Proceedings Magazine - June 1998 Volume 124/6/1,144

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  • Replace the LHAs with LHDs
    By John E O'Neil Jr.

    The Secretary of Defense has directed the U.S. Navy to maintain 12 Amphibious Ready Groups (ARGs) supporting 2.5 Marine Expeditionary Brigades (MEBs)—fiscally constrained—of amphibious assault capability. The flagships and...

  • 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...

  • Comment and Discussion

    "Where Have All the O-3s Gone?"

    (See L. D. Lewis, pp. 24-26, February 1998 Proceedings)

  • Subs Slip Through the Net
    By Rear Admiral William J. Holland, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Network-centric concepts will allow the individual platforms and systems of the task force to be in constant communication, but if the Navy relies only on classical command-and-control arrangements, the submarine may wind up as odd man out...

  • Arctic ASW: Have We Lost?
    By Richard Boyle and Waldo Lyon

    Ice can cover submarine operations. And submarines armed with missiles operating in the Northern Marginal Sea Ice Zone littorals can threaten much of Canada and the United States. With the decommissioning of the last Sturgeon-class SSNs, how...

  • USW: We Can't Wish It Away
    By Captain George Galdorisi, U.S. Navy

    The Soviet submarine fleet may not be the threat it once was, but undersea warfare remains a critical core competency for the Navy.

  • Nobody Asked Me But…"The Crops Can Wait for This"
    By Commander E. R. Rosenlof, U.S. Navy

    Today's social dynamic and the attendant pressures on our military customs and traditions easily can steal center stage from the more wholesome aspects of time-honored rites of passage. Last September's Navy-wide Chiefs Initiation and...

  • Nobody Asked Me But…Learn to Accept Women at the Naval Academy
    By Midshipman First Class Alton Stewart Jr., U.S. Navy

    Have women been completely assimilated at the U.S. Naval Academy? The administration seems to think so. It promotes that image to the outside world to entice more women to apply for admission to the Naval Academy. But problems integrating women...

  • The World Is Our Coastline!
    By Scott C. Truver

    The U.S. Coast Guard now visits foreign ports. What can we accomplish with a presence aboard?

  • What Is a Coast Guard Cutter Doing in Europe?
    By Captain John E. Crowley, Jr., U.S. Coast Guard

    In the summer of 1997, the Legare (WMEC-912), a 270-foot medium endurance cutter, was the first of her class to deploy to the U.S. European Command. During the 141-day deployment, we were to conduct military-to-military exchanges with...

  • Carrier Battle Group: Potent Weapon or Paper Tiger?
    By Michael Cohen

    "During the . . . crisis last fall it was decided to send the conventional carrier John F. Kennedy... to reinforce the Sixth Fleet in the eastern Mediterranean. She transited about 4,000 miles from Roosevelt Roads near Puerto Rico at a...

  • Offense Catching Up with Defense
    By Rear Admiral Paul G. Gaffney II, U.S. Navy, and Dr. Ronald R. Luman

    Old technology continues to help the defense when it comes to mine warfare. Mines continue to pose a significant threat to amphibious forces, and the defense presently is ahead. But the services have joined forces to address the issue—...

  • The Smart Ship Is Not the Answer
    By Anthony DiGiorgio

    The Navy has had "smart" systems on board its ships for a while—the Ticonderoga (CG-47) was designed to be operated without anyone in the engine room. What it needs are decision makers who understand...

  • Chance Second Chances
    By Lieutenant David A. Adams, USN

    Winner, Vincent Astor Memorial Leadership Essay Contest

    Today's zero-defects mentality—which says it is worse to admit a mistake than to make one—must be eradicated if the U.S...

  • Have You Seen the Light?
    By Captain T. Q. Donaldson, U.S. Navy

    Low-light-level technology, which, detects marine bioluminescence, may expand our battlespace awareness beneath the seas.

  • Professional Notes

    The Troops Ashore Deserve Better Fire Support

    By Major Tracy A. Ralphs, U.S. Army Reserve

    "Battleships proved to be extremely valuable during Desert Storm. Without the battleships, there would have been no...

  • Book Reviews

    Black May

    Michael Gannon. New York: HarperCollins, 1998. 480 pp. Photos. $30.00 ($27.00).

    Reviewed by Vice Admiral James F. Calvert, U.S. Navy (Retired)

  • The U.S. Navy: The Name Game
    By Norman Polmar, Author, The Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet

    The telephone rang incessantly and I received several e-mail messages, all asking the same basic question: "Have the people in the E-ring lost their minds?"

    This was in late April, immediately after Secretary of the Navy John H....

  • Oceans: Psst . . . Wanna Buy a Sub?
    By Don Walsh

    Client work took me to North Germany to the shipyards of Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft (HDW) in Kiel and Thyssen Nordseewerke (TNSW) in Emden. Both are key members of the German Submarine Consortium (GSC). Others are the Ingenieurkontor Lubek (IKL...

  • Points of Interest: Navy Mixed-Gender Boot Camp Survives, For Now
    By Tom Philpott

    It's fair to say it's more difficult to train an integrated group," conceded Admiral Donald Pilling, Vice Chief of Naval Operations, when pressed by lawmakers to explain why men and women recruits must live and train together from...

  • World Naval Developments: India Explodes Three Nukes
    By Norman Friedman

    India startled the world by announcing on 11 May that it had conducted underground tests of three nuclear weapons-including a hydrogen bomb. Although India exploded a nuclear device in 1974, for years the Indian government denied that it had a...

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

    An official model of the initial concept for Taiwan’s Project Kuang Hua-VI guided-missile patrol craft project. Construction of 30 of these “stealth” craft was approved in July 1996, all to be completed by 2003 at a cost of some...

  • Lest We Forget
    By Eric Wertheim

    Built by the Portsmouth Navy Yard of New Hampshire, the USS Sirago (SS-485), a Tench-class submarine named for a tropical freshwater fish, was launched on 13 May 1945 and commissioned on 13 August 1945. Measuring 311 feet 8...


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