40th Annual Photo Contest Winners

April 2002
The Photographers and Their WorkSherry Bland Marines stand guard at White Beach, Okinawa, as the USS Essex (LHD-2) leaves for East Timor in October 2001.Mark FarmerTOP: "HH-60J." ...

Inside The Sand Pebbles

By Senior Chief Petty Officer Dennis L. Noble, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired)
April 2002
Read Richard McKenna’s nonfiction and you will find that he seemed to go out of the way to find the unusual person. While at Guam, for example, he met a ...

Nobody Asked Me, But ... Bring Back the Privateer

By Lieutenant Commander David Douglas Winters, U.S. Navy (Retired)
April 2002
We have a security problem. We cannot stop the import of illegal drugs. We cannot stop illegal immigration. And now we know we cannot stop terrorists. Much like our Revolutionary ...

Combat Fleets

By A. D. Baker III
April 2002
The Libyan Navy's amphibious landing ship Ibn Harissa is seen undergoing a refit at Croatia's Kraljevica Shipyard during 2001. The yard, which previously had repaired Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi's yacht ...

Book Reviews

April 2002
The Destruction of the Bismarck David J. Bercuson and Holger H. Herwig. New York: Overlook, 2001. 385 pp. Photos. Maps. Bib. Index. $35.00 ($31.50).Reviewed by Tim Mulligan In 1997 ...

Accelerate Transformation

By Timothy W. LaFleur
April 2002
The debate over the need for and pace of transformation in he armed forces ended on 11 September with the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. With ...

Targeting Systems Are Critical in Mountain Ops

By Lieutenant Colonel Price T. Bingham, U.S. Air Force (Retired)
April 2002
Airborne systems that use radar to detect, track, and target vehicles moving within a large area of the earth's surface provide extraordinary capabilities. Their use can make obsolete the assumptions ...

When Precision Weapons Are Ballast

By Lieutenant Commander Fred Turner, U.S. Navy
April 2002
As demonstrated by today's naval presence in the northern Arabian Sea, the Navy-Marine Corps team is the U.S. military's premier expeditionary and forward-presence force. The Navy is executing precision strikes ...

Marines Designate Antiterrorism Brigade

By First Lieutenant Charles C. Jones, U.S. Marine Corps
April 2002
The 4th Marine Expeditionary Brigade (MEB) was reactivated 29 October at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Shortly after the attacks on 11 September, the Commandant of the Marine Corps, General James ...

Tomorrow's U.S. Fleet

By Scott C. Truver
April 2002
President George W. Bush wants to put in place the most significant increase in defense spending since the first Reagan administration: $379 billion for fiscal year (FY) 2003, a $48 ...

The China Sailors' Homer

By Senior Chief Petty Officer Dennis L. Noble, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired)
April 2002
His best-selling novel was set in the decade before, but Richard McKenna's later gunboat experience nonetheless qualified him to write about Navy life on the Yangtze River. Here, in "Far ...

Interview: Christiane Amanpour

April 2002
CNN's chief international correspondent talks about restriction of press access to operations in Afghanistan, the murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, her outrage at the notion of a ...

Whipsawing the Service

By Captain Bruce Stubbs, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired)
April 2002
Nowhere is the lack of agreement over the Coast Guard's essence more discernible than with each Commandant who brings his own interpretation to the job. A comparison of some policies ...

We Are Lifesavers, Guardians, and Warriors

By Captain Bruce Stubbs, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired)
April 2002
The Coast Guard exists so that the United States may use the seas safely, fully, securely, and wisely. Rather than a straight forward humanitarian focus, the Coast Guard has a ...

'We Stand by You'

By Commanders of Six Navies
April 2002
Our presentation of responses from the commanders of the world's navies, begun in last month's Proceedings, continues with more answers to the question: "What is your Navy doing about the ...

For Those in Harm's Way

By Major Stanton S. Coerr, USMCR
April 2002
In February 1995, Marine Corps Lieutenant General Anthony C. Zinni, then commander of I Marine Expeditionary Force, came ashore in Mogadishu, Somalia, as commander of Operation United Shield. His mission ...

An "E" Not Aimed

By Lieutenant Commander Tim Unrein, USN
April 2002
Sometimes, good things happen when you're not looking for them. The captain rarely announced anything over the 1MC while the ship was under way, so we were surprised 'to hear ...

Fighter Pilots Face New Threat

By Commander Charles Conners, USN
April 2002
Some top defense officials are pushing for an unmanned revolution that will take pilots out of the cockpit and change U.S. air power forever. A balance of manned and unmanned ...

Comment and Discussion

April 2002
"'We Were Great': Navy Air in Afghanistan"(See J. Nathman, pp. 94-96, March 2002 Proceedings)Captain Jim Conn, U.S. Naval Reserve (Retired)—As timely as this article is, and as ...

World Naval Developments

By Norman Friedman
April 2002
British Acquire Air-to-Air MissileIn January 2002, the British Ministry of Defence accepted to service the ASRAAM (Advanced Short-Range Air-to-Air Missile), a Sidewinder successor, after a series of delays dating back ...

Early Lessons from Enduring Freedom

By Frank G. Hoffman
April 2002
Operation Enduring Freedom represents a remarkable victory. Clear direction from the top and operational excellence under difficult conditions are producing decisive results. The opening conflict of the 21st century has ...

Capture the Vision

By Vice Admiral Mike Mullen, USN
April 2002
To fund the transformed, networked Navy of the future, the Navy must win the battle of ideas now.
USS Whitley (AKA-91) anchored at sea

USS Whitley (AKA-91)

By Eric Wertheim
April 2002
Launched on 22 June 1944, the attack cargo ship Whitley (AKA-91) was commissioned into service on 21 September 1944. She soon sailed with cargo for Hawaii, arriving there on 27 ...

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