 2018



Image Captured from linked Video

THE AVIATIONIST , an on line magazine, has an interesting feature on a new propaganda video by the PLAN (Peoples Liberation Army's Navy, aka "Chinese Navy) . The on line magazine lauds the production values of this highly entertaining video, though we see it as simply a propaganda piece. Despite China's claim that all of our Pacific bases are now within their reach we're not exactly quaking in our boots . Yes no doubt they can navigate within striking range, and yes their air craft can be launched and reach our bases. But when their one ( and soon 2) under trained carrier crews reach destination and attempt to carry out such a mission neither Chinese carrier nor escorts will be going home. We can reach many of our bases from some of our other bases and and we have many more carriers with more powerful air craft and better trained air and ship crews. Surely the PLAN isn't fool enough to think such a fool's errand would go unpunished? But propaganda is about sword rattling , not sword weilding. But all that aside the video rocks if you can get past the politics, great sound track. Check out THE AVIATIONIST for more. 


An Ode to Sailors-Everywhere

I liked standing on the bridge wing at sunrise with salt spray in my face and clean ocean winds whipping in from the four quarters of the globe.
I liked the sounds of the Navy - the piercing trill of the boatswain's pipe, the syncopated clangor of the ship's bell on the quarterdeck, harsh, and the strong language and laughter of sailors at work.

  I liked Navy vessels -- plodding fleet auxiliaries and amphibs, sleek submarines and steady solid aircraft carriers. I liked the proud names of Navy ships: Midway, Lexington, Saratoga, Coral Sea, Antietam, Valley Forge - memorials of great battles won and tribulations overcome.

  I liked the lean angular names of Navy "tin-cans" and escorts, mementos of heroes who went before us. And the cruisers - - San Jose, San Diego, Los Angeles, St. Paul, Chicago, Oklahoma City, named for our cities.

  I liked the tempo of a Navy band. I liked liberty call and the spicy scent of a foreign port. I even liked the never-ending paperwork and all hands working parties as my ship filled herself with the multitude of supplies, both mundane and to cut ties to the land and carry out her mission, anywhere on the globe where there was water to float her.

  I liked Sailors, Officers, Chiefs, & Enlisted Men from all parts of the land,  farms of the Midwest, small towns of New England, from the big cities, the mountains and the prairies, from all walks of life. I trusted and depended on them as they trusted and depended on me -- for professional competence, for comradeship, for strength and courage. In a word, they were "shipmates"; then and forever.

  I liked the surge of adventure in my heart, when the word was passed: ''Now Hear This'' "Now station the special sea and anchor detail - all hands to quarters for leaving port," and I liked the infectious thrill of sighting home again, with the waving hands of welcome from family and friends waiting pier side The work was hard and dangerous; the going rough at times; the parting from loved ones painful, but the companionship of robust Navy laughter, the "all for one and one for all" philosophy of the sea was ever-present.
I liked the fierce and dangerous activity on the flight deck of aircraft carriers, earlier named for battles won but sadly now named for politicians. Enterprise, Independence, Boxer, Princeton and oh so many more, some lost in battle, and sadly many scrapped.

   I liked the names of the aircraft and helicopters; Skyraider, Intruder, Sea King,  Phantom, Skyhawk, Demon, Skywarrior, Corsair, Tracker and many more that bring  to mind offensive and defensive orders of battle. I liked the excitement of an alongside replenishment as my ship slid in alongside the oilier and the cry
of  "Stand by to receive shotlines" prefaced the hard work of rigging spanwires and  fuel hoses echoed across the narrow gap of water between the ships and welcomed  the mail and fresh milk, fruit and vegetables that sometimes accompanied the fuel.

  I liked the serenity of the sea after a day of hard ship's work, as flying fish flitted  across the wave tops and sunset gave way to night. I liked the feel of the Navy in darkness - the masthead and range lights, the red and green navigation lights and stern light, the pulsating phosphorescence of radar repeaters - they cut through the dusk and joined with the mirror of stars overhead.

  And I liked drifting off to sleep lulled by the myriad noises large and small that told  me my ship was alive and well, and that my shipmates on watch would keep me safe.  I liked quiet mid-watches with the aroma of strong coffee -- the lifeblood of the Navy permeating everywhere. And I liked hectic watches when the exacting minuet of haze-gray shapes racing at flank speed kept all hands on a razor edge of alertness. 

  I liked the sudden electricity of "General quarters, general quarters, all hands man your battle stations," followed by the hurried clamor of running feet on ladders and  the resounding thump of watertight doors as the ship transformed herself in a few brief seconds from a peaceful workplace to a weapon of war -- ready for anything.

  And I liked the sight of space-age equipment manned by youngsters clad in dungarees and sound-powered phones that their grandfathers would still recognize.

  I liked the traditions of the Navy and the men and now women who made them.

 I liked the proud names of Navy heroes: Halsey, Nimitz, Perry, Farragut, John  Paul Jones and Burke. A sailor could find much in the Navy:comrades-in-arms,  pride in self and country, mastery of the seaman's trade. An adolescent could find  adulthood.

In years to come, when sailors are home from the sea, we still remember with fondness and respect the ocean in all its moods - the impossible shimmering mirror calm and the storm-tossed green water surging over the bow. And then there will come again a faint whiff of stack gas, a faint echo of engine and rudder orders, a  vision of the bright bunting of signal flags snapping at the yardarm, a refrain of  hearty laughter in the wardroom and chief's quarters and mess decks.

 Gone ashore for good, we grow humble about our Navy days, when the seas were  a part of us and a new port of call was ever over the horizon.

  Remembering this, we stand taller and say,

  "I was a sailor once."

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The South and East China Seas as a Case Study

The Dragon (China) covets the outer islands, shoals, and exclusive economic zones of its neighbors in the South and East China Seas. Ignoring International Court decrees, the Dragon continues to put a strangle hold on its neighbors oceanic holdings. The strategy they use has been called "the Cabbage Patch Strategy". The title is derived from an article in a military journal by a People's Liberation Army (PLA) officer describing how the Dragon seizes its neighbor's maritime properties and mineral and fisheries rights. In a nut shell,the cabbage patch strategy involves first establishing a heavy Chinese Coast Guard presence around a desired island , shoal, or fishing ground. Once the Chinese Coast Guard has a persistent presence, then Chinese commercial fishermen, now many organized into a "naval militia" are brought into the area in force, and all others excluded. In many cases, light houses and other structures are eventually established. Most such structures are not necessary for navigation, but are simply built as a "proof of effective administration" to bolster territorial claims. ( See my earlier post LIGHT HOUSES AS OFFENSIVE WEAPONS) Such construction is very expensive and the Dragon has the advantage in economic power over her neighbors. My diabolically cleaver Catfish use of emerging technologies could move the economic advantage and speed of establishment of offshore "structures" like light houses into the hands of U.S. allies and away from the Dragon. 

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The Advantages of our proposed blend of technologies: The blends of technologies that we will examine in this case study would give our China Seas allies an advantage in economy and speed of effort in defeating a very specific maritime territorial expansion by an aggressive neighbor. Military leaders want their emerging and disruptive technologies to instantly provide capability, capacity, and availability. To convince the military leader that a technological mix is a game changer, it must be able to change the game, now. We believe that emerging developments that we work with in optical physics, and unique technologies that we routinely observe in the U.S. offshore oil industry could be blended to generate that instant game changer called “disruptive technology”. The particular “disruptive technological blend” that we will describe could turn the balance of power in the China Seas on its ear while avoiding actual warfare. 

 Just as the Soviet Union eventually conceded the Cold War because they couldn't afford it anymore; the technological blend we will describe herein, could completely destroy China's economic advantage over their maritime neighbors in asserting “effective administration” in the more remote areas of their respective EEZs. . At the moment only China can afford the costs of the civil engineering to fill the South and East China Seas with light houses, fishing support stations, and air craft runways, and patrol craft bases advancing their international legal claim of “effective administration” over what is otherwise parts of the Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs) of China's neighbors. The adoption of our proposed “anti-cabbage patch “ application of technologies in conjunction with the geographic advantage of the rightful owners of the relevant EEZs would move China's position from that of pushing for outright ownership of territory not its own, by demonstrating “effective administration”, to cooperating in joint licensing of offshore mineral exploration in contested zones and peaceful negotiation with their neighbors over EEZ boundaries. The primary risk and barrier to success in this application is the simple fact that the best available technology for one part of the mix is not out of the lab yet. Mitigating the risk of untimely application due to unavailability of best technology is the existence of “good enough” technology that can yield the sought after advantage while the best available continues development.


China is engaged in a naval war of nerves with neighboring states around the East and South China Seas over the control of several sets of tiny, mostly uninhabited islands 1. The islands are only considered valuable because the seas around them are thought to be rich in oil and natural gas. *2,*3 China claims virtually the entire East and South China Seas as Chinese territorial waters, *the United Nations Law of the Sea Convention (UNCLOS) doesn't recognize closed seas, or generally territorial seas wider than 12 miles off of the coast line of coastal states. *China has little hope of winning the targeted area as their territorial sea in any forum of international law,*9 but their real goal may seem more attainable, an internationally recognized vast expansion of their Exclusive Economic Zone under UNCLOS at the expense of their neighbors. We believe their strategy could be defeated by a particular application of evolving and disruptive technologies.

At a place called Ayungin Shoal the Chinese strategy for conquering the islands they covet within their neighbor's rightful EEZ can be seen at work. 4  (See  A VISIT TO THE SPRATLY ISLANDS AND THE SIERRIA MADRE )   At Ayungin Shoal a tiny contingent of Philippine Marines, sometimes as few as eight, keep the flag of the Philippines flying from a grounded wreck, still commissioned as a ship of the Philippine Navy as Chinese “Coast Guard” vessels encircle the wreck and discourage supply and support of the marines. The Marines are often reduced to surviving by catching rain water and fish.*10 Chinese commercial fishermen now organized into a “naval militia” work the waters around the shoal while the Chinese “Coast Guard” keeps Philippine fishermen out of the area. 

Philippine Navy Photo: The SERRA MADRE as an air drop resupply target.

General Zhang Zhoazhong of the Peoples Liberation Army (PLA), “owners” of the Peoples Liberation Army's Navy (PLAN) recently articulated the Chinese Strategy for wrestling uninhabited islands and even militarily occupied islands without direct weapons engagement. The basic strategy is to surround such places with a dense fleet of commercial, law enforcement, and military vessels “as tight as leaves on a cabbage”.*5 Thus we have come to call the Chinese strategy for their China Seas land grab, “The Cabbage Patch Strategy”. General Zhoazhong believes that despite the tenacity of the Philippine Marines at Ayungin Shoal, eventually any and all forces or populations on the islands coveted will be starved out. With forces and populations eliminated China will assert “effective administration” over the targeted islands, a claim with some arguable legitimacy in International law.*5, *7, *9   However, to date the Philippine Marines hold on. 

The big flaw in the cabbage patch strategy is that more kinetic energy than that in a small atom bomb can be applied to the situation without either side firing a shot. The source of the introduction of kinetic energy into the situation is the typhoon. *12  (see DANGER AND OPPORTUNITYThe advantage to the Philippines and other states in contest with China over islands and shoals in their Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs) is geography. China is pursuing the legal argument of “effective administration” over the Islands they have chosen to claim.*6 & *7 This is the same argument that the United States once used to gain control over the “Guano Islands” in the nineteenth century. The UN Charter bans permanent acquisition of territory by conquest, and present International law recognizes “effective settlement” as the most acceptable argument in territorial disputes over outlying, sparsely settled, and remote territories.*7 China's approach is twofold. Using conventional and very expensive and slow civil engineering technology, China is building manned facilities on shoals and islands that were never suitable for human habitation. From these, plus the efforts of their vastly expanded new “Coast Guard” they conduct activities designed to bolster their claims of “effective administration” and on their larger developments even “effective settlement”.*7 Where they are not building physical facilities they conduct their “Cabbage Patch Strategy”. But certainly their cabbage fleets must evacuate in the face of typhoons which can pretty much be counted on to hit some part of the area every year. Even some of their man made facilities may be wiped out in such circumstances.

The Chinese strategy has been working because their neighbors don't have the economies to physically colonize the islands within their EEZs that are traditionally uninhabitable.*8 The Philippines and other neighbors beset by the Chinese Cabbage Fleet have a geographical advantage as the typhoons generally pass over them first as they come in from the Pacific and often leaving them clear just as the Chinese mainland is being hit.*8 If only they had the technology to race behind the typhoon and establish man made and manned structures on their rocks and shoals before the Chinese could return. What the Philippines and other Chinese “First Island Chain” neighbors lack is a collection of emerging and disruptive technologies that result in instant civil engineering of durable but low cost off shore structures. We submit that those technologies are evolving, yet available and affordable.


We have a tendency when considering “emerging and disruptive technologies” in a Naval or military milieu as coming from the far edges of scientific research and applications. However, sometimes a disruptive technology evolves from arts and crafts. It has been hundreds of years since the profession of “Boat wright” now considered a “skilled trade” or “craft” separated from the “profession” of “naval architect”. Yet the very first “elevating work boats” (“lift boats”) used in the coastal Louisiana oil exploration and production industries originated in the work shop of a “Boat wright”. *11 These vessels capable of efficient self-propulsion are also capable of “jacking up” a set of steel “legs” carried in wells at each corner or two at the bow and one at the stern until the bottom of their barge like hull has completely cleared the water's surface , by anywhere from four to 15 or more feet. The barge like hull can be fitted out in a variety of ways and a variety of superstructures and deck equipment may be fitted. The Louisiana “elevating work boat “ is an authentic COTS (commercial off the shelf) plug and play technology platform. It has been used for well work over, shallow exploratory drilling, well relief' and a variety of other functions in the near coastal “oil patch” of the U.S. Gulf Coast for decades. Yet elevating work boats in terms of other applications are still an “emerging technology”. Used to help defeat China's cabbage patch strategy, they can be part of a disruptive technology package. Self-propelled elevating work boats should be the base platform for the rest of the technology package that will confound the Chinese cabbage patch strategy. The best way to integrate the evolving technologies of the offshore “oil patch” into the fleet for eventual or occasional tactical use by the Navy, Coast Guard or Marine Corps we think, is by formation of a Navy/Coast Guard “craft of opportunity unit. Such a unit would study and catalogue developments of potential naval utility in the U.S. workboat industry, monitor production lines, and track markets for new and used equipment against the day the need arises. It could be a very small unit led by a naval architect, with a surface warfare specialists as XO, and manned by a few junior officers with marine engineering and surface warfare training and some senior deck , engineering, and ordinance rates. The units main expenses would be a travel and operations budget and office spaces. Acquisition funding for craft of opportunity would have to come from higher command.

