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1: One of their more prolific authors cannot refrain from inserting his personal biases and opinions into every article. This is especially noteworthy when he is penning the section "Intel File: Latest Naval & Maritime Happening Around the World." That is supposed to be news from the world, but it reads as an ill-informed editorial section. His opinions are presented as fact, and are often quite wrong. Furthermore, this same author has an addiction to the exclamation mark. Looking at the October 2011 edition his "Intel File" entry contains two exclamation marks, this for a section supposed to be factual and unbiased. An exclamation mark, never mind two, is an entirely inappropriate usage of punctuation.
2: There seems to be no real editing done of articles. The staff credits note that the editor is also the publisher, which is a direct conflict of interest (the editor should be focused on getting things right, the publisher is concerned about getting them done). It's clear which of those interests is winning. Every month I am spotting at least three grammatical, or even spelling, errors. I am a Historian by training so while I have a fair amount of experience with grammar and proofreading, I am by no means a professional in the field. I imagine there are many more errors which a trained eye would spot.
3: I understand they must sell add space. Read more ›
It combines current events in the US and all other Navies, with articles of a naval nature. It goes into lengthy histories of individual ships, and classes of ships. It provides a complete guide of what is happening to all navies all over the globe. It goes into technical details as far as development of classes of ships, and technologies embarked on board. Many articles are written by the actual sailors who served on board those ships.
It also tell of development and abandonment of certain naval technologies throughout the years (ever wonder what happened to the Navy's old hydrofoils, they had a recent article). They go into details that only someone who worked, lived, ate, cried and laughed on board would ever know. It also goes into historical events and analysis of the significance of those events. They provide a balanced approach and avoid anything of a political nature.
It may be boring to those not ever deployed on a REAL SHIP or embarked on a REAL CRUISE (and not on those whimpy ocean liners). However, if you know of anyone ever in the Navy (not the air side-they have their own magazine called "Air Classics"), who went to sea or served on a ship, then a subscription to this magazine is a MUST.
I have kept every copy of mine over the years and find myself re-reading them over and over.
I expect many of the authors are semi-pro, at best, but that's just fine with me. I'd rather learn from an expert/veteran than hope for the best from a polished journalist who hasn't been there.
Good stories, mostly, and always leaving me wanting more. I think that works out ....