Proceedings Magazine - March 1996 Volume 122/3/1,117

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This marks the fifth year that we have asked the commanders of the world’s navies to enter the forum. Twenty-three commanders answered this year’s question: “What is...



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  • The Commanders Respond

    This marks the fifth year that we have asked the commanders of the world’s navies to enter the forum. Twenty-three commanders answered this year’s question: “What is the most important technology that your navy wants...

  • China's Mahan
    By Lieutenant Commander Jeffrey B. Goldman, U.S. Naval Reserve

    Winner International Navies Essay Contest

    As Commander of the Chinese Navy from 1982-88, Liu Huaqing direction his service away from coastal defense and toward a blue-water capability. Now one of...

  • New Environment, New Response
    By Lieutenant Colonel Robert Fry, Royal Marines

    First Honorable Mention International Navies Essay Contest

    Since the late 18th century, Britain has embraced a maritime strategy built around decisive fleet engagements. But today's strategic environment demands new...

  • A European Navy Far From Home
    By Alexander Wooley
    Second Honorable Mention International Navies Essay Contest

    Like most NATO nations, Canada is planning a future of lighter forces, counting on U.S. carrier power and amphibious and sealift capabilities—...

  • International Navies Photo Contest Winners

    By the deadline of the 1995 International Navies Photo Contest, our judges faced the exquisite dilemma of having to choose top winners from an impressive selection of international entries: nearly 200 submissions from the far...

  • What Are the Threats?
    By Rear Admiral David J. Campbell, Royal Australian Navy

    The end of the Cold War may not have brought an end to history, but it assuredly brought an end to certainty—here, Russian workers cut apart pieces of Tupolev Tu-95 strategic bombers. Change now may be the...

  • Security Cooperation in Asia Pacific
    By Captain Brian Robertson, Royal Australian Navy

    The time is right to pursue collective security in Asia Pacific—here, ships of five regional navies gather in Australian waters in March 1995 for Kakadu II—and the challenge is to encourage countries not accustomed to...

  • Maintaining First World Standards in the Third World
    By Commander David Guy Jamieson, South African Navy

    The South African Navy stands poised to transform itself into a modern navy, capable of meeting regional needs and assisting the international community.

    In 1994, South Africa transitioned peacefully, after years of...

  • Toward a New French Strategy
    By Captain de Vaisseau (C.R.) Bernard Dujardin, French Ministry of Transports

    The political history of Europe since World War II has driven France’s military strategy, but inspired by the spirit of. . . From the Sea,” France now looks to the ocean and searches the horizon for a new...

  • Creating a Dutch Maritime Action Group
    By Lieutenant H. M. T. de Groot, Royal Netherlands Navy

    A reduced Royal Netherlands Navy looks toward the maritime action group concept of operations to allow it to play in multinational operations.

  • The Italian Navy: A Major Role in a Sea of Troubles
    By Commander Michele Cosentino, Italian Navy

    Italian military forces are increasingly operating in U.N.-sponsored, NATO-led missions abroad. In order to support these commitments and still protect its national interests, the Italian government must adopt the New Defence Model.

  • A New Multipurpose Vessel for the Italian Navy
    By Commander Michele Cosentino, Italian Navy

    In response to the demands of a post-Cold War world, the Italian Navy must modernize its fleet to support joint and combined operations in the future. A new multipurpose vessel, the MMCV, will make such operations possible.

  • Ship Self Defense
    By Captain Roberto Leonardi, Italian Navy

    Self-defense systems are vital to the survival of ships in combat. The Italian Navy is making great advances in hard-kill and soft-kill systems, making both point defense and area defense possible for its ships and task forces.

  • Remember the San Luis!
    By Captain Charles H. Wilbur, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    If torpedoes had performed properly in the submarine San Luis—here, with other ships of the Argentine Navy in 1982—the Falklands Conflict might have ended very differently.

  • Learning Multinational Doctrine at Home 93
    By James J. Tritten, Ph.D.

    In formulating multinational navy doctrine—in which we will operate alongside medium-power navies from smaller nations—the U.S. Navy should follow the example set by its own relationship with the U.S. Coast Guard.

  • God Bless America
    By Paolo Bembo

    Anyone looking at the geography from a security standpoint can understand that Italy is in a rough spot. Too many internal problems, however, are turning the Italian people’s attention away from what happens outside the...

  • The Making of Rising Wind
    By Dick Couch

    The third thriller from veteran novelist Dick Couch, due out in April from the Naval Institute Press, Rising Wind takes on the vulnerability of our nation's chemical weapons stores. Here, the author describes some of the fact behind the...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But…Let the LDOs Be Ops Bosses
    By Lieutenant Christopher T. Dewey, U.S. Navy

    Many of the commander billets as operations officers in larger ships are ideally suited for LDOs . . . only the absolute best and most qualified officers should be given the demanding job of running an operations department at...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But…Combating Harassment
    By Commander Francis J. Sturm, U.S. Coast Guard

    Since the 1991 Tailhook convention many newspaper and magazine articles have been devoted to sexual harassment and women in the military. Some articles have described the details of various incidents of harassment, and considerable attention has...

  • Support Our (Other) Troops
    By Commander Michael E. McCaffrey, U.S. Naval Reserve

    Employers can react in a variety of ways when one of their employees is recalled from the National Guard or Reserves. Presently 3,700 reservists are expected to be recalled for up to one year for peacekeeping operations in Bosnia. They will join...

  • World Navies in Review
    By Antony Preston

    The pattern of the last year largely confirms the view put forward in last year's "World Navies in Review": The smaller regional navies are buying new ships, many of them sophisticated and well armed. Fortunately, two potential...

  • Book Reviews & Books of Interest

    Sea Power & Indian Security

    Rahul Roy-Chaudhury. London: Brasseys, 1995. 222 pp. Append. Ind. Notes. Maps. $58.00 ($52.20).

    Reviewed Sam Bateman

  • Points of Interest: Uneasy Compromise Reached on Retiree COLAs
    By Tom Philpott
    Military retirees can expect to see a 2.6% cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) on 1 April, six months earlier than scheduled, thanks to a hard-fought “COLA equity” deal reached between House and Senate Republicans.
  • The U.S. Navy: A New Direction for Submarines
    By Norman Polmar, Author, The Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet

    The Republican-controlled Congress is increasing defense spending, and the Navy’s submarine program could be one of the beneficiaries. Indeed, Representative Newt Gingrich (R-GA), the Speaker of the House, has become...

  • World Naval Developments: Sales Competition Intensifies
    By Norman Friedman, Author, The Naval Institute Guide to World Naval Weapons Systems

    Early in January, talk about a possible Chinese purchase of the incomplete Russian carrier Varyag revived when the Ukrainian Vice-Premier visited China. This time it was suggested that the ship might be towed to China and completed...

  • Notebook
  • Lest We Forget
    By Eric Wertheim

    The USS Soley (DD-707), an Allen M. Sumner-class destroyer, was built by the Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company at Kearny, New Jersey. Commissioned on 7 December 1944, the Soley was commanded by Commander John S. Lewis.

  • Comment and Discussion

    “Death of a Sailor’s Sailor”

    (See D. A. Rosenberg, pp. 8-11, February 1996 Proceedings)

    Rear Admiral William M. A. Greene, U.S. Navy (Retired)—Dr. Rosenberg wrote a fine tribute to...

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