Some of the package comes from “craftsman like innovations” by the Gunner's mate rate in collaboration with Army artillery NCOs. In our plan for fleet integration the Navy gunners would already be part of the “craft of opportunity unit”, the army personnel on collaborative loan for a single project. The last part of the disruptive technology package comes from the far end of the scientific spectrum, requiring an understanding of complexity theory and the crossing of theNewtonian/Euclidean line” *13 in mathematics. This “best available technology” piece would probably come to the craft of opportunity unit via DARPA, through private labs such as Helios Ruehls, Inc. (See: Helios Ruehls Inc. Crowd Funding Appeal)   

The basic strategy is to mark, equip, weaponize, and securely store a number of these specially prepared elevating work boats ready to deploy immediately after storm passage to shoals and islands targeted or even pre storm patrolled by the Chinese within the normal EEZ of the Philippines or other contesting state. Once on scene the boats elevate, display the markings of the relevant nations coast guard and signage such as “PRIMARY SEA COAST LIGHT NO--”. You now have a properly marked light house that is also armed.

The U.S. Coast Guard utilized standard marinized 50 cal. Machine guns piggy backed with infantry mortars very successfully from its 82 ft. patrol boats during the Vietnam conflict.*14 On the relatively small deck of an elevating work boat a variety of infantry anti-armor and normally shoulder mounted anti air weapons could prove formidable. When the Chinese return after the storm passes over their mainland they find an established and armed “light house”, every bit as functional as the civil engineered structures that they built over a long period of time and at great expense. They will of course surround the new “light house” with their armed coast guard vessels and make howls of protest and will attempt to block all resupply efforts. The sudden appearance of the new light houses would be the result of new combinations of technologies. Like any vessel of comparable size, the elevating work boats have serious water and fuel capacities, and the hull can store a lot of groceries. However, there is a clear need for greater sustainability. Enter the high tech end of this combination of emerging and disruptive technologies.


Some of the technologies needed to greatly expand the on scene duration of our “new light houses” are “high tech”, and available now, some are on the other side of what we call the NEWTONIAN / ECULIDIAN LINE (NWL). The NWL is an idea we coined to note the dividing line between certain areas of complexity theory where we are starting to evolve the mathematics such as Mandelbrot's Fractal Geometry, *15 and Chaos Theory where for the most part we have no calculus or geometries. Mandelbrot's Fractal Geometry, unknown before 1984, has been the basis for research into the Fractal Lens. 

The Fractal lens*17 could be the basis for very small but productive solar thermal electrical generators, and desalinization units which could easily fit on a standard elevating work boat. While the Fractal Lens driven electrical generator and desalinization kits would be the ideal, less efficient yet viable alternatives using inverse Fresnel lenses exists as practical designs and existing parts. We need not wait until the first “lab rat” fractal lens is manufactured and tested. ( See: Helios Ruehls Inc. Crowd Funding Appeal) 

Jacked up” in light house mode the elevating work boats don't consume much in the way of fuel. With virtually unlimited potable water and electricity the “new light houses” should be able to outlast any cabbage patrol of conventional vessels. That only leaves editable stores. Durable foods are already commercially available and the vessels come with ample below the main deck storage. But there is the emerging agri-technology of hydroponics and good old container gardening. Food stores could be supplemented with these technologies and even a standard “light house” configuration could consist of two elevating work boats one devoted solely to the emerging technologies of factory farming (as has already been proposed *18). (SEE:  DEFEATING THE CHINESE CABBAGE PATCH STRATEGY IN THE SPRATLYS.....With Gardening?)  

 Our point here is that emerging and disruptive technologies can be any mix of technologies above or below the NWL line. We can mix analog, digital, optical physics, any other novel technologies or crafts to get the overall military / law fare *16 effect we seek. In the example under examination we seek to turn the Chinese economic advantage in building maritime civil works based on their economy being stronger than their neighbors on its ear. The weak point of the Chinese economic advantage is that it relies on architectural technologies that require long construction periods, long distance maritime and expensive logistic support, their interim tactic while awaiting the funding and opportunity to “settle” all of the economically strategic shoals and islets has been the “cabbage patch fleets”. By using a mix of emerging and disruptive technologies the Philippines and other regional states in competition with China can establish “light houses”, aids to navigation stations, fishing support centers, literally overnight, right after Mother Nature removes the cabbage patch fleets with a typhoon. They can also establish such features anywhere that is unguarded by China.


In the case under examination the basic platform, the elevating workboat is immediately available. In the case of our foreign assistance type mission example, used U.S. work boats could prove sufficient and cost effective. A key element, the fractal lens driven solar thermal electrical generator exists in plans and drawings, but the key element the fractal lens exists in theory only. An actual fractal lens is still awaiting development and lab testing. However, immediately useful performance can be had using solar thermal electrical generators made with inverse Fresnel lenses and some photovoltaic cells for lower electrical usages. Most any elevating work boat can be outfitted with a helo deck and aerial replenishment has been successful with the marines at Ayungin shoal. Perfection is not necessary to get the counter cabbage patch strategy started. Some of the emerging and disruptive technology on the far side of the NWL line may still be in the lab. But it is likely to emerge before the “good enough” combination of disruptive technological equipment has exhausted its service life. In defeating an enemy using a combination of naval power, and law fare for territorial expansion at their neighbors expense timing is important. Some science on the far side of the NWL line can't be rushed. Yet the desired disruption in aggressor plans can often be had and maintained long enough for the perfect solution to make it out of the lab and into application, by holding the line with a disruptive combination of technologies that are good enough, to cause the desired effect. In the words of Home Depot's advertising gurus the key is this; NEVER STOP IMPROVING.

 Meanwhile I urge my readers to BACK THE FRACK


*1 Council on Foreign RelationsCHINA's MARITIME DISPUTES contributions by Shen Dingli, Professor of International Relations , Fudan University; Elizabeth Economy, C.V. Starr senior Fellow and Director for Asia Studies,CFR; Richard Hass, President, CFR; Shelia A. Smith, Senior Fellow for Japan studies, CFR; Simon Tay, Chairman, Singapore Institute of International Affairs. Available on line @!/

*2 Administrative Analysis U.S. Energy Information Briefs, Sept. 25, 2012 EAST CHINA SEAS, Read on line @ and SOUTH CHINA SEA, Feb. 7, 2013 Read on line @

*3 United Nations Convention On The Law Of The Sea: Part IV Archipelagic States, Part V Exclusive Economic Zones available on line @

*4 EnerGeoPolitics: China Asserts Its Claim and Dominance Deep Into The Western Pacific, July 1, 2013 available on line at -pacific See also
A GAME OF SHARK AND MINNOW, the New York Time Magazine, October 27, 2013 available on line at : See also: TERRITORIAL DISPUTES IN THE SOUTH CHINA SEA as posted @ WIKIPEDIA, Territorial_disputes_in _the South -China Sea.

*5 Chinese General Reveals Strategy For Panatag Takeover: The Philippine Star available on line @

*6 Philippines South China Sea Legal Case Against China Gathers Pace, Reuters available on line @


*8 CIA WORLD FACT BOOK (for a variety of geographic and meteorological assertions) and SPRATLY ISLANDS



*12 Can we compare the energy of Cyclone Hudhud with that of a nuclear bomb? QUORA:

*13 Newtonian/Euclidean line” A term of art used in the Helios Ruehls corporation to describe the emegrging mathematics used in the analysis of problems in complexity and chaosthereotical areas.We have not found it anywhere in authoritative literature but have found no other inclusive term for tools like Mendelbrot's Fractal Geometry

14: Piggy back machine gum mortar: USCG Historian's office web site

  1. Fractal conical lenses : Juan A. Monsoriu Departamento de Física Aplicada, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Camino de Vera s/n, 46022 Valencia, Spain ©2006 Optical Society of America

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Robot Sailboats Scour the Oceans for Data


NOAA and others are now using remotely controlled and autonomous drone sailing vessels to study a variety of ocean phenomena. These unmanned "drone" sailing vessels have virtually unlimited on scene endurance. They also have the ability to move between study cites; and compared to even very small manned research vessels are relatively inexpensive.  Moreover, when unmanned, with the weather deck sealed over, size is no longer a decisive factor in seaworthiness. Like a fisherman's float or "cork" small drone sailing vessels when properly ballasted can withstand even hurricane sea forces.  LINK TO NOAA POST

 We present here a number of links to recent web posts on the use of such drone sailing vessels in oceanographic research. We feel the subject is worth following because these sailing drones should provide a lot of low cost utility in a variety of other missions. Naval intelligence comes to mind. Given coatings with radar absorbing qualities, with their tiny size, and camouflage paint schemes these things may be even more stealthy than submarines for near coastal intelligence gathering and surveillance missions. Remotely controlled from larger manned naval combatants at "stand off" range they could even be armed to play a role in clearing a contested littoral area of small combatant craft. For law enforcement surveillance in remote and freezing places such as the High Arctic these tiny unmanned vessels can sail the smallest open leads. Should one become frozen in it might be easily retrievable by helicopter if available, left frozen in for later retrieval if it survives crushing in the ice flow,  or after all data is remotely down loaded, simply abandoned as the most cost effective solution. Unmanned and small in size means low cost. The more uses found for these things the more cost effective production lines become. Check out the links to other posts below. We will duplicate this post in our Naval Interest and Sailing Sections shortly. This evolving technology should be of interest to both our naval professional visitors and sailing enthusiasts.  If such sailing drones are ever more widely adopted there will be a need for operators and programmers who understand small craft sailing. Who would have ever thought that sailing would be a prerequisite skill for a high tech drone operator in the 21st century:

Saildrones Monitor The Bering Sea

"On April 22, 2015 two autonomous surface vehicles equipped with meteorological and oceanographic sensors will be released for the first time in the Bering Sea by NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory" READ THE POST:  


"At least 20 companies are chasing the possibly quixotic dream of a self-driving car in Silicon Valley. But self-sailing boats are already a real business" READ POST 



The Drone That Will Sail Itself Around the World

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 The 1984 novel by Tom Clancy, THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER  published as the first work of fiction ever marketed by the prestigious U.S. Naval Institute became a run away best seller and a major box office success as a movie. The realism and detail of the book was the major element that caught the imagination of the editorial board of the Naval Institute. The book was exciting to an incredible degree, a real page turner best seller that turned into an action movie box office hit. Tom Clancy was a new and untried author at the time. The success of this first ever work of fiction published by the Naval Institute, before this known for such titles as DICTIONARY OF NAVAL TERMSNAVAL CUSTOM COURTESY, AND TRADITION, and THE BLUE JACKETS MANUAL changed the financial posture of the Institute and led to more works of fiction, none as yet quite as successful as THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER , but successful indeed in their own right, selling well as books and in at least one case becoming a modest box office success as a movie.

 Now it can be revealed that the realism of the Hunt for Red October was of course due to the meticulous research and writing skills of Tom Clancy, but also on another factor that gave it the ring of authenticity. THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER, while a work of fiction, was not too loosely based on a true story. The inspiration for Clancy's novel came from an obscure report by a US naval officer of a mutiny aboard a soviet war ship in the Baltic Sea. The time was the Fall of 1975, a time of escalating tension between the Soviet Union and the United States. The ship was the FFG STORZHEVOY, not a submarine but an anti submarine warfare ship of the Soviet Navy. Boris Gindin was at the time a senior lieutenant and the Chief Engineer of the FFG STORZHEVOY and was locked below along with most of the Ship's officers who did not go along with the mutiny led by Captain Third Rank Valery Sablin. Only in recent years since the fall of the Soviet Union has he spoken out. His narrative is a major source of the book's author David Hagberg's telling of this obscure tale.

 The Soviet Union and the United states appeared headed for an unavoidable thermonuclear war at the time, a time when many Soviet citizens suspected that the Kremlin was corrupt. Captain Third Rank Valery Sablin intended to hijack the ship and take into the Baltic and make a broadcast to the Soviet peoples asking them to revolt against the Kremlin and reestablish what he felt were authentic communist principles. Promising post coupe pardons and early discharges to the mostly conscripted crew he engendered enough support to lock away the loyalists. Some how U.S. and / or NATO intelligence got wind of what was going on spawning the "obscure" U.S. naval intelligence  report, but before anything like what happened in the HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER could happen, Kremlin leader Leonid Brezhnev became aware of the situation and ordered Soviet naval air craft to find and sink the ship. Under the heat of the attack the mutineers lost their nerve and surrendered sparing the ship and all aboard from sinking, but not the Mutineers from later reprisals.. Had the FFG STORHEVOY been a more stealthy ship, like a submarine not so readily found from the air, and had it been farther out into the ocean the basic post seizure scenario of the HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER might have been the story, one that no doubt would still be classified. 

 Now with the help of David Hagberg, a best selling author, former Senior Lieutenant Gindin tells of the harrowing events from the danger aboard ship to the threats of death even to the locked up loyalists from the KGB that eventually forced him to flee the Soviet Union for the United States. Mutiny not only reveals the real life inspiration for the HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER but provides unique insights into the Soviet Union at the height of the Cold War.


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 We here at American Admiralty Books as our regular readers are aware, are very proud of being the first to hire a Japanese giant catfish and former demigod as an analyst and feature writer. The Great Namazu has been an excellent audience draw and we now believe that our original and controversial decision to hire him has paid off well. We then hired the large mouthed shark "Beastie" to serve as fishing video editor. We think we are pioneers in diversity of hiring practices across species lines. But we are not the "pioneers". 

