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I have used the term "Cold War" as a time frame to cover the period from the end of the Second World War and its immediate aftermath to the break up of the Soviet Union.

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In The Navy in the Post-War World Dr.Colin Gray delves deeply into the role of sea power as an enabling agent and team player in the overall enterprise of national and international security. He provides the most current assessment of what sea and space power mean for each other as well as envisioning the future of maritime-oriented defense. The Type 22s are the largest frigates ever built for the Royal Navy, and the Batch III version is almost the same size as the 'County' class destroyers or a World War 2 light cruiser. They have proved to be exceptional anti-submarine warfare vessels and, as experience in the Falklands War showed, they can give a good account of themselves in other roles too. In April 1956 British naval frogman, Commander Lionel ‘Buster’ Crabb, disappeared during a secret mission under the hull of a Russian warship moored in Portsmouth Harbour. The Final Dive is the almost unbelievable story of what really happened which can be fully told before top-secret files are declassified in 2057. Rebuilding the ROYAL NAVY - Warship Design since 1945 by David K. Brown & George Moore- with line drawings by John Roberts: This design history of post-war British warship development, based on both declassified documentation and personal experience, is the fourth and final volume in the author's masterly account of the development of Royal Navy's ships from the 1850s to the Falklands War.
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ADMIRALTY COASTAL SALVAGE VESSELS by David Sowdon describes the naval salvage situation, the organisation, vessels and workloads through WWII, its aftermath, clearing the Suez Canal and into the 90's. Illustrated with coloured and black & white photographs.
A set of the three charts of South Georgia printed for use in the retaking of the Falklands Dependencies in 1982
The Rise and Fall of the British Navy is an eloquent indictment of successive government neglect of the Senior Service since 1945.
Captain David Hart Dyke in &ldquot;Four Weeks in May” tells of the events leading up to the loss of his ship HMS Coventry and how he and his ship’s company dealt with the devastating bomb attacks by Argentinian warplanes during the Falklands War.
Paul Beaver's study of the Royal Navy aircaft carriers, Invincible, Illustrious and the latest Ark Royal, covers the political and economic reasoning that resulted in their design and covers their construction and service up to 1984. Now HMS Illustrious is the only one still in service but her days are numbered.
The tough lifestyle and rudimentary conditions on the lower deck of its warships showed few signs of improvement in peacetime. Coupled with wardroom indifference and the Admiralty’s conservatism, it was several years before the ordinary seaman saw any improvement in conditions.
As well as a personal story of selfless family life, it also reveals just how much the Royal Navy depended on the dedication and skills of its Artificers, who formed the hard core of the Navy’s engineering capability. Details of service in  HM ships Fisgard 1944-1948, Collingwood 1948/49 -  1951/54 – 1969/70, Saintes 1954/55, Theseus 1949/51, Cleopatra !955/56, Dundas 1956/57, Cheviot 1958/60, Vernon 1960/61, Nubian 1960/64, Falmouth 1970/72, Bulwark 1977/79.
MOVING BASES: ROYAL NAVY MAINTENANCE CARRIERS & MONABS: In this ground-breaking book Commander David Hobbs, a former Royal Navy pilot, describes the logistic support that enabled British aircraft carriers to carry out extended operations across the globe during World War 2 and the Korean Conflict.
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In this enjoyable memoir, Richard Barr (who went on to have a successful 28-year career in the Royal Navy) recalls his experiences as an inept junior seaman serving aboard HMS Rampart in the late 1950s. One of the Navy’s less glamorous vessels, Rampart, a former World War II LCT (Landing Craft Tank L4037), was home to a small but happy crew of colourful nautical characters, whose antics at sea and ashore are fondly remembered in this entertaining account. Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose by Geoffrey Wakeham was Published to celebrate it's 50th. anniversary, it chronicles the Air Station from its inception as a Royal Navy established in 1947, through to its present status as the largest helicopter base in Western Europe. Former Royal Navy officer Roger Paine charts the ups and downs of Royal Naval life, both ashore and afloat, in this delightfully irreverent, and occasionally indiscreet, collection of yarns here to be savoured and treasured.
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A. Cecil Hampshire's study of the Royal Navy's transition to the nuclear age. Britannia to Beira and Beyond by Mike Critchley: Naval book publisher Mike Critchley here humorously recounts the first five years of his own career as an officer in the Royal Navy serving in ships from Minesweepers to the huge Ark Royal in the early 1960’s. HMS Ardent was lost in Falkland Sound after providing naval gunfire support for the British amphibious group about to retake the Islands. Afire and mortally damaged by Argentinian bombers; her people fought unsuccessfully to save their ship, having lost a greater proportion of her men than any other fighting unit in the entire Falklands war.
