The "1,000-ship navy" took a step closer to reality in mid-August when Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Mike Mullen briefed President Bush on the concept. The keel had been laid a year earlier at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, where the CNO called for something akin to the 1,000-ship navy, in which ships of many nations would routinely operate with one another on a voluntary and elective basis and without any one state being in charge.
In the November 2005 issue of Proceedings, Vice Admiral John G. Morgan and Rear Admiral Charles Martoglio fleshed out the idea and gave it widespread prominence. Heads of nearly two dozen foreign navies have been briefed on the concept and support has been strong, although the specifics of what the 1,000-ship navy means and what it will do and not do are still in the development phase. The basic concept is sound, sensible, and attractive. However, much must be done to turn a slogan into a practical and operational strategy embraced by many navies around the world. Navies, in this context, include coast guards and commercial ships.