Proceedings Magazine - April 2001 Vol. 127/4/1,178

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  • Proceedings Survey

  • Standing for Our Flag

    In the June Proceedings, Captain Eyer in his “Charting a Course” column introduced retired Navy Admiral William...


    # 3 The Exocet Missile 


  • Proceedings Survey: What is your favorite Navy rating symbol?

    U.S. Navy enlisted personnel—unlike those in the other services—literally wear their jobs on their sleeves. A new policy outlined in Navy in NAVADMIN 218/16 will change all that. Most past and current Sailors will likely feel...

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  • Pictorial: 39th Annual Photo Contest Winners

    Pictorial: 39th Annual Photo Contest Winners


  • The Navy's Dilemma
    By Tom Hone

    The Navy does not have enough money to do everything it knows it should do: support the existing forward-deployed force, finance research into likely valuable future technologies, recruit and train personnel suited to a high-technology military...

  • Back to the Bay of Pigs
    By James P. Delgado

    A former official with the U.S. National Park Service and currently the director of a Canadian maritime museum presents a rare glimpse of how the Cuban government portrays the Bay of Pigs invasion 40 years later: "Playa Giron—First...

  • A Public Relations Disaster
    By Captain John Byron, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    As reporters scrambled to understand the story, we of the Navy compounded the initial tragedy by stonewalling them. Closemouthed and grudging of facts, we squandered good faith in a transparent attempt to lower the temperature of a hot story....

  • Lest We Forget: USS Somers
    By Eric Wertheim

    The USS Somers (DD-381) was the fifth U.S. fighting ship to bear the Somers name. Launched on 13 March 1937 and commissioned on 1 December of the same year, she became part of the Neutrality Patrol, where she vigilantly patrolled the...

  • World Naval Developments: A Problem with Precision?
    By Norman Friedman

    In February, U.S. and British aircraft struck Iraqi air defenses covering the "no-fly" zone. In recent months, the Iraqis had fired many more missiles at allied aircraft enforcing the...

  • Comment and Discussion

    "Airborne Takes the Beach"

    (See R. Hahn, pp. 5658, December 2000 Proceedings)

  • Lost Patrol—The Attack on the Cole
    By Admiral Harold W. Gehman Jr., U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Much has been done to address terrorism aimed at fixed installations, but to protect small, transiting units such as the USS Cole (DDG-67)—severely damaged by a terrorist attack in October 2000 while in the port of Aden, Yemen—...

  • Danger Beyond the Pier
    By Lieutenant Commander David Weeks, U.S. Naval Reserve

    The Naval Coastal Warfare team is a unique mix of US. Navy and US. Coast Guard active-duty and reserve personnel. The Navy must upgrade the team and shift its attention to fleet security in the expeditionary setting: unfamiliar harbors,...

  • Build It and They Will Come
    By Captain Robert F. Fox, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Bringing the Tomahawk missile to the Los Angeles (SSN-688) class wasn't easy.

    The Tomahawk cruise missile has proved to be an electrifying weapon—and the weapon of choice among commanders who do not wish to risk pilots...

  • Restructure for Transformation
    By John Callaway

    As the discourse on transforming defense strategy reaches its peak in the new administration, three trends in criticism are apparent: The Department of Defense (DoD) is accused of having a strategy too rigid for the current security environment;...

  • Eliminate the Air Force: A Blue Print for Military Restructuring
    By John W. Coe

    A defense vision born at the Center Avenue Grade School and honed on the Tyndall Air Force Base golf course.

    As I contemplated writing an article about redoing the U.S. military, I was filled with insecurity. After all, who was I...

  • Are You Sure It's Nonlethal?
    By John M. Kenny

    Rubber bullets—commonly used to disperse riotous crowds in this country and around the world—are the most notorious of the nonlethal weapons that can end up being all too lethal. It is time to recognize that these kinds of weapons...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But ... Senior Leadership Is Alive and Well
    By Captain Ken J. Bitar, U.S. Navy

    Despite recent articles complaining about the lack of leadership at high levels, senior leadership is doing a lot of things right.

    Too many negative articles have been published recently on the perceived lack of senior leadership. Junior...

  • Prepare for the Most Likely Commitments
    By Colonel Gerald H. Turley, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)

    Since the implosion of the Soviet Union there has been continuous dialogue on the post-Cold War world and how the United States must readjust its military forces for the 21st century. Much of the discussion and writing focuses on some...

  • The Fleet Needs Integrated Systems and Training
    By Captain Michael A. O’Neal, U.S. Naval Reserve, and William O. Davis

    Current Navy capabilities for shipboard performance monitoring, training, and assessment (PMTA) derive from separate and diverse efforts sponsored by various system developers over the years. As a result, a disjointed set of systems, subsystems,...

  • Books Belong in Seabags
    By Lieutenant (junior grade) Katherine Licup, U.S. Naval Reserve

    The debate rages on over recruitment and retention. It seems like the Navy's primary focus these days is on how much money, or how much time in port, or how much education it has to give its sailors for the honor of their presence. These are...

  • Primus Video—First to See
    By Lieutenant Justin Shoger, U.S. Navy

    "Red Rat, Picture. Three groups. First group, Bullseye, 360, 25, track south, medium, heavy. Second group, Bullseye, 090, 40, cap, high, heavy, targeted by Gypsy. Third group. . ."

  • Book Reviews

    The Silent War: The Cold War Battle Beneath the Sea

    John P. Craven. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2001. 290 pp. Index. $26.00 ($23.40).

    Reviewed by Theodore L. Gaillard Jr.

    Need to find a hydrogen...

  • U.S. Navy: Declining Strategic Forces
    By Norman Polmar

    As U.S. military forces are being reduced and reconfigured to effect the post-Cold War environment, U.S. strategic forces also are being cut. In his final report to the President and Congress in January, outgoing Secretary of Defense William S....

  • Oceans: Decline of the World's Fisheries: The Last Supper?
    By Don Walsh

    Today's annual world catch of fish is about 86 million tons, and it has been at this level since 1990. Fish farming and other forms of aquaculture produce an additional 20 million tons. While the catch remains relatively constant, composition...

  • Points of Interest: New Chairmen Look to Boost Benefits
    By Tom Philpott

    Lawmakers assuming key leadership roles in shaping military pay and benefits say they are open to "targeting" next January's pay raise, with perhaps bigger increases going to midgrade and senior enlisted, if the Bush administration...

  • Combat Fleets
    By A.D. Baker III, Editor, Combat Fleets of the World

    The British Island-class offshore patrol vessel (OPV) Orkney, decommissioned in May 1999, was sold to Trinidad and Tobago and had been recommissioned as the Nelson when this photo was taken in January. A month earlier, the Ministry of...

  • The Corps Needs Tactical Jets
    By Jay A. Stout

    The 2018 war is over. As the Marine Corps recovers from the disaster and looks to the future, it needs to reevaluate doctrine and structure. And the first action to come out of that assessment should be reintroduction of tactical jet aviation...

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  • Assigning Blame to the Greeneville (SSN-772)
    By Captain Kelly L. O’Connor, U.S. Merchant Marine

    I had the pleasure of serving on board two nuclear submarines, the USS Tunny (SSN-682) and the USS Helena (SSN-725), both stationed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. I was a quartermaster second class qualified in submarines....


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