The Naval Institute Guide to the Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet

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Naval Institute Press, 2005 - History - 661 pages
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Packed with authoritative information, up-to-date photographs, line drawings, maps, and useful appendixes, this timely new guide describes the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard during an intensive period of transformation from the Cold War to what some call World War III. In the war against radical Muslim fundamentalists, the sea services play significant roles, and this comprehensive volume gives a valuable overview of each force and provides details of their ships, aircraft, weapons, and people. New to this eighteenth edition are chapters on the Navy's littoral combat ships and the unmanned aerial vehicles being flown by all three services. Continuing a longstanding tradition as the most complete resource of its kind, this updated edition easily meets the high expectations and exacting standards of those who rely on it to stay informed and make important decisions. For example, new details are provided on the changing carrier air wings, the close-in weapon systems being provided for defense against small craft, a new submarine rescue system, the deepwater cutter program, unmanned undersea and unmanned surface vehicles, and the new SH-60R/S multipurpose, ship-based helicopters. In cataloging and updating the assets of U.S. Navy, Marine, and Coast Guard and in assessing various trends, the author once again reinforces the guide's reputation for accuracy and reliability.
  

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Contents

Glossary
10
Defense Organization
16
Navy Organization
26
Fleet Organization
36
Military Sealift Command
49
Strategic Missile Submarines
61
Submarines
68
Research Submarines and Submersibles
90
Amphibious Warfare Ships
180
Landing Craft and Vehicles
200
Patrol and Special Warfare Craft
214
Mine Countermeasures Ships and Craft
226
Auxiliary Ships
240
34
252
Administration
612
Appendixes
637

Aircraft Carriers
106
Battleships
126
Cruisers and Destroyers
132
Frigates
160
Littoral Combat Ships
170
Ship Memorials and Museums
643
General Index
650
About the Author
662
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Norman Polmar is an internationally known analyst, consultant, and award-winning author specializing in the naval, aviation, and intelligence arenas. He is the co-author of "Project Azorian: The CIA and the Raising of the K-129.

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