Why I Will Leave the Navy

By Melanie C. Butler
April 1999
I do not want to leave the Navy, but I will. I know this, even as I discuss—with my husband on a weekly basis—the possibility of staying at least through ...

Comment and Discussion

April 1999
"End of the Continental Century"(See R. Fry, pp. 40-43, March 1999 Proceedings)James H. Hughes—Brigadier Fry's article contains many insights into military strategy, but misses our future for the 21st ...

Reflections on the 1979 Fastnet Race

By Captain Ned Shuman, U.S. Navy (Retired)
April 1999
On 11 August 1979, the U. S. Naval Academy yacht Alliance crossed the starting line off the Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes, Isle of Wight, England, on the biannual Fastnet ...

There Are Limits on Sea-Based NMD

By Commander John M. Pollin, U.S. Navy
April 1999
Pursuing a capability to counter ballistic missiles is an excellent idea, but the course to a seabased national missile defense is not quite as simple, quick, or cheap as some ...

A "National Fleet" for America

By Vice Admiral Thomas Fargo, U.S. Navy and Rear Admiral Ernest Riutta, U.S. Coast Guard
April 1999
The U.S. Navy and Coast Guard have worked together to conduct maritime interdictions in the Persian Gulf before, during, and after Operations Desert Shield and Storm. Such cooperation must increase ...

A Snapshot of Pyongyang

By Major General W. C. Gregson, U.S. Marine Corps and Captain Bruce Lemkin, U.S. Navy
April 1999
On 25 June 1950, Kim II Sung's forces invaded the Republic of Korea. This was a rude shock to the United States, confident of its military superiority founded on air ...

Absence of Purpose

By Captain Wade R. Sanders, U.S. Naval Reserve (Retired)
April 1999
Marines have a strong sense of community and purpose, and a personal connection with their leaders—things that appear to be missing in the Navy. Therein may lie the answer to ...

With the Marines at Tarawa

By Peter Neushul and Second Lieutenant James D. Neushul, U.S. Marine Corps
April 1999
Numerous books and articles have explored every detail of the World War II assault on Tarawa, a battle that ranks alongside Iwo Jima and Okinawa as one of the most ...

Nobody Asked Me But…Maintain Our Corps' Values

By Captain Kelly P. Houlgate, U.S. Marine Corps
April 1999
Standards-based qualities such as discipline, uniformity, physical fitness, professionalism, and competency are but a few of the qualities associated with the United States Marine Corps. Nearly everything about the Corps ...

Professional Notes

April 1999
Ethics for Those Who Go Down to the Sea in ShipsBy Dr. Nancy ShermanIt's the Monday morning after Christmas break, the first day of lecture in NE 203, a required ...

The U.S. Navy: Satellites from the Sea

By Norman Polmar
April 1999
An idea more than 50 years old soon will come to fruition—the sea launch of satellites. The multinational Sea Launch system is expected to begin placing large commercial satellites in ...

Book Reviews

April 1999
Hitler's U-boat War: The Hunted, 1942-1945Clay Blair. New York: Random House, 1998. 909 pp. Photos. Maps. Bib. Index. $45.00 ($40.50).Reviewed by Axel NiestleReaders of naval history are fortunate ...

Points of Interest: The Fight for S-4

By Tom Philpott
April 1999
In late February, on a bipartisan vote of 91 to 8, the Senate passed the Soldiers', Sailors', Airmen's, and Marines' Bill of Rights Act of 1999, the most robust military ...

World Naval Developments

By Norman Friedman
April 1999
Why Are We Going Into the Balkans?ATO intervention in Kosovo, strongly supported by the United States, raises an interesting and troubling policy question, which may have important implications for the ...

Combat Fleets

By A. D. Baker III
April 1999
The first Arleigh Burke (DDG-21) Flight IIA-class guided missile destroyer, the Oscar Austin (DDG-79), is seen here at Bath Iron Works just after launch on 7 November 1998. Two sisters ...
USS Perch (SS-176) cruising on the surface

USS Perch (SS-176)

By Eric Wertheim
April 1999
The USS Perch (SS-176) was a Porpoise (SS-172)-class submarine commissioned on 19 November 1936. In 1939, the Perch sailed for the Philippines and became a division flagship. In the summer ...

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