US Naval Institute Proceedings - August 1971

Front Cover, U. S. Naval Institute Proceedings, Volume 97/8/822, August 1971.

Front Cover, U. S. Naval Institute Proceedings, Volume 97/8/822, August 1971. GGA Image ID # 1d139cc144

On the Front Cover

The darkly powerful shape of a night- cruising Soviet nuclear submarine, photographed by a U. S. Navy reconnaissance plane 400 miles off Hawaii, symbolizes more dramatically than the specifics of a recognition manual, the somber threat that is extending into all the world's seas. For additional details of this, and other Soviet submarines, see pages 60 through 79 of this issue.

Issue Summary

The August 1971 issue articles include Major Command, The Royal Navy and the Continuing Commitments, The Andrea Doria-Stockholm Disaster: Accidents Don't Happen, A Future for the Destroyer, Operation Deep Channel, and more.

Table of Contents


  • Major Command
    Rear Adm. G. S. Morrison, USN
    A member of the most recent Aviation Board reveals the far-from- routine instructions given to the Board, and weighs the impact of the Board's decisions, both on the officers selected and on the Navy in general.
  • The Royal Navy and the Continuing Commitments
    Desmond Weitem
    Her empire is gone, her great fleet all but vanished, and the world to which Britain was so deeply committed has changed. But the commitments themselves haven't changed.
  • The Andrea Doria-Stockholm Disaster: Accidents Don't Happen
    John C. Carrolhers
    A comparison of the Course Recorder graphs of both ships suggests that human error caused the catastrophe; the author thinks he knows who made the mistake—and why.
  • A Future for the Destroyer?
    Copt. W. J Ruhe. USN (Ret.)
    The "small boy" is dead, tasked and burdened into a too-early grave. He cannot be resurrected, but he could do many things so well that he must be replaced. The question is "With what?"
  • Operation Deep Channel
    Lt. (j.g.) James M. Howard, III. USNR
    One doesn't usually think of demolition —UDT's middle name—as a tool for building something. But. with dredging out of the question, construction of a vitally needed canal became a job for the frogmen.
  • The Quiet Crisis in the Silent Service
    Capt. Tom B. Thamm. USN
    What has transformed the submarine force, in less than 20 years, from a branch with a waiting line to get in, to one with a waiting line to get out?
  • The Soviet Submarine Threat—Past, Present, and Future
    Lt. Thomas T. Holme. Jr., USN
    As is evident in this assessment and in the companion Pictorial, the record is disturbingly clear—the Soviet submarine threat is both grave and growing.
  • Pictorial—The Soviet Submarine Force
    Lt. Cdr. Robert D. Wells, USN


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

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

Return to Top of Page

Naval Institute Proceedings 1945-1999
GG Archives

Proceedings Archive 1945-1959

Proceedings Archive 1960s

Proceedings Archive 1970s

Proceedings Archive 1980-1999

U.S. Navy Magazines

Other Navy Topics

USN Special Collections Topics