Magazine December 3, 2018, Issue


The Independence-class littoral combat ship USS Jackson departs San Diego, Calif., June 5, 2017. (Mike Blake/Reuters)

A Seaworthy Navy

Jerry Hendrix correctly urges an increase in the number of ships in the Navy in “The Navy We Need” (November 12).

The reasons for the Navy’s present state are many, but I want to highlight two. First are the “clubs” of the Navy. Aviation, submarines, and surface warfare are its three career-enhancing fields. Any aspiring naval officer has to belong to one of the three clubs if he or she hopes to wear stars. Any other area is basically a career dead end. One need only look at the parlous state of mine warfare in the Navy to

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