“ASW—The Crucial Naval Challenge”
(See R. H. Smith, pp. 126-141, May 1972 Proceedings, Naval Review Issue)
Captain Frank C. Collins, U. S. Navy—Captain Smith’s essay on what we must do in countering the submarine, not unlike Uriah Heap and his expressed “Pride in his humility,” appears, by its tangential attacks on present systems, to offer little hope or many answers in the area of ASW. Having high regard for Captain Smith’s background and his dedication to the problem which ASW poses, I read his essay eagerly hoping to find some answers to the questions he posed in his prize-winning essay of 1971.
Alas, I found more which was negative than positive. Again we heard the voice of a prophet of doom and gloom when what we need is some hope that all is not lost in future encounters with the wily submarine even before that encounter occurs.