 That honor goes to the anonymous publishers of the Commander Salamander Blog the first naval blog that we know of to hire an amphibian as their lead feature writer. Commander Salamander may not be a 3,000 year old former demigod like our Namazu but his insight and humor rival the earth shattering pointed delivery of the giant catfish, but is more focused on naval subjects. We first brought our readers attention to the Commander's blog about a year and half ago in an introductory post. 

 Our favorite occasional contributor Vic Socotra of recently brought our attention to the Commander's blog once again in one of his recent posts to his own blog We think we have been remiss in not putting the Commanders blog address link  Commander Salamander Blog in a logical easy to find place within our site. Today we are going to remedy that situation by adding this link at our NAVAL INTEREST page and in our Big Links locker. 

 Our Naval establishment here in the United states is very big on the social goal of diversity. All three services; the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard have gone to extraordinary lengths to achieve racial, gender, gender preference, religious, ethnic, and linguistic diversity in our crews and cohorts. This laudable goal has often been pursued to the detriment of combat readiness, budget considerations, and even common sense. Yet diversity of species is far from achieved in the naval establishment. For example dogs, and dolphins have long been pressed into naval service but are denied enlistment contracts. This is blatant discrimination and must be addressed. Dolphins and dogs have died in naval service with no survivor benefits going to next of kin due to the lack of an enlistment contract. Even when the services wake up and finally allow enlistment contracts for non humans will they go all the way as required by principles of justice and open the road to obtaining a commission? It is after all a proven fact that some salamanders and catfish are more intelligent than a few of our still serving commissioned officers at every grade level. As co-pioneers in non human integration into the maritime writing and analytic profession we salute the earlier pioneer Commander Salamander and look forward to the day of true equality of species within our naval establishment.

Johnas Presbyter, Editor
Written under duress from Namazu



Chief Yeoman (F), USNRF during World War I. Painting by Anne Fuller Abbott, 1925. (U.S. Navy Art Collection/Released)

 This year the U.S. Navy is is 240 years old. The MARITIME EXECUTIVE  offers a great photo album reflecting this history. To view the album simply click on the words MARITIME EXECUTIVE here in the text or if you experience any technical glitches try this url: The photo gallery is well worth the time for any navy member, vet or fan. 



  • PD US NAVY PHOTO Doolittle's Raiders on Flight Deck

  • Hardcover: 672 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (April 13, 2015)
  • ISBN-10: 0393089622
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393089622

The dramatic account of one of America’s most celebrated― and controversial World War II operations. 
In December 1941,  American forces were still licking their wounds from the Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor.  President Franklin Roosevelt wanted a reply to the unprovoked attack that would bring the reality of war home to the Japanese people,  Four months later, on April 18, 1942, sixteen U.S. Army bombers under the command of Col. Jimmy Doolittle lifted off from the deck of the USS Hornet on a one-way trip to drop bombs on the capital of Imperial Japan. and then escape to Free China. For American President, the raid was a propaganda victory.  In Japan, outraged over the deaths of innocent civilians―including children caused military leaders to launch an attempt to seize Midway that would fail miserably and turn the tide of the PAcific war in favor of the Americans and her allies. Unfortunately it was the Chinese who suffered the brunt of a Japanese retaliatory campaign by the "Rape of Nanking which ultimately claimed an estimated 250,000 lives.
At the center of the story is Doolittle, a one of a kind uniquely American character  and other unique characters , including Chiang Kai-shek, Lieutenant General Joseph “Vinegar Joe” Stilwell, ( who parachuted into China at the age of 65 and worked with the Chinese resistance until the end of the war) and  Vice Admiral William “Bull” Halsey Jr. The book doesn't neglect the junior players who bore the brunt of the mission it contains vivid portraits of the young air crew members., many of them little more than teenagers, who stepped forward to volunteer for a mission designed to be a one way trip behind enemy lines.  Most of the bombers ran out of fuel and crashed over over Japan. Captured raiders suffered torture and starvation in Japanese POW camps. Those who made into Chinese air space faced a harrowing escape across China aided by the Chinese resistance with the Japanese Army in hot pursuit.
This new telling of a now oft told tale is based on scores of never-before-published records as well as new interviews with survivors, Target Tokyo is World War II history of the highest order:, An American Admiralty Books RECOMMENDED read! 


Living with the Shadow Warriors: Stories by the 

Wives of the Navy's Ferret Flyers 

 Namazu's pal Vic Socotra has produced this book for the authors and now offers it through Amazon.  The book cover icon above will take you to the Amazon point of purchase. The Vic Socotra link will take you to Vic's website for a background read on the subject. This is a first of its kind offering from Socotra House Publishing. Needless to say we here at American Admiralty Books are very pleased with this development as is Vic's old pal Namazu. Vic's mentor and friend the late Rear Admiral "Mac" Showers was quite impressed with the eleven ladies who first lived the experience in the mid 1950s and then produced the book. For the time being we are going to carry it in our 'NAVAL INTEREST" section but may cross list it in other sections as well. The Great Namazu will hold forth on the work in the very near future.

 "These are stories written by eleven Navy wives who were living in the Philippines, in 1953 to 1956 during the Cold War. Their husbands were flying highly secret missions off the coast of China and Russia. They never knew when their husbands would leave or when they were coming back home, or if they would come back. In late October, the squadron moved from the P.I. to Japan. The book took seven years to complete. Quote from RADM "Mac" Showers, USN-Ret. "Their individual accounts of experiences reveal the good, the bad and the ugly, and occasionally the very ugly aspects of life abroad in strange and often very difficult circumstances. That they managed to cope, to provide loyal support to their husbands who regularly carried out assigned secretive missions, to raise their children, and to generally improve the conditions under which they lived is vivid testimony to the strength of character represented by each."

From the Publishers:
"The abolishment of flogging in 1850 started the U.S. Navy on a quest for a prison system that culminated with the opening of Portsmouth Naval Prison in 1908. During World War I, that prison became the center of the Navy's attempt to reform what many considered outdated means of punishment. Driven by Progressive Era ideals and led by Thomas Mott Osborne, cell doors remained opened, inmates governed themselves, and thousands of rehabilitated prisoners were returned to the fleet. Championed by Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels and Assistant Secretary of the Navy Franklin Roosevelt, Osborne's reforms proceeded positively until Vice Adm. William. Sims and others became convinced that too many troublemakers were being returned to the fleet. In response, FDR led an on-site investigation of conditions at Portsmouth prison, which included charges of gross mismanagement and rampant homosexual activity. Although exonerated, Osborne resigned and initiatives were quickly reversed as the Navy returned to a harsher system."

 This book by CDR. James Rentfrow, USN (Retired) who currently teaches naval and U.S. history at the U.S. Naval Academy is a look inside of Naval corrections, which in our mind still have a long way to go but....if you are ever caught up in the U.S. naval correction system for a prolonged period of incarceration, unlike the civilian system you are at least reasonably assured of personal safety. The inmates do not run naval correctional facilities from behind the walls. As the book explores there was a brief period in history when that was the case in the naval correctional system, but unlike the civilian system where the problem is currently rampant, the U.S. Navy learned from the experience and corrected it. In today's brigs convicts are not abused, and generally kept safe from predatory convicts. Naval convicts will definitely feel "punished" under the strict discipline that goes with brig confinement but should feel "safe". This alone is a big improvement over many if not most civilian correctional system units. Another thing about naval corrections, convicts generally serve their terms, there is no regular parole system, no interruptions of any self improvement programs the inmates undertake behind bars, generally no time off for good behavior. Compliant, cooperative behavior is the only kind accepted. Unfortunately, upon completion of sentence naval inmates are also discharged from naval service and we don't know how the system does in terms of recidivism.
Perhaps that might be the subject of some future study. We think that civilian correctional professionals might learn something from the naval correctional system experience.

RECOMMENDED for naval professionals and correctional professionals of all stripes, and history buffs.

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press (March 15, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612514456
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612514451

Available from (see book icon link below) and the Naval Institute where the book price is discounted for Institute members. 




BRITISH AIRCRAFT CARRIERS Design, Development, and Service Histories

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 Bird farms are not the exclusive province of the American Navy. The Brits have been a bit short in the bird farm business of late but are coming back aboard with the new QUEEN ELIZABETH class. (See our related posts  Final Deposition of the SARATOGA ,  ANOTHER INSTALLMENT OF THE MICHELIN GUIDE TO BIRD FARMSMY CARRIER VIDEO IS WAY COOLER THAN YOURS , THE MICHELIN GUIDE TO BIRD FARMS

"This book is a meticulously detailed history of British aircraft-carrying ships from the earliest experimental vessels to the Queen Elizabeth class, currently under construction and the largest ships ever built for the Royal Navy. Individual chapters cover the design and construction of each class, with full technical details, and there are extensive summaries of every ship's career. Apart from the obvious large-deck carriers, the book also includes seaplane carriers, escort carriers and MAC ships, the maintenance ships built on carrier hulls, unbuilt projects, and the modern LPH. It concludes with a look at the future of naval aviation, while numerous appendices summarize related subjects like naval aircraft, recognition markings and the circumstances surrounding the loss of every British carrier. As befits such an important reference work, it is heavily illustrated with a magnificent gallery of photos and plans, some reproduced in color.
Written by the leading historian of British carrier aviation, himself a retired Fleet Air Arm pilot, it displays the authority of a lifetime's research combined with a practical understanding of the issues surrounding the design and operation of aircraft carriers. British Aircraft Carriers is certain to become the standard work on the subject."



A Book Review:

  Think a Naval War In The China Seas Could Be Contained ?

  Think again,this book is on our must read before the end of Fall list. It came out in May and we apologize for overlooking it, it should have been in your beach bag. If you have been following our blog post series titled "HOW FAR WILL THE DRAGON SWIM ?", you will have a lot of understanding of the background to this corking work of naval fiction. If you have not been following our series and read this book you will painlessly receive enough background on the real world situation that you will be able to join our series and not be lost at any point in the near future. This is a book that takes you right into the heart of darkness that we have been describing for over a year. It gives the reader a gripping what if tale of a war that no one wants but everyone seems powerless to stop.

 What if the Philippines and Japan lost faith in the willingness or ability of the United States to live up to our defense agreements?

  What if China made another move on Vietnam such as the ruthless murder of Vietnamese sailors depicted here:

 What if Vietnam, the Philippines and Japan formed a secret alliance to stop Chinese aggression without American participation.

 What if this alliance began to sink ships secretly in order to reduce China's oil supply and damage but not destroy her economy in the hope of dealing China's leadership a new set of problems in the hopes that they would back off their naval powered island land grab?

 What if China discovered who was responsible for their lost tankers?

 What would the U.S. do if the President decided that the best course of action was to conduct our own secret submarine war to insure that warfare remained naval and no real winners or losers emerged? 

 Far fetched? We would say its as real as today's headlines but our national media is paying scant attention to the situation, there are virtually no headlines....except here our series HOW FAR WILL THE DRAGON SWIM?  

 We highly recommend this fast paced adventure tale as not only entertaining but painlessly instructive on what may be the most important issue of peace or war of the current event horizon.



                                SALTWATER LEADERSHIP

                                by RADM Robert O. WrayUSN Jr.,

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Rear Admiral Robert O.Wray jr., USN was President of the U.S. Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey at the time he wrote and edited this book for publication by the U.S. Naval Institute (USNI). He is nearing retirement and this work is a parting gift to shipmates. Profits from your purchase are another parting gift from the Admiral to maritime charities. We have described many times before our trust in the Naval Institute's Board of Editors and professional editorial staff. As you know we frequently link to Naval Institute publications even before we read them and consider virtually all USNI publications to be American Admiralty Books "RECOMMENDED" even if we haven't yet prepared a review yet. This one we have read cover to cover. However we probably couldn't pen a better endorsement than this by a former WWII era junior naval officer:

              "I wish I had this book when I was a junior officer at sea. I hope you'll read it, and be a better officer for it. Our nation needs that"- Former Lt (jg) USNR and former Commander in Chief U.S. Armed forces, President George H.W. Bush.

 Now note the underlined portion of this recommendation from Admiral Gary Roughead,USN, former Chief of Naval Operations. 

 "Saltwater Leadership" is more than a terrific, relevant leadership primer for young officers. It's a worthwhile read regardless of seniority and a book to be perused often as a valuable, practical leadership course check"
To these recommendations we would like to add some observations, and suggestions.


(1)The book addresses junior officers of the Navy, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine. The author does state that because of his background the book does tend to be somewhat "navalcentric." There is another very small but important uniformed naval type service that could benefit from this book and that is the NOAA Corps, consisting of just over 400 uniformed commissioned officers who carry naval rank, subject to integrated duties with the armed forces as needed and commanding the oceanographic research ships, some of the marine sanctuary enforcement vessels, field teams and aircraft of NOAA. These are the officers who are in charge of the units gathering the data, often in difficult and dangerous environments that go into the Charts and Coast Pilots that all of us use aboard ship.In the past they have also been seconded to various operations within the Navy, Coast Guard, and even the Army. 

 (2) The senior enlisted corps is not addressed in the book, yet at and above the First Class Petty Officer level many positions, especially in the Coast Guard may be filled by by either a junior commissioned officer or a senior enlisted member. Many small Coast Guard units and elements have senior enlisted "Officers in Charge", "Executive Petty Officers", or Operations Petty Officers. Sometimes these small units will have a commissioned officer in the Commanding Officer, Executive Officer, Operations Officer billets, and sometimes within the span of less than a year the same billets may be filled by Chief and First Class Petty Officers. The actual job requirements may not change at all. For example some small ships and boat stations traditionally "commanded" by E-7s through E-9s under a "Group Command" commanded by a Chief Warrant Boatswain get reorganized under an expanded group or sector with a more senior commissioned officer as Commander. The various officer like billets assigned to senior petty officers previously are reassigned to junior officers to "provide early career command and leadership experience". Sometimes reorganization at group and sector levels reverses the process, reintroducing the non commissioned structure. On both Navy and Coast Guard ships, but very prominently on Coast Guard ships senior boatswains mates and operations specialists serve as deck watch officers underway. 

(3) Within the Coast Guard, Senior Chief and Master Chief job descriptions include "augment the officer corps in administrative duties not related to rate". The suggested reading list for advancement above E-7  has included over the years various versions of Officer Handbooks. There are many Coast Guard commands with only a single commissioned officer and Chief through First Class Petty Officers fill the usual subordinate officer billets. 

