Barnsley, 1st.ed., 2004. 256 pp., profusely illustrated with photographs & maps (chiefly cold.). D.j., 25 x 18cm. FINE. The author examines the role of the Royal Navy and the U.S. Navy in the Arabian Gulf from 1949 to 2003. He examines the response of the two navies to various disputes over the decades, from the Abadan Crisis of 1951, the Suez fiasco of 1956, the Tanker War of the 1980s, confronting Libya, ‘Desert Storm’ in 1991, war on terrorism post-9/11, and the Iraq War of 2003 that deposed Saddam Hussein. In all of these operations, the aircraft carrier played a critical role. The decision to leave Britain without carrier power whilst two new carriers are being built, is a political decision carrying considerable risk. The role of the Royal Australian Navy is also included, and the book is profusely illustrated with photographs and maps, chiefly in colour.