Aircraft Carriers: An Illustrated History of Their Impact

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ABC-CLIO, 2006 - History - 407 pages

From their World War I deployment in the Black Sea by the Imperial Russian Navy, to their coming of age in World War II, to their role in recent conflicts in Vietnam, the Falklands, and the Persian Gulf, Aircraft Carriers: An Illustrated History of Their Impact charts the evolution of carrier systems both militarily and within broader political and diplomatic contexts.

Covering both the ships and the planes they support, this convenient, authoritative handbook offers complete descriptions of carrier systems from all of the world's major navies--from their operational histories, strategic integration, and technological advancements, to the training of aircrew, the development of carrier command leadership, and the role of carriers as deterrents and diplomatic enforcers.

 

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Contents

Origins and Early Development of the Aircraft Carrier
1
The Aircraft Carrier Matures
23
Capital Ships
67
The Cold War and After
113
Joint Operations
169
REFERENCE SECTION
181
Bibliography
373
Index
389
About the Author
409
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About the author (2006)

Paul E. Fontenoy, PhD, is curator of maritime research and technology at the North Carolina Maritime Museum, Beaufort, NC, and a visiting assistant professor in the Maritime Studies Program at East Carolina University, Greenville, NC.

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