(1) Saltwater Leadership should join the reading list for Senior and Master Chief Petty Officer advancement and for NOAA Corps commissioned Officers and those NOAA civil service mariners with "Chief" titles such as "Chief Boatswain", "Chief Boatswainsmate", "Chief Engineer" .

(2) Future updated editions ( and we believe there will be many) should address the audience as both junior officers and senior petty officers and some effort should be made now to encourage senior petty officers, NOAA Officers, and NOAA civil service shipboard "Chiefs" to read this book.


 We observe that this is a work broadly applicable to a wide variety of maritime leaders across more service lines and ranks than originally imagined. We think it will eventually become one of the Naval Institute's classic multi-generational references like the BLUEJACKET'S MANUAL and will undergo many editions over generations. Its format lends itself to assignment to new author/editors for updates far into the future long after Rear Admiral Wray and his various contributors have been piped aboard the final landing.

RECOMMENDATION: If you are presently serving between the grades of First Class Petty Officer to Lieutenant in any of the naval services read this book now! If more senior, or even if retired read this book as soon as possible in order to keep up with the rising generations of naval leadership for whom this will be a first, or early, and sometimes only work on naval leadership read at the time you encounter them in their career.  





TRISHFUL:   The Indian Navy for many years had to function on a very anemic budget. Yet, the officers and ratings over the years built a world class navy out of fire sale equipment much of it from the former Soviet Union and Russia. But the "Tigers" as we like to call them didn't just buy off the shelf, bring in some Russian advisers, and translate the operations manuals and placards. The Indian navy at all levels engaged in back engineering, analysis, and technological improvement of their fire sale weapons. Their efforts brought the Indian navy from undistinguished Third World naval status to the list of the top four navies on Earth. That was when they were still operating on adjusted, modified, adapted fire sale equipment purchased from diverse sources. Given that success, we suspect that in terms of professional competency , the kind of professional competency that fosters innovation, the Indian navy is running a close second to the U.S. Navy in terms of an innovative organizational culture. 

 The U.S. Navy despite a budget that would be the envy of any of the other top four navies is still underfunded in terms of its global responsibilities. Historically the U.S. Navy , like the Indian Navy has known much harder financial times and has had to emerge as an innovative force. It was the U.S. Navy that has been the sustained leader in aircraft carrier operations, underway replenishment, nuclear submarine operations, submerged missile launches some of the ear marks of  top navies today. Part of the U.S. Navy's culture of innovation is the uniquely independent U.S. Naval Institute    , a forum of independent thought where officers, ratings, and civilians of every stripe may publish innovative proposals, and analysis without having to be politically correct within the political culture of their local command or other realm of employment. There is no asking "may I" when publishing with the Institute's PROCEEDINGS. The editorial board of the Institute reads like a WHO's WHO of the entire naval establishment giving any article that is published a unique status that makes it difficult to attack from a stance based on office politics. Critics of published ideas are welcome and can easily appear in print as rebuttal articles or simply letters to the editor. 

 We haven't found a single source of Indian naval thinking as comprehensive as the Naval Institute but we note the emergence of a growing collection of Indian naval subject matter periodicals, websites, and blogs that provide in a less visible and institutionalized set of forums for the same types of discussions. We will try to make these known to our readers over time and provide links to those available on the Internet. TRISHFUL is such a blog especially for those with particular interests in the nuts and bolts of vessels, air craft and weapons systems. We know little about the blogger Prasun K. Sengupta but we have carefully reviewed the blog and find it full of authentic information, much of it quite detailed about the hardware and occasionally strategy and tactics of the Indian Navy. The site should be of interest not only students and fans of the Indian navy but also those highly interested in Russian weapons systems. Often the site carries posts on Indian back engineering, testing, and innovations related to systems originally acquired from Russia. We highly recommend the site to anyone interested in the Indian Navy generally and most particularly to those interested in the after market development of Russian weapons exports.


 :Photo: U.S. Navy

 This collection of links came out of our Key Word Search reviews. We have no way of knowing if the searchers referred to our site were model builders, naval architects, submarine fans, or actual submariners but we noticed a number of searches of late for "submarine plans. We were very disappointed to realize that we had nothing posted at the time for such searches. We remedy that here and will post these to the naval interest section and other special interest pages to hopefully make these links easy to literally "stumble across".

1  HEISZWOLF.COM 45 technical plans of submarines are presented. The plans are organized in a chronological fashion so that a more or less historic overview of submarine technology should be obtained. 

2.   Submarine Plans on E-bay What is available on this site of course changes daily. However when we searched it we found everything from concept sketches to full blown plans and scaled model plans on everything from Japanese and German WWII submarine designs to Disney's version of the NAUTILUS. The price range was from $2.99 to about $29.00.

3.  A "How to" video on building a two man home built submarine.

4. Submarine 101 : Descriptions of the various types of personal submarines available including those with potential for amateur construction.

5.AQUA SUB: A one man "snorkel submarine " plans originally featured in MECHANICS ILLUSTRATED

6. MINISUBS .ORG  Discussion site for those interested in building their own personal submarine or submersible



JANE'S IS CONSIDERED THE DE FACTO  PUBLIC INFORMATION  SOURCE ON  DEFENSE , SECURITY, TRANSPORT, AND LAW ENFORCEMENT. Only a relatively few of their publications are available through non Jane's organization sources like the historic volume pictured above from Amazon. We are providing you with information on Jane's organization and the authoritative nature of their publications here and vital hyper links here and permanently posted in our NAVAL INTEREST, MERCHANT MARINE, and AUTHORITATIVE LITERATURE "Special Interest Pages.
  WHAT IS "JANE'S?     
 Jane's was founded in 1898 by Fred T. Jane. The organization is based in London and is presently owned by IHS, Inc. During the World Wars Jane's published aircraft and ship recognition manuals for the British Admiralty. Before WWI Fred T. Jane was publishing guides to the war ships of the various major power navies. Over the years the line of reference works has expanded to include all manner of defense, transport, security and law enforcement subjects and timely specialty area news and analysis services. Jane's is considered an "Open intelligence source" by most of the World's intelligence services but most especially naval intelligence services. The link below will take you to a Wikipedia article providing a more complete history of Jane's Information Group with links to articles on Fred T. Jane and other aspects of the Jane's story.


 Jane's keeps such tight control of their intellectual property that it is extremely difficult to find even an image of their founder Fred T.Jane that is in the public domain. When the U.S.Naval Intelligence Professionals Organization carried an article about Fred T.Jane some years ago, Jane's would not release a free image of Fred T.Jane for use in their publication THE QUARTERLY.  Jane's would not provide a free founder's photo even though the article amounted to free advertising to an audience Jane's would very much like to market to. If there is any good news for the researcher who is short on research funds it was that at least the organization apparently sold such photographs with the price adjusted based on the circulation of the purchasing publication.  In the end the the intelligence association publication used a composite sketch similar to a police artist drawing done by a talented volunteer in lieu of an actual photo. Jane's does have some competition such as Defense News, Flight International, and Aviation Week and Space Technology . However as the titles indicate their competition isn't as comprehensive across the full spectrum of defense, security, transport, and law enforcement.

 No one matches Jane's reputation for accuracy. Indeed founder Fred T.Jane was quite willing to go broke before compromising on quality and nearly did so on at least two occasions. In the areas that Jane's covers it is almost impossible to ignore Jane's, but utilizing Jane's publications at Jane's prices is not always possible for the unfunded academic  and most any research project of limited means.  However there are some Jane's publications of historical interest that can be purchased from Non Jane sources at reasonable prices such as the WWII reference work pictured at the top of the article available through Amazon. So at least historical researchers may be able to obtain personal copies of relevant Jane's references at ordinary book store prices. Here is some of what Amazon has available.


   Enter "JANE'S FIGHTING SHIPS" in the Amazon search block and you will be able to find your way to all of the extensive offerings of Amazon for the JANE'S FIGHTING SHIPS Series. It appears you can even order a current volume here if you have about $3,000 but the non current year works and the historical summaries such as  Jane's War At SEA 1897- 1997 are very reasonable, especially as used volumes through Amazon.




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Mahan's The Influence of Sea Power upon History

In 1890, Captain (later Rear Admiral, post retirement) Alfred Thayer Mahan, a lecturer in naval history and the president of the United States Naval War College, published The Influence of Sea Power Upon History, 1660-1783. The book is considered a revolutionary analysis of the importance of naval power as a factor in the rise of the British Empire. Two years later, he completed his supplementary volume, The Influence of Sea Power upon the French Revolution and Empire, 1793-1812. Mahan would write a number of other books exploring the concepts related to sea power, always illustrating his theories with examples from history. The formal study of seapower in the English speaking world, and much of the rest of the world, most notably of late China, begins with Mahan's, The Influence of Seapower upon History. Much of the other literature of more recent vintage on the subject begins as a commentary upon the ideas of Alfred Thayer Mahan.

Mahan argued that British control of the seas, combined with a corresponding decline in the naval strength of its major European rivals, paved the way for Great Britain's emergence as the world's dominant military, political, and economic power of his day. Mahan and some leading American politicians, most importantly Theodore Roosevelt, believed that these lessons could be applied to U.S. foreign policy, particularly in the quest to expand U.S. markets overseas.

 Mahan's books were viewed as complimentary with those of his contemporary Professor Frederick Jackson Turner, who is best known for his seminal essay of 1893, "The Significance of the Frontier in American History."  Turner was an American history professor at the University of Wisconsin.  Turner described the end of westward migration across North America and the "closing of the American frontier." Turner predicted that the "closing of the frontier" would have profound social and economic consequences. Turner noted that calls for a "vigorous foreign policy" in his day were signs that Americans were increasingly looking outside the continental United States in order to satiate their desire for new economic opportunities and markets.

Mahan's theories supported a "vigorous foreign policy," which at the time translated to imperialism.  Mahan believed that the U.S. economy would soon produce more product than the domestic population could possibly consume.  Looking seaward, he argued that the United States should seek new markets abroad. Mahan's chief concern was ensuring that the U.S. Government could guarantee access to new international markets. Mahan described three prerequisites for securing such access: a merchant marine fleet, which could carry American products to new markets across the "great highway" of the high seas; an American battleship navy to deter or destroy rival fleets; and a network of naval bases capable of providing fuel and supplies for the enlarged navy. Only with these things, according to Mahan, could the United States Navy maintain open lines of communications between the United States and its new markets."

Mahan was not alone in advocating for the acquisition of naval bases.  Secretary of State William Seward had attempted to expand the U.S. commercial presence in Asia by purchasing Alaska in 1867. Seward also increased American influence over Hawaii by concluding a reciprocity treaty that would bind the islands' economy to that of the United States. Seward attempted to purchase Caribbean naval bases. Steward capped his efforts by attempting to positively influence the ratification of a treaty with the Colombian Government that would allow the United States to build an isthmian canal through the province of Panama. In the post Civil War era, however, Congress became preoccupied with Reconstruction in the South, and the Senate rejected all of Seward's efforts.

In the 1890s, Mahan's theories were propounded by leading politicians, especially Assistant Secretary of the Navy Theodore Roosevelt, and Secretary of the Navy Herbert Tracy. After the start of the Spanish American war in May 1898, President William McKinley finally secured the annexation of Hawaii in 1867 by means of joint resolution of Congress. Following the conclusion of the Spanish American War in 1898, the United States gained control of territories that could serve as the coaling stations and naval bases that Mahan had advocated, such as Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Philippines. Five years later, the United States obtained a lease for a naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. If the influence of seapower upon history has not been felt globally, certainly the influence of the book by that title and its author Rear Admiral Alfred Thayer Mahan has had a profound influence on the history of this nation and the English speaking navies of the world.

The book itself should be read by every naval professional. It has been through several printing since 1890 but is not always available as a new binding. Amazon had some used copies available when we last checked: 

 We searched the Naval Institute's offerings on 1/15/2012 and didn't find it by title. Neither did we find it in their description of their "Classics of Naval Literature"collection. A check of the Nimitz Library of the U.S. Naval Academy indicated a number of hard bound copies in their collection. We suspect that the libraries of the Merchant Marine Academy and the five State Maritime Academies also house multiple copies. We are certain that the book can be obtained through an interlibrary loan. If it is truely out of print we doubt that it will be so for long. The rising Chinese Navy is studying and writing about this work today as one of thier primary guides during their expansion. As the reader becomes familiar with more recent tracts on seapower the constant references to Mahan's work can not escape notice. It is very difficult to understand modern discussions of seapower without being familiar with the first and still classic treatment of the subject.



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For many years this book was known as "Nimitz and Potter" from the days when Fleet Admiral Nimitz co-authored the original work with Elmer Potter. The book was used to educate generations of Midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy, and Merchant Marine Cadets at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, and the various state maritime academies. Before this more recent publication in 1982, the book was last issued as best we can determine in 1960. In 1960 the Cold War was still in progress and quite a few naval developments were still in the future. The work covers about 2,000 years of naval history from Greek and Roman Galleys to the Vietnam Era.  In its original edition it referred often to Mahan's The Influence of Sea Power on History.

 The book was for decades, and still is, an important reference on the influence of sea power on history. The 1982 edition added material concerning the Cold War and newer weapons but condensed or eliminated some former materials to reduce the book in length from the original.  We agree with the Amazon reviewer who wrote:

 "The condensation of the book to shrink it to "only half as long as the 1960 edition" was not a helpful change. The typeface is tiny; the quality of the illustrations and diagrams is inferior to the first edition; and the quality of the paper is poor. "Tightening the [writing] style," another second edition effort, did not produce a positive change in the readability of the book. The original edition is still an engaging read and has been frequently referred to over the ensuing forty-eight years. The second edition is less engaging in style and more ponderous to read." American Admiralty Books seconds the idea of the Amazon customer reviewer who wrote:

"For those embarking on a study of this subject for the first time I would recommend starting with a copy of the first edition, if obtainable, and then reading the last three chapters of the second edition to catch up on the period 1960-1981. Of course much has happened in the ensuing 28 years between 1981 and 2009 and the debate is raging about the future development and employment of naval forces in the new, post 2001 environment. To keep up with this dynamic topic a subscription to the Naval Institute Proceedings is recommended." AHD - USNA 1961

Below we've provided the hyperlink to the Amazon listing for the 1982 edition. We suggest in either looking for a used copy of the old edition or in requesting an interlibrary loan that you add "Nimitz" as co-author for the earlier edition. It was through the study of "Nimitz and Potter on "Sea Power" that generations of maritime officers were first introduced to the theories of Alfred Thayer Mahan.


