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A New Approach to Naval Warfare

World War II saw a major change in how battles were fought at sea as aircraft achieved supremacy over battleships.  Beginning with the 1942 Battle of the Coral Sea, the first naval battle in which the opposing ships never sighted each other, fleet engagements were increasingly fought with aircraft such as at Midway, Santa Cruz, and Philippine Sea

World War II - US Carrier Aircraft
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World War II: USS Illinois (BB-65)

USS Illinois (BB-65) was the fifth ship of the US Navy's Iowa-class of battleships. Laid down in 1945, construction of USS Illinois was later cancelled.

World War II: USS Wisconsin (BB-64)

USS Wisconsin (BB-64) was an Iowa-class battleship that entered service in 1944 and fought in the later campaigns of World War II as well as the Korean and Gulf Wars.

War of 1812: Commodore Isaac Hull

Commodore Isaac Hull was an American naval officer who saw service during the Quasi-War and Barbary Wars before gaining fame as captain of USS Constitution during the War of 1812.

World War II: USS New Jersey (BB-62)

USS New Jersey (BB-62) was an Iowa-class battleship that entered service in 1943 and saw service in World War II. Modernized, USS New Jersey later fought off Korea and Vietnam.

American Civil War: Lieutenant General John M. Schofield

Lieutenant General John M. Schofield was a Union officer that rose to prominence during the Civil War and later served as commanding general of the US Army and Secretary of War.

World War I: Admiral of the Fleet John Jellicoe, 1st Earl Jellicoe

Admiral of the Fleet John Jellicoe, 1st Earl Jellicoe was British naval commander during World War I. Fighting in a number of imperial conflicts, John Jellicoe rose to command the Grand Fleet by the start of World War I. Leading the fleet at the Battle of Jutland, John Jellicoe later became First Sea Lord and Governor-General of New Zealand.

World War II: USS Alabama (BB-60)

USS Alabama (BB-60) was a South Dakota-class battleship that entered service in 1942 and fought in multiple theaters of World War II.

World War II: USS Massachusetts (BB-59)

USS Massachusetts was a South Dakota-class battleship that entered commission in 1942 and saw widespread service during World War II.

World War II: USS Indiana (BB-58)

USS Indiana (BB-58) was a South Dakota-class battleship that entered service in 1942. Serving in the Pacific during World War II, USS Indiana saw extensive service fighting the Japanese.

American Civil War: Major General Horatio G. Wright

Major General Horatio Wright was a Union commander during the American Civil War. Born in Connecticut, Horatio Wright graduated from West Point and ascended to lead the Union VI Corps. After the war, Horatio Wright later served as Chief of the Corps of Engineers.

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