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Naval Ordnance and Gunnery (1958) is a basic textbook on the subject of naval weapons and their control. Prepared for use primarily as a classroom text for midshipmen at the United States Naval Academy and in the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps, it will also serve to support other officer and officer candidate training programs and will have general use as a reference book.

This text is limited to a treatment of fundamental concepts and principles of ordnance, with enough data on typical weapons and control systems for the purposes of the training programs for which it is intended. It is not intended to replace technical and doctrine publications of the Bureau of Ordnance and the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations.

The present edition is a revision of Naval Ordnance and Gunnery (1950), originally a Restricted book. Because of the cancellation of the Restricted security classification, the present edition is issued in three volumes: I, Naval Ordnance; II, Naval Fire Control and Gunnery Organization, and III, Confidential Supplement. These are all subtitles, appearing in conjunction with the general title, Naval Ordnance and Gunnery. It is considered that the present organization is likely to be more convenient to the users of the book.

The index for volume II is a master index for both unclassified volumes, with the purpose of facilitating cross reference between weapons and control systems. Volumes I and III have indexes keyed only to those individual volumes.

The new material in this publication, and the revision of the book as a whole, were accomplished by officers attached to the Department of Ordnance and Gunnery, U. S. Naval Academy, and by representatives of the departments of Naval Science of four selected NROTC universities, working in conjunction with the Training Division, Bureau of Naval Personnel, and the U. S. Navy Training Publications Center, Washington, D. C.