US Naval Institute Proceedings - January 1971

Front Cover, U. S. Naval Institute Proceedings, Volume 97/1/815, January 1971.

Front Cover, U. S. Naval Institute Proceedings, Volume 97/1/815, January 1971. GGA Image ID # 1d1500ae52

On the Front Cover

This month's cover, depicting naval aviation's first "moment of truth" as Eugene Ely becomes airborne from the USS Birmingham, was painted especially for the Naval Institute by R. G. Smith, the widely-known aviation artist who has recently completed a series of paintings for the Navy Combat Art Collection.

Issue Summary

The January 1971 issue articles include Vital Interests and Volunteer Forces, Shipboard Habitability: Restricted Areas, Naval Aviation: The Beginning, Tomorrow's Warships: Their Cost and Value, Battle Management for Strategic Weapons Systems, and more.

Table of Contents


  • Vital Interests and Volunteer Forces
    Lt. Leon P. Brooks. USN
    Oddly, the subject of the all-volunteer force seems to have passed the "whether" and "when" stages without ever satisfactorily resolving "why" and "how."
  • Shipboard Habitability: Restricted Areas
    Cdr Melville J Byinglon, Jr., USN
    The story is the same on both new ships and on older, modernized vessels: modern equipment requires more men who have to be berthed in less desirable areas.
  • Naval Aviation: The Beginning
    Thomas Ray
    In 1910, only a handful of visionaries saw a place in the Navy for the frail, underpowered patchworks of fabric and bamboo. Yet, within a year, the Navy had become fully and irrevocably fledged.
  • Tomorrow's Warships: Their Cost and Value
    Vice Adm. B. B. Schofield, RN (Ret.)
    Free World navies seem to agree that smaller ships are more than smaller targets they may be the biggest, best, and perhaps only chance of countering Soviet IRBMs and missiles.
  • Battle Management for Strategic Weapons Systems
    Col. Ralph L. Giddings, Jr, USA (Ret.)
    A viable national strategy is not possible as long as interservice rivalries persist and civilians refuse to permit a military finger to touch the strategic nuclear weapons button.
  • Two-Two-Twelve-Three: the Brand-new Ball Game
    Capt. Sigmund Bajak. USNR
    Two attack carrier wings, two carrier ASW groups, 12 patrol squadrons, and three transport squadrons may be the long-sought formula for a well-equipped, combat-ready Naval Air Reserve.
  • Pictorial—Naval Air Reconnaissance
    Compiled by Cdr. James E. Wise, Jr., USN


  • The Old Navy
  • Book List
  • Comment and Discussion
  • Book Reviews
  • Professional Reading
  • Professional Notes
  • Notebook

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