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The U.S. GPO Salutes the U.S. Navy

More than 200 years ago, on October 13, 1775, the Continental Congress established the United States Navy as the Continental Navy by authorizing the procurement, fitting out, manning, and dispatch of two armed vessels to cruise in search of munitions ships supplying the British Army in America. The Continental Navy grew into an important force and over the course of the War of Independence, the Continental Navy sent to sea more than fifty armed vessels of various types. The navy's squadrons and cruisers seized enemy supplies and carried correspondence and diplomats to Europe, returning with needed munitions. They also took nearly 200 British vessels as prizes, some off the British Isles themselves, contributing to the demoralization of the enemy and forcing the British to divert warships to protect convoys and trade routes. In addition, the navy provoked diplomatic crises that helped bring France into the war against Great Britain. The Continental Navy began the proud tradition carried on today by our United States Navy, and whose birthday we celebrate each year in October. In recognition of the establishment of the United States Navy, the U.S. Government Printing Office offers for sale a special collection of publications designed to highlight its history, tradition and achievements.

Navy Medicine in Vietnam: Passage to Freedom to the Fall of Saigon

Publisher: Defense Dept., Navy, Naval History & Heritage Command

Description: Begins and ends with a humanitarian operation—the first, in 1954, after the French were defeated, when refugees fled to South Vietnam to escape from the communist regime in the North; and the second, in 1975, after the fall of Saigon and the final stage of America's exit that entailed a massive helicopter evacuation of American staff and selected Vietnamese and their families from South Vietnam. In both cases the Navy provided medical support to avert the spread of disease and tend to basic medical needs. Between those dates, 1954 and 1975, Navy medical personnel responded to the buildup and intensifying combat operations by taking a multipronged approach in treating casualties. Helicopter medical evacuations, triaging, and a system of moving casualties from short-term to long-term care meant higher rates of survival and targeted care. Poignant recollections of the medical personnel serving in Vietnam, recorded by author Jan Herman, historian of the Navy Medical Department, are a reminder of the great sacrifices these men and women made for their country and their patients.

Year/Pages: 2010: 50 p.; ill.

Price: $12.00 Add To Cart

Mud, Muscle, and Miracles: Marine Salvage in the United States Navy

Publisher: Defense Dept., Navy, Naval History and Heritage Command

Description: Takes its reader on a gripping journey through the evolution of salvage—from the construction of a cofferdam to reveal the battleship Maine at the bottom of Havana harbor to the use of side-scan sonar and remotely operated vehicles to recover aircraft debris and complete vessels from the depths. The story is one of masterful seamanship, incomparable engineering, and absolute ingenuity and courage. It is also the history of one of our nation's longest lasting public-private partnerships—that of the commercial salvage industry and the U.S. Navy. This new edition chronicles another 8 precedent-setting marine salvage and deep-ocean recovery operations.

Year/Pages: 2009: 641 p.; ill.

Price: $58.00 Add To Cart

Nixon's Trident: Naval Power in Southeast Asia, 1968-1972

Publisher: Defense Dept., Navy, Naval History & Heritage Command

Description: Focuses on the three prongs of the naval trident that President Nixon wielded during the final years of the Vietnam War: naval air power, naval bombardment, and mine warfare. For much of this period, Navy aircraft sought to hamper the flow of supplies down the Ho Chi Minh Trail in Laos—a huge investment in air power resources that ultimately proved fruitless. After North Vietnam's invasion of the South in 1972, however, Navy tactical aviation, as well as naval bombardment, proved critical not only in blunting the offensive but also in persuading North Vietnam to arrive at a peace agreement in Paris in 1973. For the first time in the war, the Navy was also authorized to close Haiphong Harbor and North Vietnam's other ports with naval mines—an operation that still stands out as a textbook example of how mine warfare can inflict a major economic and psychological blow on the enemy with minimal casualties for either side. Thus, naval power was indispensible to ending America's longest war.

Year/Pages: 2009: 83 p.; ill.