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 .(Photo U.S.Navy) Midshipman 4th Class Burgess Nichols Jr.  throws a pitch during the U.S. Naval Academy season home opener game 

Sailors of Peru and the United States playing Soccer (photo: U.S. Navy)
CTF 76 Sailors Participate in Community Relations Project By Lt. Cmdr. Brian Wierzbicki, CTF 76 Public Affairs
"UTAPHAO, Thailand (NNS) -- Amphibious Force Seventh Fleet Sailors and Marines participated in a community relations project with Sailors from the Royal Thai Navy as part of exercise Cobra Gold 2014, Feb. 16. ........." "Following the introductions, the Sailors and students played soccer, volleyball and catch. "


 U.S.Major League Baseball Season opened March 31, 2014. College Baseball, at least on the U.S. Gulf Coast has been underway since late February. Here in New Orleans the much anticipated Triple A Zephyrs season gets underway with the season opener on Thursday. There is no doubt that baseball is popular in America but too many college physical education administrators, naval policy makers, and others believe that Soccer is the world game and that Americans should embrace it, while U.S. Navy crews should develop some proficiency in it for the sake of more effective naval diplomacy. The American general public seems to be spit between two views. On the one hand a growing number of non baseball fans feel that baseball has no appeal outside of America, while rabid baseball fans , such as myself, believe in the cosmic importance of baseball. Both groups seem to miss two important events that emerged from both the major leagues and little leagues world series of 2013. A Japanese pitcher served the major league World Series winner. Note we're talking an actual Japanese pitcher from the major leagues of Japan, a guy who needed a translator to handle the after game interview. Japan loves baseball, has a vibrant professional baseball tradition, and plays a damn good game, with serious world class players.  Taiwan took the Little League World Series.  Latin America including Mexico and Cuba not only follows baseball but have produced many U.S. major league and Triple A players over the decades. The International  Baseball Federation  will hold its tournament officials seminar in Hong Kong this year. China is fielding a national baseball team. New Zealand has signed Japan's 2004 Olympic bronze medalist Naoyuki Shimizu into the management of Team New Zealand. The fact is that baseball has a big following in the Pacific Basin where we are trying to increase our naval presence and influence.

 I'm not knocking soccer, just as there are many nations in the Pacific Basin and Latin America that follow and play baseball, there are many nations in Europe and the Middle East that follow and play soccer and have virtually no interest in baseball. Soccer is a tempting sport for ship's collateral duty physical fitness and morale officers to support. A ball and a few T shirts allows a ship to field an identifiable team. Baseball equipment is more expensive to purchase maintain, and more difficult to store. However, especially in the Pacific where interest in baseball is high the interest of amateur players in meeting , and especially defeating an American amateur team is keen. For the amateur baseball player of the Pacific basin playing an American amateur team such as that of a visiting naval vessel is a rare and treasured opportunity. Just as it is a known fact that Americans accord anyone with a British accent an average of 10 additional IQ points regardless of the Brit's educational attainment or actual intelligence, the baseball players of the Pacific Basin accord American amateur baseball players at all levels of amateur play with more skill than they deserve.  To actually meet an American Baseball team on the diamond for many amateur players may be a life time highlight of their participation in the sport. But here the ship's command runs into the challenge. Never under estimate the skill level and affection for the game of the Pacific Basin fan or amateur player. A ship's team no better than a sand lot pick up game should never go up against a Pacific Basin organized amateur team. If the ship can't do better than unpracticed sand lot ball don't play anyone but local pick up sand lot teams. Unfortunately it is the organized amateurs who will most often seek out a game. The ship that wants to make a really great impression in the Pacific Basin baseball areas needs to field a properly equipped, properly uniformed, skilled and practiced team. If the ship's team wins the opposing team will be anxious for the next ship's call for a replay. If the ship's team loses but the local guys really had to work for it, you just made their year. 

When I joined the Navy in 1965 our instructors and the BLUE JACKET'S MANUAL impressed on us the idea that "every Blue Jacket is an ambassador" and that port calls were about more than the crew's need for a little rest and relaxation. The goal of every port call, no matter how short or free of formal cultural exchanges, was to leave behind a good impression of the U.S. Navy with the people of the port.  Through a well prepared baseball program a ship can leave more than a good impression; a ship can leave the opposing team, and their family and friends with a fond memory, and the local media with a real photo opportunity and human interest story. Surely, play soccer where the opportunity arises and if the ship can can actually field a practiced and competent team so much the better. Unfortunately few practiced , organized amateur soccer teams ever dream about defeating a U.S. team, the U.S. is just not a power in the world of soccer. However despite the fact that the last winning pitcher in the U.S. major league World Series was imported from Japan, and despite the fact that Taiwan took the the Little League World series in 2013 we're still thought of as the best baseball players. As the players at all levels in the Pacific Basin continue to develop and organization and professionalism continue to spread we may only have a few years left to reap the benefit of the "British accent effect", so..... by Gawd sailors let's PLAY BALL!"

Johnas Presbyter

THE ADMIRALS: Nimitz, Halsey, Leahy, and King the Five Star Admirals Who Won the War at Sea. by Walter R. Boneman  

ISBN 10: 0316097845
ISBN 13: 978-0316097845
576 pages

 Nimitz, Halsey, Leahy,and King were often rivals and not all were exactly friends, but they seemed to share certain visions about the employment of submarines and aircraft carriers and they stayed focused on the task of putting the Axis navies on the bottom until the end of World War II. They were the only officers in American History ever awarded the five star rank of Fleet Admiral. It is an understatement that they were among the top leaders of the day who quite literally saved the world. They left a legacy that is still pertinent to the U.S. Navy today and they earned a permanent place in history. This is their story, well told.

American Admiralty Books RECOMMENDED for all Americans and students of the history of English speaking navies everywhere.   

The Chief of Naval Operations Reading List:
  The Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) has posted a suggested reading list since 2002. He has divided it into selections marked "Basic: "Intermediate", and "Advanced".  The CNO hasn't formally associated the lists with specific ranks or pay grades but it seems clear that the "Basic" list is thought helpful to the professional development of all ranks and rates.
  Enlisted sailors above the third pay grade (Seaman) study for advancement through the Petty Officer rates (Third Class Petty Officer through Master Chief Petty Officer) through three areas of study. Rate studies are technical and prepare the sailor for the technical duties of his rating (such as "Boatswain'smate," "Gunner's mate," "Engineman," "Corpsman," etc.). These rating courses are covered in formal schools and correspondence courses and on line courses prepared by naval training commands. "Practical Factors" are check lists of particular hands on skill demonstrations that the candidate for advancement must demonstrate before being admitted to the competitive advancement ("Service Wide") examinations. The third area of study is termed "Military Factors" and a correspondence course on these military factors is associated with each petty officer rank. The reading list might be thought of as an expansion of the "Military Factors."
"Military Factors" cover duties expected of sailors based on rank, not their particular rate or occupational specialty. For example all Petty Officers starting at the Petty Officer Third Class level are liable to duty in the shore patrol. Most any petty officer can be subject to duty as the "Junior Officer of the Deck"(JOD) . If the commissioned officer of the deck is off of the quarter deck the JOD could be the only authority to meet an asylum seeker in a foreign port. If that asylum seeker is in hot pursuit by local authorities the JOD had better know a few basics of international law. A very junior Boatswain's mate serving as the liberty launch coxswain could easily be confronted by local harbor police. At that moment he or she needs to know about the privileges and immunities of war ships and their boats.

  In short, Blue Jackets at the even the junior petty officer level need to be consummate military professionals. Junior commissioned officers are not only exposed to such decisional dilemmas as the petty officers but more over are formally charged with "enforcing international law." All naval personnel are exposed to travel and operations in foreign jurisdictions and cultures. The basic reading list appears to be designed to help all naval personnel achieve a broad background of understanding of the "connectiveness" of politics, history, cultures, and events, and the potential for broad ranging consequences by the actions of seemingly minor actors.

  On the intermediate list we note some titles that we have seen that we have also seen on suggested reading lists for naval and Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Academies, and certain officer and chief leadership schools of the past. "Sea Power, A Naval History by Nimitiz and Potter was long a text for Midshipmen at the Naval Academy, the federal and state maritime academies, and the NJROTC. We think the labeling of this group of titles as "intermediate" indicates their non exclusive utility to the senior petty officer and junior officer levels. We think the titles are wisely labeled as they are rather than being associated with particular ranks to encourage early reading by more junior personnel and background reading by more senior personnel who may have not had the opportunity to properly prepare for such senior opportunities as the Naval War College, or the Industrial College of the Military, or individual non engineering post graduate programs.

 On the advanced list we see some titles that we have definitely seen on suggested reading lists for the Naval War College. But these titles are just that "advanced," any naval professional able to understand these works is abpt to benefit. American Admiralty Books has not yet had time to prepare hyper links to all of the titles on this list. Please watch this space for our progress. Meanwhile many of the titles can be found at Amazon .com and can be found by title and author search.



U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Crishanda K. McCall)

 Sailors have been readers ever since the forecastle became dominated by literate sailors. Books require no power, can be read most anywhere at any time, even in a crowded berthing area where people are trying to sleep. The Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) has always known this and a few years ago decided to take advantage of this sailor's tradition by publishing a list of suggested readings. Trust us the list is no anthology of naval terms dictionaries or gunnery manuals. The CNO was aiming at nothing kess than stretching sailor minds. Anyone could learn from and enjoy these books. Lets look at just a few of the latest listings:

   The books are presented as book cover icon hyper links. Click on any books cover icon and you will pull up the dust cover description, possibly some reviews, scroll down for the ISBN numbers if you want to try a library loan, this is also a point of purchase but there is no obligation to buy.    If you are a naval professional scroll down for our hyperlinks to the CNO's reading program, a similar program from the Naval War College and a link to the navy on line library where you may be able to read some of these works on line for free.         


THIS LINK WILL APPEAR FREQUENTLY IN THE VICINITY OF THESE RECOMMENDED READING LISTS UNTIL WE ARE ABLE TO REPAIR                    You can read more about the CNO's reading program and a similar program by the Naval war College via the links below and also there is a link to the Navy's on line library where naval professionals may be able to read some of the titles for free or find inexpensive sources. 






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All Quiet on the Western FrontErich M. Remarque
American Caesar: Douglas MacArthur, 1880-1964William Manchester
Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black HolesStephen M. Hawking
Command of the Seas: A Personal StoryJohn F. Lehman
Everything We Had: An Oral History of the Vietnam War by Thirty Three American Soldiers Who Fought ItAl Santoli, Ed.
Flight of the IntruderStephen Coontz
Hunt for Red OctoberTom Clancy
In Love and War: The Story of a Family's Ordeal and Sacrifice During the Vietnam YearsJames B. & Sybil Stockdale
In Search of Excellence: Lessons from America's Best-Run CompaniesThomas J. Peters
On WatchElmo Zumwalt
Red Badge of CourageStephen Crane
Red Storm RisingTom Clancy
Run Silent, Run DeepEdward L. Beach
The Caine MutinyHerman Wouk
The Cruel SeaNicholas Monsarrat
The Killer AngelsMichael Shaara
The Right StuffTom Wolfe
The RussiansHedrick Smith
The Sand PebblesRichard McKenna
The SourceJames A. Michener
The United States Navy: A Two Hundred Year HistoryEdward L. Beach
Two-Ocean War: A Short History of the United States Navy in the Second World WarSamuel E. Morison
War and RemembranceHerman Wouk
Winds of WarHerman Wouk
A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in VietnamNeil Sheehan
Admiral Arleigh Burke: A BiographyE.B. Potter
At Dawn We Slept: The Untold Story of Pearl HarborGordon W. Prange
Assignment-Pentagon: The Insider's Guide to the Potomac Puzzle PalacePerry M. Smith
Bull Halsey: A BiographyE.B. Potter
Commander in Chief: Franklin Delano Roosevelt, His Lieutenants and Their War Eric Larrabee
The Chrysanthemum and the Sword: Patterns of Japanese CultureRuth Benedict
Eagle Against the Sun: An American War with JapanRonald H. Spector
Eisenhower: At War, 1943-1945David Eisenhower
Fate is the HunterErnest K. Gann
First to Fight: An Island View of the U.S. Marine CorpsVictor H. Krulak
From Hiroshima to Glasnost: At the Center of DecisionPaul Nitze
Kaizen: The Key to Japan's Competitive SuccessMasaaki Imai
Makers of Modern StrategyPeter Paret
Master of Seapower: A Biography of Fleet Admiral Ernest J. KingThomas Buell
Miracle at MidwayGordon W. Prange
Modern Times: The World from the Twenties to the EightiesPaul Johnson
MountbattenPhilip Ziegler
Nelson, A BiographyDavid Walder
NimitzE.B. Potter
Out of the CrisisW. Edwards Deming
Presidency and the Management of National SecurityCarnes Lord
The Deming Management SystemMary Walton
The Guns of AugustBarbara W. Tuchman
The Atlantic Campaign: World War II's Great Struggle at SeaDan Van Der Vat
The Face of BattleJohn Keegan
The Future of Sea PowerEric J. Grove
The KGB Today: The Hidden HandJohn Barron
The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Visions of Glory, 1874-1932William Manchester
The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Alone 1932-1940William Manchester
The Maritime Strategy: Geopolitics and the Defense of the WestColin S. Gray
The Mask of CommandJohn Keegan
The Pentagon and the Art of War: The Question of Military ReformEdward N. Luttwak
The Price of Admiralty: The Evolution of Naval WarfareJohn Keegan
The Quiet Warrior: A Biography of Admiral Raymond A. SpruanceThomas Buell
The Rise of American Naval Forces, 1776-1918Harold & Margaret Sprout
The Rivals: America and Russia Since World War IIAdam B. Ulam
Sea Power: A Naval HistoryElmer B. Potter & Chester Nimitz
The Second World WarJohn Keegan
Silent Victory: The U.S. Submarine War Against JapanClay Blair, Jr.
Today's Isms: Communism, Fascism, Capitalism, SocialismWilliam Ebenstein & Edwin Fogelman
The United States and the Origins of the Cold War, 1941-1947John L. Gaddis
Vietnam: A HistoryStanley Karnow
America at Century's EndJames R. Schlesinger
The Art of WarSun Tsu
Cold Dawn: The Story of SALTJohn Newhouse
Democracy in AmericaAlexis de Tocqueville
Deterrence in American Foreign Policy: Theory and Practice Alexander George
Fleet Tactics: Theory and PracticeWayne P. Hughes
From Beirut to JerusalemThomas L. Friedman
The Geopolitics of SuperpowersColin S. Gray
How Democracies PerishJean-Francois Revel
The Influence of Seapower Upon HistoryAlfred T. Mahan
Man, the State and War: A Theoretical AnalysisKenneth N. Waltz
Military Strategy: A General Theory of Power ControlJoseph C. Wylie
Origins of the Maratime Strategy: American Naval Strategy in the First Postwar DecadeMichael A. Palmer
On WarCarl von Clausewitz
Power and Change: The Administrative History of the Office of the CNO, 1946-1986Thomas C. Hone 
Seapower and StrategyColin S. Gray & Roger Barnett
The Soldier and the State: The Theory and Politics of Civil-Military RelationsSamuel P. Huntington
Some Principles of Maritime StrategyJulian S. Corbett
Strategy for Defeat: Vietnam in RetrospectUlysses Sharp
Strategy: The Logic of War and PeaceEdward N. Luttwak
The Ultra SecretF.W. Winterbotham
U.S. Defence Policy in an Era of Constrained ResourcesRobert L. Pfaltzgraff, Jr. & Richard H. Schultz
The U.S. Navy: The View from the Mid-1990'sJames L. George
War and PoliticsBernard Brodie
The White House YearsHenry Kissinger

