Proceedings Magazine - December 1978

Front Cover, U. S. Naval Institute Proceedings, Volume 104/12/910, December 1978.

Front Cover, U. S. Naval Institute Proceedings, Volume 104/12/910, December 1978. GGA Image ID # 1d0d172c23

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Survivability in combat was a factor in the construction of the McDonnell Douglas-Northrop F-18 Hornet, the first plane to be so designed from the planning stages onward. CDR. Charles Sapp, Jr., USN, addresses the need for aircraft survivability projects in an article found on page 58 of this issue. (Painting "An F-18 Attacking a Soviet 'Backfire,— by R. G. Smith, courtesy McDonnell Douglas)


Through-Deck Cruiser: The New Capital Ship

For a seemingly short moment, the battleship's thunder shook the mighty deep. And then she departed, to be replaced by the carrier which, ultimately, must also give way to another capital ship.

By Michael A. Cairl

Punishment, Discipline, and the Naval Profession

In the opinion of many line officers, the monkeys running the zoo cannot cause as much long-range damage as the lawyers running the Navy's disciplinary system.

By Commander John B. Bonds, USN

Amazon Patrol

Though selected for destroyer school, this young surface warfare officer decided instead to serve an exchange tour with the Brazilian Navy. He wouldn't trade the experience for anything.

By Lieutenant Douglas K. Burnett. USNR

Survivability—A Science Whose Time Has Come

For years, protection of aircraft was considered only after the plane had been shot down. Survivability is now given greater weight, but it still has a way to go in the annual battle for funds.

By Commander Charles N. Sapp, Jr., USN

Pearl Harbor Aftermath

Following the attack in December 1941, confusion was superimposed on disaster; but the Navy's codebreakers were already practicing a craft that would help bring victory at Midway six months later.

By Captain Wilfred J. Holmes, USN (Ret.)

Pictorial—The Sea of the Midnight Sun

A fleet in being can tie down enemy resources that might have been useful elsewhere. But it also ties itself down, and that can be a boring way to spend a year.

Photographs by Hans J. Degtlou


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