US Naval Institute Proceedings - May 1969

Front Cover, U. S. Naval Institute Proceedings, Vol. 95/5/795, May 1969.

Front Cover, U. S. Naval Institute Proceedings, Vol. 95/5/795, May 1969. GGA Image ID # 1d16026516

On the Front Cover

On the occasion of the Navy-wide observance this month of the 50th anniversary of the first transatlantic flight, a painting by Naval Aviation News Editor, Cdr. Ted Wilbur, USNR, depicts the famed NC-4 as it taxies across Trepassey Bay, Newfoundland, before the commencement of the historic flight on 16 May 1919.

Issue Summary

The May 1969 issue articles include The Paper Torpedo, Bomber Navigation—The Blind Led the Blind, The Emancipated, Aggravated, Indispensable American Seaman, The Tanks of August 1968, and more.

Table of Contents


  • The Paper Torpedo
    by Capt. Robert J. Hanks, USN
    International pressures and zealous forces within the government seek to weaken the U. S. Navy, the one arm of national defense that is still dominantly superior to its Soviet counterpart.
  • Bomber Navigation—The Blind Led the Blind
    by N. W. Emmott
    Britain's vaunted Bomber Command overcame an incredibly shaky start of World War II, handicapped by navigators who might have got lost in a revolving door, and "bomb-aimers" whose misses were measured in miles.
  • Prime 69
    by Rear Adm. D. H. Guinn, USN
    The Chief of Naval Air Basic Training recounts what transpired when he set his command's watches to Prime-time.
  • The Emancipated, Aggravated, Indispensable American Seaman
    by Cdr. John W. McCurdy, USCG
    The merchant mariner has known discrimination and, although the chains are gone now, the scars are not.
  • Oil Pollution, No Solution?
    by Thomas A. Clingan, Jr.
    Pollution has, indeed, become a dirty word to a world increasingly dependent upon petroleum products.
  • Precommissioning—A Better Way?
    by Lt. Cdr. A. E. Stephens, USNR (R) and Lt. Cdr. T. A. Clift, USN
    The men of the Kennedy, like their carrier's namesake, found the wasted motion of traditional precommissioning procedures "unacceptable."
  • The Tanks of August 1968
    by Capt. William Kotsch, USN
    The Russian invasion of Czechoslovakia was a confession of Communism's failure.
  • Pictorial—The NC-4: History Preserved
    Photography by JOC, James Johnston, USN


  • Secretary's Notes
  • Comment and Discussion
  • Book Reviews
  • Professional Reading
  • Professional Notes
  • The Old Navy
  • Progress
  • Notebook
  • Book List

The opinions or assertions in the articles are the personal ones of the authors and are not to be construed as official. They do not necessarily reflect the views of either the Navy Department or the U. S. Naval Institute.

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