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The Marine Corps reading list is associated by rank as indicated below but also contains a section marked "for all marines". When the Commandant published the list below he spoke about the reading list as part of a marine's mental fitness and the importance of maintaining mental fitness and how it compared to physical itness. The Commandant expressed his hope that participation in the reading list, introducing marines to some common ideas important to Marine Corps culture would lead to even greater cohesion in the corps. It is hard for American Admiralty Books to imagine an organization with more cultural cohesion than the United States Marine Corps, but if the Commandant says this will help, we know what Marines will do. While we have not yet had the opportunity to review all of these titles and post their individual Amazon sites we can at the moment provide this list of titles and authors and links to the Amazon search engine.Note: The Authors last name is to the right use the hyperlink below to find the book the Amazon system by searching by title and author.

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Private, Private First Class, Lance Corporal
ForesterRifleman Dodd
HeinleinStarship Troopers
HubbardA Message to Garcia
MillerThe Bridge at Dong-Ha
SimmonsU.S. Marines: 1775-1975
VariousU.S. Constitution
WebbFields of Five

Corporal, Sergeant
BarberThe War of the Running Dogs: The Malayan Emergency, 1948-1962
CampbellThe Old Man's Trail
CardEnder's Game
ChapinUncommon Men: Sergeants Major of the Marine Corps
CraneThe Red Badge of Courage
DavisMarine: The Life of Lt Gen & USMC (Ret) Lewis B. (Chesty) Puller
HammelFire in the Streets: The Battle for Hue, Tet 1968
LeckieThe Buffalo Soldiers: A Narrative of the Negro Cavalry in the West
MarshallSoldier's Load and the Mobility of a Nation
McCormickThe Right Kind of War
SchellBattle Leadership
SwintonThe Defense of Duffer's Drift
ThomasonFix Bayonets!
UrisBattle Cry
WestThe Village

Staff Sergeant, Warrant Officer, Chief Warrant Officer 2, Warrant Officer 3, Second Lieutenant, First Lieutenant
AmroseBand of Brothers: E Co. 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne: From Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest
AmbrosePegasus Bridge: June 6, 1944
AspreyWar in the Shadows: The Guerilla in History
CollinsCommon Sense Training: A Working Philosophy for Leaders
English & GudmundssonOn Infantry
Fuller Grant and Lee: A Study in Personality and Generalship
GiapHow We Won the War
HaganAmerican Gunboat Diplomacy and the Old Navy, 1877-1889
HolmesActs of War: The Behavior of Men in Battle
HynesFlights of Passage: Reflections of a World War II Aviator
KeeganThe Face of Battle
Laquer & AlexanderTerrorism Reader
Liddell HartStrategy
LindManeuver Warfare Handbook
ManningThe Middle Parts of Fortune: Somme and Ancre
Moore & GallowayWe Were Soldiers Once and Young: La Drang, The Battle that Changed the War in Vietnam
MoskinThe U.S. Marine Corps Story
MoskosThe Military: More Than Just a Job
NolanOperation Buffalo: USMC Fight for the DMZ
NyeChallenge of Command: A Reading for Military Excellence
RossIwo Jima: Legacy of Valor
SajerThe Forgotten Soldier: The Classic World War II Autobiography
ScalesFirepower in Limited War
ShaaraThe Killer Angels
SherrodTarawa: The Story of  a Battle
SulzbergThe Fall of Eagles
Sun TzuArt of War
VariousU.S. Constitution
WillockUnaccoustomed to Fear: A Biography of the Late General Roy S. Gieger

Gunnery Sergeant, First Seargeant, Master Sergeant, Chief Warrant Officer 4, Captain
Ardant Du PicqBattle Studies: Ancient and Modern Battles
ChaliandGuerrilla Strategies: A Historical Anthology from the Long March to Afghanistan
DoughtyThe Breaking Point: Sedan and the Fall of France, 1940
FallStreet Without Joy
HackettProfession of Arms
HastingsBattle for the Falklands
HeinlVictory at High Tide: The Inchon-Seoul Campaign
HiggenbothamThe War of American Independence: Military Attitudes, Policies, and Practice
HoffmanOnce a Legend:"Red Mike" Edson of the Marine Raiders
Hooker Maneuver Warfare: An Anthology
HorneThe Price of Glory: Verdun 1916
Infantry School (U.S.)Infantry in Battle
Isley & CrowlThe U.S. Marines and Amphibious War: Its Theory, and its Practice in the Pacific
KeeganThe Price of Admiralty: The Evolution of Naval Warfare
KrulakFirst to Fight: An Inside View of the U.S. Marine Corps
LupferThe Dynamics of Doctrine: The Changes in German Tactical Doctrine During the First World War
McDonaldCompany Commander
Mao Tse-TungMao Tse-Tung on Guerilla Warfare
McDonoughDefense of Hill 781
McPhersonBattle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era
MellenthinPanzer Battles: A Study of the Employment of Armor in the Decond World War
MeyerCompany Command: The Bottom Line
Millett & MaslowskiFor the Common Defense: A Military History of the United States of America
MoranThe Anatomy of Courage
MyrerOne an Eagle
Navmc 2890Small Wars Manual
NewmanFollow Me: Human Element in Leadership
O'BallanceNo Victor, No Vanquished: Yom Kippur War
PeppersHistory of U.S. Military Logistics, 1935-1985
PullerFortunate Son
SearsLandscape Turned Red: The Battle of Antietam
SledgeWith the Old Breed at Peleliu and Okinawa
SmithDouglas Southall Freeman on Leadership
SummersOn Strategy: A Critical Analysis of the Vietnam War
TurleyThe Easter Offensive, Vietnam, 1972
Van CreveldAirpower and Maneuver Warfare

Major, Chief Warrent Officer 5
BaynesMorale: A Study of Men and Courage
CattonGrant Takes Command
ClausewitzOn War
D'estePatton: A Genius for War
FallHell in a Very Small Place: The Siege of Dien Bien Phu
FehrenbachThis Kind of War: A Study in Unpreparedness
FrankGuadalcanal: The Definitive Account
FraserKnight's Cross: A Life of Field Marshall Erwin Rommel
GriffithForward into Battle: Fighting Tactics from Waterloo to Vietnam
GuevaraChe Guevara on Guerilla Warfare
HammelChosin: Heroic Ordeal of the Korean War
HigginbothamGeorge Washington and the American Military Tradition
LejeuneReminiscences of a Marine
MerskyU.S. Marine Corps Aviation
ParetMakers of Modern Steategy: From Maciavelli to the Nuclear Age
PrangeAt Dawn We Slept: The Untold Story of Pearl Harbor
RobertsonDieppe: The Shame and the Glory
SchwarzkopfIt Doesn't Take a Hero
SherrodHistory of Marine Corps Aviation in WW2
ShyA People Numerous and Armed: Reflections on the Military Struggle for American Independence
SlimDefeat into Victory
SpectorEagle Against the Sun: The American War with Japan
Van CrevaldCommand in war
Van CrevaldSupplying War: Logistics from Wallenstein to Patton

Master Gunnery Sergeant, Sergeant Major, Lieutenent Colonel
BaerOne Hundred Years of Seapower: The U.S. Navy, 1890-1990 
BennettUltra in the West: The Normandy Campaign, 1944-45
BuellThe Quiet warrior: A Biography of Admiral Raymond A. Spruance
Gordon & TrainorThe General's War: The Inside Story of the Conflict in the Gulf
JamesThe Year of MacArthur
KeiserThe U.S. Marine Corps and Defense Unification, 1944-47: The Politics of Survival
KohnEagle and Sword: The Federalists and the Creation of the Military Establishment in America, 1783-1802
KrepinevichThe Army and Vietnam
LongPersonal Memoirs of Ulusses S. Grant
MillettIn Many a Strife: General Gerald C. Thomas and the U.S. Marine Corps
MurrayThe Making of Strategy
NewmanFollow Me II: More on the Human Element in Leadership
PagonisMoving Mountains: Lessons in Leadership and Logistics from the Gulf War
TraversHow the War Was Won
VauxTake That Hill: Royal Marines in the Falklands War
WhiteThe Enlightened Soldier: Scharnhorst and the Militarische Gesellschaft in Berlin, 1801-1805
Woodward100 Days: The Memoirs of the Falklands Battle Group Commander

AmbroseThe Supreme Commander: The War Years of General Dwight D. Eisenhower
BrennanFoundations of Moral Obligation: The Stockdale Course
ChandlerThe Campaigns of Napoleon
CohenMilitary Misfortunes: The Anatomy of Failure in War
CrayGeneral of the Army: George C. Marshall, Soldier and Statesman
DoughtySeeds of Disaster: The Development of French Army Doctrine, 1919-1939
EcclesLogistics in the National Defense
FlickeWar Secrets in the Ether: The use of Signals Intelligence by the German Military in WW2
ForesterThe General
FriedmanFrom Beirut to Jerusalem
HorneA Savage War of Peace: Algeria, 1954-1962
HorneTo Lose a Battle:, France 1940
KennedyThe Rise and Fall of British Naval Mastery
Millett & MurrayMilitary Innovation in the Interwar Period
O'NeillA Democracy at war: America's Fight at Home and Abroad in WW2
PalmerThe 25-Year War: America's Military Role in Vietnam
RidgewayKorean War
RyanA Bridge to Far
ShulimsonThe Marine Corps Search for a Mission, 1880-1898
SimpkinRace to the Swift: Thoughts on Twenty First Century Warfare
SmythePershing, General of the Armies
ThucydidesThe Peloponnesian War
TraversThe Killing Ground: The British Army, the Western Front, and the Emergence of Modern Warfare, 1900-1918
Van Tien DungOur Great Spring Victory: An Account of the Liberation of South Vietnam
VandergriftOnce a Marine: The Memoirs of General A.A. Vandergrift, USMC
WeigleyEisenhower's Lieutenants: The Campaign of France and Germany, 1944-45

BartlettLejeune: A Marine's Life, 1867-1942
FullerGeneralship, Its Diseases and Their Cure: A Study of the Personal Factor in Command
HalberstamThe Best and the Brightest
KaganOn the Origins of War and the Preservation of Peace
KennedyRise and Fall of the Great Powers: Economic Change and Military Conflict from 1500-2000
MacDonaldGiap: The Victor in Vietnam
McNamaraIn Retrospect: The Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam
MooreA Woman at War: Storming Kuwait with the U.S. Marines
MurrayAirwar in the Gulf
NewmanWhat Are Generals Made of?
PowellMy American Journey
RoysterMemoirs of General W.T. Sherman
SchmidtMaverick Marine: General Smedley Butler and the Contradictions of American Military History
SheehanA Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam
TimbergThe Nightingale's Song
TwiningNo Bended Knee

All Marines - Military Affairs and National Security Issues
Greenwood & NeimeyerAmerica's Cutting Edge: U.S. Marine Corps Roles and Missions (Roles and Missions)
SmithAngels from the Sea: Relief Operations in Bangladesh (Peace Operations)
DrewNATO: From Berin to Bosnia (Peace Operations)
McKenziePeacekeeper (Peace Operations)
Murray1995-1996 Brassey's Mershon American Defense Annual (Revolutions in Military Affairs)
Toffler & TofflerWar and Anti-War (Revolutions in Military Affairs)
ScwartauInformation Warfare (Information Warfare)
CampenThe First Information War (Information Warfare)
LibickiWhat Is Information Warfare? (Information Warfare)
Van HamManaging Non-Proliferation Regimes in the 1990s (International Nuclear Proliferation)
ReinerNuclear Non-Proliferation (International Nuclear Proliferation)
BraestrupBig Story (Military and the Media)
FialkaHotel Warriors (Military and the Media)

All Marines - Professional and Societal Issues
CoveySeven Habits of Highly Effective People (Professional Development) 
SmithTaking Charge, Making the Right Choices (Professional Development)
WaltonThe Deming Management Method (Professional Development)
SengeThe Fifth Discipline (Professional Development)
ThomasBeyond Race and Gender (Cultural Diversity)
BuchenCultural Diversity Manual (Cultural Diversity)
HackerTwo Nations: Black and White, Separate, Hostile, Unequal (Cultural Diversity)
BennettBook of Virtues (Ethics)
CarterIntegrity (Ethics)
VariousPresidential Commission on the Assignment of Women in the Armed Forces (Women in the Military)
WebbStep Forward (Women in the Military)
YianilosWoman Marine (Women in the Military)
ElshtainWomen and War (Women in the Military)





ISBN-10: 1112215689


380 pages

* "Seapower: A nation that exhibits sea power, the power to project force across the seas, a naval power

 Fred T. Jane was the founder of the present day Jane's Informational ServicesJane's Informational Services is the company that produces  Jane's All the World's Warships and numerous other comprehensive guides to ships, aircraft, military and police equipment.

