Proceedings Magazine - March 1998 Volume 124/3/1,141

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Japan is getting four wide-body Boeing 767 airborne warning and control system (AWACS) aircraft (center); deliveries begin this year. Australia, meanwhile, has selected three teams—led...



  • Canadian Subs Protect Fisheries
    By Sean M. Maloney

    What to do when foreign fishing vessels violate your waters? The creative Canadian solution was to patrol the area in diesel submarines.

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  • Special: Pacific AWACS

    Japan is getting four wide-body Boeing 767 airborne warning and control system (AWACS) aircraft (center); deliveries begin this year. Australia, meanwhile, has selected three teams—led by Boeing, Lockheed, and Raytheon—to...

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  • U.S. Naval Institute 1873-1998: The Sea Service Forum

    To help celebrate 125 years as the sea services "premier forum for thoughtful dialogue, " the Naval Institute asked some of its members and readers to answer the question: What does the Naval Institute mean to you as a person and/or to...

  • Comment and Discussion

    "Save the Silver Dolphins!"

    (See M. M. Rankin, p. 78, February 1998 Proceedings)

  • The Commanders Respond

    Reflecting that this year marks the Naval Institute's 125th anniversary, we asked the commanders of the world's navies if any particular Naval Institute article or book had influenced in any way their view of what their navy should be...

  • Knowing Thy Gulf Partners
    By Lieutenant Commander Jeffrey R. Macris, U.S. Navy

    Winner, International Navies Essay Contest

    Western interests and thus presence in the Persian Gulf will remain strong; it behooves the U.S. Navy to gain a better understanding of the region.

  • NATO Drifts Rudderless
    By Alexander Wooley

    First Honorable Mention, International Navies Essay Contest

    Where is NATO going? If there is no threat in the world to challenge NATO, and the United States is the only superpower, then surely NATO does not face a potential enemy so...

  • African Navies Need "Born-Again"
    By Commodore Olutunde A. Oladimeji, Nigerian Navy (Retired)

    Third Honorable Mention, International Navies Essay Contest

    African navies are anachronistic - and unaffordable - shadows of former colonial fleets. They must not be scaled-down big navies, but should follow a coast guard model, and...

  • International Navies Photo Contest Winners

    Once again the winning entries in the Naval Institute's International Navies Photo Contest transport us around the world through the power of their images. The skill of military photographers speaks for itself in this issue. The deadline for...

  • Minesweeping + Mine Hunting = Success
    By Commodore Hector J. Donohue, Royal Australian Navy (Retired)

    Advances in mine technology make clearance more difficult and emphasize the need for countermeasures to include both hunting and sweeping techniques. New minesweeping systems that emulate ship signatures are the answer.

  • Naval Forces Come Aground
    By Lieutenant Alastair Cooper, Royal Australian Navy

    As nations place greater value on the oceans, naval forces will be called on to defend and hold fixed assets such as oil platforms in known areas, much like armies in land warfare.

  • Sweden's Gotlands Are Ready for Fleet Operations
    By Commander Fredrik Hallström, Royal Swedish Navy

    The officer responsible for conducting the sea trials on the first operational submarines with air-independent propulsion takes us on board and discusses progress to date.

  • Japan's Third Aegis Destroyer Sees Many Firsts
    By Lieutenant Commander Vance A. Brahosky, U.S. Naval Reserve

    Shortly after commissioning, the Myoko completed combat systems ship qualification trials, including ten successful missile-firing engagements against the most difficult scenarios ever presented to a foreign navy.

  • Developments Down Under
    By Commander Richard T. Jackson, Royal New Zealand Navy

    Constrained by tight defense budgets, the Aussies and the Kiwis nevertheless have found ways to upgrade their maritime forces.

    The Royal Australian Navy is proceeding with its Warfighting Improvement Program for the new ANZAC-...

  • Building a Maritime Air Force
    By Commander Richard T. Jackson, Royal New Zealand Navy

    The mid-1980s Australia-New Zealand-United States rift changed the Royal New Zealand Air Force's strategic focus. After that, a new national military strategy was developed that at first focused on the South Pacific. Today, after the outward...

  • Multinationality: The Way Ahead for Western Maritime Power
    By Commander Michele Cosentino, Italian Navy

    Shrinking defense budgets and growing commitments in the new world "order" will force Western navies into closer cooperation. Multinational naval integration is the wav ahead.

