Proceedings Magazine - October 1997 Volume 123/10/1,136

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  • Constitution Sails Again—and Again?
    By Tyrone G. Martin

    On 21 July, the USS Constitution ("Old Ironsides") sailed free for the first time in almost 116 years. The venerable frigate last sailed on 15 October 1881 from Newport, Rhode Island, to just off Cuttyhunk Island, and was towed...

  • Comment and Discussion

    "The Captain's Down!"

    (See D. Taylor, pp. 2-6, August 1997 Proceedings)

  • QDR Misses the Point
    By The Honorable Duncan Hunter

    In 1950, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson told Congress, "We are tailoring our defenses to fit today's situation." In 1997, Secretary of Defense William Cohen tried to put the same happy spin on the cuts and trade-offs of the...

  • Hazing Is Not a Rite
    By Captain Andrew Wilcox, U.S. Marine Corps

    The Marine Corps needs rites of passage; it doesn't need hazing. These Marines, members of an aerial delivery unit, grimace in pain as metal jump wings are pounded into their chests during a "blood pinning" ritual. To halt such...

  • Emphasize Tactical Training!
    By Lieutenant John R. Hindinger, U.S. Navy

    The worldwide proliferation of advanced submarine technology is threatening the undersea superiority of US forces. Engineering should not be overemphasized at the expense of submarine warfare tactics.

    An exasperated...

  • Ship Killers From Low Earth Orbit
    By Kenneth Roy

    Weapons in low earth orbit pose a potential threat to all surface forces. A well-planned strike by such weapons could result in a sudden and dramatic shift of world sea power away from the US.

  • Special Ops Needs a New Player
    By Lieutenant Christopher Forando, U.S. Coast Guard

    To ensure that it thrives—and survives—in the 21st century, the U.S. Coast Guard must develop its own special-operations capability.

  • Silence in Our Wake
    By Rear Admiral E.P. Giambastiani, Jr., U.S. Navy

    As an equal player in the joint task force, the submarine force is working to improve its connectivity.

  • Warfighting Skills Are Built at Sea
    By Vice Admiral Alexander Krekich, U.S. Navy

    A shorter industrial availability will improve the readiness of US sailors and ships.

  • Nobody Asked Me, But...Fix SWOS for Good!
    By Lieutenant Commander Stephen F. Davis, Jr., U.S. Navy

    It is time to rethink the Surface Warfare Officer School Division Officer Course (SWOS-DOC) starting from scratch—not merely applying another temporary fix to a program that is probably irretrievably broken. We must transition to something...

  • Surface Ship ASW: Modern Technology—Outdated Procedures
    By Lieutenant David R. Klain, U.S. Navy

    The North Atlantic—1977. A Knox (FF-1052)-class frigate is working with a P-3C to localize a Soviet nuclearpowered attack submarine (SSN). In the frigate's combat information center, the antisubmarine warfare evaluator and...

  • How to Beat Target Motion Analysis
    By Lieutenant Timothy S. Hill, U.S. Navy

    Ask any combat information center (CIC) team which tactical procedure they dislike performing most and target motion analysis (TMA) is sure to be at the top of the list.

    Ask why, and you will hear it is tedious, time-consuming, and prone...

  • Train the Ones Who Are Going
    By Captain J.H. Chapman and Lieutenant S.R. Quenga, U.S. Navy

    To improve readiness at the tip of the spear, the Navy should match the rotation dates of critical war fighters to the interdeployment training cycle and build career paths that value the sea/shore relationship.

    A battle group...

  • Not Your Grandpa's 'Gator—But It May Be Your Granddaughter's
    By Captain Maurice A. Gauthier, U.S. Navy and Ms. Connie Clavier

    The Navy's newest amphibious ships, the San Antonio (LPD-17)-class, are the first designed to support mixed-gender crews and embarked male and female Marines.

  • We Need an Air Defense Center of Excellence
    By Lieutenant Commander Camilo O’Kuinghttons, Jr., U.S. Navy

    Like the dinners Nelson shared with his captains as they sailed toward Alexandria, our carrier battle group conducted wardroom visits among ships en route to the Persian Gulf. The visits were opportunities for us to exchange views on air warfare...

  • Sell It to the Marines
    By Major Jonathan Hull, U.S. Marine Corps

    The success of operational maneuver from the sea (OMFTS) will depend to a large degree on over-the-horizon ship-to-objective delivery means, particularly the MV-22 tilt-rotor Osprey, and on the Marine Corps' ability to sell it to those...

  • Ill Winds Blow
    By David C. Evans and Mark R. Peattie

    As fierce as the typhoons of 1934-35 were for the destroyers Yugiri and Mutsuki and the carrier Ryujo, their lessons helped Japan launch World War II.

  • Professional Notes

    Digital F-14s Get the Picture—Fast

    By Commander Mark L. Bathrick, U.S. Navy

    Two aircraft launch from a forward-deployed carrier toward a potential target in hostile territory. One is equipped with the Tactical Airborne...

  • Leadership Forum: XO Axioms for Excellence
    By Commander James R. Nault, U.S. Navy

    Volumes have been written on command at sea. Textbooks, magazine articles, novels, and movies have covered the travails of life in command in great detail, offering a body of theory and an almost infinite number of examples, role models, heroes,...

  • Book Reviews

    Hostile Waters

    Peter Huchthausen, Igor Kurdin, and R. Alan White. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1997. 303 pp. Bib. Photos. $23.95 ($21.55).

    Reviewed by Rear Admiral Thomas A. Brooks, U.S. Navy (Retired)

  • Oceans: To the North Pole for Fun and Profit
    By Don Walsh

    Frederick Cook and Robert Peary claimed to have been the first explorers to reach the North Pole—in 1908 and 1909, respectively. While their claims are disputed still, many others have been there since. In fact, nearly 8,400 people have...

  • Points of Interest: Services Choose Sides in Tax-Deferred Savings Fight
    By Tom Philpott

    Navy and Air Force leaders bump heads often over traditional issues like aircraft carriers versus long-range bombers. Here's a new one: tax-deferred savings plans.

    In recent months, defense officials have asked the services to weigh in...

  • World Naval Developments
    By Norman Friedman, Author, The Naval Institute Guide to World Naval Weapons Systems

    Don’t Rain on My B-2

    The B-2 is in trouble again. In August, a congressional study determined that the bomber's stealth is compromised by rain or even high humidity. Worse, the problem seems impossible to fix. A recent...

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

    The 705-ton (full load) displacement guided-missile patrol combatant Hang Nadim, here off Messina in early August, originally was ordered from Italy's Fincantieri in February 1981, along with three sisters. Launched in 1983 but laid...

  • Lest We Forget
    By Eric Wertheim

    The minesweeper Revenge (AM-110, later MSF-110) was the sixth II.S. naval vessel to bear that name. Built by Winslow Marine Railway and Shipbuilding Company of Seattle, she originally was named the Right. Launched on 7 November...


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