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THE NAVAL INSTITUTE GUIDE TO THE SHIPS AND AIRCRAFT OF THE US FLEET: 19th Edition

Magazine article Sea Classics

THE NAVAL INSTITUTE GUIDE TO THE SHIPS AND AIRCRAFT OF THE US FLEET: 19th Edition

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THE NAVAL INSTITUTE GUIDE TO THE SHIPS AND AIRCRAFT OF THE US FLEET: 19th Edition By Norman Polmar 688 ppgs; 850 photos; 22 drawings; two maps; 9-in ? 12-in; Hardback; ISBN: 978-1-59114-687-2; Price: $130. US Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD; www.usni.org

First published in the late- 1930s as little more than a data-packed illustrated pamphlet compiled by James Fahey, Ships and Aircraft of the US Fleet has morphed into the undisputed single edition bible of the US Fleet since it was acquired by the publishing arm of the United States Naval Institute several decades ago. Retaining noted naval authority, author, and historian Norman Polmar as editor proved to be a wise choice, for Polmar infuses each edition with much of his vast background on all things US Navy.

This recently released 19th Edition is no exception since it, too, is crammed with voluminous data, hundreds of photos, maps, and line drawings on virtually anything that is painted gray and floats or flies. In addition to every carrier, cruiser, destroyer, and submarine, Polmar even includes the virtually unknown supply boats and vessels that serve remote island satellite tracking stations in the Pacific.

This 688-page effort is really a onevolume encyclopedia that examines the US Navy's command structure plus every ship, boat, submersible, missile, UAV, and plane in the US Navy's formidable inventory. This includes similar exploration of the vessels of the US Coast Guard and its very special role within the United States' defense triad. …

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