Sea Classics

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

Articles from Vol. 34, No. 2, February

Go Not in Harm's Way: The Attack on the USS Liberty
The recent bombing of the destroyer USS COLE demonstrates the US Navy's recurring lack of foresight when operating in troubled international waters. A similar tragedy occurred nearly 35 years ago with the devastating Israeli attack on the American intelligence...
Great Fighting Ships of the First World War: Four-Piper Action in WWI
Within a few weeks after America's entry into World War I, on 6 April 1917, the US Navy began preparations to challenge the German U-boat menace. About a month later, an US Naval destroyer squadron arrived at Queenstown, Ireland. This port was selected...
Korean War Veterans National Museum & Library
The Korean War Veterans National Museum and Library planned for construction in Tuscola, Illinois, will be among the first museums of national scope devoted entirely to the subject of one particular war. A long overdue tribute, the museum will be the...
NAVSEA Launches New Class of Ocean Surveillance Ships with the Christening of the IMPECCABLE
The US Navy christened its new class ocean surveillance ship USNS IMPECCABLE (T-AGOS 23) at Halter Marine in Pascagoula, Mississippi, during a 1:00 p.m. ceremony on Wednesday, 1 November 2000. The Honorable H. Lee Buchanan III, assistant secretary of...
Navy Commissions New Destroyer ROOSEVELT
The US Navy commissioned its newest Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer ROOSEVELT (DDG80) Saturday, 14 October 2000, at the Naval Station in Mayport, Florida. The ship honors 32nd President of the United States Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882-1945),...
Sea Mail
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The Ghost Ships of Suisun Bay
The reserve fleet continues to diminish in size as obsolescence and years of inactivity take their toll on the gaunt long gray ghosts of MARAD. The World Wars and regional conflicts of the 20th century produced thousands of ships of all types and sizes....
The Naval Art of Michael Donegan
It takes innate talent, learned skills, intense fire in the belly and awesome dedication to become a ton artist. Michael Donegan luckily boasts all of these attributes plus the fact that he's actually been to sea. Over the years Sea Classics readers...
U.S. Navy, British & French Attack & Sink Decommissioned Navy Oiler
By Lt. (jg.) Jennifer Herron, Naval Surface Fleet, Pacific (SURFPAC) Three hundred miles off the coast of Southern California, USS O'KANE (DDG-77) and an international task force of US, British and French ships unleashed a torrent of fire against the...
USS PAMPANITO: San Francisco's Steel Shark
Her maiden war patrol became a harsh lesson in survival as a green crew learned the terror of being ruthlessly stalked by Japanese destroyers intent on her destruction. This excerpt from STEEL SHARK IN THE PACIFIC, USS PAMPANITO (SS-383), describes the...