Naval History - February 1996 - Hornet's Farewell

February 1996 Naval History Magazine

February: Hornet's Farewell; Recently uncovered photos of early Russian submarines; Easter '45 - kamikazes attack USS Morris


UNITED STATES NAVAL INSTITUTE January / February 1996 Volume 10 • Number 1

To kick off our tenth volume, we determined to make a splash. And what better way to do so than with vividly detailed naval images of the Civil War composed by highly acclaimed naval and maritime artist Tom Freeman? The last time Tom graced our cover, exactly two years ago, his "Ashes to Iron" won Naval History an Award of Excellence from a panel of national magazine art directors—the Visual Club. We hope "Congress Burning," the scene on this cover, will do as well. The Naval Institute plans to offer a select series of Freeman's Civil War art prints for sale later this year.

Also in this issue, a former U.S. naval attaché to Moscow sleuths a 40year-old mystery—who sank the battleship Novorossiysk, how did they do it, and why?

On the naval aviation front, we pay tribute to both a ship and an aircraft, with accounts of the last days of the carrier Hornet and current efforts to keep her afloat, and the history of the fabled Douglas Skyraider.

Chief of Naval Operations Admiral J. M. Boorda, rounds out this issue with honors to war hero and former CNO, Admiral Arleigh Burke.


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The Royal Navy Lost the Revolution 10

By David L. Preston

Royal defenders of the sea averted their attention from the American Revolution, because they were preoccupied with fighting the French

Hornet's Farewell 15

By Robert L. Lawson

One of the old "Fighting Ladies" receives a fitting tribute.

Fighting to Save the Hornet 16

By Rich Pedroncelli

Swarms of Hornet supporters appear to be winning a battle to save her. Espionage or Negligence? A Sinking Mystery . . 19

By Captain Peter A. Huchthausen, U.S. Navy (Retired)

For the first time, the true circumstances surrounding the mysterious sinking of a Soviet battleship in 1955 rise to the surface.

Diving by Design With the Tsarist Navy 26

By Norman Polmar

Recently uncovered photos afford new views of early Russian submarines. Navy Comes First for Arleigh BurkAdmiral

By Admirall J. M. Boorda, U.S. Navy

The current Chief of Naval Operations honors the storied career of one
of the U.S. Navy's true living heroes—and the woman behind the man

Oak to Armor: A Pictorial 29

By Tom Freeman

The Civil War era—when ironclads rendered wooden ships obsolete—comes alive from the palette of an award-winning maritime artist.

It Really Did Carry the Kitchen Sink 36

By Frederick A. Johnsen

For two decades, the Douglas Skyraider was a mainstay of naval aviation. Facing the Enemy 42

By Colonel Thomas Campbell, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)

A Vietnam veteran/novelist looks inside his former foe—the Vietcong. Easter '45: Incoming 47

By Rear Admiral Robert H. Spiro, U.S. Naval Reserve (Retired)

Things got mighty hot for the USS Morris when the kamikazes attacked. Departments

Looking Back 2 Book Reviews 52 Salty Talk 61

In Contact 4 Books of Interest 56 Historic Fleets 62

Museum Report 51 Naval History News 57 Reunions 63

Cover: "Congress Burning." The CSS Virginia finishes off the frigate USS Congress in Hampton Roads, Virginia, the day before her appointment with the USS Monitor—and destiny—in March 1862. For more Tom Freeman Civil War art see pages 29 to 35.
Civil War Sea Drama Explodes in Vivid Color
February 1996
Vietnam Veteran
Faces the Enemy
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