"Royal Navy & Maritime Book Reviews" Provided by Rob Jerrard

Haynes Publishing Books Reviewed in 2015

SAR Sea King Manual 1988 onwards (HU Mk.5 SAR)
An insight into the design, construction, operation
Edition: 1st 2014
Format: Hardback
Author: Lee Howard
ISBN: 9780857335050
Publishers: Haynes Publishing
Price: 25
Publication Date: 2014

Publisher's Title Information

For more than 25 years the Westland Sea King has been a reassuring sight around the English coast, providing essential Search and Rescue (SAR) capabilities for those in peril both on land and at sea. The Royal Navy variant - the Sea King HU Mk.5, which is the main focus of this book - is estimated to have saved literally hundreds of lives. Author and photographer Lee Howard has been given privileged official access to the Navy's SAR air and ground crews to offer fascinating insights into operating, flying and maintaining the mighty Sea King.

Detailed 'how it works' Haynes Manual treatment
Fascinating insights into the design, construction and operation of a Search and Rescue helicopter
Specially commissioned detailed photographs and technical illustrations
Expert author
Dramatic rescue stories are included in the book
Official Royal Navy publication

Written by helicopter engineer Lee Howard and published with the full cooperation of the Royal Navy, the Haynes Westland Sea King Manual gives a unique insight into operating, flying and maintaining the Royal Navy's HU Mk.5 SAR version of this most versatile and charismatic of helicopters
Originally conceived in the USA at the height of the Cold War as a submarine hunter/killer, the licence-built Westland Sea King has served UK armed forces in a variety of roles in every operational theatre and with distinction for nearly half a century.

Reconfigured in later years for the Search and Rescue (SAR) role, the aircraft of 771 Naval Air Squadron and HMS Gannet SAR Flight wearing their distinctive red and grey markings have become a much-loved and integral part of the communities they have served 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year for over twenty-six years. Stranded walkers, climbers, holiday-makers, fishermen, yachtsmen - the list of those whose lives have been touched thanks to the timely intervention of the Sea King and its crews is endless.
 
As the Sea King enters its final year of UK SAR operations in 2015 it can rightly claim to have earned its place in the annals of military aviation history.

The Author

Aviation historian, author and photographer Lee Howard has over 23 years of experience in military helicopter engineering. He has a special interest in the Fleet Air Arm, having co-written several books on the subject, and is a regular contributor to the specialist aviation press. He lives in Somerset


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Royal Navy Type 45 Destroyer Manual
Operating and maintaining the Royal Navy's largest and most powerful air defence destroyer
Edition: 1st
Format: Hardback
Hardback, 270 x 210mm, 160 pages, Colour throughout
Author: Jonathan Gates
ISBN: 9780857332400
Publishers: Haynes Publishing
Price: 21.99
Publication Date:

Publisher's Title Information

The Type 45 'Daring' class is the largest and most powerful air defence destroyer class ever operated by the Royal Navy and the largest general purpose surface warship (excluding aircraft carriers and amphibious ships) to join the fleet since the Second World War cruisers. Author Jonathan Gates describes the development, trials and entry into Royal Navy service of the Type 45, the anatomy of the vessel, its propulsion system, radar command and control systems, weapons systems, and how the ship is operated at sea.
On 23 July 2009 HMS Daring was commissioned into service with the Royal Navy as the first of a class of powerful Type 45 anti-air warfare (AAW) destroyers. These complex warships incorporate several major advances in naval technology and are recognised as the most capable AAW vessels in the world. They will form the mainstay of the Royal Navy's fleet for the next three decades.

The six Type 45 destroyers represent a substantial enhancement in surface warfare capability and flexibility. They embody much innovative equipment and significant engineering advances over the previous generation of warships. In particular, two notable primary systems were developed specifically for the Type 45 destroyers: a radical Integrated Electric Propulsion System (IEPS) and Sea Viper, a cutting-edge AAW system. Both of these revolutionary systems contribute to the superlative performance of the Type 45 destroyers.
 
In many ways the Type 45 destroyers are a new departure for the Royal Navy. For instance, there is a high degree of automation enabling these large warships to be efficiently operated by a ship's staff that is two-thirds smaller than that of its predecessors. They are also the first Royal Navy warships to be specifically designed to accommodate a ship's complement of both men and women.