Jane's also produces on line maritime and aviation orientated industrial intelligence services and reports. Fred T. Jane published "Heresies of Seapower" in 1906. Jane was clearly a naval enthusiast, and a strong believer and proponent of sea power, but his historical analysis brought him to a different conclusion than Mahan. "The Heresies of Seapower" is a counter weight to the near gospel acceptance of the theories espoused by Mahan in his seminal "The Influence of Seapower Upon History ". The primary reason why  Jane's work went out of print for decades and Mahan's is the centerpiece of all naval discussion of sea power had nothing to do with Jane's historical analysis.

 Jane attempted to not only describe his theories with astute historical analysis that contrasted strongly with Mahan's but he also attempted to make some future prediction about the evolution of capitol ships in the emerging twentieth century. Jane looked at some of the same wars that Mahan did and saw some factors at work that aided the sea power to victory over the continental power that Mahan didn't examine. Jane also looked at the relatively few examples where the Seapower failed to prevail over the continental power, examples that Mahan didn't examine.

 Jane concluded that in a contest between "the Elephant" (a continental power, big army) and the "Whale" (a major naval power) it is very possible for the Seapower to emerge a loser. Jane found the single greatest predictor of which side in an armed conflict would emerge a winner hinged not on who was the greatest seapower, though he saw sea power all else being equal, as a game clincher, was something he called "Fitness to Win". Citing and analyzing historical examples Jane demonstrated that the nation with an active "peace party" in the body politic, especially when coupled with public opposition or indifference to the conflict simply could not win against a determined enemy. By contrast the nation with strong public support of the conflict and absent any serious opposition, with a military with high morale and a "hatred" of the particular enemy was most likely to win despite any naval advantage of the opposing power. These positively aggressive attributes of the predicted winner, in combination, Jane called "fitness to win." After a tiny non naval power like North Vietnam eventually drove the United States, the greatest seapower ever known right out of the South and into the sea, one can see how interest in Jane's theories rose in the post Vietnam era.  

 What caused Jane's "Heresies" to be disregarded was his foray into predictions. The Wright Brothers had demonstrated heavier than air flight only three years prior to Jane's publication. By contrast submarines had been undergoing continuos development since the end of the American civil war. Jane assigned to the submarine the future preeminence in the world's navies that the battle ship was enjoying in 1906 and that the aircraft carrier, not the submarine, would succeed to by World War II. Trend is not always future and Jane failed as a naval futurist. But accurate historical analysis stands alone. For years the book could not be found except as a rare used book or interlibrary loan. Now quite a number of new bindings are available from several sources in paperback, and as a print on demand volume.

 Jane and Mahan are being read and discussed again. In this section the reader will find many modern treatments of sea power. In American History we often say that our history is the continuing debate between Jefferson and Hamilton. For years the discussion of sea power was the hallelujah chorus to Mahan. Today, Jane is being rexamined. It is difficult to appreciate the more modern titles that we will present here if the reader is not familiar with Mahan and Jane. Most of the new printings of Jane we found to be well under $30. Jane's "The Heresies of Seapower" is an American Admiralty Books recommended acquisition.

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Naval Power: A History of Warfare and the Sea from 1500 Onwards 
by Jeremy Black, published 2009.
 While Mahan described sea power as a totality of a nation's sea faring and power projection capabilities including its merchant marine, and shore based support industries; this more recent treatment of the subject is more Navy centric as the title implies. This is a short and easily readable history of naval power and its relationship to international relations. The work describes navies as instruments of power and analyzes what a given navy indicates about the nature of the state and culture that sponsors it.

Great Harry's Navy: How Henry VIII Gave England Seapower 
by Geoffry Moorhouse, Published 2007
ISBN 10: 0753820994   ISBN 13- 978-0753820995
American Admiralty Books "Suggested" for the serious student of British Sea Power, or Henry VII or his daughter Elizabeth.
The much married and divorced or widowed personal life of Henry VIII has often overshadowed some of his other notable contributions to England besides his daughter Elizabeth. It was Henry VIII who started what would become the Royal Navy.
On his ascension to the throne England could hardly muster 5 ships and at the end of his reign the nation had 50 armed naval vessels which passed intact from Henry to his son Edward, VI, and finally to Elizabeth who found them adequate to the task, given some serious help from Mother Nature, to the repulsion of the Spanish Armada. This is a 400 page serious and scholarly look at a particular and relatively short era in the evolution of  English Sea Power. It is however a lively read and may be of interest to the general reader of non fiction.  Suggested

Deterrence through Strength:
British Naval Power and Foreign Policy Under Pax Britiannica (Studies on War, society, the Military by Rebecca Berens Mateke
ISBN 10-08032355143
ISBN 13-978-0803235144
American Admiralty Books "suggested"
 At the time that Mahan wrote his seminal Influence of Seapower on History, the United States wasn't the leading Seapower in the world; Great Britain was. Indeed it was Great Britain's use of sea power that Mahan spent most of his ink examining. This new exploration of British naval power in the era when Britannia truly ruled the waves is worth the 320 pages. Rebecca Berens Mateke is an associate professor of History at Ripon College in Wisconsin. This might have well been written as a course text book but it should be of much broader interest than that. Written recently (published in July 2011) this is a fresh examination of the era that started the academic discussion. In comparison to some of the more recent tracks on the same subject we find this one more readable and most reasonably priced at around $36, far less than some its textbooks turned commercial non fiction offerings that weigh in at over $100. We haven't found any other naval titles by Professor Mateke outside of periodicals articles. If this one takes off perhaps we will  see some more. The naval history niche has needed a Steven Ambrose, be one of the first to encourage a potential candidate "Suggested"


SEA POWER: A Guide for the Twenty First Century 
by Geoffrey Till
ISBN 10-0415480884   ISBN 13-975-0415480888

American Admiralty Books: Recommended for the Serious Student of Sea Power
 It is rare for American Admiralty Books to recommend a book with a retail price of over $150 even when we limit our recommendation to the serious student of the subject. This book should have a market as a text book for college classes on sea power but its utility to the naval professional doesn't stop there. Despite the cost, we recommend owning a copy of this work if you are a senior naval leader or academic. For more junior personnel we still suggest reading this work. In addition to a library loan those who find the cost of a new hard bound copy prohibitive may want to consider buying the Kindle (electronic reader) edition for a little over $30, or renting the Kindle edition for less than $10. Assuming that you have already read the timeless classics on Sea Power this is great read for looking at the way ahead. we highly recommend it if you are preparing for a future tour at the Naval War college or CPO Academy. 

Geoffery Till, the author, is the former Dean of Academic Studies at the UK Joint Services Command and Staff College. Presently he is Professor of Maritime Studies in the Defence Studies Department and Director of the Corbett Center for Maritime policy , Kings College , London.

 Till's book is a comprehensive overview of the ploitical and military significance of the oceans in the 21st century. It is one of the best single publications of recent vintage maritime power and naval strategy in the broad general sense. 


The Interest of America in Sea Power, Present and Past by Alfred Thayer Mahan
American Admiralty Books: "Suggested"
 The "Present" in the book's title actually refers to the contemporary times of the author, the long dead guru of sea power Capt. Alfred Thayer Mahan, USN. Nonetheless, for the serious student of sea power no collection of works on seapower, no reading program, is complete without all of the works of Mahan. This one is of particular interest since his best known work approaches sea power from a focus that is largely British, the Brits being the major Seapower of Mahan's day. In this work he tries to explain to the America of his day why the nation should be concerned with the development of sea power. The book, once long out of print and the copyright now in the public domain, has been reprinted and bound by Qantro Classic Books and is available via the provided Amazon hyper link for about ten bucks.


 Naval, Coast Guard, and Marine Corps veterans as well readers who visited our "Authoritative Literature"Section are usually familiar with The Naval Institute. The Naval Institute is physically located on the grounds of the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland and has been publishing authoritative guides and histories since about 1873. The motto of the Institute is "Dare to Think, Speak, and Write" and it has been known as "the open forum" for sea services thinkers since its founding. In addition to its two glossy magazines the monthly PROCEEDINGS and the quarterly "NAVAL HISTORY" the Institute publishes books. Many of these books are important but only to a very limited group of naval professionals. Some years ago the Institute was approached by a young author with a work of naval fiction. The institute had never published fiction before. There was quite an internal debate but because of the remarkable realism of the offered novel it was decided to publish it. The book was THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER and the author was Tom Clancy. The proceeds from the book and the movie went a long way towards subsidizing the work of the Institute in less profitable but nonetheless important ventures such as making available titles such as DICTIONARY OF NAVAL TERMS, and NAVAL WRITING GUIDE, or NAVAL CUSTOM, COURTESY and TRADITION. The institute today offers many titles of both fiction and non fiction naval thumbed works of popular appeal. These works aren't just for the naval professionals who make up the membership of the Institute. These are highly readable and entertaining and informative works of the first order. Naval Institute Press books are available through Amazon as in both paper back and hardbound versions.

 Now the Institute introduces a new source for its popular titles, many are becoming available on Kindle. American Admiralty Books has such trust in the incomparable editorial board and staff of the Naval Institute that we don't want to wait until we have reviewed all titles to make our visitors aware of what is available.
whether fiction or non fiction we trust that you will find any of the Institute's popular titles the best in their class. Look for them in Amazon's "Kindle S

Project Azorian:

 Nonfiction that is stranger than fiction, this is the story of the CIA and the secretive raising of the wrecked soviet nuclear submarine K-129.

Allah's Angels - Chechen Women in War.
 A comprehensive portrait of how the women of Chechnya were forced by the circumstances of war to undertake many non traditional roles and in the process advanced their own human rights. Those rights are now being lost to the advancing Islamists movement.

BIOTERRORISM IN THE 21ST CENTUIRY: Emerging Threats in a Global Environment

SEAL OF HONOR: Operation Red Wings and the Life of Lt. Michael P. Murphy USN

WE WERE PIRATES: A Torpedoman's Pacific War.
 Based on the WWII diary of Torpedoman Robert Hunt's 12 war patrols in the Pacific

EYES IN THE SKY: Eisenhower, the CIA, and Cold War Aerial Espionage

Faithful Warriors: A combat Marine Remembers the Pacific War (WW II)

FROM STORM TO FREEDOM: America's Long War with Iraq

IN FINAL DEFENSE OF THE REICH: The destruction of the 6th SS Mountain Division

THE LAST LINCOLN CONSPIRATOR: John Surratt's Flight from the Gallows

MILITANT ISLAMISTS IDEOLOGY: Understanding the Global Threat 
by Commander Youssef H. Aboul-Enein, USN
 While we have not yet read this work we are familiar with some of the work of Commander Aboul-Enein through the Naval Institute's PROCEEDINGS periodical. This work appears to be a continuation of the Commander's able attempts to deconstruct, discredit, and marginalize al-Qaida ideology using Islamic based arguments. Since such arguments are likely to be the most carefully considered in the World of Islam, we'd be remiss not to draw special attention to this work. Even if it were to prove a very difficult read our State Department and military professionals need to read it, if only because there is so little in English on the subject. However our prior exposure to the Commander and our faith in the editorial skills of the Naval Institute Press cause us to be quite confident that this will be a smooth and enjoyable as well as informative read. We look forward to our review. Don't wait on us to read this.

WARRIORS and WIZARDS: the Development and Defeat of radio-Controlled Glide Bombs of the Third Reich
 The radio controlled "glide bombs" in this case were anti ship weapons deployed by the German's in the late stages of WW II. When these early "precision munitions" first appeared they met with great success sinking an Italian and an English Battleship but the Germans appeared to give them up within only a short time after their introduction. The allies quickly derived electronic counter measures that negatively affected the control systems rendering the weapon useless without destroying it with kinetic energy. These devices have been mentioned in previous histories but Martin Bollinger's account appears to be the first detailed account. These WW II anti ship weapons appear to be an important part of "precision ordinance" developmental history. Their demise through electronic warfare methods vice kinetic weapons foreshadows much of today's "countermeasures" technologies.


 While we haven't finished reading this one and can't offer a traditional review; we can tell you that it is about a 1991 tank battle in the First Iraq War. We can also probably say with some conviction that this is an example of the Naval Institute's standing as the "Open Forum." The author is not complimentary to his military superiors. If nothing else we have here another example of the Institute's willingness as an organization made up of military professionals but independent of the military for funding, to ignore political correctness and ask the right questions: (1) Does it describe a really great idea? (2) Does it describe a really difficult problem with high impact and suggest some solutions? (3) Does it expose a previously unknown or little know truth of some consequence? (4) Is a corking good story?
American Admiralty Books routinely expects the Naval Institute's popular titles to meet these criteria and we have not been disappointed in 30 years.

REPORTS OF PRIZE CASES DETERMINED IN THE HIGH COURT OF ADMIRALTY: before the Lords Commissioners of Appeals in Prize cases and before the Judicial ....Privy Council for 1745 to 1857.
ISBN 10: 1594601739
ISBN 13: 978-1594601736
American Admiralty Books:  Suggested for real Naval and Admiralty law history buffs and sea adventure screen writers.
 I own an ancient copy of this book in a crumbling leather bound version. For some odd reason I acquired it right after the movie "MASTER AND COMMANDER" was released. I loved the movie and really wondered where screen writers got the ideas for such naval history dramas. Then a fellow member of the Naval Intelligence Professionals (NIP) Association sent me this ancient volume out of the blue. One look inside and I not only knew where the seminal ideas but much of the detail came from.

