We've all heard the riddle, "If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there, does it make a noise?" Fast forward to today and the current six-month deployment of the HSV Swift to the Caribbean for the pilot cruise of the Global Fleet Station (GFS) concept, in which our Sea Services promote good will and common interests by assisting other nations' maritime forces. The deployment began in late April 2007. Listen carefully. Did anyone hear anything? Well, certainly not much-perhaps a faint echo! Okay, CHINFO (Office of Navy Information) did publish a "Rhumb Lines" (internal Navy newsletter) on the GFS pilot, Admiral James Stavridis, Commander U.S. Southern Command, did mention it briefly in his May Proceedings article, and there have been short references in other, mostly internal to the Navy, publications. So, what's the problem?
Nobody Asked Me, But...Let's Make Some Noise!
By Captain R. Robinson Harris, U.S. Navy (Retired)