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Washington, DC: U. S. Department of the Navy, Navy Historical Center, 1991. Revised Edition. Hardcover. Quarto. xxi,  , 520,  pages. Volume I, Part A Historical Sketches--Letter A. ONLY, Illustrated endpapers. Abbreviations and Symbols. Illustrations. Maps. Compliments card from Dean C. Allard, Director of Naval History laid in. Foreword by Admiral Arleigh Burke. This revised edition depicts each ship in its historical setting; the original edition was published in 1959. The Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS) is the official reference work for the basic facts about ships used by the United States Navy. When the writing project was developed the parameters for this series were designed to cover only commissioned US Navy ships with assigned names. If the ship was not assigned a name it was not included in the histories written for the series. In addition to the ship entries, DANFS and the online links have been expanded to include appendices on small craft, histories of Confederate Navy ships, and various essays related to naval ships.