Price: $14.00 Add To Cart

The Approaching Storm: Conflict in Asia, 1945-1965

Publisher: Defense Dept., Navy, Naval History & Heritage Command

Description: Describes the U.S. response to Communist movements in Asia after World War II and the U.S. Navy's role in the region as it evolved from an essentially advisory one to actual combat after the Tonkin Gulf attack off North Vietnam in August 1964. Approaching Storm inaugurates the Naval History & Heritage Commands series the U.S. Navy in the Vietnam War.

Year/Pages: 2009: 58 p.; ill.

Price: $16.00 Add To Cart

Magnificent Mavericks: Transition of the Naval Ordnance Test Station From Rocket Station to Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation Center, 1948-58

Publisher: Defense Dept., Navy, Naval Historical Center

Description: Tells the story of the creative military-civilian team that worked at the Naval Ordnance Test Station and its Pasadena Annex. The team developed the Sidewinder, the world's first successful heat-homing guided missile, and a host of other weapons and their components used in every conflict since the Korean War. The author describes the iconoclasts who did the work and the unique desert community that supported them.

Year/Pages: 2008: 648 p.; ill.

Price: $64.00 Add To Cart

Naval Leadership in Korea: The First Six Months

Publisher: Defense Dept., Navy, Naval Historical Center

Description: Illustrates the role of the Navy's top flag officers in Washington, the Pacific area, and the Korean theater of operations before and during the first chaotic months of war. Thanks to the leadership of six influential naval officers and the mobility of naval forces, especially carrier aviation, U.S. forces were in South Korea within three weeks of the North's invasion. The six protagonists—Admiral Forrest P. Sherman, Admiral Arthur W. Radford, Vice Admiral C. Turner Joy, Vice Admiral Arthur D. Struble, Rear Admiral James H. Doyle, and Rear Admiral Arleigh A. Burke—were involved in the strategy, planning, and execution of the most critical operations of the war.

Year/Pages: 2002: 60 p.; ill.

Price: $3.50 Add To Cart

The World Cruise of the Great White Fleet: Honoring 100 Years of Global Partnerships and Security (Hardcover)

Publisher: Defense Dept., Navy, Naval Historical Center

Description: Under orders from President Theodore Roosevelt, 16 battleships of the United States' Atlantic Battle Fleet and their consorts made a peace-time circumnavigation of the globe, from December 1907 to February 1909. Text, illustrations, and captions tell the story of this 14-month world cruise. Chapters provide an overview, describe the ships, depict the character and experiences of the sailors, narrate the cruise's principal events and itinerary, and analyze the Great White Fleet's significance organizationally for the United States Navy and diplomatically for the United States of America.

Year/Pages: 2008: 150 p.; ill.

Price: $46.00 Add To Cart

Sea Raiders of the American Revolution: The Continental Navy in European Waters

Publisher: Defense Dept., Navy, Naval Historical Center

Description: This lavishly illustrated booklet studies the lives and careers of three Revolutionary war sea captains, Lambert Wickes, Gustavus Conyngham, and John Paul Jones, whose exploits defined the U.S. Navy during the Revolutionary War. These naval leaders, against great odds, brought the fight to the powerful Royal Navy. This booklet provides examples to today's sailors of the enduring values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment. The reader will also learn how the Continental Navy functioned and how the average sailor coped with shipboard life during the Revolution.

Year/Pages: 2003: 73 p.; ill.

Price: $18.00 Add To Cart

The Sound of Freedom: Naval Weapons Technology at Dahlgren, Virginia 1918-2006

Publisher: Defense Dept., Navy, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division

Description: Tells the story of the evolution of the Dahlgren Laboratory from a proof and test facility into a modern research and development center crucial to the technological evolution of the United States Navy.

Year/Pages: 2006: 425 p.; ill.

Price: $37.00 Add To Cart

All Hands: Magazine of the United States Navy

Publisher: Defense Dept., Navy, Office of Chief of Information

Description: Contains interesting articles of general public interest about the United States Navy and its operations. List ID: ALLH. File Code: 2M. Monthly periodical. Subscription price covers issues for 1 year. Copies of the latest 6 issues are retained in stock for individual purchase.

Price: $45.00

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