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Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet (Naval Institute Guide to the Ships & Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet)by Norman Polmar
Synopses & Reviews
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.
Book News Annotation:
Based in part on the U.S. Naval Institute's monthly Proceedings, this substantial reference--both in size (9.25x12.25") and scope--provides up-to-date and comprehensive information on the ships, submarines, and aircraft of the U.S. Navy. Polmar, a longtime consultant to the Navy and member of the Secretary of the Navy's research advisory committee, begins with chapters on the state of the fleet--including current policy goals and trends; ship classifications; defense, navy and fleet organization; Marine forces; Military Sealift Command; and naval personnel. The remainder consists of a detailed survey of the Navy's ships and aircraft, with many b&w photos of each. New to the 18th edition are chapters on littoral combat ships and unmanned aerial vehicles.
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