US Naval Institute Proceedings - August 1979

Front Cover, U. S. Naval Institute Proceedings, Volume 105/8/918, August 1979.

Front Cover, U. S. Naval Institute Proceedings, Volume 105/8/918, August 1979. GGA Image ID # 167a2905d4

On the Front Cover

Gene Klebe produced these three paintings of Seabee's work on Diego Garcia for the Navy's Combat Art Collection. Superimposed on a chart of the atoll are pier construction, runway paving, and pole erection.

Issue Summary

The August 1979 issue articles include Seapower in the Indian Ocean: A Requirement for Western Security, Soviet Naval Policy in the Indian Ocean, Maritime Egypt: An Island in a Sea of Sand, Lawrence of Arabia's Debt to Seapower, and more.


  • Seapower in the Indian Ocean: A Requirement for Western Security
    By Captain John E. lut coat art, USN (Ret.)
    The long lines at U. S. gas pumps this summer have reinforced the importance of imported oil to our country. Will we take steps to ensure the continuing flow of that oil from the Middle East?
  • Soviet Naval Policy in the Indian Ocean
    By Leutenanl Commander William F. Hickman. USN
    "Gunboat Diplomacy," that hated hallmark of imperialism, is alive and flourishing in the Indian Ocean, where its primary practitioner is not the U. S. or U. K., but the U.S.S.R.
  • Pictorial—Diego Garcia: the Seabees at Work
    Photographs and Text by Journalist First Class Kirby Harrison. USN
    The coral atoll is a long way from anything, but it's in the middle of everything in the Indian Ocean, and that's why the Seabees are reinforcing its naval support capability.
  • Maritime Egypt: An Island in a Sea of Sand
    By Captain Peter F. Block, USN (Ret.)
    Throughout the various Middle East Wars of the past 30 years, Egypt was on the "other" side. Now', however, we are developing ties of friendship and learning to appreciate its maritime potential.
  • Special Problems in Navies in Developing Countries
    By Commander Raja Menon, IN
    We are familiar with the problems that go with trying to operate a large navy; less well known to us are the problems that plague the kind of small, backward navy we ourselves once were.
  • Lawrence of Arabia's Debt to Seapower
    By Commander Charles L. Parnell, USN
    One of Lawrence's pleasures during the Arab Revolt was to rest on board Royal Navy ships between victories. Without those ships, there may have been no victories.


  • Secretary's Notes
  • Comment and Discussion
  • Old Navy
  • Nobody asked me, but . .
  • Book Reviews
  • Books of Interest
  • Professional Notes
  • The U. S. Navy: Guns
  • 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. Naval Institute.

Proceedings is published monthly by U. S. Naval Institute, Annapolis, Md. 21402. Second-class postage paid at Annapolis, Md. and at additional mail-ing offices. Memberships/Subscriptions $18.00 one year U.S.A. Copyright C) 1979 U. S. Naval Institute.

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