MH-60S Can Be Today’s PT Boat

By Lieutenant Ben Foster, U.S. Navy
September 2017
The Sierras can deliver combat power, just as did multimission World War II patrol torpedo boats.They have no idea what we actually do,” Lieutenant Drew Kollmann lamented while walking ...

There Are No Benign Operations

By Lieutenant John Miller, U.S. Navy
September 2017
The Navy often overlooks its vulnerabilities in peacetime, but as the crew of the USS Stark and sailors before them have learned, material and personnel readiness are critical even during ...

U.S. Sea Power Has a Role in the Baltic

By Bruce B. Stubbs
September 2017
If NATO is required to respond to Russian aggression against its Baltic members, U.S. naval forces could provide flexibility and help support and contain the fight.In light of Russia’s ...

Charting a Course—CO-XO: Unique Relationship

By Captain Kevin Eyer, U.S. Navy (Retired)
September 2017
For the most part, executive officers, or XOs, are actually captains-in-waiting. They have been selected for command, and when an incumbent commanding officer (CO) departs, an XO ascends. Understanding this, ...

F-35B Will Change NATO Amphib Ops

By Captain William A. Perkins, U.S. Navy
September 2017
The arrival of the F-35B Lightning II in the inventories of many NATO nations is likely to fundamentally alter how NATO conducts air support to amphibious operations. This aircraft will ...

Build All-UAV Carriers

By Commander Thomas Shugart, U.S. Navy<p>
September 2017
The Navy should develop a new class of carriers to exploit the combat power of unmanned aerial vehicles to fight and win the nation’s future battles.Expanding maritime threats, including ...

Interview with the "Air Boss"

September 2017
eneration system [OBOGS]. If you would, take us back to when this issue first came to the public’s attention—the March 2017 flight instructors’ so-called mutiny where they said, “We are ...

2017 Aviation Order of Battle

Compiled by Jim Dolbow
September 2017
U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Coast Guard Auxiliary Air Program, Customs & Border Protection (CBP), and National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as of 31 July 2017 U.S. Navy and ...

The Navy Needs a Modern PT Boat

By Lieutenant Alan Janigian, U.S. Navy
September 2017
PT boats filled an important need in World War II in shallow waters, complementing the achievements of greater ships in greater seas. This need for small, fast, versatile, strongly armed ...

Sri Lanka is an Open Door to the Indian Ocean

By Major Nicholas R. Nappi, U.S. Marine Corps
September 2017
Engaging with the Sri Lanka Navy—here, that nation’s Marine Corps takes part in an amphibious capabilities demonstration—offers the U.S. Navy both Indian Ocean access and training opportunities.U.S. maritime engagements ...

Editor's Page

September 2017
Every issue of Proceedings addresses issues relevant to Naval Aviation, but each September we dedicate extra coverage. This month, in addition to features, the departments cover a range of aviation ...

The Navy Must Be Forward

Representative Mike Gallagher (R-Wisconsin)
September 2017
The tragic deaths of seventeen sailors have sadly demonstrated current readiness challenges in the Western Pacific and focused the attention of both the Navy and Congress. In honor of the ...

CEO Notes

Peter H. Daly VADM, USN (Ret.) <p>Life Member and Member since 1978
September 2017
Annual Meeting & Member Reception Were TerrificAt our Annual Meeting held on 11 May in Washington, D.C., we reported the Naval Institute’s key 2016 results:• We increased membership for the ...

Comment & Discussion

September 2017
Sexual Assault: Not in Our Navy(See B. Kennedy, p. 10, August 2017 Proceedings)One could easily—and just as illogically and foolishly—come to an equally dubious conclusion as does Ensign Kennedy that ...

Questions Raised About More Than Just Seamanship

By Captain Kevin Eyer, U.S. Navy (Retired)
September 2017
Resolving these issues will require focused attention, unified, persistent effort, and money typically reserved for the most important programs of the Navy. More difficult yet, it will require the Navy ...

Nobody Asked Me But. . . Scrap Marine Hornets

By Lieutenant Brian Hayes, U.S. Navy Reserve
September 2017
The crisis facing Marine aviation appears to have hit the Corps’ F/A-18 Hornet fleet particularly hard. According to one report, as of April 2016, only 87 of 276 of these ...