In 1926, when the young John Hayes entered the Royal Navy's college at Dartmouth, he pledged to serve the Lords of the Admiralty 'at their discretion'. It was a service which would last for forty-two years, taking the author from the South China Sea to the North Cape and from peace to three historic catastrophes of the war at sea — the sinking of the Prince of Wales, the Repulse and Convoy P017.
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In the post-1945 era the situation regarding the developement of destroyers has been made even more complex by the development of new weapons including guided missiles, the staggering evolution of radars and other electronic systems, the increased performance and lethality of modern aircraft, and of course the advent of the nuclear powered submarine.
The first edition of this book appeared in 1983, only a year after the Falklands and too early to reflect the changes brought about to the Navy's frigate force as a result of that war. By 1990 the results were clearly visible on many ships — notably improved electronic warfare devices, increased light AA armament, new CIWS gun-based systems, medium calibre guns introduced on the later Type 22s and greater attention to fire and damage control facilities in all ships.
The maritime dimension of Western European security is often ignored even though, as Eric Grove writes, " . . . without the 'Atlantic', NATO quite literally falls apart". This study brings the subject up to date, analysing the current strategic configuration and how this might develop in the near future.
This volume provides a comprehensive analysis of power projection ashore. Michael Evans describes all aspects of amphibious operations from planning to execution, including such elements as ship design, command and control and fire support for the landing force. With reference to many previous operations from Gallipoli to Grenada, he demonstrates how they can he the key to unlock military stalemate, if properly conceived and executed.
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Click this image to go to Alfred Draper's " Smoke Without Fire " page ! The Future of British Sea Power - ed. Geoffrey Till: The articles contained in the book are by the country's leading experts, such as the Chief of the Defense Staff, Lord Lewin; Sir John Fieldhouse, the First Sea Lord; Sir Frank Cooper, The Ministry of Defense's Chief Scientist; Professor Sir Ronald Mason; and many others.
Essentially pictorial book, SUBMARINES WITH WINGS: THE PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE OF AIRCRAFT CARRYING SUBMARINES by TERRY C. TREADWELL, with all these pioneering efforts well documented, with many extremely rare photographs of the boats and their purpose-built aircraft. However, much of the story relates to the post-1945 period, when the USA carried out many fascinating but little known developments in submarine aviation, including plans for a submarine-launched jet fighter.
Click to go to Bernard Ireland's " Warships of the World: Escort Vessels " page at!
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In this volume, Richard Hill follows his powerful exposition of Anti-Submarine Warfare in the 'Combat Roles' series with a similarly pertinent study of Air Defence at Sea. He addresses clearly the wider strategic complications of The US Maritime Strategy and expanding Soviet naval influence, as well as the details of technological developments and the variety of weapons systems.
The first in the series covers the imprecise art of anti-submarine warfare: how to deal with a submarine threat which has proved itself to be a devastating weapon in two world wars and, most recently, in the South Atlantic. Today's submarines are vastly more potent than their predecessors and pose a terrible threat to supply shipping, surface warships and through nuclear missiles
JANES FIGHTING SHIPS 1996- 1997: Edited by Captain Richard Sharp, R.N. Ninety-ninth edition. Click to go to page . . . . .
During the past decade (1970s) advances in technology have brought about fundamental changes in naval strategy. The changes have followed each other at regular intervals, sometimes with a rapidity that has rendered costly new equipment obsolescent, even obsolete, before it has properly been worked up to full operational efficiency.
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At seventeen Tony Groom joined the Royal Navy. As a member of the Fleet Clearance Diving Team, he found himself diving for mines, dealing with unexploded bombs and being shot at in the Falklands War. He left the Navy in 1985, and has since travelled the world as a commercial diver.
Phoenix Squadron by Rowland White: In January 1972, intelligence reached Whitehall that British Honduras — now Belize — was threatened with imminent invasion. To defend the colony Britain's response would have to be immediate and unequivocal. Ark Royal offered the only effective means of preventing the little Central American country being overrun by battle-hardened, US-trained Guatemalan paratroops. The Battle and the Breeze sheds much new light on many key aspects of post- 1945 naval policy, such as the controversy surrounding CVA01 (the fleet carrier replacement programme), the crucial decision to procure the Sea Harrier, the lack of airborne early warning at the time of the Falklands war, and the Chevaline and Type 22 programmes. Ashmore also makes fair and sound judgements on his contemporaries such as Lord Louis Mountbatten.
SUBSMASH: 16 APRIL 1951: British submarine HMS Affray, carrying seventy-five officers and ratings, eases its way into the Solent on a routine peacetime `war exercise'. She dives, never again to resurface. The Royal Navy transmits the signal `Subsmash' indicating that a submarine is in trouble. They have just days to find Affray and rescue her crew before oxygen supplies run out.