US Naval Institute Proceedings - November 1979

Front Cover, U. S. Naval Institute Proceedings, Volume 105/11/921, November 1979.

Front Cover, U. S. Naval Institute Proceedings, Volume 105/11/921, November 1979. GGA Image ID # 167982420e

On the Front Cover

R. G. Smith's painting of the Marine Corps' rugged, durable A-4M Skyhawks and M-60 tanks is an apt tribute to the Corps on its 204th birthday. Just as these support elements of the air-ground team do, Proceedings pages continue to serve the Marines by discussing issues vital to the Corps. (Painting courtesy of McDonnell Douglas).

Issue Summary

The November 1979 issue articles include Charged Particle Beam Weapons, Defense of the Depths, "He Served on Samar," Pictorial—The Navy's Civilian Ships, The Coast Guard's Retention Problem, A New Law of the Sea; An LVT for the Battlefield, and more.


  • Charged Particle Beam Weapons: Should We? Could We?
    By Lieutenant Commander William E. Wright, USN
    Have we the skill, have we the right, to turn this fantastic light into a shipboard death ray?
  • Defense of the Depths
    By Captain Robert F. Delaney, USNR, and Major Patrick Townsend, USMC
    At least one of our military services must be prepared to defend the cities and farms we will soon emplace in the bottom of the sea.
  • "He Served on Samar"
    By Captain Paul Melshen, USMCR
    Marine Major Tony Waller refused to obey "Hell-Roaring Jake" Smith's order to make an island "a howling wilderness."
  • Pictorial—The Navy's Civilian Ships
    By Larry C. Manning and Louis R. Granger
    The Navy's civilian "shipping line" is different from the rest of the merchant marine in that some of its ships are haze gray and steam with combatant fleets.
  • The Coast Guard's Retention Problem
    By Lieutenant Michael R. Adams, USCG
    Troubles? You don't know what troubles are! You have troubles when you are a Coast Guard officer with a lot of diverse, demanding jobs to do and your enlisted people are leaving in droves.
  • A New Law of the Sea: Why Not Both Ways?
    By Lieutenant Commander Joel B. Heaton, USN
    "Jaw, jaw, jaw," said Winston Churchill, "is better than war, war, war." Amen. We have been jawing for a long time in an effort to achieve that most elusive of goals: law, law, law of the sea.
  • An LVT for the Battlefield
    By Major Donald A. Gressly, USMC
    Until now, the amtrac has been a kind of bullet-proof ship-to-shore taxi for marines; now it must be able to both float and fight.


  • Secretary's Notes
  • Memories of a Marine
  • Comment and Discussion
  • Book Reviews
  • Books of Interest
  • Professional Notes
  • Nobody asked me, but . .
  • U. S. Navy: Electronic Warfare (Part II)
  • 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 nor 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 mailing offices.

Memberships/Subscriptions $18.00 one year U.S.A. Copyright © 1979 U. S. Naval Institute.

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