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Re: US Submarines Since 1945 Revised Edition - Some Thoughts
The GWC was a SSBN 656 hull number. You say it was listed as a Gato class? A WW2 sub. Who puts out this book? I served on the Carver.
Got my copy last week. A couple thoughts:
The final chapter has been completely rewritten, and now includes information on the Virginia class, SSGN conversions, new sonars, UUVs, and the SSBNX program. The appendix on midget submarines *might* be updated, but I no longer have a copy of the original to compare it with. Appendix D is essentially a 10-page data dump with new information on the Skate through Sturgeon classes which has been declassified since 1994 and includes some new information on the Scorpion and Thresher losses. The table of post-war US submarines has been updated, but still lists "George Washington Carver" as the lead Gato for some reason.
The first 11 chapters are exactly the same as the original 1994 edition, and no attempt has been made to incorporate the new data into the text. The paper quality isn't that great, and many of the pictures are still rather murky, and some fine detail on the plans is missing.
It's still a classic reference regardless, so if you don't own a copy of the original, it's still worth owning. If you already own a copy of the original, you might want to wait until the price of the revised edition goes down a bit.
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