When you think of great navel battles from U.S. history, we mostly think of phenomenal battles of the Revolutionary War or World War II. But it was a naval battle for control of the mouth of the Mississippi river during the Civil War that changed the course of that war. The strategies that lead to the fall of New Orleans is one of the storied naval encounters of this era of U.S. history.
During those formative decades of U.S. history, each time the infant nation was able to show itself capable, that only continued to reinforce that we had not only declared ourselves an independent nation, we were prepared to act like one. Part of acting like a nation meant building and deploying an army and navy to secure the nation against attack. And in those days when attack was a very real possibility from the British navy, the importance of a strong navy was significant.
The reason that World War 2 naval wars is such an exciting part of military history is that there were so many pivotal battles where American military genius turned the tide against a powerful and fearful enemy. Between Germany and Japan, we faced enemies who were ruthless, powerful and crafty and it took all of the military genius we had to muster to defeat them. One such brilliant WWII naval battle that turned the war in our favor was the Battle of Midway.
There have been many great naval warfare ships over the history of the U.S. Navy. Many aircraft carriers went on to great distinction especially in the heroic battles that were part of World War II Naval warfare history. Names like the Lexington, the Saratoga, the Yorktown and the Enterprise fill the history books of great warships of World War 2 naval warfare. But the humble USS Langley has a long and distinguished career that included becoming the first ship to be retrofitted into an aircraft carrier that make the Langley worth of its own place in U.S. Naval history as well.