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November 1979 Proceedings Magazine: United States Naval Institute

November 1979 Proceedings Magazine: United States Naval Institute


United States Naval Institute
November 1979

Volume 105/11/921








28 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?
36 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.
42 "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."
49 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.
56 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.
62 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.
66 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.

17 Secretary's Notes
20 Memories of a Marine
23 Comment and Discussion 95 Book Reviews
99 Books of Interest
103 Professional Notes
116 Nobody asked me, but . . 121 U. S. Navy: Electronic

Warfare (Part II)
124 Notebook


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)

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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