US Naval Institute Proceedings - July 1974

Front Cover, U. S. Naval Institute Proceedings, Volume 100/7/857, July 1974.

Front Cover, U. S. Naval Institute Proceedings, Volume 100/7/857, July 1974. GGA Image ID # 1d1386c152

On the Front Cover

Commander Albert K. Murray, USNR (Ret.), has depicted Admiral Spruancc flanked, left to right, by Captains Forrestel, Biggs, and Moore.

Issue Summary

The July 1974 issue articles include On Hugging a Bear, Take Care; The Politics of Oil in the Wake of Yom Kippur; Design for Change: Present and Future; Skimmer Ops; The Military and the Media; Navies in War and In Peace; and more.

Table of Contents


  • On Hugging a Bear, Take Care
    Capt. S. A. Suantrauber, USN
    The Russian Bear respects strength, especially naval strength. Thus, if our country is to embrace the Bear in détente, the U. S. Navy must be every bit as strong as the Soviet Navy.
  • The Politics of Oil in the Wake of Yom Kippur
    Lt. W. L. Dowdy, III, USNR
    The Arabs control a large percentage of the world's oil reserves, and they demonstrated in the wake of Yom Kippur both a willingness and a capability to employ oil as a political weapon.
  • Design for Change: Present and Future
    Cdr. J. V. Jolliff, USN and G. D. Kerr
    Changes to a naval ship over her lifetime are a virtual certainty. Designing for change should thus become a basic requirement in ship design. To what extent is "modularity" the answer?
  • Skimmer Ops
    U.J F. Ebersole, USCG
    Using an 82-foot patrol boat to round up suspicious junks and sampans was like using an elephant to round up sheep. "Semper Paratus" for a challenge, the Coast Guard introduced the Skimmers.
  • The Military and the Media
    Cdr. Jack M. White, USN
    The conflict between the military men who make the news and those who report it is as old as warfare itself. The Naval War College's President has thus far arranged two cease-fire seminars.
  • Navies in War and In Peace
    Admiral of the Fleet S. G. Gorshkov, SN
    The author disagrees with Western historians who see Midway or Guadalcanal as the turning point in the Pacific war. This man of the sea's surprising choice is the land battle of Stalingrad.
  • Battle of the Philippine Sea
    Cdr. T. B. Buell, USN
    Almost exactly thirty years ago, during the invasion of the Marianas, Admiral Raymond A. Spruance made a decision, the pros and cons of which are still being argued.


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

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. Natal Institute.

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