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United States Navy in Desert Shield / Desert Storm (Naval History and Heritage Command)

United States Navy in Desert Shield / Desert Storm (Naval History and Heritage Command)

(HTML: https://web.archive.org/web/20141006090324/http://www.history.navy.mil/wars/dstorm/index.html)
(Paper: http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/25081170)

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • How were Navy medical personnel deployed to the Gulf as part of Desert Shield?
  • What was involved in carrying out the marine interception campaign?
  • How did the Navy treat peace activists who opposed the Marine interception campaign?
  • How much and what kinds of food did the carrier John F. Kennedy get prior to their six month deployment to the Gulf?


The online version of this document is divided into an executive summary, seven sections and a set of appendices. The odd part about the appendices is that a list of appendices from A – P is provided, but text is only available for appendices A and B without any explanation of the missing text. The missing appendices should available in paper copies housed in libraries.

The main sections of this report are:

  • I. Overview (Includes history of Mideast Navy operations since 1945)
  • II. “The Gathering Storm” (Activities during Desert Shield)
  • III. “A Common Goal” (Joint Operations)
  • IV. “Bullets, Bandages and Beans” (Logistics)
  • V. “Thunder and Lightning” (Air & Ground Action)
  • VI. “Lessons Learned and Summary”
  • VII. Epilogue

This work provides a background of the issues and challenges that Navy characters would have had to face during this period. It could also be used as a template to create reports on fictitious wars of the future.


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