Proceedings Magazine - December 1995 Vol. 121/12/1,114

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Rigorous testing—"Fly Before You Buy"—can ensure the highest degree of quality control of fleet systems. Nevertheless, allowing the fleet to use limited production subsystems...



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  • The Fleet Can "Fly Before [We] Buy"
    By J. Wood

    Rigorous testing—"Fly Before You Buy"—can ensure the highest degree of quality control of fleet systems. Nevertheless, allowing the fleet to use limited production subsystems after Developmental Test (DT) but prior to the...

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    Photography by Allan Weisbecker

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    The Torpedomen

    Rear Admiral E. N. Poland, Royal Navy. Hants, England: Kenneth Mason Publishers, 1994. Apply direct to publisher.

    Reviewed by William B. Bonvillian

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    By Tom Philpott

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    By Bob Lawson

    During late 1944, when the Navy was preparing for the invasion of the Japanese homeland, several new carrier air groups were formed, one of which was Carrier Air Group 92 (CVG-92).

  • Comment and Discussion

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    (See H. Goetsch, pp. 66-69, October 1995; F. Caldwell, pp. 15-16, November 1995 Proceedings)

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    By Chief Warrant Officer Mark Carter, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired)

    Coast Guard Essay Contest First Honorable Mention

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    Coast Guard Essay Contest Second Honorable Mention

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