Proceedings Magazine - April 2006 Vol. 132/4/1,238

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In May 1987, two Iraqi Exocet missiles slammed into USS Stark (FFG-31). The crew's courage and unwillingness to give up their ship is a shining example for the rest of us. Today's...



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    In accordance with the Constitution & By-Laws, we are pleased to communicate this summarized annual report on the State of the Naval Institute in its 132nd year of service. You will find the full...

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  • Spotlight on Military Medicine

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