June 1978 Proceedings Magazine: United States Naval Institute
United States Naval Institute Proceedings
The Dilemma of the U.S. Pacific Fleet 26
In many ways, the structure and practices of the Pacific Fleet resemble those of its Atlantic counterpart. The problem is that their potential wartime missions would be considerably different.
By Lieutenant Commander Kenneth R. McGruther, USN
The Wartime Role of Soviet SSBNs 34
Evidence from the Soviets' peacetime employment of their ballistic-missile submarines suggests that in a war they
might operate against our ships rather than targets on land.
By Commander Richard T. Ackley, USN (Ret.
A Solution to Retention 44
One means of solving the reenlistment problem might be to do away with reenlistment. By making an individual's term of enlistment indefinite, the term might be much longer than is now the case.
By Captain James D. Elliott, USN
Operational Training in the Royal Navy 53
In the complex navies of today, it is no longer enough just to send a batch of men to a ship and let them learn as they go along. They require specialized training, both ashore and afloat.
By Commander Joseph M. Palmer, RN (Rel.)
The Violation of the "Liberty" 62
The savage Israeli attack on the U.S. intelligence ship Liberty in 1967 was described at the time as an "accident." A detailed account suggests it was anything but accidental.
By Richard K. Smith
Pictorial—Seagoing Guinea Pigs 74
The last of the Mitscher-class destroyers is being decommissioned this month. Unlike the World War II admirals for whom they were named, the four ships in the class spent their careers not in combat but as naval laboratories.
Cover Departments 19 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.
The story behind the cover is told on pages 20-21. Secretary's Notes Comment and Discussion Old Navy 23 & 87
Nobody asked me, but . . Book Reviews 71
Books of Interest to . 98
the Professional Professional Notes Notebook 101
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