Sea Classics

Magazine features stories and first-hand accounts of the world’s major sea battles of all eras.

Articles from Vol. 40, No. 5, May

Argonauts Celebrate 40 Years
During a ceremony on board the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74), the "Argonauts" of Strike Fighter Squadron 147 (VFA-147) celebrated their 40th birthday.More than 225 Argonauts commemorated the occasion with a cake-cutting...
CNO TO SAILORS: IAs CRITICAL TO WAR ON TERROR
In a 19 January visit to observe individual augmentee (IA) training at Camp McCrady, South Carolina, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Mullen made it clear that IA deployments will continue, and that they are critical to the Navy's efforts in the war...
FLATTOPS for the NAVY'S FLEDGLINGS
80TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FLEET CARRIERCreated almost as an after-thought that resulted from deteriorating relations with Japan after WWI, the Navy's first fleet carriers inadvertently set the pattern for victory in the soon-to-come Pacific WarIn the watery,...
Forrest Sherman Prepares Ship, Crew for Sea
The guided-missiie destroyer USS Forrest Sherman (DDG-98) returned to its homeport of Naval Station Norfolk, after completing a successful ten-day work up and training period in preparation for its upcoming deployment as an element of USS Enterprise...
Is a 1000-Ship Navy Still a Possibility?
While meeting at the Western Conference Exposition (West 2007) on 31 January to discuss future shipbuilding options, senior Department of the Navy officials took the opportunity to expound on Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Mullen's highly...
John Brown
"Soon they all will go to sea no more" was a heading of an article which appeared in the Baltimore Sun on 16 January. It was written by Ernest M. Imhoff and was a beautiful tribute to several valuable former crew members and valuable volunteers who worked...
LONELY VIGIL: Coastwatchers of the Solomons
LONELY VIGIL: Coastwatchers of the Solomons By Walter Lord 284 Pgs, 66 Illustrations, 6-in x 9-in, Paperback. ISBN: 1-59114-466-3 $17.95. US Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD; 1-800-233-8764; www.NavalInstitute.orgBest known for his masterful retelling...
Mariner to the Rescue!
Wartime Navy rescue squadrons like VH-3 saved hundreds of lives flying danger-ridden missions that received little publicity in the Pacific War's closing monthsThe following accounts relate three rescue missions flown by VH-3 on 5 April 1945. Squadron...
Naval Aviator Missing in Action from the Vietnam War Identified
The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) recently announced that the remains of a US serviceman, missing in action from the Vietnam War, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors.He...
Naval Posters: Alive and Well in the 21st Century
Despite a plethora of new means to convey key messages to its personnel, the Navy still finds colorful poster-art a very effective means of communicationIn an age when the nuclear US Navy is constantly confronted with redefining its mission to meet ever...
New Carrier Honors President Gerald R. Ford
The now-building Nimtz-class super-carrier USS Gerald R. Ford carries on the postwar tradition of naming new carriers after presidents and other Naval dignitariesNAMING AMERICA'S MOST EXPENSIVE MILITARY ASSETS AFTER ITS PRESIDENTSThe policy of naming...
Nrotc Midshipmen Honor Retiring Sailors with Flags Flown over the Wtc Site
Midshipmen from the State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) Unit participated in a flag-raising program conducted at the World Trade Center Site Family Viewing Area on 31 January.A total of 14 American...
SAVE OUR SHIPS: MALIGNED CUTTER Mohawk RECEIVES WARM WELCOME AT NEW HOME IN KEY WEST, FLORIDA
SAVE OUR SHIPSReceives WaRM WELCoME aT new HOMe In Key WeST, FLORIDaRejected by a Miami city official as a "piece of junk" the under-restoration former UCCGC Mohawk is welcomed to a permanent new home by a grateful city and a wellestablished local museumAmidst...
Sea Mail
MIGHTY BATTLESHIPSThe recent article in Sea Classics, January 2007, on the USS Iowa (BB-61) was indeed a sad tale of government bureaucrats doing their best to hasten the demise of this great fighting vessel. I hope somehow that a favorable ending can...
SEA OF THUNDER: Four Commanders and the Last Great Naval Campaign 1941-45
SEA OF THUNDER: Four Commanders and the Last Great Naval Campaign 1941-45 ByEvan Thomas 416 Pgs, Fix & Maps, 7-in x 10-in, Hardback. ISBN: 13:978-0-7432-5221-8 - $27.00. Simon & Shuster New York, NY; www.simonsays.com; 800-456-6798Best known...
The Evergreen State's Battleship Extraordinaire: USS Washington
Little recalled today are the wartime exploits of the only American battleship to sink an enemy battleship in WWII(BB-56)USS Washington (BB-56) was built by the Philadelphia Navy Yard. Her keel was laid 14 June 1938 and she launched 1 June 1940 under...
The Fiasco That Was Red River Squadron
As a combined Army, Navy and Marine effort the Civil War's most spectacular expedition ended up in a morass of greed and corruption that could only end in shocking defeatBy the summer of 1864, during third year of Civil War in United States, Texas still...
WOMEN AT WAR: Iraq, Afghanistan, and Other Conflicts
WOMEN AT WAR: Iraq, Afghanistan, and Other Conflicts By James E. Wise, Jr. and Scott Baron 238 Pgs, 60 Photos, 6-in x 9-in, Hardback. ISBN: 1-59114-939-8 $29.95. US Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD; 1-800-233-8764; www.NavalInstitute.orgRetired Navy...