March 1921 Proceedings—In Professional Notes, under “The United States Aircraft Carrier Langley,” Lieutenant Commander H. W. Underwood, U.S. Navy, wrote, “The Jupiter, which is familiar to the public as one of our naval colliers, is now at the Navy Yard Norfolk undergoing alterations to refit her as a government carrier. She has been named the Langley in honor of Professor Samuel Pierpont Langley, whose extended pioneer experiments on the problem of mechanical flight made his name widely known.”
March 1971 Proceedings—“Like a sailing ship in inconstant weather, a troubled U.S. Navy is looking for fair and steady winds.” In his Prize Essay “A United States Navy for the Future,” Captain Robert H. Smith, U.S. Navy, continued, “But there are few signs that the American people foresee, let alone are prepared to support an appropriate maritime strategy with all the attendant implications for the Navy’s central role. The evidence of how the Navy has used the resources given it thus far has implanted serious doubts that it is capable of creating the kind of Navy that the nation should have.”
March 1996 Proceedings—In his International Navies Prize Essay “China’s Mahan,” Lieutenant Commander Jeffrey B. Goldman, U.S. Naval Reserve, wrote, “Liu Huaqing, a 79-year-old veteran of the Long March, is a long-time associate of leader Deng Xiaoping. During his tenure as Commander of the PLA Navy (1982–88) Admiral Liu was instrumental in charting a course for modernizing Chinese naval doctrine and force structure. The role the PLA Navy will play in the future is uncertain, but one thing is abundantly clear. The PLA Navy, its doctrine, and its operational capabilities will be a major concern of the U.S. Navy for the foreseeable future.”
A. Denis Clift
Golden Life Member
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In this 1975 photo, Engineman Third Class Cathy Russell concentrates on the task at hand as she works to repair equipment at the boathouse where she is assigned.
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