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View from the Quarterdeck: July 2015

In the summer of 2015, l’Hermione, a beautifully reconstructed replica of an 18th century, three-masted, 32-gun, Concorde class French frigate visited ports on the east coast of North America from Yorktown, Virginia, to Lunenberg, Nova Scotia. Her namesake vessel gained … Continue reading

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Repair Work and Naval Musical Chairs: Conflict and Cooperation in Anglo-American Naval Relations in 1941

Contents: Background: Infrastructure Changes Early Discussions on Anglo-American Pacific Policy Pacific Policy Differences ABC-1 Talks The Repair Requests The Rest of the Story Conclusion Corbin Williamson Ohio State University David Reynolds has described the years 1940 and 1941 as the … Continue reading

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“Every ship in the Fleet must be Eused like men”: The Royal Navy Mutinies in Simon’s and Table Bay, 1797

Contents: Introduction A Breeze at Simon’s Bay The Little Nore The Forecastle culture and the Tripartite Sailor The Sailor in His Own Words Conclusion Bibliography Allison Funk Independent Researcher Introduction 1 In the wake of the vast multi-ship mutinies of England’s … Continue reading

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USS Kirk: Leadership Amidst Chaos, A Legacy of Survival

Abigail Wiest Sacred Heart Catholic School Hattiesburg, MS I chose my topic of the U.S.S. Kirk because I had a deep interest in the fall of Saigon.  I had heard about this topic in class, and it instantly grabbed my attention. … Continue reading

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Inside the Archives: The Yangtze River Patrol Collection

John Sanders Special Collections & Archives Dudley Knox Library Naval Postgraduate School Monterey, California Wednesday, April 26, 1911: “Got into tail of typhoon about 5 a.m. Sea roughest experienced yet. Lucky we are heading into it. Eased up a bit … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – Black Sheep: The Life of Pappy Boyington

John F. Wukovits, Black Sheep: The Life of Pappy Boyington. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 2013. 250 pp. Review by 2nd Lieutenant Jordan K.K. Bolster Research Assistant USAF Academy Pappy Boyington, the Marine Ace-of-Aces who earned his fame in World War II … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – Empire, Technology and Seapower: Royal Navy crisis in the age of Palmerston

Howard J. Fuller, Empire, Technology and Seapower: Royal Navy crisis in the age of Palmerston. New York: Routledge, 2013. 297 pp. Review by Joseph Moretz, PhD British Commission for Military History Reassessment of the past invariably means reassessment of the … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – The Challenges of Command: The Royal Navy’s Executive Branch Officers, 1880-1919

Robert L. Davison. The Challenges of Command: The Royal Navy’s Executive Branch Officers, 1880-1919. Surrey: Ashgate, 2011. 288 pp. Review by Joseph Moretz, PhD British Commission for Military History  The Challenges of Command surveys the executive branch officer corps of … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – 21st Century Mahan: Sound Military Conclusions for the Modern Era

Benjamin F. Armstrong, Editor, 21st Century Mahan:  Sound Military Conclusions for the Modern Era.  Annapolis:  Naval Institute Press, 2013. Notes, 179 pp. Review by John J. Abbatiello, PhD Monument, Colorado 1914 was a momentous year for naval affairs.  One hundred … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – The Search for HMAS Sydney: An Australian Story

Ted Graham, Bob King, Bob Trotter and Kim Kirsner, eds., The Search for HMAS Sydney: An Australian Story, Sydney: UNSW Press, 2014. 320 pp. Review by Tom Frame Director Australian Centre for the Study of Armed Conflict and Society (ACSACS) … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – Asian Maritime Strategies: Navigating Troubled Waters

Bernard D. Cole, Asian Maritime Strategies: Navigating Troubled Waters. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 2013. Notes; bibliography.  304 pp. Review by John M. Jennings United States Air Force Academy Asian Maritime Strategies: Navigating Troubled Waters is the latest book by the … Continue reading

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Giving Teeth to the Carter Doctrine: The Marine Corps Makes the Case for its Strategic Relevance, 1977-1981

  “…the Marine Corps is in serious trouble…The brutal truth is that a growing number of defense analysts regard the Marine Corps as an under-gunned, slow-moving monument to a bygone era in warfare.” 1 – William Lind and Jeffrey Record, … Continue reading

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View from the Quarterdeck: January 2015

In 1950 Samuel Flagg Bemis, long-time Sterling Professor of Diplomatic History and Inter-American Politics at Yale, won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography with his book entitled John Quincy Adams and the Foundations of American Foreign Policy. A decade later Bemis … Continue reading

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The Development of Modern Counter-piracy Initiatives in Southeast Asia: Vietnamese Boat Refugees and Alternative Incidents 1979-1997

Robert C. McCabe Maynooth University Introduction Between 2009 and 2012, the International Maritime Bureau (IMB), a specialised division of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), recorded 648 reports of actual and attempted pirate attacks off the coast of Somalia and … Continue reading

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Swimming in the ‘Fishpond’ or Solidarity with the ‘Beresfordian Syndicate’: An Analysis of the Inquiry by the Subcommittee of Imperial Defence into Naval Policy, 1909

Keith McLay Canterbury Christ Church University Modern histories of the army and navy have long recognised that these institutions are in respect of their external and internal relationships, sui generis, political. The former relations, typically manifest in a competition for … Continue reading

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