Hands Across the Water
Back in 1981, a Marine and two Sailors—editor-in-chief Clay Barrow Jr., senior editor Paul Stillwell, and managing editor Fred Rainbow—hatched a great idea that continues to enliven Proceedings today, fully 27 years later. The time had come, that trio of worthies decided, for the journal of the Sea Services to briefly set aside its understandable fixation with the Soviet Navy and turn its spotlight on the scores of other navies sailing the maritime commons.
A pencil drawing of an Argentine carrier retrieving aircraft by renowned aviation artist R. G. Smith graced the cover of that first International Navies issue. The magazine itself included exhaustive reviews of navies in virtually every region of the world as well as articles that illuminated the seafaring activities of individual nations.
In 1992, Proceedings reacted to the end of the Cold War by, for the first time, asking commanders of the world's navies to tell readers in their own words how events on the global stage affected their nation and its sea service.