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US Naval Institute Proceedings - March 1971

Front Cover, U. S. Naval Institute Proceedings, Volume 97/3/817, March 1971.

Front Cover, U. S. Naval Institute Proceedings, Volume 97/3/817, March 1971. GGA Image ID # 1d1496819e

On the Front Cover

The subject of this month's cover painting by John Charles Roach is the SS U. S. Explorer, a war-built Victory ship that was used to carry supplies to Vietnam and which has now been transferred to foreign ownership.

Issue Summary

The March 1971 issue articles include Prize Essay—A United States Navy for the Future, Junior Officer Retention -- A Lot of Little Things, The Royal Hellenic Navy, The Merchant Marine Act of 1970, Pictorial—U. S. Navy Medical Corps, and more.

Table of Contents


  • Prize Essay—A United States Navy for the Future
    Capt. Robert H. Smith. USN
    The challenge of Soviet seapower marks the end of decades of luxury upon the seas for the U. S. Navy and presents imperatives for radical change.
  • Junior Officer Retention, A Lot of Little Things
    Lt. Malcolm S. Harris, USNR
    Both the young "brown bagger" and the equally young bachelor are leaving the naval service in alarming numbers—but not necessarily for the same reasons.
  • The Royal Hellenic Navy
    Commo. G. Drossinos, RHN (Ret.)
    Rich in tradition, but poor in modern men-of-war, Greece's Navy strives to carry out its multiple missions, one of which is assisting in the defense of NATO's southern flank.
  • The Merchant Marine Act of 1970
    Lt. (j.g.) S. W. Emery, Jr., USN
    What began as a scries of provisions designed to modernize the Merchant Marine Act of 1936, has mushroomed into a law with a name and a future of its own.
  • Gun Systems? For Air Defense?
    Lt. Cdr. William D. O'Neil, III, USNR (R)
    Those who consider guns effective only against targets in the low subsonic speed range obviously are unaware of the great strides made in gun system technology since 1945.
  • Herndon, Maury, and the Amazon Basin
    Lt. Cdr. James P. Reddick. Jr., USN
    Until the cousins undertook the exploration, no one had succeeded in awakening the somnolent giant that is the Amazon Basin. They failed, but so has everyone since.
  • Pictorial—U. S. Navy Medical Corps


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  • Book Reviews
  • Professional Reading
  • Professional Notes
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The opinions and assertions in the Naval Review are the authors' personal views. They are not to be construed as official. They do not necessarily reflect the views of the Navy Department or the U. S. Naval Institute.

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