  The case reports are like a time machine. Naval battles by British forces that resulted in captured, vice sunk enemy ships and cargos were adjudicated in the prize courts. In those days naval crews earned their pitiful salaries but could share in prize money from captures as well. The amounts were awarded in the prize courts after several fact sets were determined. The enemy identity of the ship had to be confirmed. If the ship was neutral but carrying contraband the contraband nature of the cargo had to be determined and the circumstances of the case examined to determine if ship and cargo could be seized or only the cargo in accordance with the law.

 As the record of a prize adjudication unfolded in court the story of the sea battle or confrontation, and some of the personality of the Captains and crews unfold in the court record. Below is a quote from the publishers (Nabu Press) description so that you'll know exactly how this modern copy was produced.
"This is an EXACT reproduction of a book published before 1923. This IS NOT an OCR'd book with strange characters, introduced typographical errors, and jumbled words. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc., that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide. We appreciate your understanding of the imperfections in the preservation process, and hope you enjoy this valuable book."

 We can't really claim that reading this book will make you a better admiralty lawyer but we think many admiralty lawyers would find it entertaining, and we bet Hollywood has a few of these spread around the Screen Writer's Guild. We think the same is true for a lot of naval history buffs and naval professionals, so we have posted this book in both sections; Admiralty Law and Naval History. Great tales told in the bloodless tone of the court reporter. The book is also a priceless primary historical source, but thanks to Nabu Press is available at a quite reasonable price. The rather lengthy hyperlink below takes you an Amazon site with multiple versions of the work, there you will find descriptions of each version and picture icons you can click on for more details similar to our usual image type hyperlink.


Not A Book a Vital Website for voyage planning


 The Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and The Right of "Innocent Passage"
 The United States and other English speaking nations have fought hard over the centuries to preserve "freedom of the seas" while simultaneously working with all nations to try to establish a responsible and responsive regime for managing the world's ocean resources.
Based on the presently configured International Convention on the Law of the SEA, the world has rejected the concept of 200 mile wide territorial seas where the adjacent coastal state is as sovereign as it is on the main street of their capitol. In stead the world has adopted a regime of graduated soverignity with the territorial sea limited to 12 miles from a base line ashore on the adjacent coastal state. Beyond this 12 mile territorial sea there are various zones where certail types of law enforcement activity by the adjacent coastal state are allowed. For example ther eis usually a 12 mile "contigious zone" or :Customs enforcement zone that starts wher ethe territorial sea ends. Withinh this zone the adjacent coastal state may enforce certain specific customs laws, most especially the exercise of jurisdiction over any vessel "constructively present" in their territorial sea by virtue of communicating with vessels from the shore for other than collision avoidance purposes.  

 Continental powers are generally now legally entitled to exclusive rights to the benthic (bottonm dwelling) fisheries and minerals of the sea floor from their continental margins to the geographic limits of the continental shelves. Regardless of the submarine geography and geology most continental states are accorded an exclusive economic zone where , subject to every other nation's right to "innocent passage", only the EEZ holder may establish off shore platforms and other forms of semi permanent resource extraction or use installations. Here and there in the world, nations are claiming larger shares of the Outer Continental Shelves (OCS)  under the OCS treaties. Russia, for example claims their Arctic OCS waters extend from their continental margin to the North Pole because the Pole, according to their research, actually sits on their continental shelf. However the international community points to the exceptions in the EEZ distribution / recognition where adjacent states share a shelf or are simply closer than the norm of 200 miles. An example would be the width of the U.S. EEZ between Florida and the Bahamas. The United States can't claim a 200 mile EEZ with the Bahamas being only 60 miles from shore, at this point the boundaries between respective EEZs is a negociated one.

For years the "right of innocent passage" allowed vessels to travel to the edge of the territorial sea unmolested by the maritime authorities of the adjacent coastal state and innocent passage included complete freedom of "oceanographic research". The EEZ concept now modifies the traditional freedom of oceanographic research. A ship with benthic or seismic sensing capabilities is capable of gathering data of immediate economic value. Many adjacent coastal states regard this as an intolerable infringement of their EEZ. Many such ships look for guidance on the established boundaries and disputed areas of the World's EEZs so that they can turn such sensors off and log the time and location of securing these transceivers in legally sensitive waters. Unfortunately EEZ limits are not found marked on most nautical charts. Off shore oil drillers and explration organizations are concerned with such boundaries and disputed zones on a daily basis. The above hyper link will take the voyage planner, project planned, navigator, or quartermaster to a Google Earth web site where one may prepare an overlay of EEZ recognized boundaries and disputed areas  for overlay on more typical geographic maps and charts. From these the trained navigator should be able to extract longitude and lattitude coordinates allowing him or her to pencil in lines  on a standard navigation chart. See our "Navigation" section for "Ben's Tech Corner" for more details of how to use the linked site.


JOE ROCHEFORT'S WAR: The Odyssey of the Codebreaker Who Outwitted Yamamato at Midway by Elliot Carlson, published by the Naval Institute Press .

ISBN 10: 161251064
ISBN 13: 978-1612410606

Available in Hardbound, Softbound, and Kindle at price ranges from about $18.00 to about $37.00

American Admiralty Books : RECOMMENDED for naval Intelligence professionals, naval historians, naval history buffs, and World War II history buffs

Elliot Carlson's work is the first full length biography of Capt. Joe Rochefort, USN, the officer who commanded the the U.S. Navy's cryptanalytic unit at Pearl Harbor that broke the Japanese code before the critical Battle of Midway. Considering that famed naval author and historian Edward L. Beach described Rochefort as one of the most important officers in all of naval history in terms of his contributions at a critical time we should consider this biography long over due. Rochefort grew up in Los Angeles, dropped out of high school, lied about his age and joined the Navy for World War I service. Barely five years into his enlisted career he was promoted to the commissioned grade of Ensign, one of very few enlisted to officer ascensions during that time in history. Carlson's work breathes life into the memory of Rochefort as the independent thinker, irreverent, if not defensive personality, and consequential officer that he was. The book brings alive his frustrations over his unsuccessful searches for Yamamoto's fleet prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor, and describes his joy when he succeeded in tracking Yamamoto's fleet in early 1942. Readers learn of the success of his cryptanalyst in breaking the Japanese code that reveals Yamamoto's target as the island of Midway. While his conclusions were bitterly opposed by some Navy brass, Admiral Nimitz acted on them and credited him with helping to make the U.S. victory possible and changing the course of the War. Carlson tells us the follow up story of how Academy educated superior officers in Washington, in a jealous snit over the "Mustang's" (enlisted to officer) success forced Rochefort's removal from the unit at Pearl harbor and denied him the Distinguished Service Medal that Admiral Nimitz had recommended. The reader then learns of further success in the naval intelligence field that Rohefort had in Washington before the war ended and he was eventually retired as a Captain, ignoring recommendations by even one of his former bitter opponent Admirals that he should have been elevated to flag rank. The story of Joe Rochefort is long overdue. American Admiralty Books recommends it especially to all serving, and retired naval intelligence professionals.



Under Construction:
See Our Blog of May 21, 2012

The ongoing evolution of the People's Liberation Army's Navy (PLAN) from a small coastal force into an emerging true blue water navy has been a topic of professional naval interest for some years now. As always the leading source of open discussion and publication has been the U.S. Naval Institute. In our blog of May 21, 2012 we described the Institutes's major book offerings on the subject and published a hyper link to the Institute and their 800 number. Here in our "Naval Interest" section where people are most likely to search for such titles rather than browsing our blogs we will repeat the information of our relevant blog. Let us start by offering the Naval Institutes's web site and their toll free phone number 800-233-8764. Again, as we did in our relevant blog we would like to urge you as a marine professional to "dare to think, speak, and write ", and to support those who do, by joining the United States Naval Institute.

 Having said that, below is our temporary information on these important titles. We will install our typical book cover type link to their exact place in Amazon as soon as possible. The ISBN numbers will be provided now so that if you need a library loan the books will be easier for your librarian to find, and of course you can always order direct through the Naval Institute whose web address and toll free number we have provided in the above paragraph.

 You may note that unlike so many other publications in other parts of this blog we don't provide much of a book review on Naval Institute Press Books. If you visit our section titled "Authoritative Literature" we explain the unique status of the naval Institute. Basically we feel that if the editorial board of the U..S. Naval Institute feels a publication was worth publishing, we are certain that it is worth reading and important to at least certain segments of the professional naval community. This is why they are among the very few sources of English language maritime publications that we consider "authoritative" most other literature that we label as "authoritative" is based on a particular title and the test of time and the other tests that we describe in our Authoritative Literature Section. Hear are the key Naval Institute titles on China's PLAN:

RED STAR OVER THE PACIFIC by Toshi Yoshihara and James A. Holmes, ISBN 978-1-59114-390-1

CHINA THE UNITED STATES AND 21st CENTURY SEA POWER, DEFINING A MARITIME SECURITY PARTNERSHIP, edited by Andrew S. Erickson, Lyle J. Goldstein, and Nan Li. ISBN 978-1-59114-243-0

THE GREAT WALL AT SEA  2nd Edition, by Bernard D. Cole, ISBN 978-1-59114-142-6

PEOPLE'S LIBERATION ARMY NAVY Combat  Systems Technologies 1949-2010., by James C. Bussert and Bruce a. Elleman, ISBN 978-1-59114-080-1

If you need any of these titles now or simply need more information on them check out the Naval Institutes's Web site or search by title and author on Amazon's general search link   If you are not ready to check out these titles on your own just now check back with us later at this spot for updated information and direct links to each title.



Under Construction:

The Naval Institute Names It's "NOTABLE BOOKS OF 2011"

  The U.S. Naval Institute has published its list of "Notable Naval Books of 2011. The list includes only books published during 2011, according to the Institute:

 "The basic criterion for selection is that the book must contribute to the edification of naval professionals in some meaningful way. In many cases these books expand our knowledge of a certain subject; in others they serve to stimulate discussion and debate; and occasionally one comes that inspires or adds to our basic understanding of who and what we are.

 As before, reference books that are published on a regular basis ( such as  Jane's Fighting Ships) and long standing professional books (such as the Watch Officer's Guide) are not included. While there is no doubt that such books are notable, mentioning them year after year would be redundant and unnecessary; those interested in this list are quite likely to aid you in a library loan already aware of them and need not be reminded.

 American Admiralty Books continues to have extraordinary confidence in the editorial board of the Naval Institute and we try to make news of Institute publications and recommendations available as soon as possible without putting Naval Institute published or recommended works through the individual review process that we apply to so many other publications. While we rate other nautical works within our site and only occasionally award a work the status of "Recommended", usually followed by some sort of description of the reading audience we recommend a title to; we consider all Naval Institute publications and recommendations as "Recommended for Naval Professionals". Unfortunately the out put of the Naval Institute is such that we have great difficulty keeping up and can't always publish full descriptions and image hyper links . But as always there are two places to find the titles we will be describing here shortly. You may find and purchase them by doing an Amazon general search by title and author      

or you may contact the naval Institute at:


We apologize that we don't have immediately available the ISBN numbers for the works described below to aid you in obtaining a library loan.   We will post them as we find them, check again with often. The 2011 titles will be posted shortly . To get started consider:
USNI 2011 Notable Books

JOE ROCHEFORT'S WAR: The Odyssey of the Codebreaker Who Outwitted Yamamoto at Midway by Elliot Carlson. We actually reviewed this book prior to its appearance on the Institute's 2011 "recommended list". The review and a temporary hyperlink to the amazon vendor site can be reached by scrolling about three items up from here. We took the unusual measure at the time of placing our own "American Admiralty Books Recommended " rating on it for a much wider audience than just naval intelligence professionals.'. We thought it was a great book and are pleased to see it on the 2011 "Notable Books" list. Click on the hyperlink below for fast shipment of a copy.


USNI 2011 Notable Books

BATTLE FOR THE CITY OF THE DEAD: In the Shadow of the Golden Dome, Najaf, August 2004 by Dick Camp, (Zenith Press)

 An oral history of one of the Iraq War's most challenging battles. This is an accurate and engaging account of urban warfare by a retired Marine Colonel and accomplished author. In this battle the "Mahdi Militia" in violation of the international law of armed conflict used the sanctity of the Imam Ali Mosque and the world's largest Muslim cemetery to their advantage and gave American forces a major problem in rules of engagement.  This is the skillfully described story of how the American forces met the challenge with grace and aplomb. Click on the hyperlink below for more information or to order a copy.


USNI 2011 Notable Books

THE BATTLE OF MIDWAY by Carig L. Symonds (Oxford University Press)

 This work is part of Oxford University Press's Pivotal Moments in American History series. Most historians acknowledge the Battle of Midway as the turning point in the Pacific War. Though the battle has been the subject of numerous books and periodical articles this account by award winning author Craig Symonds explains why more clearly identifiable and quantifiable factors actually influenced the outcome. Before selection by the USNI as a notable book of 2011 the work was selected as a "Best Book of 2011 by the Military Quarterly . While we all know the ending Symonds writing style will keep you turning pages like Tom Clancy novel. .


USNI 2011 Notable Books:

1812 The Navy's War, by George C. Daughan (basic Books)

 This year is the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 so it should be no surprise that in 2011 some history authors would be looking ahead and publishing on this war that caused Great Britain to finally acknowledge the loss of its colonies and recognize the birth of a new nation. We didn't do as well as we might have in that war. The enemy entered our country and burned our capital. Later we would literally slaughter one of their armies at New Orleans but in between most of the good news of the war was provided by the exploits of the U.S. Navy.Again, as in most histories we know how each battle turns out, but the prose of Mr. Daugan makes the old stories literally "riveting".



First we introduce you to a historian who makes a clear point that world history is maritime history.
Lincoln Paine
Photo by Nellie Large
Lincoln Paine is the author of five books and more than fifty articles, reviews, and lectures on maritime history. His books include the award-winning The Sea and Civilization: A Maritime History of the World (Knopf, 2013), Down East: A Maritime History of Maine . The photo above is a capture from his personal site.which we link you to below:

His first lecture is titled THE SEA AND CIVILIZATION.


All Maritime History Is Not Western:

Chinese sailors at Pearl Harbor, the place their government has publicly announced that they would drive us back to. (Official U.S. Navy Photo)


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