Women Should Not Serve in Submarines

By Richard Boyle
December 1999
On 3 June 1999, when Secretary of the Navy Richard Danzig raised the prospect of women in submarines at the Naval Submarine League Symposium, I was in the audience. A ...

Haul Down the Subs!

By E. D. McGee and Peter J. Hanway
December 1999
The International Submarine Races—now ten years old—are breaking new ground in submarine design and building materials. Despite the U.S. Navy's best efforts to stop them, the small submerged German submarine ...

Comment and Discussion

December 1999
"The Navy Is the Best Thing That Has Happened to Vieques..."(See J. O'Neil, pp. 62-66, November 1999 Proceedings)Pedro J. Santos Santiago—I could dismantle many of the blatant ...

Lest We Forget

By Eric Wertheim
December 1999
Named for Anthony Smalley, a U.S. Navy hero of the Civil War, the USS Smalley (DD-565) was one of more than 100 Fletcher (DD-992)-class destroyers built during World War 11 ...

Combat Fleets

By A. D. Baker III
December 1999
The guided-missile patrol craft Saettia was completed in December 1985 as a private-venture sales demonstrator by Italy's Fincantieri but never found a buyer. Laid up during the early 1990s, the ...

The U.S. Navy: Realistic ASW Training

By Norman Polmar
December 1999
A small, determined group of naval officers—both active and reserve—is proposing that the U.S. Navy acquire a small number of nonnuclear submarines. Some of the proponents, mostly submarine junior officers ...

Book Reviews & Books of Interest

December 1999
Faith of My FathersJohn McCain with Mark Salter. New York: Random House, 1999. 349 pp. Photos. Index. $25.00 ($22.50).Reviewed by Vice Admiral Robert F. Dunn, U.S. Navy (Retired) This ...

Professional Notes

December 1999
Operation Shining Hope Owes SomaliaBy Commander Donald Hornbeck, U.S. NavyIn less than two months, approximately one-and-a-half million Kosovars were forced to abandon their homes. More than 700,000 people were ...

Not My Port in a Storm

By Christopher A. Cook
December 1999
The U.S. Coast Guard allowed the Cyprus-flagged Hollandic Confidence to enter San Francisco Bay only after determining that the ship, damaged during a storm, posed no danger to the port. ...

It's Time for Patrol Boat Squadrons

By Lieutenant Commander James A. Tabor, U.S. Coast Guard
December 1999
Patrol boat squadrons are the best solution to the problems created by the current fragmented command structure. The Coast Guard's 110-foot Island-class patrol boats (WPBs) consistently have demonstrated their value ...

The Lost Picture

By Captain Vincent J. Colan, U.S. Naval Reserve (Retired)
December 1999
In spring 1939, the USS San Francisco (CA-38) was anchored at Long Beach, California. The San Francisco was the flagship of Rear Admiral Husband E. Kimmel, Commander Cruiser Division 7 ...

Whither the Lifesavers?

By Senior Chief Marine Science Technician Dennis L. Noble, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired)
December 1999
The image most civilians have of the U.S. Coast Guard is of a small white boat setting out from its station into a gale to rescue someone in distress. The ...

Life-Saving Service Left in the Cold

By Captain D. A. Goward, U.S. Coast Guard
December 1999
Although they are at the heart of the service's public identity, the Coast Guard's small boat stations and groups have taken a backseat to its deepwater cutters. Essentially an enlisted ...

Does Mentoring Foster Success?

By W. Brad Johnson, Jennifer M. Huwe, and Anne M. Fallow; Lieutenant Commander Rakesh Lall and Captain Elizabeth K. Holmes, Medical Service Corps, U.S. Navy; and William Hall
December 1999
A recent survey of retired flag officers points to the value of informal mentoring in career development. The concept of mentoring has a rich tradition. In The Odyssey, Homer ...

No Silver Bullet in Missile Defense

By Commander L. P. James, III, USN
December 1999
A new dimension in ballistic missile defense came closer to reality when the Theater High Altitude Air Defense System (THAAD) achieved its first successful test in June 1999. Even with ...

The Mirror Is Cracked, Not Broken

By Commander Erik J. Dahl, USN
December 1999
Both sides are talking about a civil-military crisis, but the armed forces never have been a mirror of society. Nor should they be. In recent years, conventional wisdom has suggested ...

The IT-21 Advantage

By Rear Admiral J. Cutler Dawson Jr., Commander James M. Fordice and Lieutenant Commander Gregory M. Harris, U.S. Navy
December 1999
On 6 November 1998, a naval warfare firs occurred, when the Enterprise (CVN-65) Battle Group sailed from Norfolk, Mayport, Earle, and New London for the initial Information Technology for the ...

Why Not Plug-and-Play Naval Units?

By J. H. Patton, Jr.
December 1999
All-star baseball games are marvelous—the best players from both major both leagues provide fans with a contest characterized by extraordinary professional excellence. All-star football games, on the other hand, can ...

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