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Books Highlight Naval Aviation,
Post-Cold War Strategy
By RICHARD R. BURGESS, Managing Editor
UNITED STATES NAVAL
By Mark L. Evans and Roy A.
Grossnick. Washington: Navy
History and Heritage Command.
Volume 1, 747 pp. Volume 2,
469 pp. $132 total
The Navy History and Heritage Command (NHHC) has
updated the last edition of its chronology of naval aviation history, which covered 1910-1995. By adding new
research, as well as 15 years of chronology, and updating
appendices, it now covers the first 100 years of U.S.
naval aviation history. The update is presented in two
volumes, the first covering the chronology and the second with 39 appendices, which present, in a very clear
layout, many statistics and lists alone worth the entire
book. Many new photographs have been added.
The book also is available for free, in pdf form, on
the NHHC’s website at www.history.navy.mil/research/
HUNTERS AND KILLERS:
Volume 1: Anti-Submarine
Warfare from 1776 to 1943
By Norman Polmar and Edward
Whitman. Annapolis, Md.: Naval
Institute Press, 2015.
224 pp. $44.95
The author presents a comprehen-
sive history of anti-submarine warfare (ASW) from its
beginnings to spring 1943, when the tide was turned
against the German U-boat fleet in World War II’s Battle
of the Atlantic. The book covers the little-known British
ASW measures following the attacks by Bushnell’s Turtle
against British warships in New York. ASW matured
greatly in World War I, when German U-boats nearly
strangled Britain, and again in World War II, when the
U-boats ravaged Allied shipping. The ASW efforts
spurred innovation in technologies including aircraft,
sonar, radar, barrage and homing weapons, as well as in
tactics involving convoying, hunter-killer task forces,
cryptography and direction finding. Volume 2 will cover
the rest of World War II and the Cold War.
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WAR IN THE SHALLOWS:
U.S. Navy Coastal and Riverine
Warfare in Vietnam 1965-1968
By John Darrell Sherwood.
COMBAT AT CLOSE QUARTERS: Warfare on the Rivers
and Canals of Vietnam
By Edward J. Marolda and R. Blake
Dunnavent. Washington: Navy
History and Heritage Command.
425 pp. $40.00 and 82 pp. $7.99,
The NHHC has produced a book
and a monograph that document
the operations of the Navy’s riverine and coastal forces in the
Vietnam War. The operations were aided by technological and tactical innovations by a blue-water Navy that
enabled it to adapt to the hostile confines of the
Mekong River and canals and support U.S. and South
Vietnamese Army forces against an elusive enemy.
Sherwood’s exhaustively documented book covers the
first three years of the Navy’s riverine and coastal interdiction and counterinsurgency efforts that were highly
successful. Marolda and Dunnavent’s monograph covers the riverine war more briefly but with extensive
photographs, and also details the earlier French and
South Vietnamese riverine efforts.
TOWARD A NEW MARITIME
STRATEGY: American Naval
Thinking in the Post-Cold
By Peter D. Haynes. Annapolis, Md.:
Naval Institute Press, 2015.
304 pp. $49.95
The author, a naval aviator serving as
deputy director of strategy, plans and
policy for U.S. Special Operations Command, surveys the
Navy’s strategic thinking from the end of the Cold War in
1989 to the 2007 release of the Navy’s “A Cooperative
Strategy for 21st Century Seapower” document. The 2007
strategy represented a fundamental shift from past think-