Proceedings Magazine - December 1997 Volume 123/12/1,138

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  • Honoring Tradition
    By Master Chief Electronics Technician (Surface Warfare) John Hagan, USN

    After more than five years as Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy, I have attended many meetings in the Pentagon. One early in my tour still stands out. We gathered to discuss a proposal to modify our published core values to achieve one set...

  • Comment and Discussion

    "Not Your Grandpa's 'Gator But It May Be Your Granddaughter's"

    (See M. A. Gauthier and C. Clavier, pp. 61-64, October 1997 Proceedings)

  • Semper Paratus in the 21st Century
    By Lieutenant Commander Carl B. Frank, U.S. Coast Guard

    Winner, Coast Guard Essay Contest

    Business as usual will mean going out of business. Will vessels like the one shown in this notional depiction of a multimission cutter from Coast Guard files be in the Coast Guard's future?...

  • Lessons Learned From the Marijuana War
    By Captain Raymond J. Brown, U.S. Coast Guard

    First Honorable Mention, Coast Guard Essay Contest

    After ten years of concerted effort, by 1990 the U.S. Coast Guard virtually had shut down the trade of marijuana by sea. We did many things right. We could have done some things...

  • The Hardest Job in the Coast Guard
    By Yeoman First Class Mark J. McCracken, U.S. Coast Guard

    Second Honorable Mention, Coast Guard Essay Contest

    In the dark of the night at four different Coast Guard units in four parts of the country, four very different active-duty Coast Guard personnel are sitting alone, taking a break...

  • Steaming with the Russians
    By Admiral Robert E. Kramek, with Commander W. Russell Webster, U.S. Coast Guard

    U.S. Coast Guard operations with the Russian Federal Border Service are expanding-from familiarization and relationship building to multiservice exercises.

  • Restoring Impunity to the "Targets"
    By Lieutenant George S. Capen, U.S. Navy

    From the simple floating mines that sank the USS Cairo in the Civil War to today's modern weapons, torpedoes have been the bane of surface warriors. It is time to neutralize the torpedo threat.

    Danger from beneath the seas...

  • Russia Needs a Strong Navy
    By Rear Admiral Valery Aleksin, Russian Navy

    . . . to maintain its position as a great world and sea power—this Parchim-II class corvette is seen during the Russian Navy's 300th anniversary celebration-and to preserve its prospects for development as a...

  • Squadron Manning: A J.O.'s Perspective
    By Lieutenant Michael Devaux, U.S. Navy

    The Navy will have a golden opportunity to reorganize its carrier air wings and save personnel billets when the F/A-18E/Fs join the fleet.

    Single-seat squadrons take pride in doing more with fewer pilots than multi-place aircraft...

  • Just Cause for Intervention
    By Lieutenant Commander Glenn T. Ware, U.S. Navy

    Expanding the basis for U.S. international intervention will mean earlier engagement in humanitarian emergencies. In Rwanda this could have saved thousands of lives.

  • Support & Stability Triage
    By Lieutenant Colonel George E Rector Jr., U.S. Marine Corps

    Operations such as peacekeeping and humanitarian assistance can serve U.S. interests, but guidelines for participation must be established to keep them from effecting primary missions and readiness.

  • Looking for Another Rickover
    By Jim Pietrocini

    As it enters a new age of information technology, the Navy must have a strong, committed information czar—a modern Admiral Hyman Rickover.

  • Reinventing Sealift
    By Lieutenant Commander Sean T. Connaughton, U.S. Naval Reserve

    Unless action is taken, there will not be enough personnel or ships available to satisfy U.S. military sealift needs in the next national emergency.

  • Seven Seconds to Infamy
    By John F. De Virgilio

    The most enduring symbol of the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor is the battleship Arizona (BB-39), where 1,177 U.S. Navy men lost their lives. Details of her final moments and exactly how the Japanese sank her have now come to the surface....

  • Fortunate Blunder
    By Captain R.C. Gillette, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Did the Lexington spot a Japanese aircraft en route to Pearl Harbor?

    When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor 56 years ago, they had to be disappointed to find no carriers in port; the Lexington (CV-2) was en...

  • Professional Notes

    It's Time to Train for War

    By Lieutenant Colonel Thomas D. Morgan, U.S. Army (Retired)

    War games always have been a serious matter for the military; their history as training devices goes back even farther than the invention...

  • Everyone's USO
    By David Millman

    For most, the USO is forever caught in the images of celebrities such as Bob Hope and Marilyn Monroe entertaining the troops in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. But this organization still is active today, boosting the morale of U.S. troops...

  • Book Reviews

    Black Shoes and Blue Water: Surface Warfare in the United States Navy, 1945-1975

    Malcolm Muir Jr., Washington, D.C.: Naval Historical Center, 1996. 235 pp. Bib. Ind. Notes. Photos. $19.00. Order from GPO 202-512-1800, Stock Number 008-...

  • Nobody Asked Me But…Don't Call It "Rightsizing"
    By Commander Bud Warfield, U.S. Navy

    Is it just me, or does anyone else in the F/A- 18 community think that the way we procure parts and airframes is a little off base? When I arrived as executive officer of my squadron in January 1995, I was new to the community-the last Harley...

  • Nobody Asked Me But…Maintain High Standards at Boot Camp
    By Captain Gibson Armstrong, U.S. Marine Corps

    I am disheartened to learn that the Navy made boot camp "more like the fleet." The sad reality is an easier initiation-another example of declining standards.

    Perhaps the changes are designed to draw uninterested youth from an...

  • Nobody Asked Me But…Naval Officers Need "Joint Legs"
    By Lieutenant Colonel Robert B Adolph Jr., U.S. Army (Retired)

    Joint staff legs, unlike sea legs, don't appear to come easily to some naval officers. Naval officers seem to take longer to integrate into joint staff assignments than their multiservice counterparts. They initially have difficulty with...

  • Oceans: A Submarine in Every Garage?
    By Don Walsh

    More than 250 manned submersibles have been built worldwide since the late 1950s. They have ranged from the U.S. Navy's Bathyscaph Trieste of 1958 to modern 48-passenger tourist submarines, which have carried more than 6,000,000 people since...

  • Points of Interest: TRICARE's Fatal Flaw?
    By Tom Philpott

    More than 6,300 military health care beneficiaries in Colorado Springs, Colorado, learned in September that their primary care provider, Physicians Network, decided to withdraw from TRICARE Prime, just six months after the military managed-care...

  • World Naval Developments
    By Norman Friedman

    Danes Plan Fleet Modernization

    The Royal Danish Navy is considering replacing its current Nils Juels-class frigates, Falster-class minelayers, and small Willemoes-class fast attack craft with six "Large Standard Vessels," each...

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

    Russian television showed the laying of the first modular section for the new frigate Novik at Yantar Shipyard, Kaliningrad, on 26 July. Believed to be of the Project 1244.1 design depicted here, the Novik is to be completed...

  • Lest We Forget
    By Eric Wertheim

    Named for Lieutenant Paul Riley, a naval aviator who died during the Battle of Midway, the USS Riley (DE-579) was a Rudderow-classdestroyer built by Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard in Hingham, Massachusetts. She was commissioned on...


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