  • The Italian Coast Guard
    By Lieutenant Commander Massimo di Raimondo, Italian Coast Guard

    The Coast Guard plays a vital role in Italy's domestic and international commitments, and may in fact provide a model for other nations to emulate.

  • The Croatian Navy
    By Dr. Zvonimim Freivogel

    Croatia has a naval tradition dating back to the 5th Century. The Croatian Navy, however, as an entity separate from the former Royal and Socialist governments of Yugoslavia, only came into being in 1991, proving its mettle during four years of...

  • Indian Navy Stands at a Crossroads
    By Admiral J. G. Nadkarni, Indian Navy (Retired)

    Still growing just ten years ago the Indian Navy now faces tight budgets, high construction costs, and the loss of its Soviet ally. There will be enough for core missions, but little else.

  • The Ordinary Ship: A Success Story
    By Rear Admiral K. V. Bharathan, Indian Navy

    The "ordinary ship" on which this true story is based—the INS Ranvijay (D-55)—achieved her goals, thanks to the crew's care and commitment.

    She was an ordinary ship. The new captain was a mediocre...

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

    In a year without significant naval combat other than that incident to the ongoing civil war in Sri Lanka, navies were out and about, calling on the neighbors in unusual numbers during 1997. Good will certainly was a major motivator, but so was...

  • South African Navy at 75
    By Lieutenant Commander Peter L. Goldman, MC, U.S. Naval Reserve (Retired)

    On 1 April 1997, South African President Nelson Mandela, Vice Admiral Robert Simpson-Anderson, Navy Chief and Defense Minister Joe Modise on board the SAS Protea in Table Bay reviewed ships from the world's navies assembled to honor the...

  • A View from the Gender Fault Line
    By Commander Gerard D. Roncolato and Lieutenant Commander Stephen F. Davis Jr., U.S. Navy

    The integration of women in combatants isn't easy, but it is inevitable, it is the right thing to do, and it can work.

    Over the past two and a half years, the crew of the new destroyer The Sullivans (DDG-68) has...

  • Give Integration Meaning
    By Captain H. A. Petrea Jr., U.S. Navy and Mr. John Keefe

    What the Navy and Marine Corps need is a place where the full range of naval forces can train realistically as combined-arms teams—a naval version of the Army's National Training Center.

  • Securing Orders to CivLant
    By Colin P. Kane

    Whether one spends 5 or 35 years in uniform, we all leave the military eventually. Many resources are available to ease the transition.

    Many junior officers spend a great deal of time pondering civilian career options. It is...

  • Book Reviews

    The Coming Conflict With China

    Richard Bernstein and Ross H. Munro: New York: Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., 1997. 245 pp. Ind. Notes. $23.00 ($20.70).

    Reviewed by Lieutenant George Capen, U.S. Navy

  • The Royal Navy: "Britannia Rules the Waves..."
    By Norman Polmar

    It was a sad day for the Royal Yacht Britannia moored at Portsmouth. Queen Elizabeth dabbed her eyes; Prince Philip, in his uniform as Admiral of the Fleet, the Prince of Wales, and other Royals in uniform and in mufti saluted; and the...

  • Points of Interest: Commission Aims to Modernize Veteran Transition Benefits
    By Tom Philpott

    As World War II came to a close, the U.S. government decided the best way to return 12 million veterans to civilian life was a GI Bill benefits package that would pay for college and guarantee loans to buy or build a home.

    Veterans today...

  • Naval Systems: Lower Profile for Torpedo Defense
    By Ed Walsh

    The Office of the Chief of Naval Operations is looking at ways to terminate the Navy's participation in research and development work carried out in a joint effort with the Royal Navy in the little-publicized world of surface-ship torpedo...

  • World Naval Developments: Asian Financial Crisis Affects Defense Modernization
    By Norman Friedman

    The ongoing economic problems in East Asia are likely to have important defense implications. Before the crisis began last year, several nations around the South China Sea were planning substantial defense programs aimed at countering possible...

  • Nobody Asked Me But…They've Shut Down the Fraternity!
    By Lieutenant Commander Yarema I. Sos, U.S. Navy

    Naval Aviation is in big trouble. There has been a lot of talk recently about the aviator-retention problem in the Navy, and our senior leadership—from the CNO on down—is working hard on such issues as lack of flight hours, high...

  • Lest We Forget
    By Lieutenant Commander Rick Burgess, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 114 (VAW-114) already was deployed and flying missions over the Tonkin Gulf off Vietnam when it was established on 20 April 1967. The "Hormel Hawgs" were formed from Detachment C of VAW-11. VAW-...


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