The Author

Jonathan Gates, was given unprecedented access by both the prime contractor (BAE Systems) and the Royal Navy to Type 45 destroyers being built and in service. He was able to examine the Type 45 from stem to stern, mast-top to keel, for this Haynes manual. Fully illustrated with more than 300 colour photographs and technical illustrations, the Royal Navy Type 45 Destroyer Manual is an authoritative and unique insight into this state-of-the-art British warship.

Professor Jonathan Gates is a defence consultant whose career has spanned 35 years. After gaining his doctorate he joined the Royal Corps of Naval Constructors concentrating on warship design and naval weapons. Later, in the defence industry, he worked on projects that included military aircraft, land vehicles and civil engineering works. However, he continued to have a keen interest in both ship design and naval combat systems. In 2000 he joined the BAE Systems' Type 45,design team shortly after its inception. His responsibilities included the integration of the Type 45 ship design programme with the tri-national development of the principal weapon system, Sea Viper.

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HMS Victory Manual
An insight into owning, operating and maintaining the Royal Navys oldest and most famous warship
Edition: 1st published in 2012
Format: Hardback
270 x 210mm, 184 pages, 245 colour & 15 b&w illustrations
Author: Peter Goodwin
ISBN: 9780857338310
Publishers: This is a Haynes Featured Book
Price: 22.99
Publication Date: 2015

Publisher's Title Information

HMS Victory is probably the most famous surviving historic warship in the world today. She was flagship to Admiral Lord Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, when he was killed on her quarter deck by a sniper's bullet in Britain's hour of victory. Maritime historian and former HMS Victory Keeper and Curator Peter Goodwin tells the story of Nelson's flagship, giving fascinating insights into how she was built, her anatomy and weaponry, and how a ship of the line in the Georgian navy was sailed, fought and maintained. 'Superbly illustrated ' Royal Naval Sailing Association
The Victory in Portsmouth's Royal Navy Dockyard. Design of the Victory was overseen by Sir Thomas Slade, Surveyor of the Royal Navy from 1755-71. When launched in 1765 the Victory was the ultimate warship design of the Georgian era - the 18th century equivalent of a modern aircraft carrier. As Admiral Lord Nelson's flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, the Victory is inextricably linked with the memory of Britain's greatest naval hero. The process of restoring the Victory involves revisiting the original construction techniques. With the aid of specially commissioned photographs and an authoritative narrative, the reader is taken below decks to discover the innermost workings of the Victory. There are chapters on how to sail an 18th century man-of-war, gunnery and tactics, and the conservation work to ensure the Victory lasts well into the 21st century. The HMS Victory Manual is published with the full cooperation of the Royal Navy.
 
The HMS Victory is probably the most famous surviving historic warship in the world, and the HMS Victory Manual covers everything from the ship's colourful history as flagship to Admiral Lord Nelson, to her modern-day conservation in Portsmouth's Royal Navy Dockyard.
 
This spectacular vessel was operational for 34 years and suffered through several wars. Her most famous moment was during the 1805 Battle of Trafalgar when Admiral Lord Nelson was killed by a sniper's bullet on her quarter deck. The HMS Victory Manual explores the ship's operation history from 1765 to her retirement in 1812.
 
The HMS Victory Manual gives intriguing insights into how this magnificent feat of engineering was constructed, and looks in detail at her anatomy, including the masts, rigging, sails, steering, anchors and of course, weaponry. Day-to-day life onboard the ship is told through the words of those who were sailing, maintaining and fighting aboard her - the captain and seamen.
 
Today the Victory has a dual role as the flagship of the Royal Navy's Commander-in-Chief Naval Home Command and as a living museum to the Georgian navy. The HMS Victory Manual examines the conservation techniques and problems that have been faced along the road to restoration.


The Author:

Peter K. Goodwin served in the Royal Navy before pursuing a career as a maritime historian and author. He was appointed the first Keeper and Curator of HMS Victory in 1991. Peter has also worked as historical advisor for the film Master and Commander and the Hornblower series.

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