The Naval In­sti­tute Guide to Com­bat Fleets of the World, 16th Ed

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Naval In­sti­tute Press An­napo­lis Au­gust 2013 9781591149545 Hard­cover 1,008 pages

Called “the na­tion’s pre­mier naval ref­er­ence book,” The Naval In­sti­tute Guide to Com­bat Fleets of the World is in­ter­na­tion­ally ac­knowl­edged as the best onevol­ume ref­er­ence to the world’s naval and paranaval forces. Up­dated reg­u­larly since 1976, it has come to be re­lied on for allinclu­sive, ac­cu­rate, and up-to­date data on the ships, navies, coast guards, and naval avi­a­tion arms of more than 170 coun­tries and ter­ri­to­ries. Large fleets and small mar­itime forces get equally thor­ough treat­ment. Com­pre­hen­sive in­dexes make the book easy to use and al­low for quick com­par­isons be­tween ships and fleets. This new 16th edi­tion, presents in­for­ma­tion on all the ma­jor and mi­nor mar­itime de­vel­op­ments that could im­pact the world scene in the years to come. Heav­ily il­lus­trated with 4,450 black & white pho­tos and 179 multi-view line draw­ings, Com­bat Fleets pro­vides the user with the most de­tailed views avail­able for iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and com­par­i­son pur­poses. Ad­di­tional aids for the user in­clude a sec­tion on how to use the book, lists of terms and ab­bre­vi­a­tions,an in­for­ma­tive ship-name in­dex, and more. An ex­panded chap­ter on the Chi­nese navy pro­vides ma­jor up­dates on the sta­tus of their new air­craft car­rier and the lat­est Chi­nese sub­marines, sur­face ships and naval mis­siles. Dozens of de­tailed line draw­ings de­pict ex­actly where weapons and sen­sors are lo­cated on the world’s com­bat­ants such as the Ira­nian Ghadir-class sub­marines, the French Forbin-class de­stroy­ers, and the U.S. Navy’s Lit­toral Com­bat Ships. The ship data sec­tion for each coun­try pro­vides full cov­er­age of all ships, from the largest air­craft car­ri­ers to the small­est train­ing and aux­il­iary craft. The ves­sels of the world’s coast guards and cus­toms ser­vices are given thor­ough treat­ment as well. But the book is much more than a ship en­cy­clo­pe­dia. It in­cludes in­for­ma­tion on the per­son­nel strengths of each coun­try’s naval forces, ma­jor base lo­ca­tions, and de­tails on mar­itime radar, sonar, naval air­craft, and weapon sys­tems cur­rently in ser­vice. For the Cana­dian sec­tion, I was dis­ap­pointed in the sec­tion not be­ing up to date.

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