U.S. Navy Magazine - 1st Quarter, 1985

Front Cover, U.S. Navy Magazine: The Independent News Sentinel of the Navy, 1st Quarter, 1985.

Front Cover, U.S. Navy Magazine: The Independent News Sentinel of the Navy, 1st Quarter, 1985. GGA Image ID # 1cff4c27f6

In Issue 1, 1985, featured articles include "Our Navy's Ship of the Quarter" USS NICHOLAS FFG47, Navy Awards Personnel Achievements & Fleet Awards, Navy Necrology The Passing of Navy men of Interest, and More.

Table of Contents


  • Publisher's Letter
  • "Our Navy's Ship of the Quarter" USS NICHOLAS FFG47
  • Mystery Photo 1
  • First Class News
  • Atlantic Report From our ships in the Fleet
  • Pacific Report From our ships in the Fleet
  • Washington and the Fleet News Up Date From DC
  • Sports in Brief From Ships & Shore Stations
  • Chaplin's Corner Religious Activities in the Fleet
  • Navy Awards Personnel Achievements & Fleet Awards
  • In the Ship's Library Recent books & Special Offers
  • The FANTAIL After the Fact Notes
  • The HORIZON A Look Ahead
  • SAY AGAIN Letters to the Editor
  • Navy Necrology The Passing of Navy men of Interest
  • Editorial Comment
  • Minute Briefs Last Minute News
  • KNOW YOUR NAVY! Some Future Articles and Our Mission
  • Photo of the Quarter Right from the Fleet


  • REUNIONS Recent & Upcoming Reunions Stories
  • A Navy Vet on the Bridge Interview
  • Official USN Reunion Listing Largest Reunion Listing in World


  • Battle for the CONNOLE FF1056
  • USN Destroyers To Visit China
  • MINEWARFARE: Old Problem New Challenge Can We Handle It?
  • James Madden Newberry the pasing of a friend Stevenson
  • ANZUS Our New Zealand Friends

U.S. NAVY MAGAZINE is published quarterly by PATRIOT PUBLICATIONS of AMERICA, PO Box 6061, South Station, Fall River, MA 02724. The entire contents of this magazine is COPYRIGHT 1985 by PATRIOT PUBLICATIONS. Copies are on file in the Library of Congress, Washington, DC. No part of this publication may be reproduced without express consent of the publisher. All material presented in U.S. NAVY MAGAZINE are the views of the editorial staff or contributors, and are not necessarily the views of the Department of the Navy or U.S. government. This is an independently published magazine and has no official connection with the Navy. Circulation is throughout the Fleet and shore stations and into all areas of Navy life, including veterans, family and all those with an interest in our Navy, its procedure, trends, history and all current affairs which affect it. All subscriptions and material contributed for publication should be sent directly to our mailing address in Newport, RL Advertising interest should inquire through PATRIOT PUBLICATIONS, PO Box 6061, South Station, Fall River, MA 02724.

"The Skipper's Message

For the reader, U.S. NAVY MAGAZINE can be a real enjoyment and an adventure through the Fleet. For me, too, it is an enjoyment and a great sense of accomplishment. I not only like what I'm doing, but I believe in it. This magazine's hours and hard work will never be known or realized. Rarely is anything ever seen except the finished product.

The work never lets up. And more often than not, there's been more work than money. But with unrelenting persistence, I hope to convince every W&R officer aboard every ship in the Fleet that this magazine should be at sea with the crew. And every former sailor that he ought to make this magazine a part of his life. With this continued growth in the Navy community, we will make open sea.

As many of you know, a fire in 1980 completely wiped me out and took the magazine office with it. One can never replace the lost equipment, files, books, and photos. I had no money to start over, only a deep conviction to produce a magazine to replace the former OUR NAVY Magazine (1897-1972).

I have funded this endeavor again and again with my money, just trying to keep it afloat since the fire. However, as many of you also know, since the last issue, I have made changes in my personal life that will begin to be reflected in U.S. NAVY MAGAZINE. I've sold off my other business activities and now pursue this dream I've longed to do for twenty-five years.

When in 1959, at the age of seven, I saw my first U.S. Navy ships in my hometown of Toledo, Ohio. My grandfather brought us to the waterfront, where we toured a submarine and destroyers, including the JOHN W. WEEKS DD701 and HENLEY DD762, a ship I would later serve aboard in the Navy. In celebration of the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway, a contingency of ships passed through the seaway and into the Great Lakes, visiting all the major cities.

I have never forgotten that day on the Toledo waterfront. Often I can remember it just as though it's happening again. I enjoy these memories in the same way every Navy man I've ever met enjoyed reflecting on his sea-going days. And 95% of sailors in the Fleet today, regardless of "how bad" they want to "get out," will someday want to remember old friends and shipmates and "reflect upon his sea-going days."

These are priceless memories of our youth and are why we often gather at reunions to add interest to our accounts.

I've always loved the Navy and grow such a BIG grin every time I step aboard one of our ships. My biggest thrill is going to sea aboard some of the newer ships and experiencing and understanding Navy life aboard these fine men-of-war.

So many battles have been fought and won to bring this magazine to you, the sailor, the veteran, and the folks at home. This magazine is a part of every sailor's life and what goes into it comes from the lives of our men aboard the ships in the Fleet and those who've sailed before them. Information, stories, and pictures are sent in from ships at sea, halfway around the world. At the same time, other articles come from Washington or are prepared by our office or from former sailors all over the country.

I try my best, and I know my mistakes may be many, but I keep working and striving toward the goal of perfection. Please look past the errors and find the meaning and enjoyment in the articles, learning and gaining an insight into our Navy's heritage and life.

Whether or not my efforts have been productive is something only you can prove. It would be best if you didn't think about a subscription. Could you do it? Some of the ships in the Fleet already have multiple subscriptions on record for the crew.

But for those that don't, you're losing the benefit of education and encouragement to PRIDE AND PROFESSIONALISM. Crewmembers aboard your ship can learn and understand more of the Fleet and their part in it in simpler terms. Or the former sailor, who in his dreams, often has thoughts of going to sea one more time, this is your chance.

I need your subscription and need to know that what I'm doing is worth the effort. If you are reading this magazine for the first time, take out a subscription (if you're a Fleet sailor, hound the Welfare & Recreation Officer to order multiple subscriptions for all departments aboard the ship, or Captain, say the word!

And take note that we have a special multiple subscription rate for vessels in the Fleet!). Please renew your subscription when it's due. Please give me the support I need to continue and to prosper this magazine, which represents your life, as well as mine, and all the thousands and thousands of sailors through the years.


Michael Stevenson
March 1985, Publisher

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