Now Hear This—RAN has a Role in Ballistic-Missile Defense

By Lieutenant Commander Yusuke Saito, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force
September 2017
The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) commissioned the guided-missile destroyer HMAS Hobart in 2015. The Hobart is equipped with the Aegis combat system, incorporating the state-of-the-art AN/SPY 1D(V) phased-array radar. Australia ...

Red Sea Combat Generates High-Velocity Learning

Rear Admiral John Wade and Lieutenant Timothy Baker, U.S. Navy
September 2017
On three separate dates in October 2016, the USS Mason (DDG-87), USS Nitze (DDG-94), USS San Antonio (LPD-17), and USS Ponce (AFSB[I]-15) came under attack while operating off the western ...

Sink the Great Green Fleet

By Colonel Mark F. Cancian, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve (Retired)
September 2017
In 2011, then-Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced an initiative called the Great Green Fleet. Although wrapped in the mantle of warfighting, it was never really about the Navy. ...

Leadership Forum—Leadership Is a Journey

By Midshipman First Class James A. Winnefeld III, U.S. Navy
September 2017
The Naval Academy has produced many great Navy and Marine Corps military leaders. All the midshipmen receive the same high-level leadership education and training. So why do some junior officers ...

Special—The Lonesome Light

By Vice Admiral Robert F. Dunn, U.S. Navy (Retired)
September 2017
A casual observer might wonder why U.S. aircraft carriers have a lonesome pole with one white light atop it on the starboard side of the flight deck, just aft the ...

Book Reviews

September 2017
Destined For War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides’s Trap?Graham Allison. Boston-New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017. 288pp. Appendices. Notes. Index. $28.Reviewed by Admiral Joseph W. Prueher, U.S. Navy (Retired)Graham ...

The Surface Force Is Not Broken

Lieutenant Commander Matthew Brown, U.S. Navy
September 2017
To the former COs whom I still admire: I am now the CO. I will out-drive you, out-fight you, and out-lead you. Not because I’m better, but because I stand ...

Use Recent Collisions for Motivation

Lieutenant Brendan Cordial, U.S. Navy
September 2017
In the wake of the collisions of the USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) and USS John S. McCain (DDG-56), commentators have decried the lamentable state of training, readiness, and watchkeeping of the ...

Coast Guard:Wrong Tool for the South China Sea

Captain Dale Rielage, U.S. Navy
September 2017
Several recent Proceedings articles have called for the United States to counter Chinese expansion in the South China Sea by employing the U.S. Coast Guard. The nature of conflict in ...

There's Danger in Garcia's Message

By Lieutenant Karl Schonberg, U.S. Navy
September 2017
The findings regarding the USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62)’s collision are disturbing. It was not the incredible tales of heroism, bravery, and sheer determination of the sailors to save their ship. The ...

Effective and Affordable Trainers Are Possible

Captain Gerry Roncolato, U.S. Navy (Retired)
September 2017
Tablet-based training systems are stimulating thinking about Navy training more broadly. The widest possible naval audience needs to know what is technologically feasible now in the realm of trainers. The ...

Combat Fleets

By Eric Wertheim
September 2017
On 22 July, the U.S. Navy’s newest aircraft carrier, USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78), was officially commissioned into service. Displacing some 100,000 tons, the 1,092-foot warship has a beam of ...

Lest We Forget—A Final Embrace

By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)
September 2017
It was a warm Saturday morning when the USS Vestal (AR-4) slowly but expertly maneuvered alongside the great battleship. As lines went over to secure the two ships snugly together, ...

From Our Archives

September 2017
“The Blue Book says we’ve got to go out and it doesn’t say a damn thing about having to come back.”Captain Patrick Etheride, U.S. Life Saving ServiceA U.S. Coast Guard ...

The United States Should Not Punch First In Korea

Commander George Capen, U.S. Navy (Retired)
September 2017
Is the Trump administration’s decision making on North Korea based on deliberate U.S. strategy, or is it being formed ad hoc, through reaction to the strategies being employed against us? ...

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