US Naval Institute Proceedings - December 1979

Front Cover, U. S. Naval Institute Proceedings, Volume 105/12/922, December 1979.

Front Cover, U. S. Naval Institute Proceedings, Volume 105/12/922, December 1979. GGA Image ID # 167974d7ba

On the Front Cover

In 1970 and 1975, the Soviet Navy conducted worldwide naval exercises. Two Kiev-class carriers (the Minsk is pictured) have joined the fleet since then. "0kean-80: The Russians Are Coming Again in 1980" is the lead professional note of this issue. (Photo by PH3 Colin Fritz, U. S. Navy)

Issue Summary

The December 1979 issue articles include Bear Claws and Dragon Teeth, A New Focus On Antarctica, The Last Battleship, The Big Ship in My Life, Let's Salvage the Salvage Force, Rusty Hand of Steel: the Naval Raid, Pictorial—The Modern American Merchant Marine, and More.

Table of Contents


  • Bear Claws and Dragon Teeth
    By Rear Admiral Kemp Tolley, USN (Ret.)
    Is it inevitable that the Russian Bear and the Chinese Dragon will one day rend each other with tooth and nail?
  • The "Up-or-Out" Policy
    By Lieutenant Commander Nicholas J. Schmitt. SC. USN
    Because it is geared to fill a limited number of openings, the promotion system passes over some qualified officers. And if they don't go up, they must go out.
  • A New Focus On Antarctica
    By Rear Admiral William S. Schuvb, USCG. and Harry M. Tollerton
    The competition for petroleum exploration in this region may chill some presently friendly relations as a second Antarctic Treaty is being negotiated.
  • The Last Battleship
    By Leutenant Commander Paul Stillwell, USNR
    It has been ten years since the world's last active battleship was decommissioned, but the memory of her remains fresh.
  • The Big Ship in My Life
    By Captain Robert C Penitton, USN (Ret. )
    The Neu Jersey was his first ship, and he was her last captain; but what should have been the high point of his career turned into major disappointment instead.
  • Let's Salvage the Salvage Force
    By Commander William I. Milwee. USN (Ret.)
    We may never again attain the wealth of salvage equipment and the level of expertise that was ours in World War II.
  • Rusty Hand of Steel: the Naval Raid
    By Lieutenant Commander Roger L. Crossland, USNR
    The terror tactics of raids from the sea do not win wars, but they do get an enemy's attention.
  • Pictorial—The Modern American Merchant Marine
    By Colonel Lane C. Kendall. USMCR (Ret.)
    The good news is that today's merchant ships arc impressive individually; the bad news is that there aren't enough of them.


  • Secretary's Notes
  • Comment and Discussion
  • Old Navy
  • Leadership Forum
  • Nobody asked me, but . . .
  • Book Reviews
  • Books of Interest
  • Professional Notes
  • As I Recall . . .
  • Notebook

Proceedings is published monthly by U. S. Naval Institute, Annapolis, MD. 21402. U. S. Naval Institute Proceedings (ISSN 0041-798X)

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