- Series: 16th ed
- Hardcover: 580 pages
- Publisher: Naval Institute Press; 16th edition (November 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1557506868
- ISBN-13: 978-1557506863
- Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 9.2 x 12.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 35 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,386,517 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Naval Institute Guide to the Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet (16th ed) Hardcover – November, 1996
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The history he forwards on to the public is incomparable in it's depth. This book, as well as his others like it is clear concise and filled with
excellent information. Much research by Polmar is obvious. If anyone is interested in our ship's and aircraft in the U.S. do not hesitate to buy
this book. I bought this edition to add to my husband's library. It was an excellent choice for his 80th birthday and points out all of the jobs
he has had for the U.S. Navy. He loves this edition as it brings him up to date on what is and has been done to improve the fleet that defends
our nation. Thank you, Norman Polmar, for all of your in-depth research and work. I highly recommend any and all editions of Polmar's books.
I was sorry to read in the preface that this was Mr. Polmar last edition as author, as he is passing the torch to a younger generation. He will be missed!
IN A NUTSHELL: REAL DETAILS AND AN INVENTORY OF ORDNANCE TOO!
Want to find out details about standard U.S. Naval defense systems? This is the book. Ideal for defense enthusiasts, analysts, historians and academic researchers, this volume has very hard to find data and info about virtually everything the U.S. Navy can float, submerge, haul, shoot, or fly.
Frankly in most countries the material here would be restricted, and in fact there is warning in the inside cover that states that; this is to be "sold in the United States, Canada and American possessions only".
A new edition comes out about 3 times per decade and includes everything but the latest, still classified, U.S. military hardware.
STILL HERE -- OKAY THERE'S MORE:
If you save the older issues, you will have a rather comprehensive chronicle of the nuts and bolts of the U.S. Navy - real interesting stuff. For instance, if you go back to say the thirteenth edition, you can find a full description of the Iowa Class Battleships and the compositions of a variety of their 16" projectiles. Want to know about the jets used in the Vietnam War? Look at the 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th editions, and you'll find cool aircraft and helicopters as well as Crusiers that still fired artillery. Would you like to see and read about the add-on, stand-off weapons from the Gulf-War era. You'll find them in editions 13-16 listed under "WEAPONS SYSTEMS". How fast or far do our missles fly? How large a warhead do they carry and what type of guidance system do they use are all included for countless systems in each and every volume of this text.
BOTTOM LINE: If this type of stuff is interesting too you, this text can take the place of counting sheep at night, as it does for me.
The good news is that NOTHING IN THIS TEXT IS STILL CLASSIFIED SO YOU CAN READ THESE VOLUMES TO YOUR HEARTS CONTENT - JUST DON'T MAIL THEM OUT OF THE COUNTRY.