Edited for many years by Anthony Preston, until his death, this is a cult annual publication amongst serious students of naval history and development. The new editor is now well into his stride and the usual selection of notable contributors has been maintained. This edition contains the usual roundup of news and views, providing some new and valuable insights. The selection of historic subjects is well up to standard and contains the surprises for which it has become famous. Cruisers feature strongly this year with coverage of French Treaty Cruisers, post-war RN cruiser design and the projected Russian battle cruisers that were intended to introduce the missile age in that navy. There is an interesting contribution on the RN Castle Class patrol vessel design, but pride of place must go to the article on Japanese high speed submarine design and the article covering Italian plans for their Break-Out Fleet in 1934-40. Photographs and drawings are of excellent quality as usual.