U. S. Coast Guard – Coastal Patrolling

Naval History Navies 11 Min Read

Coastal patrolling is vital to a maritime nation such as the United States. Nearly 95 percent of all American foreign trade, valued at over $1.7 trillion, travels by sea. Coastal patrolling not only protects this trade but also forms an integral part of U. S. national security. Originally begun to enforce custom laws, coastal patrolling has grown increasingly- preventing drug


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Navies Roman Warship 24 Min Read


“Roman quinqueremes and Lembos biremes, 3rd to 2nd Century BC” “Roman Triremes and Quadriremes, 2nd Century BC” FLEET MEN AND THEIR DUTIES Misenum The fleets and their soldiers fought in wars, transported troops and goods, provided manpower for building military installations, and operated mines. The Roman Empire had spread so

British Navies 10 Min Read

Alfred the Great’s Navy

The treaty with Guthrum gave Alfred the breathing space he needed to fortify and revitalize Wessex. As the last outpost of independent England, it was essential for Wessex to have an efficient military. Alfred the Great reorganized Wessex’s army, keeping half of the men on duty at any given time.

Navies 8 Min Read

The Seventeenth Century Iberian Navies

A Van de Velde drawing of a Spanish two-decker of 1664. SPAIN Although the ‘Decline of Spain’ in the seventeenth century has been exaggerated by many historians, the Spanish armada that served Kings Philip IV and Carlos II was plainly no longer the formidable instrument that had served their predecessors,

Austria Navies 18 Min Read

Austria-Hungary: An Inland Empire Looks to the Sea I

Career of the Tegetthof class In March 1918, a United States navy memorandum characterized the Adriatic Sea as “practically an Austrian lake, in which no Allied naval operations of importance are undertaken.” The assessment came just four weeks after the Austro-Hungarian navy suffered its worst mutiny of the First World

Austria Navies 18 Min Read

Austria-Hungary: An Inland Empire Looks to the Sea II

Bombarding of Ancona by August von Ramberg, depicting Austro-Hungarian battleships shelling the Italian coastline in May 1915 At the turn of the century, Germany’s decision to challenge Britain’s hegemony at sea transformed the Triple Alliance into an anti-British bloc no longer attractive to Italy. The program outlined in Admiral Alfred

Navies 32 Min Read

The Revolutionary American Navy

The American navy played no part in the campaigns. The war created the navy, but it could not call into being a force of great power. The financial resources for a strong navy simply did not exist; nor for that matter did the conviction that a navy equal to Britain’s

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Roman Success at Sea in 260–257 BC

In the 3rd century BC, Rome was not a naval power, and had little or

To Leyte Gulf

  Sailing towards Leyte Gulf from left to right CA Chikuma, BB Nagato, BC Haruna,

Cold War – Diesel-Electric Submarines

HMAS Ovens – Royal Australian Navy Diesel-electric submarines, which were also known as ‘conventional’ submarines,


The submarine was a subversive force. Its ability to hide within the element on which