History | 9 September 2015The Navy: Past, Present, Future Share article facebook twitter google pinterest Navy: An Illustrated History by Chester G. Hearn and Kermit ‘Kit’ Bonner offers an in-depth exploration of the history of the Navy from the beginning of its establishment through the present. The book’s first chapter details the agonizing process of debates and misunderstandings that finally led to the creation of the Continental Navy on October 13, 1775. The final chapter, appropriately, discusses the future of the Navy after a complete and intriguing detailed history of its existence. The following is taken from this chapter entitled “Sustaining The Navy In The Twenty-first Century.” Sure does give you something to think about! The battleship USS Iowa (BB-61) is towed from Vallejo, California, to its new home in Los Angeles as a museum ship. The world’s last battleship was removed from 2011 Reserve Category B in the US Navy to be turned over to the Pacific Battleship Center It is difficult to project what the United States Navy will be in the years to come, yet no one could have ever guessed the phenomenal progress that the navy has made since 2007. In essence, the future is now, and for a dynamic armed force, the future will always be on the edge of reality. This eight-year period from 2007 to 2014 witnessed the end of many famous and vital warships, but for every ship that was placed in reserve, scrapped, sold to an ally, or converted into a naval museum, there were others being built that fulfilled the promises of the immediate post–Cold War period. This recent period of technological growth in the American maritime defense force has ensured the security and safety of the United States and its allies for years to come. During this time, the US Navy has witnessed the birth of third and most impressive class of nuclear aircraft carriers (CVN0, Gerald R. Ford class; the launches and recoveries of unmanned fighter-bomber-surveillance aircraft (X-47 C) from nuclear aircraft carriers; the addition of the Independence and Freedom classes, purpose-built littoral combat ships (LCS), to the fleet; and improvements in electronics, hull construction, and propulsion plants. This June 2006 image shows the might and power of the United States Navy, Marine Corps, and the United States Air Force. Leading sixteen strike aircraft from the navy, marines, and air force is a B-2 Spirit bomber. The formation is part of Operation Valiant Shield, and below (left to right) are the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63), and the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76). The seaborne arm also includes two attack submarines, missile cruisers, and guided missile destroyers. This period has truly been remarkable for the navy. These changes have arrived at a crucial point in international naval and foreign affairs. Although the United States is actively engaged in a small number of brush fire conflicts, there are significant storms on the horizon that will require a modern and technologically powerful navy to maintain its status in the international community and blunt attempts to engage the world in a major conflict. That navy is now a reality. Navy: An Illustrated History by authors, Chester G. Hearn and Kermit ‘Kit’ Bonner Read how the Navy’s unofficial motto: “Non sibi sed patriae” (not self but country) has been maintained for over 200 years. Navy: An Illustrated History profiles the U.S. Navy’s growth into a highly sophisticated armed force that is capable of projecting military power to all corners of the world. All the battles, ships, aircraft, and sailors who shaped the Navy into the largest modern seaborne military force are included. Packed with dramatic paintings, evocative photographs, and informative maps, this book provides an up close and personal look into the military branch that has served in every major conflict in US history. This updated edition traces the progress and expansion of naval technology and tactics from its origins during the American Revolution, through the furious combat of World War II, to shielding the nation from the threats of the Cold War. A brand-new chapter from Kermit “Kit” Bonner, a naval historian and expert, covers the navy’s response to the current challenges of the twenty-first century. Navy: An Illustrated History is a fascinating exploration of the stories of the men and women who fought battles and crafted strategies to create, secure, and protect the United States. Buy from an Online Retailer In North America: In The UK: Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.